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Minding Frankie

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  18,377 Ratings  ·  2,157 Reviews
Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she’s born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can’t do it alone.

Fortunately, h
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by Orion
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Tea Jovanović
Jan 21, 2014 Tea Jovanović rated it really liked it
As expected, another warm, human story from my favourite Irish writer... about small community gathered around an orphaned newlyborn babygirl... Standard warm novel from great lady!
Carolyn Hill
Apr 10, 2011 Carolyn Hill rated it liked it
Maeve Binchy has always been a favorite author of mine, as I tend to prefer novels set in Ireland and the UK (the Old Country is so much more romantic somehow). However, my fondness for Binchy is wearing thin, and I much prefer her earlier works. I have read all her books, so I was familiar with the characters from her previous novels who showed up here, and there are a lot to keep track of. I'm beginning to find it irritating how she flits from one character to the next, lightly touching down b ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is a story that I will re-read soon. Maeve's books just are special. She's the type of writer that you feel you have a kinship with as her stories are just so good! This was no exception ** I just found my brand new copy of this amongst the too many kids books I have jammed in my shelf. Definitely a re-read ASAP!!!! I guess this is when my silly jam packed book/homewares shelf has it's positive side!
Jan 01, 2011 Pervertedintel rated it it was ok
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Dec 30, 2011 Cher rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cher by: maybe it's not the most realistic story...or maybe it could be. Man (Noel) finds out an ex-fling he barely remembers (Stella) is dying and is pregnant...she pronounces Noel the father! Noel is an alcoholic, lives at home with his parents and his job is hanging on by mere threads. But of course he agrees to be guardian for baby Frankie when Stella dies during childbirth. And of course as chance would have it, many in the neighborhood (in Dublin, Ireland)are retired or are willing and able ...more
Ena Hasečić
Predivno! Roman koji vraća vjeru u ljude.
Feb 02, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: vine-amazon
Every single time I pick up a Maeve book, it is like coming home after a long exhausting trip and falling into that comfortable easy chair, with the endless cups of hot tea at your side and all the favorite characters in Dublin hovering around ... if only life can be that comforting!! I read Maeve for the reasons I have stated above and for the fact that she really is a talented writer, who manages to keep the reader's interest in ordinary characters. Ordinary characters with ordinary concerns a ...more
Cyndy Aleo
At some point, I will accept that there were Maeve Binchy books that I loved and stop trying to find more Maeve Binchy books to love, because this is a goal I am never going to achieve.

MINDING FRANKIE is one of Binchy's later books, and I truly believe after the success of books like Circle of Friends and the Oprah selection Tara Road (which I was also not a fan of), she got stuck in the rut of "how do I keep writing the same thing over again so people will keep buying my books?"

If you had told
Jennifer Dunn
Feb 19, 2012 Jennifer Dunn rated it really liked it
Maeve Binchy is where it's at in terms of light comfort reading. There is enough conflict so that the plot moves along but you always know that everything will "sort itself out in the end."

My only gripe with recent Binchy, and I guess this is as good a place as any to say it, is that her characters are becoming less memorable as they become intertwined. Her last 5-7 books all take place in the same universe and I find myself thinking "I should remember this character, because he/she was obvious
Ivonne Rovira
Sep 13, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Jane Glisson
Minding Frankie excels due to what it is not. Noel Lynch is, indeed, an invisible office drone at a company called Hall’s, a burgeoning alcoholic slowly sliding toward ruin — a man rescued from despair and set on the path to sobriety by the birth of a daughter, but the novel isn’t grueling Permanent Midnight, although there are relapses and dark times. His American cousin, Emily Lynch, sweeps into the life of Noel and his ultra-religious parents and sets everything to rights, but Minding Frankie ...more
Jul 08, 2011 M rated it it was ok
I have always loved Maeve (and I feel I can call her that, since we have traveled through Knockglen so many times, and lit penny candles at Mass together, and gone to the echo cave to hear our futures) mostly for being such a misunderstood and under appreciated author. No, I always had to tell people, she is NOT another Belva Plain, or Barbara What's her Face, or the others with the thick pages and flowers on the cover that you find lining a shelf of a nursing home. Maeve not only spins tales
Jul 12, 2011 Mae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
Clearly Maeve Binchy knows how to tell a story. Her writing easy to read and pleasant enough. I read the whole book in a day, watched TV, ran errands, cooked and blogged. I wanted to find out what happened to the characters, and all in all I found out. However, two of the most interesting characters where left up in the air. Does she do this normally? Is this meant to leave us thinking? That is not what I felt. I felt, she finished the book because she was running out of ideas, or paper or ink. ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Susy rated it really liked it
Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is best done curled up in an overstuffed chair while enjoying a cup of tea; it's just such a feeling of comfort. I substituted reading it on the couch where I could stretch out & give my aching ribs more room to heal which didn't actually help the ribs but was pretty darn comfortable. Binchy's more recent novels tend to follow a pattern of introducing a group of disparate characters and then ensuring that their lives intersect. This novel is no different but the ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
As usual Maeve Binchy doesn't disappoint with Minding Frankie. We are introduced to Noel, a single man living at home, drinking too much and in a dead end job. Then he gets a request to come see a woman he doesn't remember, Stella at the hospital. Stella is dying of cancer, and says that the baby she is pregnant with is his. She wants him to take care of Frankie when she passes. Noel thinks she is crazy, but his cousin from America, Emily, thinks otherwise.

Everyone should have an Emily in their
Carre Gardner
Sep 14, 2011 Carre Gardner rated it it was amazing
This review is addressed to readers who have been following Binchy's characters since Scarlet Feather. (Through Quentins; Nights of Rain and Stars; Whitethorn Woods; Heart and Soul.) They all reappear here, like a family reunion you've been waiting years for, and there are new ones to meet and love as well: Noel, the alcoholic who makes the very unwelcome discovery that he's going to be a father soon, and the mother of his baby is someone he hardly knows, who is on her deathbed. There're Noel's ...more
Yvonne Mendez
Nov 14, 2011 Yvonne Mendez rated it it was amazing
Reading Maeve Binchy is so restful, she's an amazing story teller and since I've read and re-read most of her previous books I recognize most of the secondary characters and it's like visiting friends and knowing how they were doing. You can also tell the passage of time in Ireland, when once the country was thriving, now it's on a recession. Now people can speak with their relatives via Skype and e-mails, text messages and mobiles are part of everyday life, while still keeping the traditions an ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

If you have been a follower of Maeve’s work, you will immediately recognize the close-knit neighborhood in Dublin, St Jarlath’s Parish. You will also recognize so many people from past books and feel so very comfortable reading more about them, reconnecting with them, crying with them, having babies with them, and even burying them. However, we will meet some new people too and that is the fun of this book…if a book like this could actually be thought of as fun. Th
Nov 30, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So I read this book back when it was first published. However, I felt like re-reading it this past weekend since none of the books I brought with me to read during my visit with my family held my attention much. Maeve Binchy is an old stand-by for me.

I read Heart and Soul years ago and this book is a continuation of that story with many of the characters from that book appearing in this one.

The main focus of this story is on Noel and how he comes to find out that he is expecting a baby with a
Apr 10, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-vine-book
This wonderful novel is typical of Binchey's recent offerings. It is set in a neighborhood that becomes one of the characters in the book. In the neighborhood(which is a microcosm of Ireland) live a variety of interesting and extremely well developed characters.

The glue that seems to hold the story together is Emily coming from the states to visit her cousins who live on St. Jarlath's court. Immediately upon arrival Emily takes charge of the lives of her cousins and soon other people who live a
Katherine Coble
Apr 02, 2011 Katherine Coble rated it it was amazing
No, it wasn't "as good as" Circle Of Friends or some of the other early Binchy books which take you back to mid-20th Century Ireland so well. (Firefly Summer is another favourite of mine).

But this was the perfect 21st century Maeve Binchy, when she's less concerned with how the Roman Catholic culture forced expectations on the people of Ireland that were impossible to live up to. Instead she weaves these fascinating tales about ordinary people going about their business and finding heart and joy
Hilary Tesh
May 02, 2015 Hilary Tesh rated it did not like it
It feels like sacrilege to criticise the wonderful Maeve Binchy - but this book is such a disappointment compared with her earlier full length novels. It's interesting that, after "Scarlet Feather" was published, Maeve Binchy announced she was retiring, but then went on to publish several more books before she died. Sadly, I think her first instinct was correct and she should have left us wishing for more!

The setting of "Minding Frankie" is a stereotypical Binchy-esque version of a Dublin suburb
Mar 03, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing
Minding Frankie is the story of little Frankie Lynch whose mother died as she was giving birth. Her mother tells Noel Lynch that he is the father not long before she dies. A drunk who is unhappy in his work, he works hard to pull himself together for Frankie's sake. Helping, and occasionally, hindering him, are Binchy's usual cast of loveable, quirky characters - his parents who are obssessed with building a statue of Saint Jarleth, his long lost American cousin Emily who has just appeared, and ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Not bad at all. Looks at modern piecemeal families in Ireland as baby Frankie pulls a community together and pulls her father, Noel, out of alcoholism and a dead end job. Lots of loveable characters including Noel's parents, respectable Catholics who want to build a statue to an obscure saint, their cousin Emily whose help creates an extra layer of richness and warmth in the lives of so many, and the Carroll family, whose baby Johnny, together with Frankie enchant the small community of Jarlath ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, maeve-binchy
Such a good story as only Maeve Binchy writes. I've never read one of her books that I have not enjoyed. It's a given that all will work out in the end, but it's the journey to get there that is fun to read.
Victor Carson
Mar 07, 2013 Victor Carson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, Maeve Binchy died last year. Her new book, A Week in Winter, is on the New York Times best seller list but I could not find a copy in Kindle format at the New York Public Library site. So, I thought that I would read her next most recent book, Minding Frankie, before spending my hard cash. We old people are cheap, when possible.

I thoroughly enjoyed the gentle but direct way that the characters speak and act in the story. I recognize the feeling of Emily Lynch, the American cousin
Carolyn Agosta
Mar 06, 2012 Carolyn Agosta rated it really liked it
I've been a Maeve Binchy fan for a very long time - in fact, I believe I've read every single one of her full-length novels and a couple of her short story collections. So when I set off on a new Maeve Binchy novel, I expect a good time.

Minding Frankie is the story of a collection of characters who come together to help raise a baby whose mother dies at the child's birth. The synopsis given for the book is adequate and I won't write a synopsis here, I'll just give a review that lets other Maeve
Jan 19, 2012 Dianne rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys-arcs
If you have been a follower of Maeve's work, you will immediately recognize the close-knit neighborhood in Dublin, St Jarlath's Parish. You will also recognize so many people from past books and feel so very comfortable reading more about them, reconnecting with them, crying with them, having babies with them, and even burying them. However, we will meet some new people too and that is the fun of this book...if a book like this could actually be thought of as fun. This book is deep, it is profou ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Toni rated it liked it
I was so looking forward to this book and to catching up with my old friends from "Quentins" "Scarlet Feather" "Heart and Soul",etc. however I do not think that I would have liked this book as much if I hadn't read the previously mentioned books. I have to give it at least a 3.5 because she is a wonderful writer who 1/instills such warmth into her pages and 2/makes her characters come alive even though you have very little description of their appearance,Upon finishing one of her books,I often w ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Minding Frankie is the 16th book by popular Irish author, Maeve Binchy. When Noel Lynch, an alcoholic in a dead end job, is told he is the father of Stella Dixon’s baby daughter, Frankie (Frances Stella), it turns out to be a major turning point in his lacklustre life. He makes some big decisions and, with the help of his American cousin Emily, his parents and a multitude of friends, he is determined to raise Frankie to the best of his abilities. His friend from night college, Lisa Kelly, needs ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Frankie is a baby girl in an unusual position. Her mother dies shortly having giving birth, but this is no surprise. Noel is only notified he is the father weeks before the delivery. He doesn't seem like the ideal father, but what other option is Frankie have?

The story encompasses a lot more than just this tale. It covers a full year in the lives of not just Noel and Frankie, but everyone who lives on that street. It reads more as a slice of life novel than just a single story.

I found the story
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Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four. Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood. Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents' attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.

She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while. She also loved travelin
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“the situation. First time in the country and she had found St. Jarlath’s Crescent with no difficulty. “You must be Noel. I hope I’m not too early for the household.” “No, we were all up. We’re about to go to work, you see, and you are very welcome, by the way.” “Thank you. Well, shall I come in and say hello and good-bye to them?” Noel realized that he might have left her forever on the doorstep, but then he was only half awake. It took him until about eleven a.m., when he had his first vodka and Coke, to be fully in control of the day. Noel was absolutely certain that nobody at Hall’s knew of his morning injection of alcohol and” 2 likes
“Noel had decided that the very best way to cope with things not being so great was not to think about them at all. It had worked well so far. Why” 0 likes
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