Saturday, May 14

Book Review: Evening Class

Title: Evening Class

Author: Maeve Binchy

Pages: 520

Summary: Aiden Dunne needs his new evening class project to succeed almost as much as his pupils do. They too are lookng for something more: Bill to find a way to keep spendthrigt Lizzie at his side and Fran to make sure that young Kathy finds her way out from behind the kitchen sink.

The key to their success lies with the Sinora. Her passion has drawn her from Ireland to Italy and backhome again with a burning desire to share her love of all things Itlaian - and a secret hidden in her heart. . . .

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Although it had a bit of a slow start, this book turned out to be a wonderful read. I can’t believe I’ve let the author’s books sit on my shelf for as long as I have. She is a fantastic writer, who spends time to really create concrete characters, in a wide range of ages and backgrounds, who you really learn to appreciate and watch develop throughout the books, mixed with great writing, and story, turned out to be a wonderful read for me.

Once the book got moving, I found my self really enjoying the book and its characters. Although some characters bothered me, like Aiden’s family, what a miserable lot, some characters intrigued me, and I really found myself, caring about them. One of my favourite aspects of the books were how it was written, each section focused on a different character, and while that section’s character was the main focus, it still gave you information and pulled in other characters stories as well. They way the author balanced this was extremely well done - I was surprised how well it all came together, as it is broken down in multiple short stories, but it’s one continuous story as well.

I also enjoyed the story as a whole, I loved how the class brought all of these people together, who wouldn’t normally come together as a group, and in some way helped them develop as people, help them stretch out to others, and enjoy a fun class. It sends a powerful message, of working towards your goals, helping your selves and helping others, but it doesn’t go overboard in that message, it’s just written it a lovely book. I loved the ending, although there was one part in near the ending that was a little, out of left field, I think the book could have been without, it was the only real part that didn’t flow well with the rest of the story. The only other complaint was the slow start. Starting with Aiden, and his miserable family, almost made me give up. His wife really is a miserable, miserable person, and having a book start out on that made for a slow start. But, other than that, a fantastic read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend it to read. It has a bit of a slow start, but it was a good book. An interesting and eclectic cast of characters, and a very strong message of coming together and helping the others grow, and great storytelling. I'd also recommend any of the authors books.

What to read next: Sushi for Beginners, More books by the author

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Chunkster Challenge, Ireland Reading Challenge, Spring Reading Thing


  1. I love this book, and I've reread it several times. It's my favorite of Binchy's. Some of these characters turn up later in her other books, including Aiden and Signora.

    I have Sushi for Beginners to read, and your suggestion makes me want to read it sooner, rather than later. I've already read all of Maeve Binchy's books, many as soon as they were released.

  2. I really like books that have intriguing characters that grow as the story progresses, and though I have not read anything by this author, it sounds like this book might be one to take a chance on. I am glad to hear that after a slow start everything kind of gelled for you, and I think you wrote a really great review on it. Another book for the wish list, I think!

  3. Raidergirl3 - That's neat that some of her characters turn up in later books. There were some interesting characters in this one, so it would be nice to see stories continue. Sushi for Beginners was a great book. One of my favourites, actually, I hope you get a chance to read it soon.

    Zibilee - The author surprised me, I can't believe I've let her sit on my shelf as long as I have. I think you'd really enjoy this book, and likely her other works too.

  4. I haven't read this author yet; I keep meaning to!

  5. Rebecca - She's worth reading and for me, is one of those, why haven't I read you before?!? authors.