Pros: Thoughtful & well written
Once again, Maeve Binchy has taken me to another place, captivated me and left me wanting to know, "What's next?" This is the first time that I know of that Ms. Binchy has written in depth about the United States and she did so admirably. There was liberal use of American phrases without being cliched. Also, her view of modern Ireland was enlightening. I have read previous works, but they were set in the '50's and '60's. This was a wonderful look at today.
One of my favorite things about this book - and virtually all of her others - is that the characters are so human. The woman are NOT all gorgeous, skinny and perfect. In this book, Ria is good-looking, but not over the top. And, in fact, the one physically beautiful woman (Rosemary) in this novel is not necessarily the nicest person. Such a relief from romance novel drivel where the women have skin like dewy orchid petals and eyes that glisten, gleam, glow, glimmer, shine, snap, crackle and pop as well as being able to win the hero AND skin a tiger one-handed while wearing an off-the shoulder evening gown. (Complete with hoop skirt!)
If you're looking for an honest, interesting, thoughtful novel, this is it.