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on 21 June 2017
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.
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on 26 September 2002
Quentins was a great surprise to me because I had heard that Scarlet Feather would be Ms Binchy's final book. I'm so glad that either I was misinformed or the author decided to surprise her fans with another book. I enjoyed this one very much and as she always does, Ms Binchy makes us care about the characters she creates. There are really very few contemporary authors that make the reader want to know what happens to the characters beyond the final page. What makes Quentins a particular delight is the reappearance of characters from Scarlet Feather, Tara Road and Evening Class. In spite of her likeability, I was prepared to become very cross with Ella, the main character in Quentins, but in the end, she does the right thing and made me want to stand and cheer her gumption. I've always preferred Ms. Binchy's earlier books set in the 50's - they seemed to have more depth and complexity than the later books, but in spite of that, I give Quentins five stars for an entertaining and very satisfying read.
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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.
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on 31 May 2017
Not interesting. Repetitive throughout.
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on 18 May 2015
Read so many of this writer's work and never disappointed.
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on 2 December 2016
Fine
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on 13 May 2017
At present waiting to hear from seller as disc is not working
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on 1 December 2016
like reading Maeve Binchy books 2nd time
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on 30 August 2002
What a fantastic book , I have enjoyed all Maeve Binchy previous novels but this is the best yet . It is based around a Dublin Restaurant and follows the life of Ella Brady who is making a film about the restaurant. The main story follows Ella , but the book also has mini stories of some of the staff , people who have eaten in the restaurant & friends & family of Ella. I could not put this book down & finished it in 2 days . If you want a book that makes you feelgood, smile & cry this is the one.
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on 28 August 2002
This new book from Maeve Binchy is a welcome surprise, since "Scarlet Feather" was said to be her last novel. "Quentins" focuses on a new character, Ella Brady, but revolves around the restaurant Quentins, which has appeared in her last 2-3 books. Ella is working to film a documentary on the legendary Dublin restaurant, and many previous Binchy characters (including Nora, Aiden, Brenda, and Patrick from "Evening Class," Ria from "Tara Road," Tom, Cathy, and the twins from "Scarlet Feather") make welcome appearances. The story revolving around Ella and her married boyfriend is less engaging than the stories told about Quentins. At times the construction of the novel seems a little loose, as if possibly the author had written a number of short stories and decided to combine them into a book; however, it is not confusing to read once you realize what she's doing. She still maintains her wonderful sense of humour, and many of the restaurant patrons' stories are touching.
I met Maeve Binchy several years ago after the release of "Evening Class." She was a warm and friendly person (just like her books!) and said that the ending to "Evening Class" was the only one of her endings that she was really pleased with. It seems as though her later books (written in present day as opposed to the 1950s as her previous novels were) have a more upbeat tone and a requisite happy ending. I prefer her earlier work, which has a little more of a dark side and an edge.
However, "Quentins" will hold your interest, and you'll be glad to sit down once again with another Maeve Binchy novel!
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