Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jess' Review: Heart and Soul (Maeve Binchy)

(image from Goodreads)

Title: Heart and Soul 
Author: Maeve Binchy
 Publisher: Anchor, 2010 
Notes: I received this book for free from a Fodor's Travel Twitter giveaway.
A brief summary: With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland. (from Goodreads)
My thoughts: For some reason, I've been wanting to write my reviews in relation to other popular media. If you liked Love Actually and enjoy watching the American TV show Private Practice, you'll undoubtedly like this book. However, if you don't like either, don't let that be a deterrent.

This book is written from different characters' perspectives, though I would say that Dr. Clara Casey is the primary character. She's the string that ties all the characters together, weaving their complicated lives into something of a community. I think you'll find the changing points-of-view interesting, though sometimes frustrating too. There were times when I wanted the book to continue from one character's perspective!

That being said, I think that the story is showed more than told. I feel a bit torn on how to approach this book; while I, at base, liked the plot and the characters, I felt at times that they lacked emotion or realistic responses; some, with the exception of Clara and Declan, felt a bit flat. This book started strong but seemed to wane a bit as it progressed.
Rating: 3 stars

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'm a new follower. I am also a college student book blogger. Heart and Soul looks good. I agree with you- I hate when books change POVs and I'm like "wait, I want to know what happens" or I just don't care about the next particular POV. I look forward to reading more of your reviews. I love your header! Being a poor college student sucks when one has an addiction to reading, haha. But I guess that is what the library is for-although I would much rather buy the book.
    Have a great week :)
    Caroline @ Bon Bons and Reveries


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