Pros: Easy to read
Cons: Fluffy summer beach novel genre
I have read a few of Maeve Binchy's books and always found them enjoyable with interesting characters and thought provoking themes. "Tara Road" was astonishingly bad. Binchy pretty much phoned this one in (got on the Oprah Book Club list -- ka-ching!) But I thought I was reading Danielle Steele.
I have never been to Ireland or met many native Irish, but apparently they are all nosy parkers who can't seem to stay out of each others' kitchens. Maria thinks she is happily married and does nothing but what she believes would please her husband, family and friends. Poor, put upon, attractive 37 year old Maria (apparently this is middle- aged in Ireland). Her husband deserts her for a younger woman who truly does understand him and Maria heads to Connecticut to "get her head together". A parallel story has an American woman with her own problems switching homes with Maria. In the process, they solve each others' problems in two months' time, Maria comes home to a sure romance waiting for her, and Maeve Binchy laughs all the way to the bank. BOR-ing. I will be more careful next time she comes out with another novel.