Maeve Binchy – Echoes

106. Echoes by Maeve Binchy (1985)
Length: 494 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 4 December 2012
Finished: 11 December 2012
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 June 2008
Why do I have it? I love Maeve Binchy as an author and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

Clare and David – divided as children by a rigid social code that branded her as shanty Irish and he as gentry class…brought together as adults by a passion that couldn’t be denied. It was a desire that knew no class, no barriers, only the urgent hunger of two people destined to love and ready to defy any convention used by a world determined to keep them apart.

Even at fifteen, David Power knew eleven-year-old Clare O’Brien’s dearest wish, to win a school prize. But it was years before Dr. Power’s cherished only son recognized in the huckster’s daughter his own heart’s desire. Here in Castlebay, perched precariously on the seaside cliffs, the lines between them were clearly drawn. 

Clare’s only hope is to leave the town where time stopped, propelled by scholarships to Dublin, fueled by her own drive and brilliance, far from the insular, gossipy world of Castlebay and those held in its thrall…Angela O’Hara – beautiful, insolated, a teacher trapped in the convent school, who risks everything to help Clare escape…Gerry Doyle, the town charmer who finds in Clare the woman he vows to have at any price…Caroline Nolan, the beautiful, rich outsider who comes to plunder.

For Clare, that was before the wild freedom of Dublin, and love. And David. Before fate drove them back to Castlebay, and the past. I truly enjoyed this book, as I usually do with any book by Maeve Binchy that I read. Reading Maeve Binchy’s books, even rereading some of them, as this particular book Echoes was for me, is almost like returning to familiar places and visiting old but very familiar friends. I read Echoes for the first time maybe a decade to fifteen years ago and enjoyed this book then as well. I give this book an A+! and have placed it on my keeper bookshelf to enjoy again at some point in the very near future! 

A+! – (96-100%)
   
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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