A book of loosely connected stories...all of the people have some connection to a small town in Ireland called Rossmoor and a well in the woods that is dedicated to Saint Ann, where people go to pray for intercessions. A fun, escapist read, although I would not count it among her best.
This is an interesting book because it really is a series of short stories about people that are connected to the town of Rossmore and St. Ann's Well. If you read this with this in mind you can really enjoy it. Some of the people are inter-connected and you see their side of their life.
I enjoyed the stories of the individual characters throughout the book, just had trouble keeping them straight until the author reveals in the very last chapter how everyone was interconnected. Good read.
I listened to the audio CD version of Whitehorn Woods. Great narration of a very good story. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator made the story come alive. I wasn't disappointed in this audiobook.
this was AWFUL!! i adore Maeve's stuff but this just so wasn't up to par. If it said up front SHORT STORIES, I'd have gone into it maybe in a better frame of mind. But i kept expecting them all to come together but it just never developed. The characters were ok, but FAAAAR too many of them and most of them rather exasperating...
any fan of maeve binchy will enjoy this latest book. another book of interesting characters who with ms binchy's storytelling are involved in each others life knowingly or unknowingly. a great book to read anytime. anyone who wants to read a book set in ireland with warm,caring and interesting characters will enjoy this book as well as any of ms. binchy's other novels. i always enjoy her writing and am never disappointed and you will either.
Another excellent book from Maeve Binchy. I loved the way each chapter was a different character's story yet each intermingled throughout the novel. Very well written and one of my favorites from her. I hated to see it end!
Another great story of the people of Ireland. For those of you who have known Binchy's work before, this is a repeat in her strong character development and scene development. Her descriptions are rich, and the reader's voice lent authenticity to the story. GOOD READ!
I love Maeve Binchy, but didn't think I would like this book once I started reading it. It is written in the form of short stories which is a style I don't typically care for. However, the more I read, the more engrossed I became. Each story was very interesting and the characters were so well developed. The best part was seeing how all of these lives crossed and entertwined. I actually ended up really enjoying this book.
I've only made it through about half the book before I put it down in disgust. It reminded me of the way she wrote the Lilac Bus, and that was not one of my favorites either. Beware...this book (or at least the first part) reads like a series of short stories.
A proposed highway through the quiet Irish town of Rossmore will mean the destruction of St. Ann's Well - a shrine supposed to deliver healing, husbands and other miracles - located in Whitethorn Woods. The shrine is located in Father Brian Flynn's parish, St Augustine's.
As a fracas erupts between the people who want the highway and believers who want the shrine preserved, Fr. Flynn finds himself in the middle of the issue not sure where he stands in an increasingly secular Ireland. He goes to the shrine to pray to God to show him what position is right. What follows are the stories of Neddy Nolan, a not so simple mentally challenged man, 60-something Vera who finds love on a trip meant for much younger people and James, whose wife of 26 years is dying.
Linked into these stories are stories of mental illness, alcoholism, incest, greed, the joys of being single and struggles of career women. The good and bad sides of people are shown. I really liked this book although it was a simple plot. It was sweet and endearing anyway. I give it an A+!
When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, it will also destroy St. Ann's Well, where people have been coming for generations to share their dreams and offer their prayers. Some believe the well to be a place of true spiritual power; others think it's a mere magnet for superstitions. Maeve Binchy populates Whitethorn Woods with passionately opinioted men and women drawn into a timely confict between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future.
This is the best Maeve Binchy book I've read, and I've enjoyed all the rest. Her characters are so real, whether you love them or hate them. In Whitethorn Woods, each chapter tells about people who live in, come from, or have some connection to a small Irish town. The town is in turmoil because a highway bypass has been proposed which will cut through beautiful Whitethorn Woods and will destroy an iconic spot within the woods, St. Ann's Well. St Ann supposedly answers the prayers of women looking for love or wanting to have a baby or who simply need answers to the problems in their lives. There are mixed feelings among the populace about the holiness of this site. Some characters are visited in only one chapter. Others recur in subsequent chapters. Each chapter could stand alone as a short story, but many of the stories are interwoven to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. This is Binchy at her best. I highly recommend this book.
If anyone has ever dreamed of traveling to Ireland, you must read this book. Maeve Binchy's character's have you "there". It is a lovely read, so very Irish. The small town seems so real. If you cannot get enough about the Irish this book is definately for you!!!
This was the May 2011 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove. There were just WAY too many characters and too many different story lines to keep straight! It seemed pointless. They were each impressively well-developed, but there were just too many to keep up with. Way, way, way too many.