I am a British born, living in Canada. Moved to the countryside in 2009 to a 1909 stone farmhouse. In 2014 we are going to embark on a new adventure with our home ownership.

Life is never ever dull around here and I always have a tale to tell!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Maeve Binchy......

Maeve Binchy is one of my all time favourite authors and I have read most of her books.  When I went to the hospital the other day to get my cast off I forgot to take a book with me, so I called in at the shop in the hospital and they had a used book shelf and on it was a Maeve Binchy book called "Evening Class."  I didn't recall reading it before so I paid my 50 cents and bought it.

It was the quiet ones you had to watch. That's where the real passion was lurking.

They came together at Mountainview College, a down-at-the-heels secondary school on the seamy side of Dublin, to take a course in Italian. It was Latin teacher Aidan Dunne's last chance to revive a failing marriage and a dead-end career. But Aidan's dream was headed for disaster until the mysterious Signora appeared, transforming a shared passion for Italy into a life-altering adventure for them all...bank clerk Bill and his dizzy fiance Lizzie: a couple headed for trouble...Kathy, a hardworking innocent propelled into adulthood in a shocking moment of truth...Connie, the gorgeous rich lady with a scandal ready to explode...glowering Lou, who joined the class as a cover for crime. And Signora, whose passionate past remained a secret as she changed all their lives forever....

What a wonderful book and well worth the read.  At first you wonder what one character has to do with the other; but the more you read the book the more you realize how intertwined the other's lives are with one another.  I had the feeling I had read this before, but I think it's because some characters overlap from one book to another.  It was a good way to spend 50 cents if you ask me!!!

All books that I read are donated to my local library, as I rarely read a book twice.

I am having trouble with my hand.  I seem to have hurt it at the wrist and spent Tuesday with my splint on trying to protect it.  With the weather being as nice as it is, I dare not go out in the garden as I can't put any weight on my left hand.  It's quite frustrating at the moment, but I have to be patient, otherwise I will do more harm than good.

This is such a super cute video of a little Canadian girl singing a song by Adele:

14 super stars left a comment:

I too love Maeve Binchy, I like the way the characters go from one book to another, it's like catching up with old friends. That little girl was sooooo cute xxx

Hope your feeling 100 percent soon!!!

I'm like you, I rarely read a book twice. I have read Evening Class and most of Maeve's books. She's a great writer. Hope your the problem with your hand goes away soon.

That was one Maeve Binchy book I really did enjoy - (unlike you Gill I do sometimes reread) so I'll have to have a look and see if it's in the library and borrow again.
Take care

Cathy @ Still Waters

Hi Gill,
Be patient for a while. Hope your hand gets better and better.


Sorry to hear your hand is bad.

I love Maeve Binchy and I've read all her books too.

I love Maeve Binchy too. I've read many of hers over the years, Tara Road or Scarlet Feather are probably my faves, but I liked Evening Class. It made me want to take Italian classes. Hope your hand heals ASAP!

I love reading Maeve Binchy, too. I enjoyed this book when I read it a couple years ago. Not long ago I picked up a Binchy book I didn't recognize and it turned out to be one I'd read not long ago. So disappointed in myself! LOL. You know, that little girl is so cute. That song doesn't seem anywhere near so sad with her singing it. I love it!

Coincidentally I nearly bought that book myself, today! I was in a charity shop and saw it. I wondered if I had read it or not and decided to check my list first. Now, of course, I wish I'd bought it because it won't be there tomorrow, will it. Maeve Binchy is one of my favourites too.
Sorry your hand is sore. Take it easy. It will take time to heal. Don't rush it.

I'm currently reading "Minding Frankie" by Maeve Binchy. Can recommend it, very entertaining. A x

I usually forget books right after reading them but I still remember that book even though it's been years since I read it. I think that's the hallmark of a great book!

I hate that you are having problems with your hand...I used to read everything Maeve Binchy wrote...

I do hope your hand feels better soon. We're having lovely weather here, too, and as i wrenched my knee in hockey the Sunday before last, i'm trying to let it heal, but i want to be outside playing in the sunshine and dirt!

This book sounds like a good read.


love Maeve Binchy! "Minding Frankie" is good too, starts out slow but worth the read!

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