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Minding Frankie (2011)

by Maeve Binchy, Maeve Binchy

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This was an excellent story. I loved how all of the characters came together throughout the story. I also loved the Irish setting.Maeve Binchy is a wonderful storyteller and her characters are so enjoyable. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
I listened and found I could appreciate the brogue and the story a little better.
Also....I'm simply time constrained this summer and listening works.

This was a pleasant ,feel good story..........all loose ends tied, all fences mended.

I don't know about anyone else...but I need this occasionally. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 26, 2016 |
Frankie is born to a terminally ill single mother, who leaves her to Noel. Noel barely remembers the one time they went out, and is in rather a mess; living with his parents, he has a dead-end job and is an alcoholic. But he is persuaded to take responsibility for the newborn baby, and it proves a turning-point in his life.

This book is set in the delightful, warm community which includes several characters who appeared in other novels by the late Maeve Binchy. We meet, again, Doctor Declan and his wife Fiona who also have a new baby; Muttie and Lizzie, now getting old, and their adopted grandchildren, the bright and breezy Maud and Simon. There are some new characters too; Lisa and her sister Kate, and also Emily. Emily is technically Noel's cousin although she's rather older than he is, and lives in Australia. She comes to visit, and finds herself falling in love, not just with her relatives, but with all their friends and neighbours too.

It's the story of how a small community comes together to raise a child, in the face of opposition from social services, and great temptations for Noel to return to his former life. It's the story, too, about how Emily, with her determination and new ideas, manages to transform people's ideas, and eventually their lives. It's a story about courage, and love, and the way that even the most unusual relationships can work, when people take each other's concerns seriously.

There's not a great deal of plot, and it's not the kind of book to read in one sitting. I'm a little shocked to find that it took me nearly three weeks to finish this, but I very much enjoyed it. Definitely recommended, although it might be easier to understand if you've previously read at least a few of Binchy's other recent novels. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This was another fun and entertaining read from Maeve Binchy. It was another visit to so many wonderful characters from her other novels. This book is timeless and a classic that transcends time. I love her books and look forward to reading my next one. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Good heartwarming story. Easy read. ( )
  NHNick | Jan 5, 2015 |
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Binchy remains the queen of spiritual comfort, but this time round she’s stretched interest thin with ups and downs too many and too mild.
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Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she’s born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can’t do it alone.

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie’s first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie’s doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it’s up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

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When N?oel learns that his former flame is terminally ill and pregnant with a child she claims is his, he agrees to take care of the baby girl once she's born. But as a recovering alcoholic whose demons are barely under control, he can't do it alone. Luckily, he has an amazing network of family and friends who are ready to help. A tale of joy, heartbreak and hope in a close-knit Dublin community.… (more)

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