Actually, this is a Cranky Book Review of any and all Maeve Binchy books.
The first one I ever read (for she is quite prolific as a writer) was The Copper Beech. I think I was still in high school, and my sister gave it to me, hardcover, as a birthday or Christmas gift. I read it, I liked it, and I may have read a few more over the years... maybe Circle of Friends? I really can't remember. And I moved on.
High school, however, is a few years ago (kaff). Just before Tamsin's arrival, I scored a bag of books from my friend Andrea, as she was decluttering before her move to Vancouver. There were a few Marian Keyes (of Sushi for Beginners fame, which I read and loved), and a few Maeve Binchy, among others.
Those books seem to make up most of my "currently reading" list (look to the right) from December to present.
I picked up Silver Wedding on Wednesday afternoon, in -- coincidentally -- a bag of books that my mom was passing on. I started reading it yesterday, Thursday afternoon, at 1:20, while waiting for a bus* to take Tamsin and I downtown for a retirement party.**
Let me be clear: this Cranky Book Reviewer is cranky only because anything, everything else annoys me when I'm reading these books. Like babies who want to be fed. Buses that come. Retirement parties at which it would be rude to sit in a corner and read...with a baby who wants to be fed, no less. I'm also cranky because I started reading at 1:20 pm, went to a party, fed and bathed my children, put them to bed at 7:45, and finished the book -- and I'm not exaggerating in the slightest, here -- at 12:37 last night.
My eyes hurt.***
Totally worth it.****
* Aside: the 12 is the worst bus ever, for schedule, timeliness, and, dare I say it, clientele. But one must do what one must do, if one does not want to walk for 25 minutes in 33-degree weather and heels, pushing a baby carriage.
** No, not for Tamsin, silly. She has to put a few more years in as an unpaid child labourer first.
*** Mostly because I read most of it on my new, comfy deck couch, in the dark, with fairy lights as my reading lamp. I love my deck couch.
****Wait, you want to know why it's so good? It just is. Pick it up. Also, get Up the Garden Path by Sue Limb. Excellent.