Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

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When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann’s Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann’s for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it’s a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed.
Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future.


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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 January 1, 2006 by ORION (AN IMPRINT OF THE ORION PUBLISHING GROUP LT. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Binchy (Quentins, 2002, etc.) inserts questions of faith into her usual romantic braid of multiple storylines, in this case concerning the troubled residents, former residents and descendents of residents of an Irish town where an obscure shrine faces demolition.

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The prospect of big money from the sale of otherwise worthless property is bringing out a shameless greed in some normally levelheaded folks while some "black sheep" are shocking the town with their generous sides.

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Whitethorn Woods

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From the author of P.S I Love You comes a funny, magical and heart-warming story that explores what happens when you ignore your life.

Apr 27 2007 | Read Full Review of Whitethorn Woods


Though the thread might be tenuous, all the stories are connected in some way with the well, or with the major highway that threatens to wipe out the whole woods.

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By turns sweet and somber, the overall tone of Whitethorn Woods is uplifting, and will please Binchy’s fans looking to revisit her unique depiction of today’s Ireland.ProsBinchy is skilled at weaving narratives, and the brief stories make for satisfying reads.Readers will enjoy the glimpse of mod...

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