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Minding Frankie: (Abridged) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Maeve Binchy
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June 28 2011
Noel and Lisa are among the most supportive parents at the nursery school. Never late to pick up their little girl, always patient and delighted to see her at the end of the day. But in fact neither of them are Frankie's parents. They have no blood relationship at all to this little girl. They are there first because of a promise, and they stayed because Frankie had become a life-line to them both. She was the only reason their lives stayed on track and because of her they found the strength to fight their demons. The problem was keeping this secret far from the eyes and ears of the social workers. If it were known that Noel was an alcoholic and Lisa a serious fantasist Frankie would not remain another day in their care. And yet if she were to be taken away, lives would be destroyed. Families are changing all the time - why not give this one a chance? Because the law is against it, that's why.

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for a really delicious treat, laugh and cry along with Maeve Binchy's latest Dublin novel... Warmyl read by her cousin Kate Binchy, this is a moving story of good triumphing over all kinds of problems ... which, as the Binchy's Irish compatriot Oscar Wilde almost delcared, the meaning of good fiction. -- Sue Gaisford INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Maeve Binchy's latest novel, MINDING FRANKIE...will bring nostalgic delight to her fans DAILY EXPRESS

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Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and came to fame first as London Correspondent for the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, made her famous in the UK and USA. She lives in County Dublin with her husband, Gordon Snell.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Minding Frankie Nov. 2 2010
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Maeve Binchy is virtually always easy to read and very enjoyable. Her characters are most often very true to life and this book was no exception. One of her strongest points is her ability to juxtapose characters from previous novels into the current setting and this time she may have done that the best of all. Combining single parenthood, alcoholism and a supportive community makes for a fine tale.
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By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
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In Maeve Binchy's "Minding Frankie," we meet Noel, a young man drifting emptily through life, living at home with his super-religious parents and working in a dead-end job, with no prospects in sight and his only interest that of drinking. Things change when Stella, a woman with whom he had a barely-remembered fling one weekend, summons him to her hospital bed and tells him that 1) she is dying and 2) she is pregnant with his child. A Cesarean section is needed, but that operation will kill her, and Stella therefore wants Noel to assume responsibility for his daughter, Frankie. Although at first reluctant, soon Noel comes around to her point of view, but he is going to need the entire neighbourhood to help him look after Frankie.... "Minding Frankie" brings back many well-known characters from Binchy's oevre, including the twins Maud and Simon, Signora and Aidan, Muttie and Lizzy, Clara and Frank, and tons more, while also introducing new members of the extended "family" such as Lisa, a young woman with unfortunate choices in love, and Moira, the social worker assigned to oversee Frankie's upbringing, who is convinced that the little girl deserves a more stable family than the one she has. As always, I enjoyed the interactions between all of these characters; not a lot happens in this story, which roughly covers Frankie's first year of life, but it's Binchy's warm and thoughtful insights into human nature that make her books so wonderful and those are present in this book no less than in earlier ones. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring Feb. 3 2014
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This book was easy to read and very enjoyable.
The characters were interesting, emotionally connective & true to life. Combining single parenthood, alcoholism, life & death into a rich community and taking the reader into their life's as well.
This is the first time I have read a book by this author, and I will certainly read more by her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read! Oct. 31 2013
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A typical Maeve Binchy good entertaining story. Enjoyed having some the old characters come back into the story... would recommend it for an easy/light read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Sept. 8 2013
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Wonderful story of how someone who turned there life around, assumed tremendous responsibility & in the end it paid off.
Loved the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining July 16 2013
By isabel
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Maeve Binchy never fails to entertain me. Just like her other books, you keep turning the page until it's done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good one. May 20 2013
By Kashy59
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I've been a fan of Maeve Binchy's for sometime now and I'm glad to have found her. She tells terrific tales and weaves ongoing stories of many characters in various books. If you're going to start reading her works begin at the first and work your way thorough the years.
Rest in peace Maeve, you wonderful Irish lady.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Maeve Binchy books.
Excellent novel as always Maeve has a way of telling a story that makes you feel that you are right there.
Published 13 months ago by martha
5.0 out of 5 stars Minding Frankie
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Published on May 19 2011 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
After reading all but two of Maeve Binchy's books I really enjoyed this one and just couldn't put it down!A recommended read ..just great!!
Published on March 20 2011 by Beafran
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy Does It Again
As a huge fan of Maeve's writings, I am pleased to provide a five star review for "Minding Frankie". Read more
Published on March 12 2011 by Wendy G
4.0 out of 5 stars New characters and many old favourites!
I had a slow time getting into this latest Maeve Binchy offering, but once I got involved have quite enjoyed it. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2010 by calenita
2.0 out of 5 stars Simple
This is book has simple characters with not much depth. There are ongoing issues with each character but nothing is really explored at all. Read more
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