Review ~ Quentins by Maeve Binchy

QuentinsQuentins by Maeve Binchy


Is it possible to tell the story of a generation and a city through the history of a restaurant?

Ella Brady thinks so. She wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to the present day. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, of betrayal, of revenge; of times when it looked ready for success and times when it seemed as if it must close in failure. But as Ella uncovers more of what has gone on at Quentins, she begins to wonder whether some secrets should be kept that way…

With Quentins, Maeve Binchy follows her bestselling Scarlet Feather with a new book that delivers the hallmark storytelling that has kept millions of her readers happy for more than twenty years.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great story of many lives, as Maeve Binchy does it, and many wonderful moments as well as heartbreaking ones. Familiar characters visit in this story and we get those wonderful little twins again. The new characters introduced were wonderfully done and learning more about the more familiar ones fed my never ending need to know more.

Ella believed she fell in love with a married man and that he loved her. Turns out he was quite the con-artist, liar, and crazy person. The chaos he caused not only to her but to so many others was rough on everyone. But Ella survives after much heartache and learns that friendship before love is very important.

The story is really based around the well known and frequented restaurant Quentins. In learning the history of the restaurant we learn the story of quite a few of its customers and how Quentins was an important part of their lives.

I think I may have liked this Binchy book the best so far. I think my only problem is they usually end when the main character finds her true love. Need to see if there are more books that visit these characters. 🙂

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