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Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

Minding Frankie (2011)

by Maeve Binchy

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Probably more of a 3.5 rating. A sweet heartwarming tale that made me want to live in their Dublin neighborhood. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
This was quintessential Binchy, a good-sized group of people, all-interrelated and many from her previous books. It's a guilty pleasure. You know from the beginning that everyone will live happily ever after, but everyone is so unfailingly wonderful that you want to know the details of the current dramas in everyone's life. It definitely falls into the "beach read" category. ( )
  LeslieHurd | Jan 11, 2017 |
In this story by Maeve Binchy we meet Noel who lives with his parents who are devout Catholics so to avoid spending time with them he spends his free time at the pub. When he is contacted by a pregnant woman who is seriously ill his life changes for ever. Apparently they had a liason which resulted in the child and she wants him to look after the baby, Frankie, as she knows she won't survive labour.

In many ways I did enjoy this book especially as old friends crop up so we learn what happened to them but it is rather silly at times. The character of Moira the social worker just isn't credible as she is far too involved in what happens to Frankie. Also the idea that a virtual stranger could come from America and instantly start deciding how things are managed just doesn't ring true to me at all. the ending is also very unsatisfactory including a twist which spoiled things for me.

I did enjoy the interaction between Lisa and Noel looking after Frankie but for an intelligent woman she was very naive and unbelivable sometimes.

Please don't judge the author by this book she has written much better. ( )
  Northern_Light | Dec 20, 2016 |
An entertaining, easy read. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
gripping; page turner. ( )
  LindaCarvelli | Aug 15, 2016 |
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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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