The Last Thursday Reading Group discussed Quentins by Maeve Binchy. Maeve Binchy’s novel set around the customers and staff of an iconic Dublin restaurant called Quentins, is an interesting blend of stories.
Love, hope, betrayal, despair are all represented in the lives of those people associated with Quentins as Ella Brady arrives to make a documentary about the restaurant.
The majority of the reading group enjoyed the book. One reader thought it was a good romance and it had likeable characters. Derry King was her favourite character. Another reader thought that Ella was a clever, brave and nice girl who had fallen in love with the wrong man, Don Richard, who was a good looking cheater. Another reader did not enjoy the book as much but admitted she didn’t like romance. She did like Ella’s character as she always had good things about herself and was an interesting character.
During the meeting the group were given a demonstration of the new Playaway Books which the Library is now purchasing. These new wave talking books are easy to use and small enough to be taken jogging, put into pockets and handbags and are easily portable. One member was so impressed by the new books that she borrowed one straight away.