Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

Reviewed by Sue

I recently read “Whitethorn Woods” by Maeve Binchy.  She is from Ireland and all her books are set in Ireland.  My very favorite by her is “Firefly Summer”.  I have read ALL of her books.  I was very disappointed in the latest book “Whitethorn Woods”.  She usually draws a lot of characters who seem not to be inter-connected but by the end she weaves them together in some kind of connection.  She did NOT do this in this book and left you hanging as to what happened to the characters.  I was very disappointed in this one and would not recommend it to anyone.  I am not alone in this opinion about this title.  I personally feel that she was in a hurry and had a deadline to meet so she just wrote whatever. 

One Response to “Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy”

  1. Joan Badie Says:

    Upon reading Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy, I was impressed by her diversity of stories and characters. I liked the book. There were so many characters and stories, generational plots and sites, that just as in real life, there is no real ending to each plot and story. Life goes on, and Maeve Binchy certainly goes on in the book. I particularly liked her character, Neddy, who, I felt, resembled “Forrest Gump” in his ultimate success. The author’s description of him early on was “not the sharpest knife in the drawer.” Maybe, the author did intertwine many of her story ideas into this one book, but I felt it was an easy, pleasant book to read.