Sunday, April 10
Book Review: The Copper Beech
Author: Maeve Binchy
Pages: EBook 265
Summary: An old copper beech overlooks a school, and witnesses all the hopes and loves, dreams and ambitions of the children who grew up there... By the school house at Shancarrig stands a copper beech, its bark scarred with the names and dreams of the pupils who have grown up under its branches.
Under Junior Assistant Mistress Maddy Ross's careful gaze the children play, but out of school Maddy's gaze lingers where it shouldn't. Maura Brennan, a bundle of fun from the rough end of town, plays with her pals: leap year baby Eddie Barton, the apple of his mother's eye, and Nessa Ryan, who little realises as she carves his name at the roots of the copper beech on the very last day of school that she'll get a lot more from one of her schoolmates than her first shy kiss.
The copper beech is the gateway to Maeve Binchy's marvelous portrait of a small Irish town whose untroubled surface conceals the passions, rivalries, friendships, ambitions and jealousies beneath.
My Rating: 6.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: While I liked a few of the characters stories and the end was well done, the book overall wasn't the best of Binchy's books. The characters were dry and the story didn't feel like it was moving anywhere. Usually her books with the multiple characters narratives come together better. This just didn't connect together as well as books I've read by the author in the past. It felt more like multiple unfinished short stories with a common theme.
The book still had Binchy's usual warm writing style and heart to the story, and I'm sure Binchy fans would enjoy the book, but overall it didn't keep my attention and it didn't make me want to pick up another one of her books. It had its moments, but overall somewhat disappointing.
Would I recommend it to read: I would always recommend the author, but this particular book wouldn't be high on the list.
What to read next: I'd say more by the author, this one didn't showcase what the author is capable of.
Challenges: 2016 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, MTB Challenge