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Scarlet Feather [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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"Whatever made us think that a catering business had anything to do with producing food?" asks the exasperated heroine of Maeve Binchy's Scarlet Feather. Cathy Scarlet and her partner Tom Feather had wanted to open their own catering firm ever since they attended college together. When the perfect location finally becomes available at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, they jump straight into renovations, ignoring the owner's mysterious eagerness to sell. But as they soon learn, chasing a dream demands far more than just cream puffs and canapés. In the months that follow, Tom and Cathy weather the ups and downs of founding a small business, soothe many a client's fragile ego, plan and pull off a fairy-tale wedding, minister to two of the most appealingly waifish children this side of Dickens, and generally work themselves to the bone--all the while producing some of the most exquisite food Dublin has ever seen.

Binchy is a master spinner of tales, the kind of storyteller who captures the rich tapestry of relationships at work in even the most ordinary of lives. Tom and Cathy come surrounded by a cast of characters as skillfully drawn as themselves: Neil, Cathy's activist-lawyer-husband, who's so busy worrying about the world's problems that he sometimes forgets to worry about his own; beautiful Marcella, Tom's girlfriend, who wants to be a top model more than anything else; and most endearingly of all, Maud and Simon, Neil's neglected 8-year-old cousins, who prove equally talented at wreaking havoc and asking awkward questions. Stir in a full complement of clients, family, friends, and enemies, and you have the makings of a bestseller that's very busy and very Binchy. Tom and Cathy's work, after all, is not so different from that of the novelist herself. Like writers, they stage-manage some of the most important events in people's lives, from weddings and funerals to romances and reunions. Before the year is out, Tom, Cathy, Neil, and Marcella will find themselves changed forever--and Binchy fans will have fallen in love with yet another of her fully realized worlds. --Chloe Byrne

From Publishers Weekly

Bestselling author Binchy (Tara Road, etc.) again explores the depths of family relationships in an 11th warm, involving drama. Set in contemporary Ireland over a period of one year, the smartly paced tale focuses on Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather, cooking school chums who achieve their dream of opening a posh catering business, Scarlet Feather, in Dublin. Professionally, they're off to a good start; personally, their lives are falling apart. Cathy, whose out-of-work father plays the races while her mother toils as a housemaid, faces the consequences of having married Neil Mitchell, prized son of an upper-class family who employed Cathy's mother for years. Neil, a lawyer who champions worthy causes, is unconcerned about the tension between his wife and his snooty mother, and Cathy and Neil find themselves leading busy, separate lives. Tom has a live-in girlfriend whom he would love to marry, but Marcella, a manicurist in a classy store, yearns to succeed as a model before making any commitments. A charming cast of secondary characters includes Neil's cousins, Simon and Maud, two abandoned, nine-year-old twins who, in a surprising turn of events, come to live with Cathy's parents. The children's deadpan, exceedingly serious outlook on life is both heartbreaking and hilarious. One of Binchy's strengths is her subtle depiction of gradual changes in Irish society. By making her principal characters entrepreneurs, she reflects the ways Ireland's growing economic prosperity has altered social mores. Whether her readers are aware of such details, they help this wonderfully engaging book ring true. (Mar. 5).Forecast: Binchy's gift for creating a wide range of characters whose foibles and challenges make them lovable and real, coupled with her theme that genuine love can transform lives, add up to another crowd-pleaser. With major ad/promo, plus an author tour, this one is a lock for the charts.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 566 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451203771
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (March 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book damage. Dec 28 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is one of my favorites from Maeve, but upon arrival I found a long, deep scratch along the spine of the book. It looks to be from an exacto knife. eventually it will break down and possibly wreck the book. :(
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet Feathers July 15 2001
The book has several good plots in it but it took too long to develope each of them. Each plot was interesting and kept me in suspense as to the outcome. But,the events went on too long before I knew how the plot would end. There were too many charaters, places and events to remember and keep organized in my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be bought along with "Quentin's" May 22 2014
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This is one of my favourite books, along with "Quentin's". This is probably the third time I've bought it over the years. Lend it and never get it back, then remember how much I liked it and by it again.
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By Cee Ess TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is a month by month chronicle of two struggling caterers in Dublin and the kinks of their personal lives. I have to give Binchy credit for shaping this story together over a year's time with precision detail on people's lives and observant comment on society. This book produced, for me, two things - one brilliant and one draining. On the brilliant side, I felt as if I knew these people, that they were real. This is why I gave the book four stars. It's not easy for writers to create models that seem living rather than just representations of people. Binchy has a knack for reality. On the draining side, the dialogue and storyline tended to ramble and be repetitive. This is trademark Binchy, but after several hundred pages, me the reader wanted the story to wrap up. The long road is ended somewhat abruptly, which I happened to like - some others may find it a loose ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett Feather Dec 2 2012
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Easy going but definitely my favorite from this author. One of my favorite book of all time. I would recommend it to everybody any ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Gentle Slice of Irish Life Nov. 28 2012
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Scarlet Feather," by Maeve Binchy, tells the story of Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather, a catering duo in Dublin who are attempting to create a business in which they cater home meals as well as fancy dinners. This being Maeve Binchy, the two have numerous friends and relations who all have complicated lives, often intertwined with one another, and frequently there are problems that must be Sorted Out, with the help of a drink or a slice of marvelous home-made bread, of course. When their work premises are vandalized, Cathy and Tom must figure out how to rebuild, or else go under in less than a year; they have little time to wonder who vandalized the place, but they may soon find out.... I very much enjoy reading Maeve Binchy's slice-of-Irish-life stories; they are for the most part gentle, although very ungentle things happen in them, and "Scarlet Feather" includes some of my favourite characters of hers. In particular, we learn much more about Maud and Simon, the strange young twins whose family life is a puzzle, and we see how Cathy and Tom's respective partners do, and do not, support their loved ones in the catering business. Very enjoyable, recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars not paying attention. Aug. 14 2002
By amanda
grizelda84 from Omro, WI USA wrote
"Things that had been talked about so much throughout the book just went away without a wrap up. For example, what was the tragedy that befell the first couple who had a business in the premises that eventually became Scarlet Feather? Other mysteries were revealed, so why not that one? I felt left hanging a bit."
Obviously you weren't reading closely enough - their son hanged himself in the premises. It was only talked about briefly because it wasn't really relevant to the Cathy/Tom catering plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett Feather Sept. 19 2009
I absolutely loved this book. I love the way Maeve Binchy weaves a story and I found myself not wanting to put the book down because I couldn't wait to find out what was going on with everyone. I felt that I was part of the story and I always know when I read one of Maeve Binchys' storys I feel like I am with old friends.
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