Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin.
They have plenty of talent, the perfect premises, and even a few contacts. But not everyone is as pleased by the idea of ‘Scarlet Feather’ as they are.
Tom’s parents are disappointed that he has turned his back on the family business. Cathy’s mother-in-law believes Cathy should be at home. And Tom’s relationship with his beautiful, ambitious girlfriend is slowly disintegrating.
As Cathy and Tom strive to maintain their emotional ties amidst catering triumphs and disasters, they find both support and opposition where they least expect it.
Probably My Favourite Novel Ever!
Having re-read Tara Road, the next thing I just had to do was move onto another favourite, Scarlet Feather!
Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather both went to catering college and have long dreamed of having their own company – haven’t they already got the perfect name? However, they need to find suitable premises and deal with the disappointment of Tom’s parents that he isn’t going into the family business, while Cathy’s mother-in-law thinks her place is at home dancing attendance on her son and isn’t shy of telling her so! Tom also has a gorgeous girlfriend who has her own career ambitions . . .
I think this may be my most favourite of all of Maeve Binchy’s novels! I vaguely remembered it from previous readings, but I really had forgotten how good it is. The characters are just amazing; all true-to-life and most skilfully crafted. There are plenty of threads to this tale, all woven into a most intricate pattern which kept me reading long into the night. The absolute icing on the cake are Maud and Simon, twins who are related to Cathy through marriage and they are a joy to behold! This story is just bursting out all over with events and goodness – counteracting the considerable badness – and I revelled in each and every word. If you only ever read one book by this author, please make it Scarlet Feather. A full five flashing, sparkling and dancing stars and worth so much more.
I own this novel in hardback, but to re-read I purchased an ecopy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: Irish, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cassette
- Size: 566 pages
- Publisher: Orion
- Publication Date: 23 December 2019 re-issue
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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.