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Quentins by Maeve Binchy

Quentins (original 2002; edition 2008)

by Maeve Binchy

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Authors:Maeve Binchy
Info:NAL Trade (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 403 pages
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Quentins by Maeve Binchy (2002)



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As always this was an engaging story of adversity and the struggles to stay afloat. This was a well paced v book which had me eager for more from the start. ( )
  theReadingHead | Jul 17, 2015 |
What ages would I recommend it too? – Sixteen and up.

Length? – Several day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Ireland 1990's.

Written approximately? – 2002.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

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Notes for the reader: This story brings in characters from several of Maeve Binchy's other novels. However, some of the timeframes seem off. In one place she mentions that Quentin's has been open one year, and Colm just opened his restaurant on Tara Road. The film is supposed to take place after Quentin's is 40 years old, so that Brenda would be nigh, or over 60, and so would Colm and Ria. Some timelines seem to not mesh correctly.

However, this is still a great novel, and if I hadn't just read Tara Road, i wouldn't know that! ( )
  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
The equivalent to "easy listening" music, this book is an absolute "easy reading" piece. One is entertained and reads on, and the book just unravels. Ms Binchy is good at her trade, a skillful narrator, too. And there is nothing garrish about it, or in bad taste, and it is only slightly kitschy. Still - there is not more in there, what you read is what you get. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, not at all. ( )
  flydodofly | Sep 24, 2014 |
Really quite dreadful in the most twee sort of way. It meadnered like crazy but somehow all these people are supposed to reconnect over their shared experience of Quentin's resteraunt, I guess where everyone in Dublin knows your name. Trite and insipid and Ella Brady even beats out Victoria whatshername in that Pilcher for stupid devotion to a worthless creep. She finally does the right thing in the end but my creep-o-meter was on full tilt the moment he appeared on the scene. Icky.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
I'd forgotten just what a good writer she is. The plot, such as it is, is the least important thing in this wonderful collection of pen portraits and insights into the human condition. Read it! ( )
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451209907, Mass Market Paperback)

In Maeve Binchy's timely and topical tale, Quentins, Ella Brady is a documentary filmmaker who wants to bring the tale of the eponymous Dublin restaurant to the screen. Quentins has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years and has become the meeting point for a lot of characters, including some familiar faces from previous Binchy novels. As Ella makes more and more headway with her documentary, the secrets, betrayals, and stories of love that emerge make her question whether or not she wants to bring the tale of Quentins to the screen after all; especially as she is also forced to confront a devastating dilemma from her own past.

Regarded by many as the true queen of the romantic Irish drama, Binchy has once again produced another fine page-turner that will please her army of loyal fans and hopefully win her many more. She has a real eye for character and exploring the often painful choices people are forced to make in their everyday lives. This is a tale of normal people, ordinary folk and the heartaches that have made them who they are. Fans will welcome the return of some familiar Binchy characters and Ella is a strong, likeable heroine, a woman who, in exploring the lives of these people, is forced to consider some choices she has made in her own life. So make a reservation at Quentins, sit back, and relax--you'll be in very good company. --Jane Warren, Amazon.co.uk

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Ella wants to make a documentary film about a famous Dublin restaurant from the 1970s to the present day. Then she begins to wonder if some secrets should be kept.

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