Friday, May 6, 2011

From My Bookshelf

Just finished Maeve Binchy's newest book, MINDING FRANKIE. If you've read any of her previous books, this will seem like a continuation of many of them. Characters from previous works make appearances in this one. This is the story of Noel, a young alcoholic, who discovers he's about to become a father to a baby he cannot even remember helping create.

Worse, the mother is dying and wants him to take the baby. Noel steps up and takes responsibility by joining AA, starting university classes, moving out of his parents home to a place of his own, and taking the baby. But, there's much more story here of the "village it takes" to mind baby Frankie. This is a heart warming novel about caring people and family. My one complaint here is that Binchy writes as though you've just put down her previous novel. Characters from previous novels enter with no back story. I have read some of her previous novels, but it's been awhile. So remembering who is who and threads from previous books can be difficult.

If you haven't read Binchy before, here are two I strongly recommend:

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1 comment:

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Susan, thank you again for a wonderful book recommendation! I love reading your reviews. =) And, congratulations on a year of blogging! Woo hoo!! I'm off to go try to sign myself up and I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! blessings ~ tanna

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