Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

70%

12 Critic Reviews

That is a very warming message to readers, and Maeve Binchy’s sales figures suggest it’s clearly one they want to hear.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

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.
 

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 March 1, 2011 by Anchor. 514 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Minding Frankie
All: 12 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 01 2011

Binchy remains the queen of spiritual comfort, but this time round she’s stretched interest thin with ups and downs too many and too mild.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Mar 28 2011

...dozens of characters enter the scene at different points...The large cast becomes slightly confusing at times...

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Washington Times

Good
on Mar 06 2011

That is a very warming message to readers, and Maeve Binchy’s sales figures suggest it’s clearly one they want to hear.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on Mar 18 2011

... I would have to say this is a great read, and Maeve Binchy did justice to her name as a story-teller once again.

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The Seattle Times

Good
on Feb 05 2011

The Irish author returns here to a charming Dublin milieu of favorite characters from past novels, with some important new ones...

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Denver Post

Good
on Feb 27 2011

Binchy's strengths remain in introducing new characters delicately without interrupting the story's intricate fabric.

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NJ.com

Excellent
on Mar 06 2011

This is one of Binchy’s best works. She harmoniously handles a diverse group of characters, the good deeds that characterize life in Ireland are believable and the ending is sweet.

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The New Zealand Herald

Good
on Nov 30 2010

This big, fat, satisfying book...is stuffed with lovely, big-hearted Irish personalities - and some miserly shockers.

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M/C Anderson

Below average
on Dec 18 2010

This book is perhaps not as atmospheric as ‘Night of Rain and Stars’, and maybe not quite as much happens in the course of the story as does in ‘Circle of Friends’...

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Beauty and Lace

Excellent
on Oct 18 2010

An insightful story that inspires faith in the sense of family that can be fostered in people, heart warming in the way that people rally around one another to offer support.

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Australian Women Online

Below average
on Oct 25 2010

...Binchy’s latest work is not as gripping as her novels once were. I’d love to see her take some risks, abandon the comfortable, well-known cast of characters and push the boundaries of this genre. Hopefully next time.

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Women's Post

Below average
on Nov 24 2010

...as wonderful as it’s been over the years to meet these characters, with this latest novel, it seems these friendships may have run their course.

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