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on 10 March 2011
I read this book years ago and bought the kindle version recently. I ended up purchasing the book as well. I was using kindle on my iPhone and unlike other Maeve Binchy books I've purchased via Kindle, the translation was awful. I thought at first that the OCR hadn't been edited properly, but other errors were obviously manual. Extra line spaces were also added between paragraphs which meant that there was not much to read on a lot of the pages.
As far as the story is concerned it's great. A mother leaves her husband and children in Ireland to live in London with an old flame but for various reasons is thought to have committed suicide/died in a boating accident. As you would expect, she is unable to live without contact with her children and there follows the story.
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on 6 November 2009
story set in the 1950's gives a good insight into 1950's Ireland told in an amusing way... the fear of the catholic church, the fear of what the neighbours might think, small town gossip, the frustration of everyone knowing every bodies business.... I loved this story.

I couldn't put this book down. Maeve Binchy gives a great description of each of the characters to the extent that you actually feel like you know each and every one of them.
As usual Binchy gives the perfect unpredictable ending to this story.
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on 9 June 1999
Kit McMahon is 12 years old when her mother disappears. Before that her life had been relatively simple. She had grown up in the lakeside village of Lough Glass with her family and known all the people of the village. But everything changes when Helen McMahon disappears and Kit finds a note on her father's bed.... This is an intriguing, emotional story, but it has its funny parts too. Buy it.
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VINE VOICEon 28 September 2007
sleepy village life means life seems to be passing Helen McMahon by. Married with two children, it seems an idyl life. Untill, one day, Helen goes missing, oresumed drowned in the lake of Lough Glass. What happens next has repurcusions for her entire family, and has some great twists. Great characters, brilliant writing and a wonderful plot means you wont be able to put it down untill you reach the end.
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on 23 August 2002
It's the 1950's, Kit McMahon is a young woman living in a small town beside a lake. She believes her mother has committed suicide and when a friend of her mother's in London starts writing wonderful letters to her, a friendship blooms. Binchy's characters come alive she has captured the people, the time and the place perfectly. This book is definitely a page turner though not the sort of thing I usually choose to read. I didn't read this but listened to it on Audio Cassette read by Kate Binchy who brought the characters to life better than reading it myself could have done. Three days later her voice was still in my head.
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VINE VOICEon 10 August 2010
This book was recommended to me by a friend, I've never read a Binchy book, not really my kind of thing, but I thought I'd give it a go. I wasn't too sure at first, so many Irish names and families introduced early on. But gradually, I figured out who was who, and once Kit's mother disappeared (presumed drowned), the story really picked up. You sympathise with the character of Kit, a strong-minded young lady who wants to make something of her life. You may or may not sympathise with the character of Helen/Lena, a woman who chose to leave her two children to run away with her first love. But throughout this book, you will keep wondering how it's all going to end up - how can the secret ever be told? When a huge coincidence brings together the casts of the two narratives, you will be losing sleep at night, so desperate will you be to find out what happens. It is a long, long book, but a satisfying read. (Although I was left wondering about the significance of the fur cape - did I miss a bit?)
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on 24 October 2001
Typical Binchy book about a small town and a few of the families within the village. Some of the younger members escape to Dublin where they discover that not everything is as rosy as they thought the big city would be.
Typically Binchy in that along side the general family traumas is love and romance and their impact on families and in particular the main character.
I did not enjoy this book as much as some of the other Binchy books I have read.
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on 5 August 2012
I read this whilst on holiday recently and was again delighted with Maeve Binchy's character building. For me, this wasn't her best plot, seeming a bit improbable at times, but her warmth was well up to standard. The story tells of a woman who leaves her family in Ireland to go away with her lover to live in London and the soul searching this causes her over the years. Due to a twist of fate, her husband and children are under the impression she drowned in the local lake and are unaware she is still alive and living in England.

Maeve Binchy is a wonderful story teller and this book is very readable. She has great insight into human emotions and family dynamics and as usual, this story doesn't disappoint. Buy and enjoy!
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VINE VOICEon 13 February 2009
I have read most Maeve Binchy novels and devoured them but this was not one of my favourites. Although it started off well enough and had a good story in it, I thought that the plot was somewhat stretched out by the length of the book, there wasn't enough of a story to fill nearly 700 pages. Consequently I found it dragged in places, which was a shame because as usual it's written with the author's customary warmth and talent for storytelling, and I think in a shorter version it would have been better. I also agree with another reviewer that the ending was a bit of a let down.
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on 16 January 2013
I really enjoyed this book because it kept me gripped from the beginning. It is a romance with a difference, plenty of drama, somewhat unpredictable but with a good "happy ending". Had to carry on reading into the night and again early in the morning. Definitely not a man's book but anyone who has read other books by this author would love this story.
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