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Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy
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Apr 01, 09

Read in March, 2008

It's 1940s & Hitler is planning his war on England. To protect their 10 year old daughter Elizabeth, George White and his wife send her to Kilgarret, Ireland. Taken in by her mother's old school friend, Eileen O'Connor, & her husband Sean, Elizabeth quickly becomes inseparable from their vivacious daughter Aisling. It is Aisling who teaches Elizabeth to have faith in life and convinces her that if you light a penny candle at church, your most sacred wish will come true. Five years later, Elizabeth returns home armed with a new sense of independence and love of life. Against her parents' wishes, she pursues a career in art and embarks on a no-strings-attached love affair that threatens to break her heart. Meanwhile, Aisling remains in Kilgarret, yearning for a larger world, a world more like Elizabeth's. Passionately courted by the son of Kilgarret's wealthiest families, she struggles to convince herself tht he could make her happy. From the moment they meet to the moment two decades later when they know they both love the same elusive, irrestible man, their lives are inextricably linked. Two women caought between the past and the future, theirs is a world swept up in change...a world where old ways no longer work and new ways demand daring...a world where in times of trouble, it is no longer enough to Light a Penny Candle.
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