Welcome to A-Z Wednesday, hosted by Reading at the Beach. Check out the rules, so you can play, too.
To join, here’s all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books
Find an author whose first or last name starts with the letter of the week
1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)
4~ Come back to Reading At The Beach and leave your link in the comments.
5~ If you’ve already reviewed the book, add the link.
This week’s letter: Author – First or Last Name – “M”
Today I’ve grabbed a book from my TBR stacks—one I really want to read soon. I love this author’s work, especially for long, rainy days or evenings, when I can curl up with a book and cups of tea.
Whitethorn Woods, by Maeve Binchy, is a book about village life and change.
Here’s a snippet from Amazon:
Nestled outside the once sleepy Irish village of Rossmore in a copse known as Whitethorn Woods is the shrine of St. Ann’s Well, which attracts so many of the faithful and hopeful that the little town overflows with visitors. This prompts a controversial proposal to construct a bypass highway that would divert traffic, ironically, right through the Woods, thus destroying the source of the town’s popularity. Worried that the shrine’s days are numbered, villagers flock to the Well, where they plead for everything from the restoration of a faltering love affair to the recognition of an ancestor’s legacy. Foregoing her trademark plot-driven narrative for a tale in which the outcome is predictable (will the shrine be saved? duh!), Binchy instead focuses her prodigious talent on a robust assemblage of characters embroiled in romantic and domestic crises. Inventively and intricately weaving a series of linked vignettes, Binchy astounds with the versatility of the supplicants’ voices, from the diabolical machinations of a mother whose daughter has committed murder to the sad serenity of another whose child was kidnapped decades earlier. Binchy is at her best in this tender yet potent tale of a traditional land and people threatened and challenged by the forces of change. Carol Haggas
What marvelous books did you discover today? Please stop by and share some comments and links.