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Clara Casey has than enough on her plate Her daughters Adi and Linda were no problem during the usually turbulent teens Now Adi is always fighting for or against something the environment or the whale or battery farming while Linda lurches from one unsatisfactory relationship to the next As if this wasn't enough Clara a senior cardiac specialist has a new job to cope with and now her ex husband wants something from herFor Ania meeting Clara Casey is a miracle She never intended to leave Poland but perhaps a new job in a new country will mend her broken heart? Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic but what should have been a straightforward six month posting brings him far than he expectedThen there's Father Brian Flynn whose life is turned upside down when his reputation is threatened and the beautiful cheerful nurse Fiona who can't leave her troubled past behind

10 thoughts on “Heart and Soul

  1. says:

    Currently reading status update Yeah I'm reading a Maeve Binchy novel what of it? Seriously why do I have this guiltyembarrassed feeling like the time when my mom caught me looking at the lingerie section in the Sears catalogue?Read review After hearing an author's name mentioned on the radio and seeing it pop up at shops and the library there comes a point when I bow down to the coincidences of the world that are telling me something and finally read something by that author Couple that with the fact that Maeve Binchy died just a month prior and if that's not enough to get one's attention I don't know what is I picked up Heart and Soul it being the first thing handy Well I can tell you it was not the cozy Miss Marple mystery I was expecting from the things I'd heard It starts off with a headstrong woman taking over operations of a new heart clinic and the newly christened reader is led to believe that the plot will focus on the clinic's potential survival or failure Not so as the narrative soon shifts focus on to the relationships of an ensemble cast of characters and suddenly I felt like I was watching an episode of General Hospital Will the charming doctor fall in love with the plucky nurse? Will the widower head of the clinic settle for the boring guy or even relapse and take her cheating husband back? And what of that poor little ugly ducklingswan immigrant girl? Nothing too earth shattering or even terribly titillating but Binchy is a good enough writer to keep the reader's interest mainly by keeping the story moving Days and scenes pass within the brief mention of a sentence and that's just as well No need to read the dull bits Will I be reading another Binchy novel? No I have nothing against the relationship genre but as the kids say it's not my cup of teaThe kids never say that do they?

  2. says:

    Wonderful Wonderful Reading this was like falling into a warm and cozy bath with great chocolate to eat Some characters from previous books make appearances and even have greater parts in this novel I am so glad I ordered it early from UK This novel centers around a heart clinic and the people who work there and the patients who go there as well for treatment The usual blend of small mysteries and entertwined lives as only Maeve Binchy could doThis was definitely worth the waitOnce again I have devoured a book that I wish I could read all over again as if for the first time

  3. says:

    I actually raised this up a star on my re read This was actually a nice book to settle in with this weekend I wasn't in the mood for a read that was going to give me a headache I do miss Maeve Binchy's books especially when she would continue on with some characters I still say the amount of jobs that the character Ania was working was beyond ridiculous and were not possible The flow still didn't work for me either but this time I knew what was coming so it didn't bother me Previous reviewIt's weird I started off reading this book years and years ago It was published back in 2008 and I just didn't like how it ended much Binchy ended up changing up the ending but I don't have that version in my Kindle version grrrr so I do know that she had a new ending that worked a lot better That is the main reason why I gave this one 3 stars We end up leaving a lot of characters in the lurch I thought I also thought the whole thing with Clara and Hilary needing to get their two kids together was ridiculous Additionally the amount of jobs that the character Ania was working didn't even make sense since it sounded like at best she would only be getting about 2 3 hours of sleep I know it was to show the contrast between Clara's one daughter but it was a bit muchHeart Soul follows characters that many Binchy fans have been reading about for years We have Aiden and Signora popping up Evening Class 96 and Quentins 2002 Brenda from Evening Class and Quentins Grania and Tony Evening Class Fiona Barbara David Vonni Nights of Rain and Stars 2004 Maud Simon Cathy Feather Scarlett Feather 2000 and Father Flynn Whitehorn Woods 2006 and probably a whole host of other people I have forgotten We also have some new ones like Clara Casey the new director of a heart clinic and Ania a young Polish immigrant living in Dublin Though Binchy doesn't call out characters by chapter heading in this one we do go back and forth to characters within chapters sometimes So if we start off with Clara we may also include another character like her daughter her ex husband etc I didn't mind it at all in this one but I think I miss that we could just stick with a character through one sitting instead of bouncing around a lot with them I found all of the characters to be good but I was really happy with the follow up to Fiona and Barbara I had really liked Fiona in Nights of Rain and Stars and we see that she has totally changes from who she was after the events from her last relationship that was depicted in that book As I said above though I had a bit of an issue with Clara in parts of this book We find out that she has been long separated from a cheating spouse who wants to divorce and marry his partner of several years I know it wasn't great but her reaction to it wasn't great either I liked that she realized that her friends and family were tired of her hanging on to the guy and she needed to move on from him She starts a new relationship in this one that left me feeling meh and it was good to see her realize that too Her fighting with her daughter Linda though made me scratch my head Her thinking that she needed to get married and settled with Hilary's son made me want to go huh This was written in 2008 not 1988 so I didn't get why she thought her 21 year old daughter needed to settle down Ania's story was sad at first We meet her and she's barely hanging on doing odd jobs in Dublin to obtain money to send back to her mother We don't know what happened to her in Poland but hints are it wasn't great When Binchy reveals her tale it was okay and all but not Earth shattering I just thought it was a bit much that Ania works at the heart clinic at the laundromat at a restaurant helps with landscaping etc At one point I felt myself getting panicky at her jobs that she was doing And her acting as if everything was super expensive like some lace for sleeves on a dress was making me go okay after a while Ania is set up as some perfect person but I was left a bit cold towards to her while readingWe follow a new doctor named Declan in this one and we get to see his romance with someone that readers are familiar with no spoilers I liked Declan okay but liked to see him push back on things later on in the book He seemed a bit too perfect to me at firstHilary's story I found sad I don't know if Binchy was going for clueless with her but I definitely felt she was We find out that she married a perfectly charming and handsome man who never worked Her poor mother went and got jobs to support them all Hilary and her son Nick too and Hilary works to help Things don't go well in Hilary's life I thought when we see that her mother is having some medical issues Father Flynn who popped up in Whitehorn Woods shows up here and his whole storyline was weird I thought Leaving that one aloneThe book going back to Vonni in Greece and Aiden and Signora caused it to drag for me a lot too The writing was okay but I am realizing that the flow wasn't great Binchy jumping from character to character within a chapter didn't work as well for me in this one I was looking forward to the ending which isn't like me usually The setting of the book revolves around the heart clinic doctors patients and friends of patients or doctors working there Maybe if we stayed focused on the staff it would have worked It would still be nice to read about characters that were introduced in prior books still but we could have focused on new characters The book ends with a wedding and just kind of ends I liked the new ending I happened to read it in a new paperback release one day at the bookstore that showed some characters after the wedding and what something new is going on with all of them

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I couldn't wait to to listen to it and I was so sorry when it was finishedBinchy tends to write her books as a kind of series of short stories that all link togetherIt's a compelling family drama with tearstantrums and happy endingsPure comfort reading I love that all her books link together with overlapping characters and so many topics are covered these are everyday people and she makes you love them even the awful peopleOn the negative side which I can ignore quite frankly there is a lot of repetition and simplification There is some stereotyping although that's life isn't it? But yes it is completely predictableIf you don't like cosy comfort reads then this will not be for youI don't care I love MaeveFor audio info I was worried as the audio version was not narrated by Kate Binchy as I am used to but Maureen O'Brien don't worry she was superb

  5. says:

    Ugh this was a SLLLLOOWWWWW read It's not my favorite Binchy book by any stretch of the imagination I know some of the characters have been recycled from other books but I can't remember which books so that's a little frustrating I wish there was a cheat sheet somewhere to jog my memory about who they are

  6. says:

    Book Review Heart And Soul By Maeve BinchyWhoever has read Maeve Binchy books will know that alot of her books centre around an eating place called Quentins This book is no different I'm only going to touch very briefly on characters within this book due to Maeve Binchys style she has alot of characters in her books so much so that it's amazing how she managed to keep a track on which characters were doing what she must have had a good memory that or very well organised in her writingA good part of this book is about developing a new heart clinic on a new developmental building site Frank Ennis the brains behind the operation of it all employs Dr Clara Casey as a Senior Consultant Dr Clara Casey has a whole lot of complicated issues of her own one of which is Alan her so called ex We also meet Declan who is added to the team at the hospital as a GP who rides to work on his bicycle Then we have Fiona a cardiology nurse Declan has eyes for Fiona and plucked enough courage to take Fiona on a date at Quentins serious as their friendship goes as time goes by Declan introduces Fiona to his side of the family These two go on some very interesting adventures some of which are to do with the hospital some just plain personal one which ends Declan in hospital however they do tie the knot with a beautiful opal ring as an engagement ring but then a catastrophe happens and Ania the Polish girl is thinking for heavens sake p472 We have the two twins now bless their souls a familiarity from other books their flippant nature and saying the wrong things a laugh and a half Then of course there is Father Brian Flynn who has to guard himself against a stalker one of his church ladies who has become slightly mad and thinks she is married to himI adore Maeve Binchys style of writing it is light easy reading hilarious in places due to the authors Irish humour which does shine through like a ray of sunshine in this book The only criticism I have is her chapters are so damn long Some are like over 22 pages ok they do have breaks in the chapters but there is nothing worse than not being able to read a whole chapter without getting up and doing stuffI whole heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes a good old light hearted read who likes the Irish humour and who likes a continuation of a theme running through a book collection

  7. says:

    This book is both dangerous and comforting Dangerous because you simply cannot put it down once you start and you may stay up long past your bed time like I did Comforting because it is like reading a letter from home The characters were familiar to me from recent readings of other Binchy titles and once I worked out a mental timeline what happens here takes place after both Evening Class and Whitethorn Wood I was quite happy catching up with many of my old friends from those two booksThis time the central location is a heart clinic We get to be involved even before the clinic opens because we get to watch Dr Clara Casey create a perfect place for her patients to learn how to live with their heart conditions We get to help hire staff deal with the hospital administrator who of course doesn't want to spend any money and did not really want the clinic in the first place We see a mini community taking shape and with nearly every new person that comes along I was able to say 'wasn't she from' or 'oh I remember him from' and that made the whole book feel specialI liked also the sort of open ended final chapter Many of the characters had their loose ends tied up but others finished the book with their stories uncompleted There is a wonderful sense of to come in the final chapter and yet there is also the closure for this particular phase of people's lives I have been undecided in the past about Binchy's style of loosely connected stories woven into a whole but even though that was the basic workings here too this book seemed smoothly constructed than others have beenI marked it for my dar shelf which means I won't be keeping it but since I am giving it to my mother the book won't be going very far and if i ever want to read it again I will know exactly where it is

  8. says:

    I love Maeve Binchy and this is another charming character driven story I love the way she brings back characters from previous novels for cameo appearances like an old friend stopping by to say hello If you're looking for a gentle and enjoyable read this is a great choice

  9. says:

    Set in the green hills of Ireland Heart and Soul is an amazing story that never gets boring always bringing up something totally unexpected

  10. says:

    So many times I was tempted to stop reading this book Usually I give a book 100 pages I finished it but even at page 308 I truely contemplated giving it the unfinished flick The only reason I finished it in the end was I had nothing else I wanted to start reading before our book club met again this week I am glad that this wasn't my choice to read I found Heart and Soul was like reading a soapie The most climatic event was a girl going home to her mother Nothing really happens and it gets frustrating as she adds and characters which I felt gave it a very superficial insight to the story and to the characters The digression from the heart clinic to then a priest wasn't necessary and I just found it frustratingDidn't like it