Monday, February 11, 2008

Light a Penny Candle

Finished Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchey. It was her first novel, published in 1982. I liked this book a lot. It reminded me a bit of A Murderous Innocence by Alison Scott Skelton. Both books are family sagas, taking place partially in Ireland, over several decades.

While the book was quite long (almost 600 pages), I breezed through it. Binchey's characters are engaging and realistic. The story itself is very compelling, although the end of the book seems a bit sudden and odd. It's almost as if it was getting too long and she had to find some way of winding it up. I look forward to reading her next book The Lilac Bus some time in the next year or so.

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