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Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul
Author: Maeve Binchy
With the warmth, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland. — Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on fo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307265791
ISBN-10: 030726579X
Publication Date: 2/24/2009
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 109 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
I normally love to read Maeve Binchy's work, but this one disappointed me. While it started off well, there were just too many characters. She was still introducing new characters by the time I got to the middle of the book, and there were crossover characters from several of her recent novels. It never got off the ground and I felt like I was reading several different books at once. Not a cohesive effort. Recommended for diehard Binchy fans only.
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Helpful Score: 4
I absolutely galloped through this wise, wonderful and witty novel. An outstanding Binchy book. A cast of thousands, including characters from her last three or four books, are woven into this tale with many storylines, but all radiating from Dublin's St. Brigid's Heart Care Center. The action ranges from Dublin, to Poland and Greece, and back to Dublin and it's surrounding suburbs and countryside and comes to a wonderfully satisfying conclusion that leaves you wanting the book to go on and on. If you have ever enjoyed a Maeve Binchy tale, latch on to this one, it's a thumping good read!
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Helpful Score: 3
Different from most of her books, we're hit with all the characters at the beginning. If you're a regular reader of this author, you'll recognize many of the characters and settings. As usual, this book is set in Ireland, more in Dublin than usual.
As a person who enjoys this author's books, this one does not disappoint. A fellow reader read this as a first by this author and she found it very confusing.
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Helpful Score: 1
Maeve Binchy is hands down my favorite author!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Good read.
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I find Binchy's books easy to read.
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I read this for the February "Heart" theme in my online book club The Reading Cove. Overall I enjoyed it, but it felt about 5 fully developed characters too much, and 100 pages too long.

That aside, I enjoyed the rich Irish setting I've grown to love about Maeve Binchy's books, and we even had a jaunt to Greece, which was nice.

I also enjoyed the heart clinic as the heart of the story, the hub that connects them all.

Recommended for die-hard Binchy fans, and readers who love a nice, easy stroll with characters you come to know and love...with a few curve balls thrown in to keep it interesting. :- ) Solid B.
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Really enjoyed this book. I liked how the author pulled characters from several of her books to gather together as she added new people to meet. I thought it was so interesting to see what has happened and who's changed from previous books.