One of Binchy's weaker novels, in my opinion, but still enjoyable if you like her style.
Interesting characters. Good story.
Vintage Binchy-a must read for anyone who loves her works! Just the right amount of angst, tension, hope and love. Who could want anything more in a book?
A light, British style read, in Maeve Binchy's fashion.
Another satisfying family novel.
An elegant literary construction, a comedy of manners as well as a soap opera - The New York Times Review. A memorable cast of characters.
This book was really great! Another good one by Maeve Binchy..
Wonderful book- Ilove all her books.
A great Irish author who is the best at describing relationships. This is about the people envolved in a 25th wedding anniversary in Ireland.
Loved it - author is wonderful!
Interesting book. Identifies some of the family dynamics that we see in many of our families. How adult children relate to their parents as well as to other siblings. Quick read.
Maeve Binchy = terrific author. Enough said
An occasion to celebrate when Desmond and Deidre Doyle must gather family and friends around themin remembrence of twenty five years of marriage they've shared.
A moment of reckoning as an uneasy couple is forced to face a hapless daughter still struggling to become a nun...a son who prefers the bleak family farm in Ireland toLondon...the once best man, now Desmonds boss...Deidres bridesmaid, now a successful career woman...and their priest with his guilty secret
Very interesting and hard to put down.
This is a wonderful story about family and friends coming together for a great timeless celebration.
This book was bought because I read alot of the authors other books. I just couldnt really get into it.
Another of Maeve Binchy's wonderful novels. It's about a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a party and how their family and friends are involved. Love and mystery, of course.
A rousing good story...laughter and tears: it's what Binchy does best!
Fun read -- family saga taking place in Ireland -- classic Binchy novel
It's Desmond and Deirdre Doyle's 25th wedding anniversary party. Will their daughter who is struggling to become a nun be able to attend? How about their estranged son who lives with Uncle Vincent? Even Father Hurley has a guilty secret! Daughter Anna is drawing them all back together and hopefully they can finally heal their tarnished lives. Another good story from Maeve Binchy kept me interested until the very end. A wonderful family novel!
A silver anniversary is always an occasion to celebrate, and for Desmond and Deirdre Doyle this celebration is no less special. As the Doyles prepare to commemorate the twenty-five years of marriage they have shared, their closest family and friends gather around them in remembrance of such a happy time. However, it is also a time fraught with tremendous uncertainty.
The Doyles face an uneasy moment of reckoning as their friends and family members begin to arrive for the festivities. So much time has passed for all of them, and so much has changed. The couple may have prepared themselves for anything; but they can only hope that everyone has come ready to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Everyone has certainly come to congratulate the happy couple, but each person seems to have also brought their own personal baggage to the party.
First to arrive are the three Doyle children: Anna, Helen, and Brendan. Their hapless daughter Helen is still struggling with her vocation to become a nun. Having reached a crossroads in her life, she plans on making her final decision at her parents silver anniversary. Their rebellious son Brendan prefers a life of solitude spent on the family farmstead in Ireland, rather than living with his parents and sisters in London.
Desmond's best man - Frank Quigley - was once his very best friend, but is now Desmond's boss. Deirdre's bridesmaid - Maureen Barry - is now a successful career woman, looking forward to opening a London location in her chain of fashion boutiques. Father James Hurley - the priest who married the couple - arrives to the silver anniversary carrying his own guilty family secret.
Yet it is her parents silver anniversary that will prove to be a time of ultimate transformation for the Doyles' eldest daughter, Anna. She is the person tasked with the seemingly impossible: navigating through the troubled waters of the past and smoothing out ruffled relationships. For only Anna can confront their tarnished lives and find a truth strong enough to draw them into a circle of love that might nourish, protect, and finally heal them all.
As I have probably said many times before, Maeve Binchy was such a remarkable author. This was actually the second time that I have read this particular book, yet it still felt like a fresh story to me. In my opinion, Ms Binchy created so many memorable characters; as well as poignant and emotionally-driven stories. This was just another one of her many delightfully written books and I would give it a definite A!
An occasion to celebrate when Desmond and Deirdre Coyle must gather family and friends around them in rememberence of the twenty-five years of marriage they've shared.
A moment of reckoning as an uneasy couple is forced to face a hapless daughter struggling to become a nun, a son who prefers the bleak family farm in Ireland to London, the once best man now Desmond's boss, Deirdre's bridesmaid now a successful career woman, and their priest with his guilty secret.
A time of transformation for their eldest daughter, Anna. For only Anna can confront their tarnished lives and find a truth to draw them into a circle of love that might nourish, protect, and finally heal them all.
There was never any question that Deirdre and Desmond Doyle would celebrate a gala twenty-fifth anniversary. Naturally, their daugher, Anna, would plan the grand affair. Of all three Doyle children, Anna knew exactly what their mother wised---even as she lived her own secret life. A rousing good story...laughter and tears.
There was never any question that Deirdre and Desmond Doyle would celebrate a gala twenty-fifth anniversary. Naturally, their daughter Anna, would plan their grand affair. Of all three Doyle children, Anna knew exactly what their mother wishedeven as she lived her own secret life. Will Brendan, the rebellious son, even bother to return to London? Will Helen, the hapless would-be nun, embarrass them all? This is Deirdres day, a triumph for a woman obsessed with keeping up appearances, her silvery revenge after marrying down twenty-five years ago. Shes determined to show them all: the maid of honor, still unmarried, still gorgeous, now a successful London business womanthe best man, once Desmonds close friend, now his bosstheir reluctant priest, who harbors his own guilty secret.
As family and friends gather, a lifetime of lies takes its toll. But what begins as a family charade brings with it the transforming power of loveand truth.
The spine has some wear on it, but otherwise book is in good condition.
Havent' read this one...but you can't go wrong with Maeve Binchy.
Purchased from the Library.
An occasion to celebrate, when Desmond and Deirdre Doyle must gather family & friends around them in remembrance of the 25 years of marriage they've shared
A moment of reckoning as an uneasy couple is forced to face a hapless daughter still struggling to become a nun...a son who prefers the bleak family farm in Ireland to London...the once best man, now Desmond's boss...Deidre's bridesmaid, now a successful career woman...and their priest with his guilty secret.