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Silver Wedding
Silver Wedding | Maeve Binchy
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There was never any question that Deirdre and Desmond Doyle would celebrate a gala twenty-fifth anniversary. Naturally, their daughter Anna, would plan their grand affair. Of all three Doyle children, Anna knew exactly what their mother wished—even as she lived her own secret life. Will Brendan, the rebellious son, even bother to return to London? Will Helen, the hapless would-be nun, embarrass them all? This is Deirdre’s day, a triumph for a woman obsessed with keeping up appearances, her silvery revenge after “marrying down” twenty-five years ago. She’s determined to show them all: the maid of honor, still unmarried, still gorgeous, now a successful London business woman…the best man, once Desmond’s close friend, now his boss…their reluctant priest, who harbors his own guilty secret. As family and friends gather, a lifetime of lies takes its toll. But what begins as a family charade brings with it the transforming power of love—and truth. From the Paperback edition.
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EadieB
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It‘s Desmond and Deirdre Doyle‘s 25th wedding anniversary party. Will their daughter who is struggling to become a nun be able to attend? How about their estranged son who lives with Uncle Vincent? Even Father Hurley has a guilty secret! Daughter Anna is drawing them all back together and hopefully they can finally heal their tarnished lives. Another good story from Maeve Binchy kept me interested until the very end. A wonderful family novel!

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Final Discussion

Question 5 of 5

EadieB I think I liked the last one called Silver Wedding because it allowed you to revisit all the characters and told you what was going on in their lives. 1mo
JacqMac I think I liked Anna‘s story the best. She seems to have gotten her life together in the end. 1mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac Certainly Anna seems to have a good basis on which to build and come out of the book best of all. 1mo
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Andrew65 Helen‘s was a strange story. She‘s almost worth a book on her own! 1mo
Andrew65 I would like to have known more what happened to Father Harley‘s nephew. 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes we never heard anymore about him! 1mo
cobwebmoth I think I liked the way Anna's story ended best. She might actually find some real happiness. 1mo
rubyslippersreads Definitely Anna and Ken. But I‘d like to know how Helen made out babysitting Alexander. 😊 4w
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Final Discussion

Question 4 of 5

JacqMac She was so self centered and he was so detached. Not ideal. I think they stayed together just because it looked good and was easier than separating. 1mo
Andrew65 Didn‘t feel any love here. They seemed to stay together out of habit, and because where the wife was concerned for appearance sake! He seemed unwilling to do anything that might upset the apple cart (until the shop). Could be a different relationship going forward and could become rocky! 1mo
cobwebmoth Their relationship just felt sad to me. I hope they can be happier in the future. 1mo
Andrew65 @cobwebmoth I am not sure Deirdre has it in her to be happy. Too worried about other people and what they think. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think they stayed together (as they did most things) for the sake of appearances. 4w
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Final Discussion

Question 3 of 5

EadieB Lots of people do it but I don‘t think it‘s necessary. A vow is a promise or an oath and does not need to be repeated unless the vow was broken and you want to renew it. 1mo
JacqMac I don‘t think it‘s necessary either @EadieB It‘s nice to have a celebration though, with everyone you love. 1mo
Andrew65 This seems strange. Why do you need to renew them, almost makes it seem as if you haven‘t been keeping those vows and want to start over! @EadieB @JacqMac The Silver Wedding celebration didn‘t need this renewal of vows. 1mo
cobwebmoth I think it's a little strange. I would think you would just work to live up to the vow you made in the first place. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I agree with everyone else; no vow renewal, just have a party. 4w
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Final Discussion

Question 2 of 5

EadieB I thought they were both losers. Joy got her baby but the baby will never know its father! Can you call that loving your baby if you are depriving them of a real father? 1mo
JacqMac I agree @EadieB There were no winners. And that poor baby now has no father. 1mo
Andrew65 Certain no winners in this situation. A baby without a father, a father without its baby and losing Joy too. Although could say Frank had won to some extent as Joy didn‘t reveal the relationship to Frank‘s Wife. Although looked as if she really knew what was going on as had thought Frank was the father. 1mo
cobwebmoth I didn't feel like either side won. 1mo
rubyslippersreads No winners. I think after that dinner where Joy made a big deal out of Frank not being the father, Renata would have known the truth. 4w
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Question 1 of 5

EadieB I thought their relationship was shallow. No love, no caring, just using one another! 1mo
JacqMac I think Joy wanted more from the relationship. But Frank doesn‘t seem to care about anyone but himself. 1mo
Andrew65 Frank does seem VERY self-centred. It appears Joy was happy with the relationship at first but then wanted more which Frank didn‘t want to give and couldn‘t understand Joy‘s change of attitude. 1mo
cobwebmoth I agree. Their relationship seemed empty and selfish to me. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think Joy was doing a bit of pretending as far as liking the “no strings” relationship. 4w
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Finished my fourth book during the #24B4Monday #Readathon.

Currently up to 18 hours 16 minutes, going well!

TheReadingMermaid Going VERY well if I do say so myself! 🤩 1mo
wanderinglynn 😮 that‘s incredible! 1mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @wanderinglynn Been a good couple of days, helped by the weather! #Storm24B4Monday Never got to this time this early in the weekend! 1mo
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TheReadingMermaid Hahahaha 😂 1mo
AnansiGirl Doing well with that time! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Andrew65 @AnansiGirl Thanks 😊 1mo
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Next up for me on the #24B4Monday #Readathon is the last section of the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead

So far at 16 hours and 5 minutes on the Readathon.

TheReadingMermaid You are doing fantastic Sir keep it up! 1mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid Thanks, very pleased with my time. 👍 1mo
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cobwebmoth
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Insomnia has been acting up again, so everything's a bit off track for me. Time to play catch up.
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SW-T Awesome mug 😊 Hope your insomnia doesn‘t get worse and that you can get some sleep soon. Until I started having periodic bouts myself I undervalued sleep. Not anymore. Good luck! 1mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom My insomnia has been bad lately too, but it's at least led to some extra reading time. Hopefully soon you can get some rest! 1mo
cobwebmoth @SW-T Thanks! Yes, you definitely appreciate sleep more when you're not getting it. 1mo
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cobwebmoth @WorldsOkayestStepMom Thanks! I'm sorry you're dealing with it, too. Hope it gets better for you soon. 1mo
Avanders 😘😘♥️ (hope you get good sleep tonight!) 1mo
cobwebmoth @Avanders Thank you!❤ 1mo
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Discussion 2 : Desmond, Father Hurley, Maureen

Question 6 of 6

JacqMac She was right. Frank isn‘t a nice guy. I‘m interested to see how it plays out. 1mo
EadieB I agree with @JacqMac I think Maureen will be reconfirmed that she made the right decision last time. 1mo
cobwebmoth I agree. 1mo
rubyslippersreads Definitely the right decision. Maureen is better off 1mo
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Discussion 2 : Desmond, Father Hurley, Maureen

Question 5 of 6

JacqMac I think she did the right thing. She seemed happy with her decision. I think her mom was very wrong in lying to her. And her dad was wrong to agree to it. He should have fought for her. There sure is a lot of lying in this book. 1mo
EadieB I agree with @JacqMac Lying must be the theme! 1mo
cobwebmoth Yes, I think she did the right thing in looking for him. The lengths they went to with their lies is a bit crazy. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think she was right to find her father-—it‘s making them both happy. Her parents did have a pretty bizarre agreement, but I can see that it would have been tough to be married to Maureen‘s mother. 1mo
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Discussion 2 : Desmond, Father Hurley, Maureen

Question 4 of 6

JacqMac Hopefully, he sees the mistake he made the first time and doesn‘t repeat it. 1mo
EadieB I think he will tell the truth this time. 1mo
cobwebmoth I don't think he could live with the guilt of covering things up a second time. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think this time he‘s going to let Gregory faced the consequences. 1mo
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Discussion 2 : Desmond, Father Hurley, Maureen

Question 3 of 6

JacqMac Nope. I think he should have told the truth from the very start. Maybe the truth would have made a difference. 1mo
EadieB I always believe that ‘the truth will set you free!‘ 1mo
cobwebmoth No. Gregory should have had to deal with the consequences of his actions. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think it was a mistake. Does Gregory remind anyone else of Kerry in 1mo
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Discussion 2 : Desmond, Father Hurley, Maureen

Question 2 of 6

JacqMac Very surprising. But he seems happier already. My guess is his wife isn‘t going to like how it looks. 1mo
EadieB It was a surprise but his wife will wonder what the neighbors think! 1mo
cobwebmoth @JacqMac @EadieB I agree. She's not going to be happy. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think Desmond is finally doing something he wants to do for a change. (edited) 1mo
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Discussion 2 : Desmond, Father Hurley, Maureen

Question 1 of 6

JacqMac Desmond seems so unhappy. Having a guaranteed job is great, but I think he feels trapped in it. 1mo
EadieB I think he expected to progress in his job much sooner but now he seems to be moving backwards. 1mo
cobwebmoth He seems sad, like he's just given up on anything that would make himself happy. 1mo
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Discussion 2 : Desmond, Father Hurley, Maureen

I will shortly post the questions for discussion point 2.

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Anna, Brendan, Helen Chapters

Question 5 of 5

EadieB I think Helen may be encouraged to leave the nuns as they know she is hiding from the world. I also think she may get into trouble for taking the baby. 1mo
cobwebmoth I'm not sure. I do think she needs to deal with some of her own issues before she makes any kind of lifelong commitments. 1mo
JacqMac I don‘t know. I think she needs a safe place to fall. 1mo
Andrew65 Helen needs help in a big way if she is not to be taken advantage of, or get herself into big trouble. I worry significantly for her. @EadieB @cobwebmoth @JacqMac (edited) 1mo
rubyslippersreads I can‘t imagine what will happen to her. 1mo
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Question 4 of 5

cobwebmoth I think she is hiding, at least to a certain degree. But I can't say that I completely blame her for wanting to hide. 1mo
EadieB I think Helen is hiding as Frank took advantage of her and she is afraid it will happen again. 1mo
JacqMac She‘s hiding. But I don‘t blame her either. I also think she needs to be protected. She doesn‘t seem to read other people very well and she isn‘t very mature. 1mo
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Andrew65 @EadieB That was strange with Frank, went in there very brash, even sat on his desk and knew to remove her blazer. But so so naive and look what happened. What a B.... he was. 😡 1mo
Andrew65 She‘s very naive, very immature and not ready for life. She makes some awful decisions. The baby incident was beyond belief. She is hiding but needs someone to protect her. I worry for her. @EadieB @cobwebmoth @JacqMac 1mo
rubyslippersreads She makes me very uneasy, for her and people around her (like the baby). I wonder if Helen, with her inability to “read” other people‘s behavior, would now be considered to be on the autism spectrum? 1mo
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Question 3 of 5

cobwebmoth I completely understood his desire to move away. I think he'll probably go because it's just one special occasion. I think it would be nice of him to attend, although I understand his reluctance about getting drawn into all of his family's drama. 1mo
EadieB Brendan does not seem too ambitious and just wants a nice life working with Vincent on his farm. I do think he will attend the Silver Anniversary party. 1mo
JacqMac I agree with @cobwebmoth I think he will go, but I also understand why he wants to be away. 1mo
Andrew65 He seems the happiest of them. I was a bit surprised that he made the decision to go. Hopefully this is the right decision for him but I‘m not convinced it is. He wanted to get away from that life. @cobwebmoth @JacqMac @EadieB 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think he‘ll go, and I think part of the reason is that Vincent leaves him to make up his own mind. 1mo
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Question 2 of 5

cobwebmoth I was not a fan of Joe. I felt like he was very likely to stray from Anna since he seemed to have that track record. I think she would be better off without him. 1mo
EadieB I didn‘t like Joe either and I think Anna did the right thing by asking him to leave. 1mo
JacqMac I was so happy that she asked him to leave. I was a bit worried that she would just keep letting him use her. I hope he‘s gone for good. 1mo
Andrew65 Never a fan of Joe either. I was surprised how strong that she was in her reaction to him and very pleased. She made the right decision. @JacqMac @EadieB @cobwebmoth (edited) 1mo
rubyslippersreads I loved the way Anna handled Joe. 1mo
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Question 1 of 5

cobwebmoth Her mother seems a bit overbearing. And they're definitely concerned about how their family appears to others. 1mo
EadieB I agree with @cobwebmoth that as Joe told Anna they were rather ‘tense‘ and didn‘t want others knowing anything about what was going on in their household. 1mo
JacqMac @EadieB @cobwebmoth They seem more concerned about what other people think than they are about their children. That would have been a hard way to grow up. 1mo
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Andrew65 She reminds me so much of my mother in law, what neighbours or other people think is the only important thing. I think the word tense describes this sort of situation so well. @cobwebmoth @EadieB @JacqMac 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 My dad was like that too. I would say ‘who cares what the neighbors think, they have their own family to worry about!‘ 1mo
JacqMac @EadieB @Andrew65 My in-laws are similar. Great show on the outside. Nice and dysfunctional on the inside. 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB @JacqMac Shows that this attitude is quite prevalent. I wonder if it is previous generations and is dying out? 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 @JacqMac The older generation had a hard time with people living together that were not married which became prevalent in the 60‘s. It was very hard for them to accept as their generation believed marriage before sex. 1mo
JacqMac @Andrew65 @EadieB I hope it‘s dying out. 1mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac I hope so too, it leads to lives half-lived! @EadieB 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think people used to be much more private, but some of the things they felt they had to hide are things that are no longer considered shocking. 1mo
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rubyslippersreads I‘d better catch up! 😄 1mo
Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads It‘s quite a quick read so shouldn‘t take long to catch up. 😊 1mo
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My paperback copy from the 80s is a little delicate. I‘m a little afraid to open it. But, yay, the library has a copy! I‘m going in.
#MaeveBinchyBuddyRead @Andrew65

Andrew65 That was lucky. 😊 1mo
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The first discussion point for the MaeveBinchyBuddyRead of Silver Wedding takes place tomorrow for the first three chapters in the book. If you‘ve not started or joined in before you can pick the book up for $1.99 from amazon.com or Q9.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

All are welcome.

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For anyone participating in the #maevebinchybuddyread #silverwedding is a $1.99 #kindledeal today (at least in the U.S.)

Kaye Good deal for a Binchy book. I read the it years ago. 1mo
Andrew65 That‘s a great price, thanks for posting about it. 👍 1mo
Allthebookclubs I LOVE MB!!!! She‘s one of my favorite authors ❤️ 1mo
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Repost for @Andrew65 :
The April #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead will be #SilverWedding.
This will start on Friday 19th April. This is a much shorter book than the chunksters we have read from her in previous months.

All welcome to join whether you have taken part previously or not. 😊👍

Andrew65 Thanks for reposting. 👍👏🙌😍 1mo
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There are nine chapters in the book, all focusing on a different person (except for the last chapter). Thought, therefore, we‘d aim to read one chapter a day and discuss after every three chapters - Sunday, Wednesday and then finally on Saturday.

Anyone is welcome to join us. 😊👍

EadieB Sounds good! 1mo
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Started the buddy read a bit early, because I‘m trying to finish as many library books ASAP.

Andrew65 Enjoy! 👍 1mo
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The April #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead will be #SilverWedding.
This will start on Friday 19th April. This is a much shorter book than the chunksters we have read from her in previous months.

All welcome to join whether you have taken part previously or not. 😊👍

cobwebmoth Oh good! I was just wondering what this month's book would be.☺ 1mo
Andrew65 @cobwebmoth 👍 In May we will be doing The Copper Beech. 1mo
cobwebmoth Thank you! 1mo
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TheBookHippie Yay!!! Almost done firefly 🤣🤣🤣🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️🤪🙄 1mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie I think we‘ve both had a similar month! 😔 1mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 seriously ...OYE. 1mo
JacqMac I just gave up on Firefly. I felt too far behind. It would have helped if I had an ebook, I think. I was never at home this month. This one will be easier to carry around. Lol 1mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac A lot easier! Firefly must be the largest of her books. 1mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Still trying to get over a bug that has been working it‘s way through my system for 11 days. Also work was impossible. One I think led to the other! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I loved Firefly and couldn‘t resist reading ahead of schedule, which is why I‘m having trouble remembering well enough to discuss. 😄 1mo
jb72 I just put this on hold. I‘m next up. Hope you feel better soon! 1mo
Tove_Reads @rubyslippersreads I‘ve also read it. 1mo
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Octoberwoman
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Each chapter focuses on a different character, with the last chapter bringing them all together for a silver wedding anniversary celebration. It was almost more like a series of related short stories than one novel. I love a good character story, and in that Binchy definitely delivered.