November 2nd, 2010
More a series of linked stories than a novel, Binchy’s Whitethorn Woods provides us with character sketches and enticing stories of a series of local inhabitants, each of whom will be in favor of or opposed to the new highways slated to be built through the Whitethorn Woods near the tiny town of Rossmore. Complicating what could be a simple decision about building the road is the fact that there is a famous religious shrine in the woods, where people near and far come to pray and ask for miracles. The road will likely detroy the peace of the woods and the shrine.
Just when Binchy has lulled the reader into the comfort of a familiar type, she breaks out the surprise of a character who has snapped, who has turned out to be totally unreliable, or who has found a wily way around a problem.
Whitethorn Woods is recommended for those who appreciate character studies and gentle reads.
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