It's been FAR too long since I've given a book review, so let's go with one, shall we?
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
rating: 5 of 5 stars
My first taste of Maeve Binchy was Oprah's Book Club choice, "Scarlet Feather". After that, I was hooked and read everything Binchy has written. I was so sad when I heard that she was giving up writing to care for her husband, who was in bad health, so was thrilled when this book came around -- not just for the book, but hoping this meant her husband had recovered. Not sure if that's the case, but there's always the hope!
One of the things I love about her books is her character development. She really fleshes out each person, and I love how she blends in people from past stories -- in this case, from "Scarlet Feather", "Quentins", and "Nights of Rain and Stars", to name a few. All of these reunions of characters, though, worried me a bit -- it felt like Binchy was tying up the last few strings, and that this might indeed be her last book.
I hope I'm wrong -- but if it is, it is a truly wonderful one.
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Lori Anderson reads every night to calm her mind from designing jewelry every day. You can see her jewelry at www.lorianderson.net.