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Heart and Soul

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  12,790 Ratings  ·  1,441 Reviews
With the warmth, humor, and compassion we have come to expect, Maeve Binchy tells a story of  doctors and staff, patients, family, and friends at a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new.
Dr. Clara Casey agrees to take on the seemingly thankless task of establishing a clinic with little funding—for a year. With her own plate full—two trouble
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jason Koivu
*Currently reading* status update -

Yeah, I'm reading a Maeve Binchy novel, what of it?! Seriously, why do I have this guilty/embarrassed feeling like the time when my mom caught me looking at the lingerie section in the Sears catalogue?

*Read* review -

After hearing an author's name mentioned on the radio and seeing it pop up at shops and the library, there comes a point when I bow down to the coincidences of the world that are "telling me something" and finally read something by that author. Coup
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Wonderful! Wonderful! Reading this was like falling into a warm and cozy bath with great chocolate to eat. Some characters from previous books make appearances and even have greater parts in this novel. I am so glad I ordered it early from Amazon U.K. This novel centers around a heart clinic and the people who work there and the patients who go there as well for treatment. The usual blend of small mysteries and entertwined lives as only Maeve Binchy could do.This was definitely worth the wait!On ...more
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh... this was a SLLLLOOWWWWW read. It's not my favorite Binchy book by any stretch of the imagination. I know some of the characters have been recycled from other books, but I can't remember which books, so that's a little frustrating. I wish there was a cheat sheet somewhere to jog my memory about who they are.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book -I couldn't wait to to listen to it and I was so sorry when it was finished.
Binchy tends to write her books as a kind of series of short stories that all link together.
It's a compelling family drama with tears,tantrums and happy endings.
Pure comfort reading. I love that all her books link together with overlapping characters and so many topics are covered - these are everyday people and she makes you love them - even the awful people!
On the negative side (which I can i
Ena Hasečić
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
U ovom romanu pratimo dešavanja u maloj klinici za bolesti srca u Irskoj. Kao i u romanu Kako smo čuvali Frenki, i u ovom su likovi mali ljudi od kojih zaista možemo naučiti mnogo. Posebno mi je bilo drago kada su se spomenuli neki likovi iz navedenog romana - bilo je lijepo ponovo se susresti sa njima :)

Ovaj roman je idealan za čitanje navečer, pod dekicom uz neki dobar čaj :) u mislima ćete bar na trenutak otići u divnu Irsku i biti okruženi super likovima.
Denise Smith
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love Maeve Binchy and this is another charming character driven story. I love the way she brings back characters from previous novels for cameo appearances, like an old friend stopping by to say hello. If you're looking for a gentle and enjoyable read this is a great choice.
Rebecca McNutt
Set in the green hills of Ireland, Heart and Soul is an amazing story that never gets boring, always bringing up something totally unexpected.
Una Tiers
This book had a strong start, but disappointed after the first 100 pages. The huge amount of characters and the stereotype of the Polish immigrant became tiresome. I've enjoyed several other books by this author, but found it hard to finish.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sucked
I have to quit reading these old lady romances! I knew I couldn't read anymore when the guy was staring at the girl's "little ringlet" next to her ear--- she had just gone to the salon?!?? What nurse goes to the salon in the middle of the day and gets an updo? With ringlets?
No more mauve binchy for me.
Leah Anderson
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So many times I was tempted to stop reading this book. Usually I give a book 100 pages, I finished it, but even at page 308, I truely contemplated giving it the unfinished flick. The only reason I finished it, in the end, was I had nothing else I wanted to start reading, before our book club met again this week. I am glad that this wasn't my choice to read.
I found Heart and Soul was like reading a soapie. The most climatic event was a girl going home to her mother. Nothing really happens, and i
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who likes Maeve Binchy, or is looking for an easy read
Recommended to Angela by: Book group
I would not have picked this book to read on my own. It was the book choice for my Ladies' Book Group. I thought the book, about a woman who gets a position heading a heart clinic in Dublin, was much too saccharine. Clara, the main, well mostly main character, since there are myriad characters, comes into the clinic and has everything quickly fall into place for her. She quickly finds great, friendly, efficient (that is, perfect)staff within a couple of days. They all have their own side stories ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorite authors, Maeve Binchey, does it again with a novel that lets me completely escape into someone else's life for a while. I've been reading Binchey for a long time now, and I love what her novels have evolved to. She used to write the huge, coming-of-age novels. I loved them. And while they always ended well, with closure, I always wonder what happened to these characters I had grown to love so much. I don't have enough curiosity about them to wish for a sequel, rather ...more
Dion Ribeiro
Maeve Binchy escreveu um dos meus livros preferidos, mas este, definitivamente, não me seduziu...
Muitas coincidências, tudo parecia encaixar-se bem de mais, como se houvesse sempre uma solução a aguardar cada problema e demasiadas personagens a serem exploradas o que me causou uma certa confusão e me fez perder o interesse pelo desenrolar da história.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Maeve Binchy is a good story teller. She's always down to earth and her people seem real. I like this group of people from the heart clinic. Good stories but a bit draggy in places. It's 3.5 for me. Closer to 3 than 4.
Gülay Cansever
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Yine çok güzel bir finaldı. Bu arada eski tanıdıkları tekrar görmüş gibi oldum. Diğer kitaplardaki tanıdıkları burada okumak çok hoştu:)
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to be spending quite a bit of time this year in rereading some old favourites and this is one of them.
Heart and Soul deals with a wonderful cast of characters that are connected to a new heart clinic in Dublin. As always with Maeve Binchy, it is a journey of self discovery that we are presented with and I just don't have enough superlatives to say how heart warming the writing is.
It's not just bring, goody-goody characters either - there is some real substance and variety to them.
I am
Clare O'Beara
I'm a great fan of Maeve Binchy but this wasn't one of my favourites. She has set her story around a Dublin heart clinic and tried to work in many characters from previous novels such as Scarlet Feather, Evening Class and Quentins; even if they just have walk-on roles, her readers will be interested to see their progress.

I disliked that the main characters are extremely unprofessional in manner. Even if the setting is Dublin, a doctor in charge of a clinic does not grouse and namecall about the
It’s difficult to say anything negative about Maeve Binchy books. How can one fault books that are as warm and comfortable as a big fluffy blanket? True, there are some that are definitely better than others, some characters you care about more than others, but when all is said and done you always come away from reading a Binchy book appreciating the humor, compassion and Irish spirit that permeates each page.

In HEART AND SOUL, Binchy utilizes an underfunded heart clinic as the focal point for t
Katie Kenig
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
While this book was a slow starter, it had a nice payoff in the end.

Heart and Soul centers around a Irish clinic that treats patients with heart disease, helping them to learn to live with their condition, rather than dying from it - dietician Lavender holds cooking workshops, trainer Jimmy puts them through their paces in the gym, Dr. Decklan monitoring their health, nurses Fiona and Hillary minding the patients, clerical Anya working her behind off in every way, and administrator Clara oversee
Each chapter is written as episodes in the lives of the characters and it all seems to link together into a relaxing if not a somewhat predictable read. If you have read previous novels by this author you will also enjoy catching up with characters you met earlier and once again visiting the restaurant Quentins, also a title of one of Maeve Binchy’s earlier novels. It doesn't matter if you are new to this author though as it stands alone easily as well.

It is not a novel that I am gong to rave ab
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ireland
Dr. Clara Casey takes on the role of setting up the Heart Care clinic connected with the hospital in Dublin. She doesn't want to, but agrees for one year. She hires a staff and sets up the facility. What happens next is that the staff come together to really care about one another and the patients. The patients begin to see how they can manage their heart health and lead productive lives. In short, it's not as horrible as she thought it would be.
I enjoyed this one. The last couple of Binchy bo
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Mum handed me this book after she had read it and as a fan of past Binchey books I thought I'd give it a try. What these books always guarantee is an easy read (especially more so in her more most recent ones) but this is always not such a good thing. What I enjoyed about her older books (The Glass Lake and the The Italian Class being particular examples) was the richness in family and friend relationships and the ramifications which they had over future generations. Although Heart and Soul w ...more
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-cozy
My wifi has been acting up, so this is my third try at this.

A gentle woman's read. Binchy's stories always turn out well, like a fairy tale, which I have a sneaking fondness for.

This one is about the formation and first year of a Heart Clinic, formed to help people who have had heart attacks get follow up care in a non hospital setting. Most of the characters are sympathetic types. Even the bad ones come to sort of a resolution in the end. There's a women who is the head of the clinic; a hospit
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well, isn’t this just an obnoxiously optimistic book? Just about everyone is good natured to a fault, only doing anything wrong due to their overwhelming need to be a good person blinding them from the possible ramifications of their actions. Seriously...this reads like it was written by someone with a delusional idea of quaint, Irish life. Add to that the fact that the story lines of different characters fade in and out in a rather discombobulated fashion, completely failing to meld together in ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, heartwarmers
Binchy does a wonderful job creating a community in Dublin, Ireland, of exactly the kind of people you would want to find there. In her own words, " I wanted to make it cheerful and positive and funny, which is what we all need." She did it smashingly. It was like visiting somewhere and staying long enough to become familiar, but leaving while you still like it enough to be eager to plan your return. I hear people describe Binchy's novels like a warm bath, or a comfortable chair with cozy blanke ...more
This novel centers around a newly built heart clinic. Like with all Binchy's novels, there is a big cast of characters, and we get a glimpse into a lot of different characters' lives. Clara, separated from her husband and with two grown daughters who still live at home and have issues of their own, runs the clinic. Declan is a young doctor who lives with his parents who never had a lot of money and think the world of their son. Aina, a Polish immigrant to Ireland, has a past she is ashamed of an ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I liked the stories in this one more than most of Binchy's other books that I've read, but the large cast of characters revolving around an Irish heart clinic are pretty similar to the other books she's written, and I'm afraid I will quickly forget them - there's more than average niceness here. Part of the good feelings of this book are the kids described as sounding like robots. I listened on audio, and that was the right little comic touch for the story. I usually listen to Binchy's books on ...more
Um 2,5.

Não sei se fui eu que me cansei do estilo da Maeve Binchy, dado que tantas pessoas dão cotações altas a este livro. E não é que a história seja má e o livro não se leia num instante e não fiquemos envolvidos na vida das personagens, pessoas sempre como nós, a viverem um dia a dia normal, e claro que acaba sempre tudo bem para quem merece.
Mas há diálogos que já não existem na Dublin de 2008, coisas que não se fazem, oferecer de prenda de casamento um cd, um cesto de piquenique ou 6 guarda
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maeve Binchy is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. All of her novels genuinely have "heart and soul." I am in love with her humor, the Irish dialogue, and the characters you grow to love despite or because of their eccentricities. I am so grateful that she makes the stories about normal people undergoing everyday tragedies and the tales are so uplifting, primarily because of the wonderful relationships between the characters. I also appreciate how she brings central characters from one ...more
This was our Book Club choice for June. I was happy to hear we'd be reading a Maeve Binchy book - one I hadn't already read - but somehow it didn't measure up as much as I thought it would. I usually like Binchy's books very much, but this one was a little too predictable, a little too tied-up-in-a-happy-bow to be able to relate to it. I'm not saying it should have been a downer, but life isn't always as perfect as we'd like. Yes, it's fiction, but I'd like to be able to put myself into the stor ...more
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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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“...And he said nothing. Just put his arms around her more closely as the whole heart clinic and their friends and relations danced to the music of "Hey Jude".” 4 likes
“I don’t think we should spend any time wandering around that remote possibility. It’s nice of you to wish me well, but actually I find it unbearably patronizing.” 1 likes
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