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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Sile Bermingham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the warmth, humor, and compassion we have come to expect, Maeve Binchy tells a story of  doctors and staff, patients, family, and friends at a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new. Dr. Clara Casey agrees to take on the seemingly thankless task of establishing a clinic with little funding—for a year. With her own plate full—two troublesome grown daughters and a needy ex-husband—she is still able to gather a wonderfully diverse and dedicated staff. And before long she has done the impossible, made the clinic a success and a aprt of the community. Now Clara must decide whether or not to stay.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A modern day women’s writer in the Jane Austen sense. Lauren Daley, The Standard-Times
  • Sweet indulgence...Heart and Soul is a delicious delight. Lindsey Losnedahl, Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Heart and Soul is a pleasant escape into an entertaining fantasy world across the ocean...[Binchy] once again paints a delightful picture of Ireland that elevates the everyday joys and tragedies of her characters to ones of pure romance. Karin Greenberg, Woodbury Magazine
  • “A new Maeve Binchy novel is always welcome...Binchy has a true gift of creating characters we either know or wish we knew...Heart and Soul creates a perfect escape. Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • At the end of a long week, a long winter, a long economic downturn, [Maeve Binchy’s Heart and Soul is] exactly what we need. Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Good-hearted [and] entertaining...[Heart and Soul] reflects a pervasive generosity of spirit [and] offers many honest pleasures. Bill Sheehan, The Washington Post

    "Another delightful Binchyesque amalgamation of intersecting lives...the collective, charming effect of these story lines suggests that individuals are more connected than they might think.
  • Interweaving the domestic narratives of a dissimilar collection of individuals is beloved Binchy's stock-in-trade, and once again, she does so with sublime ease, inventively engaging readers through a reassuring and persuasive combination of gracious warmth, gentle humor, and genuine affection. Carol Haggas, Booklist
  • Ambitious and intelligently conceived...A heart clinic is really the perfect metaphor for how this book feels. It's a warm and comfy world [and reading Heart and Soul is] not unlike getting a hug from your mother...Binchy's millions-strong readership...will not be disappointed. William Kowalski, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Oh, the bliss...Maeve's back, on top form...The heart is the theme, literally and metaphorically, and this is heartwarming stuff–sweet but never cloying. The Times
  • [Maeve Binchy] knows how to fashion a minor drama into a crisis, and the book rattles along from one gripping story to another, leaving the reader with a satisfying glow...It does exactly what it says on the tin: gives heart and soul. Daily Mail
  • [Heart and Soul] brings together the secret hopes and dreams of a disparate group of characters...with [Binchy's] trademark warmth and empathy. Irish Sunday Independent
  • Maeve Binchy's latest novel is packed as usual with wonderful characters...Full of warmth, caring and commonsense. CHOICE

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/20/2014

    " Maeve Binchy's books are pretty much the same... calming and soothing. Characters from Dublin whose lives are interwoven lending, friendship, romance, mutual respect and genuine support. Many of the characters in this book are revisiting from many of her previous books, making it somewhat of a reunion combining old and new friends for not only the characters, but for the reader as well. I've not been to Ireland, but of course this book makes me want to pack up and head to the local pub, order my pint and hang out with these delightful Irish friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elenio | 2/15/2014

    " The author develops a lovely story around families and what makes us special and different in our own ways. A interesting touch of how every family influences the lives of there children "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexandra | 2/14/2014

    " I almost always love Maeve Binchy books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Letitia | 2/13/2014

    " This was a sweet book. It didn't have a shattering plot and was more of a series of stories tied together, but it was an enjoyable read. This was my first Maeve Binchy novel and I believe I will read her again. I definitely recommend the book. "

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