When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann’s Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated... show more
When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann’s Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann’s for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it’s a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed. Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future.
Publish date: March 9th 2010
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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I have read this collection before and I still enjoy it. I think that the best thing about it is that all of the stories are connected around the town of Rossmore and a well that a lot of people go and pray to (St. Ann's). The central figure in this collection is Father Brian Flynn who appears in ...
For my postal book group.
I'm not a huge fan of connected short stories, but I love Binchy's. And of course, my oft-expressed love for characters thinking things through.
Maeve Binchy is one of those rare authors where even their weakest books are still well worth reading, which is fortunate for Whitethorn Woods. Similar to some of her other books, Whitethorn Woods is basically a bunch of short stories, tied together by a common thread. I've never been too fond of sh...