Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The blurb: In Mountfern, life meanders as slowly as the river running through it. But when Patrick O’Neill arrives from the States with grand plans to turn the ruins of Fernscourt into Ireland’s finest hotel, ripples begin to appear on the surface calm of this backwater.
My review: I’ve never managed to finish a Maeve Binchy book as I find her writing tedious. It’s a shame, because I believe I would enjoy the stories if they were written in a … well, faster writing style.
As I often enjoy the audio version of a book I find difficult to read, I thought I’d try out this book when I saw it in my local library.
And it was great. However, I believe it was an abridged version that was dramatised by the BBC. I have no idea how much was cut, but what was left in was perfect. The story moved swiftly from one view point/scene to another. It was never boring and gave just enough details so that I understood exactly what was happening.
Again, I can’t recommend the books, but the dramatisation was brilliant.