Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy

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This well-plotted novel also contains a gentle lesson - the price we pay for getting what we want may be tragically high.
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An incandescent novel of love, obsession, and the secrets that take root in the human heart, by the author of The Copper Beech and Circle Of Friends. Lough Glass is at the heart and soul of the namesake town clinging to its shore. They say that if you go out on St. Agnes' Eve and look into the lake at sunset you can see your future. But beneath its serene surface, the lake harbors secrets as dark and unfathomable as the beautiful woman who night after night walks beside its waters. Lough Glass is home to Kit McMahon, in a way it will never be to her lovely mother, Helen, who does not fit in with the ways of the people of Lough Glass, and who found an unlikely mate in the genial pharmacist Martin McMahon. Kit adores her mother, but can't escape the picture of her, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face... or walking alone by the glass lake. Then one terrible night Martin's boat is found drifting upside down in the lake. The night Helen is lost. The night Kit discovers a letter on Martin's pillow and burns it, unopened, in the grate. The night everything changes forever.

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About Maeve Binchy

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Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novel, Whitethorn Woods, in addition to Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland, and London.
Published September 4, 2007 by Dell. 770 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

The only genuinely touching tale here is that of a hermit nun who listens, as others can't, to the still, small voice of compassion. Top-heavy with coincidence, improbables, and sentiment.

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 30 2008

If some aspects of the plot are contrived and the narrative overtold, the richness of Binchy's characters makes these drawbacks easy to forgive. A weeper of an ending brings this compelling saga to an unforgettable climax.

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Reviewed by Caroline Trent-Gurbuz on Oct 05 2011

The Glass Lake is a soft, comfortable read, one with which it is easy to become involved. However, Binchy has a tendency to be long-winded, and The Glass Lake would have been a better novel had it been 200 pages shorter.

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Reviewed by MARY H. DANFORTH on Jun 04 2008

This well-plotted novel also contains a gentle lesson - the price we pay for getting what we want may be tragically high.

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