I was never into foofy female writers who made every single book have a happy ending. I enjoyed male writers when I was younger, and delved occasionally into a Patricia Cornwell and a few classics by the Bronte sisters. The my English teacher Mrs MacDonald let us know that she used to be friends with a famous Irish author, Maeve Binchy... I thought, well if she was her friend, lets see what type of writer she is!
I ended up devouring 'Circle of Friends' and then every other Binchy I could get my hands on! I loved the Irish quirkiness, mannerisms and writing style! It really did make me laugh so much that I found myself astonished that a female writer had actually linked with me!
I still love Binchy's novels, but one of my favourites has to be 'Tara Road', just in that there is something about that story which tugs at my heart and makes me want to visit that house on Tara Road!
I enjoyed the film adaptation, but truthfully Ria should have been a little less glamourous in the beginning of the movie and then the makeover would have worked more.. Loved Andie McDowell as the American!
It is a beautifully told story about friendship. family ( annoying and lovable), houses that become homes, internal power and love at the basis of everything.