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Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy
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Sep 22, 2008

really liked it

This is the story of Elizabeth White and Aisling O'Connor. Elizabeth is sent to stay with Aisling's family in Ireland during the Blitz in London. The two of them grow to be best friends despite of, or perhaps because of the events that occur over the next two decades.

I can't really explain why I enjoy Maeve Binchy's books so much. The writing isn't particularly profound and her plots tend to veer toward extreme soap opera-iness. However, each and every one of her characters are so well-developed and so HUMAN that I can't help but be drawn to each of them. Furthermore, MB has the knack of richly portraying Ireland and her people...their speech, mannerisms, customs, humor, pathos...everything. For me, it's a real treat to read one of MB's novels because it takes me somewhere so unspeakably foreign yet, as so many reviewers have touted, makes me feel like I've come home. Cheesy, but true.
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