A departure from her norm
For Maeve Binchy's many fans, a new book is always welcome. It is not a surprise that her newest book, Whitethorn Woods was on the bestseller list. However, it is a bit different than most of her other books, because it is a collection of interconnected stories, set or related in some way to one small Irish village, Rossmore. Each chapter features a different person and situation but they are all interwoven and connected to Rossmore.
There is a big highway improvement in the works, and that could mean the destruction of St. Ann's well, a Catholic shrine that has been popular for decades. Binchy presents a varied cast of characters, some of them are: the local parish priest, trying to do the right thing, but not always sure what that is; a young man described as not the sharpest knife in the drawer; a 60-year-old woman who goes on a singles trip abroad, a disturbed young woman who commits murder and her scheming mother.
As always Binchy does a good job portraying the mutiple characters and describing a changing Ireland.