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Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Kate Binchy Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750089
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It was the quiet ones you had to watch. That's where the real passion was lurking. They came together at Mountainview College, a down-at-the-heels secondary school on the seamy side of Dublin, to take a course in Italian. It was Latin teacher Aidan Dunne's last chance to revive a failing marriage and a dead-end career. But Aidan's dream was headed for disaster until the mysterious Signora appeared, transforming a shared passion for Italy into a life-altering adventure for them all . . . bank clerk Bill and his dizzy fiance Lizzie: a couple headed for trouble . . . Kathy, a hardworking innocent propelled into adulthood in a shocking moment of truth . . . Connie, the gorgeous rich lady with a scandal ready to explode . . . glowering Lou, who joined the class as a cover for crime. And Signora, whose passionate past remained a secret as she changed all their lives forever. . . . From the New York Times bestselling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, and Circle of Friends, comes a novel filled with Maeve Binchy's signature warmth, wit, and sheer storytelling genius—a spellbinding tale of men and women whose quiet lives hide the most unexpected things. . . . Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/14/2014

    " Another sweet read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mhd | 2/3/2014

    " Thank you, LucyAnn! I don't think I would have ever tried this one without such a strong recommendation from you!! Italy, Ireland, romance, intricate character interactions. It reminded be a bit of J. Archer, but without all the politics and nastiness. All the main characters are nice people trying to do their best. As they meet, many unexpectedly end up helping others. It has a very, very nice feel-good way with it! It would make a lovely Masterpiece Theatre mini-series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 2/1/2014

    " Just kind of boring, and didn't really care what happened to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/26/2014

    " Evening Class was my first Maeve Binchy book. I'd just returned from Italy and was very interested in all things Italian. I found this book, somewhat by accident, at the library. Wow, what exceptional character development. She has become one of my two favorite authors and I've read almost everything she's written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/25/2014

    " First book I've read by her. I enjoyed it and will read another by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 1/23/2014

    " This was fun in that it was about a group of people taking an evening Italian class, but otherwise the writing was pretty poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/21/2014

    " I love Maeve Binchy and Ireland! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coral | 1/19/2014

    " I plodded through this book, hoping I'd start liking the characters, but never did. I thought the idea of the book was great, but did not care for the people in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/1/2014

    " Love the intersection of so many stories of people so unlikely to become close friends. But isn't that the way life works! so many connections, so many surprises "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/14/2013

    " Written very simply and focused on each of the characters in turn, while not earthshaking, the plot is pleasantly intertwined and realistic enough. Good to help the brain relax. A really good example of the 'comfort read' genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pooch | 12/3/2013

    " OK story about an Irish lady living in a small Italian town and is the mistress to the man across the street. She returns to Ireland and teaches Italian having immeasurable impact on many lives. Strongly evokes a sense of place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mieke | 11/29/2013

    " loved the first half of the book and then it became more or less ordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/18/2013

    " A little bit of mystery and a little bit of suspense. Season it with love and every day lives and you have book to curl up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tacey | 10/10/2013

    " My favorite Maeve so far... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alisonwonderland | 6/22/2013

    " you can read my thoughts here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 4/14/2013

    " Just a great feel good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/26/2013

    " I liked this book by Maeve Binchy, which I read probably 15 years ago now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 12/30/2012

    " it was a nice diversion.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/21/2012

    " I love anything by Maeve Binchy and although it wasn't as good as my favorites (4 star Copper Beech and Tara Road), it was still wonderful. Binchy has such a way with characters; they always just draw you into their lives, as if they were next-door neighbors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 10/10/2012

    " I've read this book about 3 times. Just finished it again this weekend - it was by inbetween books book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Newett1att.net | 9/24/2012

    " I liked this book as much as I liked her others. She has a way of writing that I can relate to. I think you can always find yourself in one of her characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kati | 9/18/2012

    " This is a quick read for entertainment. The author weaves the lives of several characters. Overall interesting but not unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 9/5/2012

    " For some reason this book seemed dull, like boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/21/2012

    " Loved it. She one of my new favorite authors. I didn't think I would like how she switches from one character's story to another but within 2-3 pages of the new character I was hooked into their story. Also she is terrrific at intertwining stories soyou find out what happens to other characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/25/2012

    " My first Maeve Binchy book. I love the way she intertwined all the characters' stories. Can't wait to read more of her work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/1/2011

    " Maeve Binchy books are very readible. Always like little short stories that in the end meld together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 6/4/2011

    " My favorite Maeve Binchy novel so far. I loved the diverse characters in the story, a very fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dottie | 5/23/2011

    " Many people come together in an Italian class and how their lives are connected. I loved it! Thanks Karen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/12/2011

    " I've read lots of Maeve Binchy books but this one is honestly my favorite. I cheered on nearly everyone in this book and fell in love with the sweetness of the story. I'd highly suggest this as a first read from this talented author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/12/2011

    " Possibly one of the best books I've ever read. Excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/10/2011

    " A little bit of mystery and a little bit of suspense. Season it with love and every day lives and you have book to curl up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marika | 4/30/2011

    " I read this book a long time ago but I remember becoming surprisingly engaged with the characters. It's the reason I want to read more Maeve Binchy books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 4/16/2011

    " This was an extremely good book. My mom gave it to me after i returned from studying in italy. The characters are entwined so well and bring the story together in a very poinant way "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/14/2011

    " Another great book by Maeve! I love that she connects all of her characters.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/19/2011

    " This was another hard to put down book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anylie | 3/13/2011

    " This is the first Maeve Binchy book i have read and i fell in love with it.Its an amazing book and once you start you can't stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacretia | 3/3/2011

    " Love how she intertwines the characters!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this very much. Read it back in 1999. Maeve Binchy is a favorite "comfort" writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/14/2011

    " True Maeve Binchy - easy to read, engaging characters, and it all comes together at the end! Good job! I want to take an Italian class now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanna | 2/2/2011

    " Very good book. I even managed to learn some Italian while reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 2/1/2011

    " I will read this one again. I loved all the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kilmiquix | 1/30/2011

    " What a lovely novel! I am thoroughly in love with each and every character; I got so wrapped up in the story that I even lost track of some of the connections. I can give no higher praise! "

About the Author

Maeve Binchy (1940–2012) was the author of numerous bestselling books, including Minding Frankie, Heart and SoulWhitethorn Woods, and Circle of Friends, as well as Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She contributed to GourmetO, The Oprah MagazineModern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012 at the age of seventy-two, shortly after finishing A Week in Winter.