I finally finished ‘Whitethorn Woods’ by Maeve Binchy. Finally more so because I fell into my typical summer reading hiatus and less because it was difficult to finish this book; it wasn’t. This has been my third Binchy novel and the more I read her books the more I want to read more. This is a weird sentence.
The novel centres around a well that may or may not have mystical powers in the woods outside of a place called Rossmore, Ireland. There are plans to build a bypass around the city that would run right through the well and thus destroy it. Throw in a lot of different characters that are all in some way connected with each other and have a relationship with that well of some sort and you got yourself a great story.
I enjoyed this novel very much because it tells so many stories of so many different people. You get the full spectrum of what humans are capable of, both positive and negative which is great. It doesn’t read like a made up story you get lost in, it resembles real life too much for that. It’s one of Maeve Binchy’s gifts in writing in my opinion, her stories always feel very real to me.
At this point, I don’t have so much more to say other than, read it if you like stories about people. You won’t regret it.