Quentins by Maeve Binchy #BookReview #Orion #5*

Superb fiction from the No.1 bestselling author.

Every table at Quentins restaurant in Dublin has a thousand stories to tell.

The staff and customers all have tales of their own, and the restaurant owners themselves have had more than their fair share of trials to cope with.

Now Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned restaurant but as she uncovers more of what has gone on, she questions the wisdom of bringing it to the screen.

And when she is forced to confront a devastating dilemma in her own life, Ella wonders if some stories should not be told . . .

Fabulously Entertaining!

Another wonderful novel by the Queen of Irish fiction!

Quentins is regarded as a posh, pricy restaurant; the kind of place you go to celebrate and impress. There are many tales to tell, and Ella Brady has plans to do just that but when she begins to delve into the lives of those connected and something momentous happens to herself, she wonders about the wisdom of it all.

Quentins has been mentioned in previous novels by this author, so it was a delight to get to know more about the staff and customers. However, there is so much more to this story than only the restaurant; as will every other Maeve Binchy novel, there is a plethora of amazing characters to get to know and the beautiful writing makes it all so easy. With characters from previous novels popping up, the enjoyment was increased and I couldn’t find fault even if I wanted to. It’s notable that all of this author’s books have been given new covers but, personally, I much prefer the original ones. The stories, however, remain as all-consuming as ever and are of the highest calibre. Another novel which easily earns all five shining stars.

I own this novel in hardback but I purchased an ecopy to re-read this time round; this is – as always – my honest original, and unbiased review.

Tags: Irish, women’s fiction

Author Details

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.

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