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Light a Penny Candle
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
As a child, Elizabeth White was sent from her war-torn London home to a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It was there, in the crowded, chaotic O'Connor household, that she met Aisling-who would become her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism. Aisling's boldness brought Elizabeth out of her proper shell; later, her support carried Elizabeth through the painful end of her parents' chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth's friendship helped Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they always believed they could overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship. They believed they could survive anything, as long as they had each other. Now they're about to find out if they were right.
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EadieB
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Day 24 - #Candle #ReallyRandomFebruary
#LightAPennyCandle #MaeveBinchy

This was Maeve Binchy‘s debut novel. I read it 2 times and enjoyed it both times.

rubyslippersreads My favorite Binchy book. 1d
EadieB @rubyslippersreads It is a good one! 1d
OriginalCyn620 I love Binchy but haven‘t read this one! 1d
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Scochrane26 Ever since I read this, I have loved the name Aisling. 1d
EadieB @Scochrane26 That is a very pretty name! 1d
EadieB @OriginalCyn620 I love all her books! 1d
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jillrhudy
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A few slow bits, but this novel displays unsurpassed powers of characterization on Binchy‘s part, and the BFF main characters, Aisling and Elizabeth, who come together as a result of Elizabeth‘s evacuation to Aisling‘s home in Ireland during the London blitz, have truly wonderful stories. #historicalfiction #strongwomen

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jillrhudy
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The trouble with Jayne Entwhistle is that after you listen to one of her audiobooks she reads your next book to you in your head. Who can hear this first paragraph of my new book in Entwhistle‘s voice? 👂 🐛 Are there other earworm readers?

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Elizabeth2
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What to say? This is an epic story, spanning 20 years, of friendship, family, love, loss and survival. It brings laughter, judgement, tears and, in the end, it brought me the satisfaction of a story well told. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

First book finished for the #deweysreadathon! #readathon #24hourreadathon

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Elizabeth2
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Just look at that sweet pup keeping an eye on me as I read. I just ❤️ this guy so much! 🥰😍

I‘m about halfway through this book. Not liking the choices Elizabeth is making at all. I‘ll finish this one up tomorrow during the Dewey‘s 24 Hour Readathon. #dogsoflitsy #poodlesoflitsy #deweys24hourreadathon #deweysreadathon

Laura317 💕your sweet puppy! 11mo
Elizabeth2 @Laura317 he‘s the best. My constant companion. ❤️🥰 11mo
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Elizabeth2
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📚+☕️+🐶+☀️= ❤️

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Elizabeth2
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Reading this one now. After the last few thrillers I‘ve read, its time for something sweet and slow. I adore Maeve Binchy and I haven‘t read her for a long while. This is one of 3 of her books that are on my unread shelf. ❤️📚

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Leftcoastzen
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My first Binchy & the authors first book.For #Booked2019 winter #SetInIrelandIrishAuthor
I enjoyed it very much.Binchy is a good storyteller & creates characters you want to know more about.When Elizabeth is sent to an Irish family to get away from ww2 & the Blitz,she befriends one of the daughters,Aisling.Often separated by miles & years , when help is needed , they are there for each other.A wonderful tale of lasting female friendship.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds heartwarming! 11mo
Cinfhen Sounds like you choose a really good book💚 11mo
MelleDelValle It‘s one of my favourite books that she has written! 11mo
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Leftcoastzen
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@Branwen I have a moo cat too! Tom Tom asking you‘re not done with that Binchy yet?Maybe if you stayed home with the cats and not go to book sales....

CoffeeNBooks 😹😹😹 11mo
Branwen Awwwww! I love him! He's so fluffy and handsome! 😍😻 11mo
Tamra 💜 11mo
CouronneDhiver I love these moo-cats 🖤 So pretty 11mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Wonderful book. Binchy has a fantastic talent for character development. The end was a bit of a surprise, the main characters were lovable as young girls but I grew irritated with them as adults.

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Andrew65
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Loved this early Maeve Binchy book when I read it earlier this Summer, but then again when don‘t I love her books. Great yarns! #Candle #OctoberPutASpellOnYou

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Eggs
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 🧡🧡 1y
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Andrew65
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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This was Maeve Binchy‘s first novel and really enjoyed the read, which had quite a surprising ending. As usual she tells a great yarn with some great characters. Interesting to see the difference in the post ww2 world of small town Ireland and England. I would give it 4.5 Stars, just a bit too abrupt an ending and I really NEED to know what happens next. Thanks to @EadieB And @JacqMac for great company during the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead.

Andrew65 I look forward to the next #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead in mid October. 1y
Andrew65 Everyone welcome on these Buddy Reads. The more the merrier. 😊👍 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Great fun! 1y
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JacqMac I‘m looking forward to the next one, too! 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac I have read The Lilac Bus in the past, very different to Light a Penny Candle and The Glass Lake. @EadieB 1y
JacqMac I‘m excited to have found one that I have never read before. I was sure I read them all. 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac Always good when that happens, especially when the author can no longer write any more. 1y
EadieB @andrew65 @JacqMac I‘m looking forward to reading it too! 1y
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Andrew65
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Have you finished this book? What was your overall view of the book? Rating?
What did you like most? Least?
Any thoughts on the key characters?

Please put any comments under spoilers so as not to spoil the reading fun of other readers.

#MaeveBinchyBuddyRead #LightaPennyCandle

Reviewsbylola I haven‘t even gotten a copy yet. 😑😖😆 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @jacqMac I really enjoyed the book very much and I love Binchy‘s writing. I liked the characters and thought they were very believable. One thing I was surprised about was that Elizabeth pushed Henry down the stairs. Did I read that right? I know Henry was drunk but pushing him down the stairs which caused his death was a little shocking to me. How do you both feel about that incident? 1y
Andrew65 @Reviewsbylola We‘ll discuss it with you when you do. 😊 1y
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Andrew65 @EadieB Did we know she actually pushed him down the stairs. Perhaps I need to read that again. I wondered if Harry had pushed him down the stairs. Really need to read that section again when less tired. Did I miss something? Great writing and a great story but rather an abrupt ending. I need to know what happens next! @JacqMac 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac I‘ll have to read it again because I was a bit shocked so I might have read it wrong! 1y
JacqMac She felt threatened. I think she pushed him. I think Harry just witnessed it. But I‘m not 100% certain. Lol @Andrew65 @EadieB (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac I wasn‘t either. @EadieB (edited) 1y
Elizabeth2 @Andrew65 @EadieB @JacqMac I know this post is months old, but I enjoyed reading your thoughts as I read the book. (She definitely pushed him. I think because he threatened to take Eileen. I think that she acted out of fear and as a mother. But I think in her hysteria, she doesn‘t know that she pushed him. Poor Harry to know and to have covered it up for her, as a father would. ) 11mo
EadieB @Elizabeth2 Thanks for clarifying that! Glad you enjoyed the book too! Feel free to join our discussions at anytime! 11mo
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JacqMac
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Loved it! As usual. Thanks for the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead @EadieB and @Andrew65 I loved reading it with you.

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EadieB
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Finished this book from a buddy read with @Andrew65 and @JacqMac - Maeve Binchey‘s debut novel and a real winner. Loved the characters of Elizabeth and Aisling. Elizabeth from England goes to Ireland during World War II stays with O‘Connor family. Elizabeth and Aisling become best friends. Together they endure years of writing back and forth with letters filled with joy, sorrow and dreams. Read this book to find out more about both their lives.

Andrew65 A great story and a great read, with wonderful people. @EadieB @JacqMac 1y
rubyslippersreads I'm sorry I got so behind, but I do ❤️❤️❤️ this book and am glad you all enjoyed it. 😊 1y
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Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads No problem, life happens. We will post with you as you read the book. 👍😊 1y
Andrew65 Think we should read The Lilac Bus as our next #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead. Much shorter at 256 Pages and is the second novel she wrote. Late October? @Crewgurl @Tove_Reads @JacqMac @EadieB (edited) 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 That sounds good! 1y
EadieB @rubyslippersreads Yes we will join in if you post any comments! 1y
Crazeedi ❤ Maeve Binchy! 1y
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks for the read! I loved this one. The Lilac Bus sounds great. I‘m up for it. 1y
EadieB @JacqMac Enjoyed reading with both you and @Andrew65. Looking forward to reading the Lilac Bus with both of you again and anyone else who wants to join in. 1y
rubyslippersreads @Andrew65 @EadieB Thanks! And I may try to join in on The Lilac Bus. I read it years ago, but don‘t remember much about it. 1y
Crewgurl I‘m in! 1y
EadieB @Crewgurl Glad to have you join us! 1y
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JacqMac
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My car is getting her winter tires today. Fitting since it‘s snowing outside. That leaves me with at least an hour of uninterrupted reading time, in the shopping center across the street. Maybe I can finish this. #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead

Quirkybookworm Did you say snow?? 1y
JacqMac @Quirkybookworm Unfortunately, I did. It‘s very winter like today. 1y
Quirkybookworm No no! I LOVE snow!❤️ 1y
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JacqMac @Quirkybookworm 😂 Well, we usually get more than enough. I can share. 1y
CouronneDhiver ❄️❄️❄️ 1y
MaGoose Snow! 🤪 Glad we're a ways away from getting snow on the Midatlantic coast here in the US. Hope you enjoyed your reading time. 1y
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Andrew65
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Have people finished the sixth section? Today‘s section takes us up to the end of chapter XVIII and the end of part 3.

Still enjoying the book? Is anyone annoying you? Do you think Aisling took the right actions in this section? Any thoughts on Elizabeth‘s marriage? Any thoughts how it will end?

Please put any posts under spoilers so as not to spoil anyone‘s reading.

#LightAPennyCandle #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead

EadieB @Andrew65 I have a confession to make. I just finished the whole book today. Couldn‘t stop reading and had to see what happened in the end. @JacqMac 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB 😂😂😂 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Have you finished it yet? 1y
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Andrew65 @EadieB Not yet. Multi tasking at the moment, just posted the latest questions for Children of God and need to start the Group Read of Why Mermaids Sing. How do I fit my job in. 🙈😱 1y
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 😂 I have too many books going, and they are all good. It‘s not hard to get swept up in a new one. Lol I‘m so happy that Aisling left her drunk husband, especially after he hit her. And I hate that Elizabeth settled. I was hoping he could be her big love. I hope it‘s not a repeat of her parents marriage. 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac Yes It does feel as if Elizabeth settled, don‘t feel positive about this marriage. Aisling so had to leave what was becoming an increasingly abusive relationship! @EadieB 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac I‘m glad Aisling left her husband too. Tony didn‘t seem to be changing and things were getting worse. Elizabeth and Henry do seem so much like Violet and George. Hope Aisling can make better choices in the future or will she be forever doomed? I wish her family could have been more supportive. Very odd that there is no divorce allowed in Ireland. No wonder why they drink so much! lol 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 You certainly are amazing all that you can handle and work full time too! 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB And that‘s very demanding these days too. Full day tomorrow with my leaders looking at developments in reading and writing needed. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Tell them they need to solicit the MP‘s for more books in the public Libraries. (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB They do seem to keep making poor choices. That divorce law was quite archaic. Divorce wasn‘t legal until 1997! 1y
JacqMac @EadieB It‘s that bloody Catholic Church always getting in the way. Lol @Andrew65 I only think I‘m busy. Lol 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB That‘s rather like flogging a dead horse! Funding for schools cut so much in recent years even issue for us. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Terrible terrible! I‘ll donate all my books! Send a British vessel to Philadelphia to pick them up! (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB I will see if we‘ve got any vessels left after almost 10 years of budget cuts. Even roads in a terrible condition. Quite embarrassing! 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 The UK needs a DT to boost your economy! lol 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac Oh yes, look at the abortion vote this year. Being brought kicking and screaming into 20th century, shame it‘s the 21st! 😂 Then I wonder why I always seem tired! @EadieB 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Just worked it out! 😂 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 His first name is Donald! 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Keep it quiet! Don‘t want to start another turmoil on Litsy! 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB 😂😂😂 1y
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Andrew65
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How‘s section 5 going for you? Finished yet?

Any thoughts on this section and the developments we saw in the lives of both women? If you were speaking to either of them what would your life advice be?

Remember to put any posts under spoilers so as not to spoil the reading of others.

#MaeveBinchyBuddyRead #LightAPennyCandle

EadieB @andrew65 @JacqMac I would tell Aisling to leave her husband as he is nothing but a drunk. I would tell Elizabeth that I‘m glad she wised up and is no longer in love with Johnny. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Definitely the case where Aisling is concerned, she deserves so much better. Never thought the marriage would work but this isn‘t how I thought it‘d pan out. I worry Elizabeth is jumping into the first possible alternative, I think I‘d tell her to be very careful and not to rush into anything, as well as telling her to get right away from Johnny. @JacqMac 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac I agree Elizabeth should take her time. The problem is that the situation at home with her father is forcing her to make rash decisions as she is eager to leave home. She needs a mother around who could guide her to a proper decision at the right time for her. @JacqMac (edited) 1y
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Andrew65 @EadieB I think I‘d be telling Elizabeth to move over to Ireland where she has the best mum she ever had! 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m worried about Eileen‘s health. She must be the person from the short page in the front. I‘m still wondering what Aisling and Elizabeth are upset about. @JacqMac (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Does either have an affair with the other‘s man? 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I don‘t know. I‘m not sure that I can picture Elizabeth with Tony now that Aisling has told her about all of his problems. Maybe Aisling would seek some attention from Henry as Aisling is lacking attention from Tony. @JacqMac 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB That‘s a possibility. Could Johnny be involved? 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I can see Aisling getting involved with Johnny if she comes to visit Elizabeth. I can see Elizabeth getting upset with Aisling for getting involved with Johnny. I can also see the pleasure Johnny would get in making Elizabeth jealous thereby making Henry not to happy. Sounds like it could be one big mess if that were to happen.@jacqMac (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB That is my fear about what could happen! 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 That would definitely explain the look that they gave each other. @JacqMac 1y
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 I would tell Aisling to leave too, but I have a secret hope that Elizabeth has a happy marriage. I know, I know. Probably not. She does need a mother. She should have stayed in Ireland from the beginning, (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac I‘m surprised she has never ever considered going to live in Ireland. I too hope she has a happy marriage and possibly think she could do, I just hope she hasn‘t jumped into a relationship as a knee jerk with the first person to come along after Johnny. @EadieB 1y
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Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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I‘m still working on shaking this flu. It‘s persistent. Taking today to just read and rest. The messy house can wait.

Beatlefan129 Feel better soon! 1y
Zelma I hope you feel better soon. I am still sick too! Ugh! 1y
GypsyKat Ugh! The flu sucks! I hope you feel better soon! 💐 1y
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Andrew65 Flu bad enough, but even worse this early in the year! Get well soon. 😷🤧🤒 💐 1y
robinb 😱😔😔So sorry you‘re under the weather...sending a (((hug))) and speedy recovery wishes. 1y
JacqMac @Beatlefan129 @Zelma @GypsyKat @Andrew65 @robinb Thanks everyone. I‘m a little bit better everyday. Today is set aside for reading and relaxing. Hopefully. it helps. 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac That‘s good, nothing worse than flu! 1y
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Andrew65
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How are you going with the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead?
Finished section 4 yet? Any thoughts on the action we saw in the section? Any thoughts what is ahead for Elizabeth or Aisling? Or what they should do next?

Please put any comments under spoilers so as not to spoil the enjoyment of others.

#LightAPennyCandle

rubyslippersreads I‘m way behind! Will try to catch up soon. 😊 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac Surprised how George perked up with Aisling‘s visit. Can‘t believe that Elizabeth went thru with abortion without telling Johnny anything about baby. Glad that Aisling was there for support. Aisling is not too impressed with how Johnny treats Elizabeth. Sad to see Violet in hospital. Sounds like Alzheimer‘s. Can‘t believe Violet stabbed Harry and they had to confine her. Wedding took place - Not liking Shay Ferguson. (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB quick spoiler on that one. 😂 1y
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EadieB @Andrew65 Are you done section 4? 1y
Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads We will discuss with you whenever you post! 👍 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes, just didn‘t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn‘t. Plenty of action in that section and a few surprise. I still feel Aisling will regret that marriage. We were right about that abortion but fancy getting a Catholic to help. 😱🙈 (edited) 1y
Andrew65 Hadn‘t thought about Alzheimer‘s @EadieB 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I marked it spoiler right away but had to make some changes and I must have hit the wrong button. I think Elizabeth told Aisling that it wasn‘t a baby yet in order to make Aisling feel better. How about the lady at the house who has had 3 abortions. I think that made Elizabeth feel better. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 They didn‘t use that term then. They would refer to it as senility. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB She was lucky that she wasn‘t arrested or that there weren‘t complications. Had a feeling we would end up with the abortion route. 😢 I do wonder what is ahead for Elizabeth, her life is a bit of a car crash at the moment. I really do think she should live in Ireland. It is where her heart is and where the people that really care about her live. (edited) 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 She definitely needs to get away from Johnny. Elizabeth just puts up with his cheating with the socialite. Elizabeth is selling herself so short. How is she going to be sure that she won‘t get pregnant again. She definitely should go back to Ireland. Someone needs to protect her from that loser Johnny. I‘m not sure about Aisling‘s marriage either. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Agree totally. Just as easy to get pregnant, the hope and prey method doesn‘t work as she has already seen! 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Tony‘s mother seems to be a problem for Aisling. She will definitely have mother-in-law problems. I wonder if Tony‘s friends will be a problem in their marriage too. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB And not only them, but I think Tony will prove to be a problem once he has got his way! A marriage made in hell I think. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Seems that way to me. I think he will be a bit too controlling for Aisling. He‘ll be out with his friends most nights and expect her to sit home and wait for him. 1y
TheWordJar There‘s a #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead??? Where have I been? Light a Penny Candle is one of my favorites! Will there be another one in the future? 1y
Andrew65 @TheWordJar Yes I‘m sure there will be - we started with The Glass Lake last month so we will most probably look at one a month or so. I will tag you when we look to do the next one! The more the merrier! 👍😊 A wonderful story teller. (edited) 1y
MellieAntoinette How did I not hear about this. 🤯 1y
Andrew65 @MellieAntoinete Will tag you in for our future Maeve Binchy Reads 👍😊 Will have to look at advertising more widely in the future. 1y
JacqMac Whew, I was a little slow today. Too busy. All caught up now. What a full section that was! I have a bad feeling about this marriage. I hope it goes well, but I don‘t think it will. And the abortion. And poor Violet. I don‘t think she was a good mom, but it‘s heartbreaking to see her like that. @EadieB @Andrew65 1y
EadieB @JacqMac I don‘t think Aisling‘s marriage will go too well at all. I didn‘t like Tony‘s friend, Shay, either. If it‘s any indication Shay being a drunk, I have a feeling that Tony is probably the same type. It is heartbreaking to see Violet that way even if we don‘t like her. But I feel sorry for Elizabeth the most as she needs to get away from Johnny. Let‘s see what the next section brings. Hopefully things will get better. @Andrew65 (edited) 1y
JacqMac @EadieB I feel terrible for Elizabeth. I think things will get worse before they get better. Lol @Andrew65 1y
EadieB @JacqMac Hopefully she will meet someone nice so she can leave Johnny and have some happiness for herself. @Andrew 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB That would be good. @JacqMac 1y
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EadieB
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This is the book I‘m currently reading with @JacqMac and @Andrew65 for a Buddy Read. I‘m enjoying it very much. If you have never read Maeve Binchy, you should. She is a great storyteller.

Day 24 - #bookimcurrentlyreading #septinbooks18
#lightapennycandle #maevebinchy #buddyread

JacqMac That‘s why she‘s one of my top 5 authors. I miss her. 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac I agree, she tells great stories and gives you a great feel for life in small town Ireland. 1y
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Andrew65
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Have you finished the third section? How is the story progressing for you? Any good or bad themes, or any thing you love or that is annoying you? Any thoughts what will happen now, or any other comments about the book so far.

Please put any comments under spoilers so as not to spoil the book for anyone.

EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac I have finished 3rd section. I‘m not liking Johnny Stone and was really disappointed in Elizabeth when she let him in her bed when they were held up because of the bad rain storm. Also didn‘t like Tony Murray‘s comments to Aisling during her job interview. How could Violet forget her daughter‘s birthday? Not nice that Johnny wouldn‘t come to Elizabeth‘s father‘s birthday dinner. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Don‘t forget the spoiler. 😊 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Totally agree with you about Johnny Stone, and why was she even with you when he wouldn‘t go for dinner at her dad‘s 50th. And what a negative black hole her dad is too! Yes why would Aisling look at Tony Murray after that interview! Hardly a positive influence for Elizabeth feel so sorry for her. She needs to go and live in Ireland. (edited) 1y
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EadieB @Andrew65 Now she thinks she his having Johnny‘s baby. Stupid girl! At least Aisling is coming to England. maybe Elizabeth will go back to Ireland with Aisling. 1y
JacqMac Not yet, I‘ll be back later. 😊 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Hopefully so, but that will be difficult if she is pregnant and then what is she going to do? Johnny Stone won‘t stand beside her. This book has really grown on me during the last two sections, wasn‘t totally sure at the beginning, Both Elizabeth and Aisling seem to be stuck in their life and be seen to making poor decisions. 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac See you when you get there. 😊👍 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Well Elizabeth definitely needs to get away from her depressed dad. I‘m thinking that the girls go back to Ireland. Johnny follows and gets interested in Aisling and that‘s what comes between Aisling and Elizabeth. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB interesting theory. I‘m not sure I could see Johnny following but I could be totally wrong on that. Johnny could still come between them when Aisling is in England. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 He did say he wanted to go to Ireland with Elizabeth but she nixed that because they were not married. Maybe Aisling and Johnny do start to like each other in England and when Elizabeth tells him she is going back to Ireland then he may want to follow. Maybe Elizabeth and Johnny get married before going to Ireland because of the baby. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Do you think Johnny would marry her? 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes I do! He might lose his job if he doesn‘t. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB I can still see him not marrying her and rejecting her totally or trying to get her a back street abortion. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Can he lose his job if he is a partner? 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Mr. Worsky and his lady friend were keeping an eye out for Elizabeth and her relationship with Johnny and they would certainly apply pressure on him. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Very sad to have ended up like this. Not sure I see where it heads from this - marriage, single mother, back street abortion. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I know it is sad. I was expecting better things for Elizabeth. She has much promise. Will be interesting to see what road she takes. It‘s not fully confirmed yet so she might get lucky. The book is really getting me hooked for sure. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB I don‘t think she‘ll have a lucky escape, unfortunately. Abortion is my fear! Fear heartily sorry for her, she can‘t even turn to her mum! 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Abortion - I hope not! Might not be too safe in that time period. Her mother is too engrossed in her own life. I think Violet will realize that the grass isn‘t any greener where she is now. The problem with affairs is that you find out after you do all the damage that you are the real problem. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes her mum still doesn‘t seem happy. I wonder if something happened to her prior to getting married. Did she get pregnant sonthey had to marry? 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Elizabeth was trying to talk to her dad about that but he wasn‘t saying much. He said that the baby made Violet happy but he didn‘t say that he liked having the baby too. Very cold her dad is but that is a possibility that they had to get married. Could be the first thing that Violet noticed was her husband was not so excited about Elizabeth coming into their lives. Then it was all downhill from there. (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB It was that conversation that made me think about a pregnancy causing a wedding. He really didn‘t want to talk about it. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Her dad is a real downer to be around. I don‘t blame Violet for leaving but she should have done so early on instead of now leaving her daughter to take care of him. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Surprised she didn‘t put him under the patio! 😂 Yes he is a real downer! I wonder why she still isn‘t happy though. Not fair on the daughter. 1y
JacqMac I‘m so sucked into the story now! I think Johnny is horrible. I think violet should have taken Elizabeth with her at the very least. If she couldn‘t stay with him why would she leave her daughter? I‘m interested to see what happens when Aisling arrives. I don‘t think Johnny is going to marry her. @Andrew65 @EadieB 1y
EadieB @JacqMac Johnny is horrible. I wish Elizabeth would give up on him. It would have been better if Violet left when Elizabeth was younger but for Elizabeth to move away when she is attending university would be too disruptive also with her job. I hope Aisling will help to make her feel better about her situation. I don‘t think Johnny is the marrying type either. 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac I know, she has done a good job of sucking you into the story the further you get into this book! Don‘t get me started on Johnny, wrong on so many levels! I think Violet wanted Elizabeth with her but she wouldn‘t leave her father. But Violet should really have insisted. Johnny just isn‘t the marrying sort and a sorry marriage if he did. @EadieB Violet should have left when Elizabeth was still in Ireland. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac I agree that when Elizabeth was in Ireland would have been a good time but with all the bombing going on where could she have gone. Did she know Harry at that time? I suppose the timing may not have been good. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Obviously the timing would not have been good during the war, and may not have been possible. I‘m sure they were having an affair during this time. @JacqMac 1y
JacqMac @Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m pretty sure they were having the affair while she was in Ireland, too. 1y
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Andrew65
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Have people finished the second section yet? What are thoughts so far? Any ideas what will happen? Will
Elizabeth go back to Ireland?

Are you enjoying it.
#LightAPennyCandle #MaeveBinchyBuddyReaf

Please put comments as spoilers so as not to spoil other‘s enjoyment?

EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola I have finished section 2. If something happens to Elizabeth‘s father then I think she will go back to Ireland. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m surprised she hasn‘t gone back for a holiday or even for the wedding. I think she should go back, not exactly got a lot in England for her. Her father does seem to be holding her back. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I liked Elizabeth‘s thoughts about Violet leaving her dad: Aunt Eileen and Monica‘s mom were not always happy with their husbands but they coped with things. Life was not meant to be easy. Shows how selfish Violet is and only thinks about her own happiness. 1y
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JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 Violet is so awful. And her dad is so depressing. Elizabeth is very grown up. I think in those times someone from London was seen as more civilized than someone from tiny town Ireland. But that really isn‘t the case. I‘m wondering what comes between the two girls? 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac It does come across how selfish Violet is, and agree about how depressive her father is! Interesting to see how this develops. @EadieB 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac There does seem to be some tension between Elizabeth and Aisling in the last paragraph on that page before Part One. Wonder what that is all about! I guess we just have to read on! 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB That is an Interesting last sentence. Whatever happened? @JacqMac 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac I guess we should move on to section 3 so we can soon find out 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB 😂 That‘s one way to do it. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes it is and besides it‘s already tomorrow for you! 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB It is but too tired to take it on yet. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Well then, read it in the morning! 1y
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m trying to finish a library book before I get back to it. But I‘m looking forward to it. 1y
EadieB @JacqMac No problem! We will be here! 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac We‘ll chat with you when you get to it. Enjoy the library book. 😊 (edited) 1y
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JacqMac
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Finally getting a moment to hide away and start my #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead #LightAPennyCandle Check out @Andrew65 post if you want to join in. It‘s all very informal and fun.

Andrew65 I‘m not much further, have just got to the end of Chapter 3. And agree totally very informal and friendly Buddy Read, feel free to join in! 👍 1y
Andrew65 Prefer your cover to mine! 1y
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Andrew65
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Here‘s the schedule for the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead of #LightAPennyCandle over the course of the next week. Very uneven sections (due to the length of the chapters). We will look to have some informal discussion at the end of each day and into the next day.

As you can see my book is a very old version, one of my books that has been on the bookshelf the longest!
Anyone welcome to join! 😊
Published in 1983 and this was Maeve Binchy‘s first novel!

Andrew65 @HookedonBooks @CarolynM Have tagged you in in case want to see the discussion for nostalgia purposes. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! Was that one of your mum‘s books! 1y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads @Crewgurl Have tagged you in just in case you get to it at some point. We will miss you. 😢 1y
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Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m struggling to think where we got it from but most probably was. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Looks like a paperback. I‘ve never seen that cover! 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB It is a Paperback. It looks like the original Coronet Books Paperback cover. 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I had separated my book into different days and you picked the exact places that I picked! 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Phew, means I split it up as best as I could. The last section is the longest. 1y
EadieB @andrew65 Yes I think those choices were the best. 1y
CarolynM Thanks. Not sure how many details I remember, but I'll definitely follow the discussion 1y
Andrew65 @CarolynM The discussion may trigger some memories. 😊 1y
JacqMac My copy is pretty old too. It‘s from 1992, though. It‘s a little yellowed and cracked, but I think it can handle one more read. Lol 1y
JacqMac And I just realized tomorrow is Friday. It has been a crazy week! 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac I know the feeling. Tempus Fugit! 1y
Andrew65 Have you finished the first section? What are your initial thoughts about the book? If we put any comments under a spoiler alert so we don‘t spoil the book for anyone. @JacqMac @EadieB @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola I have finished the first section. I‘m liking the book very much. It‘s interesting the different cultures between England and Ireland whereas, England seems more formal and Ireland more laid back. The religious differences are interesting too. The Catholics of Ireland and their concern for Elizabeth to be baptized reminded me of my Catholic upbringing. Sean‘s death was hard on his family. 1y
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola I finished, too. I was also raised a catholic and in a small town. That church had so much power. I‘m glad to be free of it. I really don‘t like Violet. Maybe that will change. This is a reread for me, but it was a long time ago. I remember bits and pieces as I go along. Enjoying it as always. :) 1y
EadieB @JacqMac I don‘t attend the Catholic Church anymore either. Too controlling and guilt ridden. Nice to be free from that! I agree Violet doesn‘t seem too nice. I think she is an unhappy person. She is not in love with her husband and speaking of him, I wonder what has happened to him. @Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1y
Andrew65 Yes Violet doesn‘t come out of this well! Not sure how much of a mothering instinct there is there, wonder if anything happened to her dad. Also assuming she won‘t go back to England and I wonder why this will be. The laid back nature of Ireland comes across strongly in her books. Out and out Church of England for me (blame Henry VIII) so always find the power of the Catholic Church a surprise. @JacqMac @EadieB @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 You don‘t think Elizabeth will go back to England? Does sound like it from the prologue. @JacqMac @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB My book didn‘t have a prologue? I just seemed given it was a Maeve Binchy book it would take place in Ireland. Perhaps she goes back and can‘t settle and misses her friends? @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola @JacqMac 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Mine wasn‘t a real prologue - just one short page before Part One. Both Aisling and Elizabeth are visiting a coroner‘s court and they seem to be dressed in black. Possibly Elizabeth‘s mother or father died? I would agree that most of the book will take place in Ireland. @JacqMac @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1y
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 I remember where Elizabeth lives and a little bit of why, but I‘m not too clear on it. I‘ll refrain from commenting on that part. Lol (edited) 1y
EadieB @JacqMac @Andrew65 interesting! I‘m sure we will find out in future sections. 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB Thanks for this. I have an ebook and a physical book of it. This one page section is in the physical book but not the ebook - I am interchanging between the two. How bizarre! Although it does not give too much of a clue (now I‘ve read it 😊) about whether that is Ireland or England. I wondered if it was Aisling‘s mother. @Reviewsbylola @rubyslippersreads @JacqMac (edited) 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Could be an Irish court as it says ‘no great raised bench with wigged judges.‘ @JacqMac 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB True, but do the judges in a coroner‘s court wear wigs? 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Trying to find something on google. I think they wore them in Northern Ireland but banned them around 2004. So I doubt they wore them in Southern Ireland. @JacqMac (edited) 1y
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 I assumed it was Aisling‘s mom. I don‘t know why. 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac That was my initial instinct too. @eadieb 1y
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LitsyHappenings
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Repost for @Andrew65 :
Calling all Maeve Binchy fans, & I know there are plenty out there, @EadieB and I are looking to read this as a #BuddyRead starting on Fri (21st Sept). This will be quite an informal and low key Buddy read that we hope to read over the course of a week. We‘d love for others to join us. All welcome 😊👍❤️
This was her very first novel and am interested to see how it all started out. #Yearofthechunkster
Feel free to repost

Andrew65 Thanks for reposting 👍😊❤️ 1y
rubyslippersreads This is one of my very favorite books! Might be time for a reread. 😊 1y
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Andrew65
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Calling all Maeve Binchy fans, and I know there are plenty out there, @EadieB and I are looking to read Light A Penny Candle as a #BuddyRead starting on Friday (21st September). This will be quite an informal and low key Buddy read that we hope to read over the course of a week. We‘d love for others to join us. All welcome 😊👍❤️
This was her very first novel and am interested to see how it all started out. #Yearofthechunkster
Feel free to repost

EadieB @Andrew65 My book and I are all ready! 1y
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Andrew65 @EadieB Yey! Roll up! Roll up! 1y
EadieB Roll up! Roll up! For the circus of strange, this porcine professor is clearly deranged. @andrew65 (edited) 1y
JacqMac Ready when you are! 1y
Crewgurl My e-library doesn‘t have it 😭 1y
Andrew65 @Crewgurl Oh no!!! 😔 (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @JacqMac that‘s great 👍 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB He might not be the only one deranged! 😂 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB I was thinking about me! 😂😊 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 yes you are the porcine professor of questions! 1y
Andrew65 @EadieB 😂😂😂 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never read Binchy but recently I‘ve become curious. I may have to join in! 1y
Hooked_on_books Enjoy! I think I‘ve read everything she ever published in the US. I was so sad when she died, since I‘d read her for years. 1y
Tove_Reads I‘d like to, but can‘t get it by Friday 😞 1y
Andrew65 @Reviewsbylola You‘d be very welcome. 😊 1y
Andrew65 @Hooked_on_books Yes very sad and such a loss. 1y
CarolynM This brings back memories! Hope you enjoy it🙂 1y
Andrew65 @CarolynM Thanks, have owned it for years but about the last one I haven‘t read. 1y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads That‘s a shame, especially with it being a Chunkster. (edited) 1y
rubyslippersreads This is my favorite of her books, so I might join in. 😊 1y
Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads You will be very welcome! 😊👍😁 1y
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HeatherBookNerd
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Day 13 of the RiotGrams Challenge:
Freebie
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Since today is a freebie, I‘m posting a picture of the books available in my Little Free Library today.
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@bookriot #riotgrams #freebie #day13 #littlefreelibrary

Andrew65 No that is one I haven‘t read and do own. @eadieb 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 I have that one on my desk waiting to read. Should we set up a group read or do you know a better one to read because I think I own all her books. I have read a few of them. 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB It‘s another big one, and was the First one she read. It would be interesting to see how it all started. As good as any to go with. We can always look at the others in the future. 2y
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EadieB @Andrew65 I don‘t know a good time to read it. Maybe September would be better. I‘ll let you pick a date. 2y
Andrew65 Don‘t how the discussion moved to this post from The Glass Lake Post!!!😳😏 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB September sounds like a plan! Will look at possible dates, possibly centring the read around a weekend. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 ok Sounds good! 2y
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Read4life
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Congratulations, @Ash.on.the.line

You‘re the winner of my #birthdaygiveaway 🎉🤓📚

Email me your address and your books will be on their way to you. Faas2202 at gmail

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Cinfhen Congrats @Ash.on.the.line 2y
TrishB Congrats 🎉 2y
AmyG Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Ash.on.the.line Thank you so much! What lovely news to wake up to! 😁😱😍 2y
Read4life @Ash.on.the.line I got your email. Your package will be mailed out Monday. 🤓 2y
Ash.on.the.line Yay! Thanks again!! 😊 2y
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Andrew65
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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A big Maeve Binchy fan, but this is one of hers I have not read. #MelodiousMusicals #LightMyCandle

CrowCAH Great catch, @Andrew65 !!! 🔥 2y
Andrew65 @CrowCAH Think I'm getting better at this. 😂 2y
CarolynM This one and Echoes are my favourite Maeve Binchys 2y
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Andrew65 @CarolynM That's good to hear as they are two I haven't read yet. It is her older ones that I haven't read. I do own both of them too. 2y
rubyslippersreads This is my very favorite Binchy! 2y
Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads I do obviously need to read it soon, rather than it collating dust! 2y
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rubyslippersreads
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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My favorite #irishauthor (I have mixed feelings about including the shamrocks, since many of her characters made fun of them, but in honor of the day ... 😉🍀) #marchintoreading #irishauthors

Kmmsellers Tara Road is still one of my all time faves. ❤ 3y
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EnidBiteEm
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I read this when I was 16? I loved the friendship between Aisling and Elizabeth, and it taught me a lot about Catholic guilt (I was COE, but one of my best friends at the time, who 20+ years later still is, was Catholic). I made my book group read this last year and they ripped it to shreds 😂. I blame the covers, not MB! This one was kind of pretty, but sooo 80s. The titles were always in shiny lettering and often in gold. So pastel. So mumsy 😂

rubyslippersreads I love this book, no matter what cover it has. 😀 3y
EnidBiteEm @rubyslippersreads To be honest, I love everything MB wrote 😀, may she Rest In Peace. 3y
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Pinkmeghan
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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My #favbookishfriendship is Elizabeth and Aisling from Light a Penny Candle. Behold the 1982 copy I stole from my mom! This is the first book I read that made me think about friendships, specifically between women, and how they last and how they change. And in the end it taught me that we all need our female friends for things even our husbands can't give us. 💜🕯#augustphotochallenge #augustofpages

rubyslippersreads This is one of my all-time favorite books! ❤️📚❤️ 4y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub Such a special story. 4y
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Paiger
Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy
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Picked this up and loving it so far!

MrBook Haven't read Binchy yet. I've heard that her writing requires some adaptation on the reader's part. 4y
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