Scarlet Feather


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Becoming fast friends in cooking school, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather hope to take Dublin by storm with their new catering company. But not everyone shares their enthusiasm. Cathy's mother-in-law disapproves of her new hobby, while Cathy's husband buries himself in his legal work. Tom's ambitious girlfriend struggles with her career and Tom's family expects him to follow in his father's footsteps.

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Apr 18, 2010

: ) Loved it! : )

I absolutely loved this book - the writing is so simple yet the storyline isn't. I found it to be quite profound. The characters felt so real; they learnt many life lessons, with many unexpected events along the way.

Definitely one of the best books I have ever read - enjoyed it immensely!


May 14, 2009

Enjoyable book

I like reading Binchy's books to get a glimpse of Irish culture. This book followed two characters in business together through family issues, relationship issues, and business struggles. I'd recommend it!


May 27, 2008

More than the sum of its parts

This is the first Binchy book that I've read since picking up "Circle of Friends" when I was in high school. I couldn't really remember much about the author besides that I enjoyed the book. Well, the enjoyment hasn't changed. What has changed is that I've read a lot of authors in the intervening years that don't match up to Binchy's talent. Somehow, her story of two Dublin caterers is more than the sum of its parts. The writing is simple and straightforward, but it ultimately laces together a story that is anything but either of those two words. This book is like comfort food; you know what's in it, but the feeling it gives you goes above and beyond the ordinary power of those ingredients by themselves.
Binchy isn't interested in painting any of her characters in two dimensions. Instead, they run the gamut of type, all of them believably inhabiting her fictional world, reacting naturally to the stimuli with which they are presented according to the personalities that Binchy has created with such care. And the best thing is, you recognize these outsize personalities. The author has a remarkable talent for capturing the traits and quirks of people and putting them on the page intact.
I will definitely be picking up more work by Maeve Binchy in the future.

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