Book Review: Whitethorn Woods, Maeve Binchy

| 3 June , 2013 | Reply

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This charming story is set around a small Irish town called Rossmore, home to a cast of wonderful characters, and the supposedly miraculous St Anne’s well.

To some of the towns inhabitants, the well is nothing more than an old artifact that inexplicably attracts silly and superstitious people, to others is a place of deep religious importance and can make all your dreams, wishes and prayers come true.

The well is set deep into Whitethorn Woods, on the edges of town and is under threat when plans for a new highway are drawn up. The new highway is set to run right through the woods, dismantling the sacred well in the process.


The characters in this story are spread far and wide across the globe, and indeed across time, but all are interwoven in some small way, by the town of Rossmore and the magic of the well itself.

Each chapter of the book consists of the story of two endearing characters. Sometimes the characters stories intertwine and sometimes they simply skirt one another as their fates merge with the town or with St Anne’s well.

Characters are what Maeve Binchy does best, and in this, her 13th fiction novel, she creates a beautiful tapestry of characters that reach into your heart and don’t let go. In a way this book is not so much a novel, as a collection of short stories about different people making up the unique history of a beautiful Irish town.

I personally love Maeve Binchy for her easy to read, mostly lighthearted books, and this one didn’t disappoint. If you’re a fan, or if you like lovable characters and light fiction, then this book is for you.

Available now: Hachette RRP$35.00


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