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I've enjoyed Maeve Binchy books before but I have given up on this one after about 150 pages. It's very boring and extremely long. The plot development is quite lazy. Characters keep popping up with unexpected solutions and offers. It's not very realistic. It goes on and on about the fine details of all these peoples' lives...they're meant to be interconnected but I kept wondering How is this relevant? I'm disappointed I bought this. Having read a couple of Maeve Binchy books in a row, I also noticed that there are only ever a handful of the same types of characters in her books...beautiful and aloof, dodgy investment banker types, dour parents, awkward teenage girls struggling to fit in...And not one of them speaks like a real person.
This has got to be one of my all time favourite series. It is a brilliant read from book one through to the final book. the characters are captivating, lovable and believable in their endeavours, ups and downs and how they live. It's a must to read and enjoy. Money well spent. Thank you for the enjoyment of living their lives through each book. You could of gone on as its a very captivating series and I wish you had, but I suppose all good thing's must come to an end unfortunately.
Quentins is a nice, pleasant sort of read. It sort of revolves around Ella Brady, who finds herself involved with a documentary about Quentins, a classy restaurant in Dublin. However, there is no real main character in this book as it's all about the characters who dine at Quentins (many of whom have their own individual stories in the book), people that have popped up in other Maeve Binchy novels, and people who have found themselves the victims of a fraud which causes Ella some heartbreak.
I've read Maeve Binchy on one or two occasions before and thought they were quite enjoyable books, but didn't feel that inclined to read another. However, Quentins was chosen as a book group read and I'm glad I read it. It's very gentle and quite old-fashioned, but it swept me along with it and I found it to be an easy story to read which left me with a sense of satisfaction at the ending.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book by Maeve Binchy. She paints a vivid picture of life running a restaurant in Dublin. The characters come to life and stories linked to the people who dine in Quentins gently unfold. I have this book in paperback and Kindle forms and it's a book I regularly reread. I highly recommend it!
Like all Maeve Binchy's novels readers will laugh and cry and be totally drawn into the story and won't want to put it down. I also love the way the author brings characters from her other books in as many of them are in and around Dublin. I have never been to Dublin but because i have read all of her books many times it makes me want to visit the city. I hope u will one day.
I bought this book (two CDs got lost in the post) because I wanted to know what happened to the characters in Scarlet Feather. I had tapes of Kate Binchy reading SF and she was so brilliant, she brought everyone to life. Quentins is mainly about a girl called Ella and also about Brenda Brennan and her husband, so I was reading it fast just to get to the bits about Kathy, Tom and the twins. I would say it is an average read, as the stories about the restaurant customers were not that exciting. I enjoyed Scarlet Feather much better, even though it has taken me several decades to become a Maeve Binchy reader.