Frankie va a nacer en una familia muy especial. Su madre está desesperada por encontrar a alguien que la cuide, pero tiene muy poco tiempo. Noel no parece el padre ideal aunque, quizá, es la mejor opción para la niña. En cuanto a Lisa, la joven está dispuesta a renunciar a todo con tal de conseguir al hombre que quiere porque está convencida de que la corresponderá. Sin embargo Moira no piensa aceptar esta situación. Ella sabe lo que más le conviene a Frankie y además tiene toda la autoridad para decidir sobre su vida... pero Moira también esconde secretos de su propia vida.Bajo el cielo de Dublín es la historia de unas familias poco convencionales, de relaciones que no son lo que parecen y de una niña pequeña que está en el corazón de todos.
Benny Jogan y Eve Malone han sido mejores amigas desde la infancia. En el apacible pueblo de Knockglen, donde todo el mundo se conoce, su amistad ha sido un soplo de aire fresco dentro del ambiente tradicional y opresivo en el que han crecido.Con su acceso a la universidad, una nueva etapa de libertad e independencia les espera y también un nuevo círculo de amigos. El primer día de clase conocerán a dos personas que cambiarán sus vidas: el apuesto Jack Foley y la bella Nan Mahon, cuya desmesurada ambición será una fuente de problemas. Porque, en Dublín, estas amigas conocerán la pasión y encontrarán la libertad y la independencia ansiadas, pero también la cara más amarga de la aventura.«Círculo de amigos tiene todos los ingredientes que necesita una novela de éxito... pero el mayor logro de Binchy es el retrato que realiza de Irlanda en los años cincuenta, apegada al viejo orden pero haciéndole un hueco a las nuevas costumbres.»Sunday Times
In the little Irish town of Shancarrig, the young people carve their initials -- and those of their loves -- into the copper beech tree in front of the schoolhouse. But not even Father Gunn, the parish priest, who knows most of what goes on behind Shancarrig's closed doors, or Dr. Jims, the village doctor, who knows all the rest, realize that not everything in the placid village is what it seems. <P>Unexpected passions and fears are bringing together many lives, such as the sensitive new priest and Miss Ross, the slight, beautiful schoolteacher. . . Leonora, the privileged daughter of the town's richest family, and Foxy Dunne, whose father did time in jail. . . and Nessa Ryan, whose parents run Ryan's Hotel, and two very different young men. For now the secrets in Shancarrig's shadows are starting to be revealed, from innocent vanities and hidden loves to crimes of the heart. . . and even to murder.
La carrera y el matrimonio de la cardióloga Clara Casey hacen aguas. Tratando de olvidar las humillantes infidelidades de su ex marido y con dos hijas adolescentes a cuestas acepta, reticente, un puesto poco atrayente en el pequeño hospital Saint Brigid. Allí se encontrará con compañeros y pacientes que, al igual que ella, intentan sobrevivir a sus pequeños dramas cotidianos. Como Declan, un joven doctor que intenta abrirse paso en el difícil mundo de la medicina; o Ania, cuyo romance con un hombre casado la obligó a abandonar su Polonia natal. Con el tiempo, el magullado corazón de Clara irá sanando y aprenderá a sentir como propio un lugar en el que se salvan vidas, se recompensa el coraje y el optimismo triunfa sobre la codicia y la autocompasión.«Un libro reconfortante y dulce.»The Times
A rich tale of ambition, betrayal, and love so vivid and dramatic that the characters seem real.
Among the many evening classes starting all over Dublin is an 'Introduction to Italian'. On the surface it could be just one of hundreds in which some students will succeed and some will fall along the way. But the Italian class at Mountainview School has its own special quality, and the hopes and dreams of so many people are tied up in the twice weekly lessons. The students learn far more than they ever bargained for, and by the time they are ready to set off on the promised trip to Italy at the end of the year, everyone's destiny has changed utterly.
Kate and John Ryan have four children, of whom the eldest are Michael and Dara. Their small town is peaceful and friendly, an unchanging background for a golden childhood. In long, hot summers Michael and Dara and their friends fish and swim or play in the ivy-clad ruins of Fernscourt, the great house burned down during the Troubles. . . No one in Mountfern has the slightest inkling of what it will mean when the ruins are bought by Patrick O'Neill, an Irish American with a dream in his heart and a great deal of money in his pocket. It is not until the very end of this drama, with its interlocking stories of love lost and won, ambitions nurtured and secrets betrayed, that Patrick O'Neill will understand the irony and the significance of his great dream for Mountfern.
Night after night the beautiful woman walked beside the serene waters of Lough Glass. Until the day she disappeared, leaving only a boat drifting upside down on the unfathomable lake that gave the town its name. Ravishing Helen McMahon, the Dubliner with film-star looks and unfulfilled dreams, never belonged in Lough Glass, not the way her genial pharmacist-husband Martin belonged, or their spirited daughter Kit. Suddenly, she is gone and Kit is haunted by the memory of her mother, seen through a window, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face. Now Kit, too, has secrets: of the night she discovered a letter on Martin's pillow and burned it, unopened. The night her mother was lost. The night everything changed forever...
With the insight, 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 for a year. She has plenty on her plate already--two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband--but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity. Heart and Soul is Maeve Binchy at her storytelling best.
Cuentan que, si vas al lago de Lough Glass en la víspera de Santa Agnes y miras tu reflejo al ponerse el sol, verás tu futuro.Kit McMahon tiene doce años y vive con su familia en la calle principal de Lough Glass, un pequeño pueblo irlandés donde la gente es a la vez chismosa, gruñona y soñadora; un lugar en el que la vida transcurre apacible y sin cambios súbitos.Pero la tranquilidad de este pueblo se verá sacudida por la desaparición de la bella y misteriosa Helen McMahon, y la posibilidad de que se haya ahogado en el lago. Tras este suceso, las vidas de su marido, de su hijo, pero sobre todo de su hija Kit cambiarán para siempre y de un modo insospechado.«Verdaderamente conmovedora.»Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth, a ten-year-old girl and an only child being raised in a loveless home is sent to her mother's friend in Ireland to get away from the London bombing in World War II. The family in Ireland is large, boisterous with great love for one another, shepherded by a caring mother who never questions the teachings of the Catholic Church. Aisling is a daughter in this family who is the same age as Elizabeth. They share a room, a kitten and become lifelong friends. The novel covers the twists and turns of their lives to age 30 including hopeless love affairs, marriages, and deaths. Maeve Binchy has a wonderful gift for dialog.
The lilac-coloured minibus belongs to Tom Fitzgerald. Each Friday night it is a meeting place for the same seven people who use it to travel home from Dublin to spend the weekend in Rathdoon. Each one has their own secret story, unknown to their fellow passengers... Once again, Maeve Binchy has conjured up a cast of very human characters with real joys and real sadnesses, portrayed with her trademark wit, compassion and warmth.
Whether it's the sudden snapping of bonds between lovers or shopping on Oxford Street, Maeve Binchy finds the unexpected truth in experiences so real that every woman will recognize them. Filled with her delicious humor and warmth, the twenty-two stories inLondon Transportswill delight and captivate as they take us to a place that is far away--and yet so familiar. . . Where having an affair with a married man brings one woman to a turning point. . . Where another finds that looking for an apartment to share can be a risky business. . . Where nosing into a secretary's life can have shocking results. . . Where a dress designer just had a god-awful day. . . And where Maeve Binchy captures the beat of every woman's heart. From the Paperback edition.
'The most important thing to realise is that everyone is capable of telling a story. It doesn't matter where we were born or how we grew up?' Maeve Binchy. The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club gives a unique insight into how a No. 1 bestselling author writes. Inspired by a course run by the National College of Ireland, it comprises 20 letters from Maeve, offering advice, tips and her own wonderfully witty take on the life of a writer, in addition to contributions from top writers, publishers and editors. Whether you want to write a saga or a thriller, comedy or journalism, or write for the radio or stage, this also gives advice on the best way to get started, and what editors, publishers and agents are looking for. The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club is a fascinating and informative guide to inspire all budding writers as well as entertaining Maeve Binchy fans the world over.
Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone. Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie's first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie's doting grandparents, Josie and Charles. But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it's up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.From the Hardcover edition.
A story of sudden endings, new beginnings, friendships forged in the face of tragedy, and nights of rain and stars that fall and shine over a beautiful island in a sparkling sea.
Se conocieron en una escuela de cocina y enseguida se convirtieron en amigos con un sueño en común. Ahora, Cathy Scarlet y Tom Feather esperan poder deslumbrar a los habitantes de Dublín con su recién estrenada compañía de catering: La Pluma Escarlata. Sin embargo, no todos comparten su entusiasmo. La suegra de Cathy desaprueba tanto a su nuera como su nuevo «hobby»; y su marido, Neil, no atiende a nada que no sea su trabajo como abogado de derechos civiles. Y no olvidemos a la familia de Tom, que espera que siga los pasos de su padre, o a su ambiciosa novia, quien persigue sus propios sueños. Entre los amigos y la familia, las subidas y las bajadas, los sinsabores y las alegrías, Cathy Scarlet y Tom Feather están a punto de embarcarse en el año más desesperante ?y estimulante? de sus vidas.«Una autora dotada de un notable talento y una estupenda conocedora de la naturaleza humana.»The New York Times Book Review «Una narradora de primera clase.»Cosmopolitan
Is it possible to tell the story of a generation and a city through the history of a restaurent? A story of the lives of many people who ate at the famous Quentins.
A collection of Maeve Binchy's wonderful, heartwarming stories celebrating the joys and travails of travel. Take The Return Journey and travel a magical road with Maeve Binchy. In the title story, Gina, travelling in Ireland, corresponds with her mother, Freda, about who and what she's finding in the home town Freda left unhappily many years ago. Frankie uses an unexpected trip with Robert to find out what she really wants from their relationship in 'Holiday Weather'. Victoria imagines what it would mean to her widowed father to join her in his beloved Paris for a weekend in 'A Holiday with Your Father'. And in 'Victor and St Valentine', Victor, a self-confessed hopeless romantic, accompanies a friend to Australia with no thought of love on his mind. These are a few of the wonderful, warm stories which will thrill readers already familiar with Binchy's work as well as those for whom this pleasure awaits.
They met in cooking school and became fast friends with a common dream. Now Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather hope to take Dublin by storm with their newly formed catering company, aptly dubbed "Scarlet Feather." Not everyone, however, shares their optimism. Cathy's mother-in-law disapproves of both Cathy and her new "hobby," while Cathy's husband, Neil, pays no mind to anything- except his work as a civil rights lawyer. And then there's Tom's family, who expect him to follow in his father's footsteps, and an ambitious girlfriend who's struggling with career dreams of her own. Between friends and families, ups and downs, heartaches and joys, Cathy and Tom are about to embark on the most maddening-and exhilarating-year of their lives...
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 wished--even 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 Deirdre's day, a triumph for a woman obsessed with keeping up appearances, her silvery revenge after "marrying down" twenty-five years ago. She's determined to show them all: the maid of honor, still unmarried, still gorgeous, now a successful London business woman...the best man, once Desmond's close friend, now his boss...their 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 love--and truth.
2 women, 1 Irish, 1 American - set up a home exchange business; their unlikely and touching friendship unveils secrets and changes lives. When Danny Lynch tells his wife Ria that he has a young pregnant mistress, Ria thinks that her world has ended. Little does she know that within weeks a telephone call from America will open up a whole new world for her. Marilyn Vine, escaping from her own private demons, wants to exchange her house in Westville, New England, for a house in Dublin during a few summer weeks. Ria Lynch's big Victorian house in Tara Road is perfect. And so begins a wonderful story of unlikely loves and friendships, rivalries jealousy and the uncovering of secrets, as the 2 women borrow each others houses, neighbours and lives.
Ria y Marilyn no se conocen, pero el destino va a cruzar sus caminos muy pronto...Ria y Marilyn viven separadas por miles de kilómetros: una en una acogedora y enorme mansión victoriana en Tara Road, Dublín, y la otra en un moderno loft en Nueva Inglaterra, Estados Unidos. Sería difícil encontrar una amistad más improbable. La vida de Ria discurre rodeada de su familia y sus amigos, mientras que la nostalgia que envuelve a Marilyn hunde sus raíces en un dolor profundo y desgarrador. Cada una de ellas necesita un lugar al que escapar, y un intercambio de casas parece ser la solución ideal. Ambas esperan que la distancia les ayude a superar las profundas crisis vitales que están atravesando, pero no sospechan que durante ese verano mágico acabarán prestándose partes de sus vidas y encontrarán la fuerza necesaria para seguir adelante.«Si te gusta que la literatura te reconforte este libro es para ti. Millones de lectores no pueden estar equivocados.»Express
Each of us could tell tales of at least 15 Christmases we or others have celebrated. We have been overjoyed or disappointed, alone or with family, loved ones, or friends, done all of the work to prepare for the holiday, some of the work, or none of the work, spent the season with people who make the days wonderful, frustrating or unbearable, celebrated with all of our hearts, or tried our best to ignore Christmas. In the real world, Christmas more often than not, isn't ideal. Maeve Binchy, the Irish author with millions of appreciative readers, has written a collection of stories which embraces the wide range of way Christmas touches people's lives. She doesn't present Christmas as a cure-all for her character's problems, but these stories do take into account that sometimes Christmas inspires people to do a little better, try a little harder and be a little kinder. Here is a sampling of the 15 short stories Binchy has written with insight, humor, sympathy and hope. After years of taking her exhausting Christmas preparations for granted, a woman thinks her family, are going to change their lazy ways. Though they continue to expect the world of her, she may have found a way to get their attention and motivate them to do more for her. A lonely teacher believes she has found love at last, at Christmas, but when he's unwrapped, he turns out not to be the gift she wanted. Another couple meet and fall in love at the fish market buying fish for Christmas dinner. After years of determination to snipe at and remain aloof from her stepmother, a teenager softens when she comes home from school and sees her room decorated for Christmas. A widow's loving grown children take the worry out of Christmas for there mother, and discover that without the fussing and worrying she doesn't have the heart to celebrate. On a long flight to Australia lonely strangers become friends as they nervously wonder if they'll be welcomed by their adult children. All through a Christmas visit a couple remain tolerant of the nasty remarks of an always critical mother until when it's almost time to leave, tempers boil over. A woman is reassured by tests in magazines and newspapers that her married lover is right for her until she takes a test on Christmas Day without him while he's with his family, with results that guarantee next Christmas will be different.
After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who've never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and with the help of an enthusiastic travel agent she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple's surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering dedicated to celebrating the life and work of a late Irish poet, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.
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