Monday, April 29
Book Review: Quentins
Author: Maeve Binchy
Summary: There is Monica, the ever-cheerful Australian waitress; the enigmatic Signora; an Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made Quentins such a legend. But even their life is not all it seems.
Now Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned restaurant but, as she uncovers more of what has gone on, she questions the wisdom of bringing it to the screen. And when she is forced to confront a devastating dilemma in her own life, Ella wonders if some stories should not be told. . .
My Rating: 6.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Compared to the other books by the author I've read this one just didn't live up to the same standard as the others. In fact, it was a bit of a flop compared to the others.
The main storyline involving Ella was almost cringe worthy, I hated the entire plot line with her and everything to do with her. The story behind the restaurant and the characters wrapped in it, would have been a lot stronger if Ella had never appeared. Even the character herself was bad compared to what I've read by the author in the past, she was underdeveloped and lacked any real likeable qualities. But just the whole concept of her storyline, her affair and the fall back of it, not to mention her reaction, was poorly executed. I had no sympathy for her as a character, and thought she was rather stupid.
I did like the glimpses of some of the other characters I've read in other books, and although some books I haven't read yet, it was nice to see that they are mentioned again, without spoiling to much of what happened in their original storylines. Quentins, the restaurant was almost a character itself, and I wish the main focus was more on that, and none on Ella - the book would have been a lot stronger without her.
In the end, I'm glad I read the book, but it is definitely one of my least favourites by the author.
Would I recommend it to read: This particular book just didn't do the author justice. I'd recommend all her books to read, this one would just be lower on the totem pole of what to read by her.
What to read next: Tara Road, Evening Class
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Ireland Reading Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge