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Minding Frankie Kindle Edition

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Length: 482 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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“One of Binchy’s best works. She harmoniously handles a diverse group of characters, the good deeds that characterize life in Ireland are believable, and the ending is sweet. One hopes to find Frankie in one of Binchy’s future novels.” —Susan Rogers, Newark Star-Ledger
 
“Binchy’s world view is a large, benevolent one, and the reader is happier for it . . . bless her big Irish heart.” —Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Maeve Binchy has done it again [with] yet another warm tale of individual growth and human community, [in which] she assembles a large cast of characters and deploys them with her characteristic playfulness . . . Binchy specializes in exploring human foibles without spelling them out in tiresome detail . . . There’s a good chance that many readers, like this one, will consider Minding Frankie one of Binchy’s best novels yet.” —Maude McDaniel, BookPage
 
“Joyful, quintessential Binchy.” —Karen Holt, O, The Oprah Magazine 
 
“All across America, Maeve Binchy fans will be kicking off their shoes, making a nice cup of tea, and curling up on the couch as they re-enter Binchy’s cozy world. The Irish author returns here to a charming Dublin milieu of favorite characters from past novels, with some important new ones.” —Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times
 
“Binchy is a national treasure in her homeland of Ireland, and her latest novel is a perfect illustration of why.…Your heart will have no trouble recognizing the landscape [of this] touching saga.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is like settling in for a cozy visit with an old friend.  In vintage Binchy style, a cast of colorfully eccentric characters living in a snug Dublin neighborhood seamlessly weave in and out of each other’s lives, united by family, faith, friendship and community....Readers will need a box of tissues handy as the good-hearted residents of St. Jarlath’s Crescent prove that it does indeed take a ‘village to raise a child.’” —Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

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Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she’s born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can’t do it alone.

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie’s first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie’s doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it’s up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3470 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DEPHAM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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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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I had a slow time getting into this latest Maeve Binchy offering, but once I got involved have quite enjoyed it. Her recent books have lacked the charm of Tara Road, Cooper Beech, Evening Class etc, but this is quite fun to read. For any long time Binchy fan it is fun to read about what has happened to many of our old favourites like "Signora" and Aidan, Muttie and Lizzie, the twins, Frank and Clara etc. However it is harder to get involved with her new characters like Noel, Lisa and Moira. I think a collection of short stories bringing us updates on our old favourite characters would be a good offing next!
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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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As a huge fan of Maeve's writings, I am pleased to provide a five star review for "Minding Frankie". Her books never disappoint me and this is especially true for "Minding Frankie". With her mixture of new characters in this book, and old characters from previous books, this book is another winner! Can't wait for her next one and hopefully it will be a continuing story on how Frankie is faring out. Bravo!
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Minding Frankie encompasses four major characters according to the back page of the book – however, there is, of course a lot more to the story, or stories, and many more characters involved. Once again, author Maeve Binchy covers a mass of different issues, based in Ireland but not limited to it. In fact, people literally come from all over the world and whatever is happening could occur just about anywhere.
One of the individuals having a major influence in and on the tale is not even one of the four characters mentioned – yet, without her, events would have turned out a lot different, I dare say. Mind you, one of those ‘named’ could easily be called the ‘bad guy’ – very embittered and not being able to let go of the past. She is also a social worker, very good at her job, however, also in a position of power and without compassion whatsoever. She sees everything in black and white – more black than white in most cases, which causes a lot of friction. And thus you have the premise for an intriguing, at times even annoying storyline where you just want to wring that woman’s neck, while feeling sorry for her at the very same time.
Maeve most definitely knows how to spin a captivating tale, something of an emotional rollercoaster ride that nobody can really escape from. Once you get reading, you’re hooked an in for the duration – a journey with many ups and downs, while you get to know the characters inside and out as well as their backgrounds explained so that everything makes perfect sense. This author does not write romance and ‘living happily ever after’, but she writes about life and what people are going through on a daily basis … yet manages to inspire hope and positive thinking that generally gets people motivated and looking and moving ahead.
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Minding Frankie was everything I expected. It was true Maeve Binchy style. Another Wonderful book by this great author. This book is engaging, you experience different emotions at times it is so funny that you cannot help but laugh out loud and at other times you have to reach for a tissue. Cheers to Maeve Binchy for another wonderful book. I will really miss her writing.
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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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