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I do not know what I expected. I had never heard of the book nor of the first book at Finbar's Hotel. Maeve Binchy's and Kate Riordan's novels are absorbing reading, so I thought "Fine, I'll read this."
First the ladies at Finbar's were definitely individuals--all of them dysfunctional, but they were winners in every tale. The book dealt with problems that were not specifically everyday problems, but they were familiar and modern. However,the resolutions to their problems were unusual and laughable. The endings always moved me to be ready to read the next story.
I liked the way continuity was maintained by insertions of details rather than studied incidents that interrupted the story.
The ladies were fallible, like all of us. I laughed at the lady who did not know what to do with the computer, so she typed the same characters constantly. I often think in a few years with technology changing so rapidly I will be sitting with the newest phone or Ipad or notebook, not having the faintest idea how to use it. I will have to consult my six-year-old grandson.
I recommend the book because it is a pleasure to read. I could relate to the characters, and I liked them.