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The questions and suggested reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group's discussion of Maeve Binchy's engrossing, deeply satisfying new novel, Heart and Soul.

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Chris Horne, March 11, 2009 (view all comments by Chris Horne)
One of my favorite joys is to sit back with my coffee and read books...Maeve Binchy, is my favorite author and her books make my reading time so fulfilling. In her latest book, Heart and Soul, she returns to the style that made her one of the most comforting authors. Like all her books, Heart and Soul has quite a cast of characters...but the main character is the cardiac specialist at a Dublin clinic named Clara Casey. Clara runs the clinic with her two adult daughters and her ex-husband. Declan, the doctor at the clinic, is a shy young man that lives with his parents. Fiona and Barbara, are the two nurses at the clinic...we also have a young lass named Ania...patients at the clinic and Father Brian Flynn. All these characters have their own back story that Maeve Binchy weaves together like a fine silken rug.

Sitting here, after just reading this novel, I'm searching for words to best describe the book...I'm not sure if I can truly articulate the grandness of the writing...the passion and detail in each character...the meticulous way they were developed. Every aspect of the book causes the reader to lose themselves and become a character in the novel...there isn't anything bad I can say about it. The characters are strong, independent, and able to carry the story alone...but become a brilliant force when combined. Older characters from previous novels even find their way into Heart and Soul. I guess what I'm trying to say is...this is a great novel and a return to form by an ingenious author.........I would also recommend reading Geo Tin's novel Sirens -- Sirens (classic) -- it came paired with Heart and Soul and I absolutely devoured it.
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readingcatfish, March 3, 2009 (view all comments by readingcatfish)
This story of a new cardiac clinic in Dublin and all of the people involved is comfort reading at its best. I've been a fan of Maeve Binchy for years, but I think this is actually better than some of her more recent novels. The characters are so well drawn, you really get involved in their lives and care about them. Even though there are some characters from previous novels, if you're new to Maeve Binchy, this is still a good one to start with.
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Denise Morland, February 18, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Just when you think you’ll never find another good book, one to comfort you when you are tired and stressed out, one to remind you that life is full of wonderful surprises, and one that introduces you to people you will love like they are your own best friends, Maeve Binchy rescues you with another fabulous novel. If you are already a fan of Maeve Binchy then you will find Heart and Soul is everything you have come to expect in her books. If this is your first introduction to her, you will soon find yourself racing out to gather all her books, and what a treat you are in for!
As I fully expected, I loved Heart and Soul. It is full of quirky, loveable, interesting characters. The plot is surprising, often going in directions I hadn’t expected, yet always yielding satisfying conclusions. Many characters from her previous books make appearances and some even have starring roles. It was great to catch up with some of my old friends! I can’t recommend Heart and Soul highly enough!
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Product Details

Binchy, Maeve
Dublin (ireland)
Heart failure clinics
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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9.46x6.62x1.53 in. 1.60 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Heart and Soul
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Product details 432 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307265791 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Binchy delivers another delightful Binchyesque amalgamation of intersecting lives, this time centering on Clara Casey, a cardiologist whose marriage and career have fallen apart. After she accepts an undesirable post at St. Brigid's Hospital, Clara throws herself into work to forget the humiliation of her husband's many affairs, but it's difficult to escape her home life with two adult daughters who still depend on her as if they were children. Though she stands at the center of the book, Clara cedes the stage to others, such as Declan Carroll, a young doctor at the clinic trying to make a life for himself, and Ania, Clara's assistant, whose affair with a married man forced her to leave her Polish hometown. Beautiful, hardworking and humble, Ania attracts the attention of Carl Walsh, the son of one of the clinic's patients. And so it goes in this novel of intersecting lives that keeps daily drama interesting even when it occasionally sacrifices suspense for realism. In spite of a few dull moments, the collective, charming effect of these story lines suggests that individuals are more connected than they might think." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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