This is the thrid in a series that begins with Tara Road and continues with Scarlet Feather. The story is more enjoyable if you read them in order. This and the others in the series continue the tale of Binchy's wonderful, all too realistic characters. Please give her books a try, you'll be glad you did!
I'd give it more stars if I could! Binchy is a credit to Irish romance! It was entertaining, engrosing and fun to read. I felt like I was part of the lifes of the characters.
All those who love Maeve Binchy's writing (she wrote, Circle of Friends) will love this book. It is such a great novel about how one place can converge the lives of so many.
Fun read, but doesn't delve as deeply into the lives of her characters as some of her other books. Follows the stories of various people who are part of the life of the restaurant Quentins.
In Maeve Binchy's timely and topical tale, Quentins, Ella Brady is a documentary filmmaker who wants to bring the tale of the eponymous Dublin restaurant to the screen. Quentins has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years and has become the meeting point for a lot of characters, including some familiar faces from previous Binchy novels. As Ella makes more and more headway with her documentary, the secrets, betrayals, and stories of love that emerge make her question whether or not she wants to bring the tale of Quentins to the screen after all; especially as she is also forced to confront a devastating dilemma from her own past.
Regarded by many as the true queen of the romantic Irish drama, Binchy has once again produced another fine page-turner that will please her army of loyal fans and hopefully win her many more. She has a real eye for character and exploring the often painful choices people are forced to make in their everyday lives. This is a tale of normal people, ordinary folk and the heartaches that have made them who they are. Fans will welcome the return of some familiar Binchy characters and Ella is a strong, likeable heroine, a woman who, in exploring the lives of these people, is forced to consider some choices she has made in her own life. So make a reservation at Quentins, sit back, and relax--you'll be in very good company.