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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Kate Binchy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754346
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Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, shy and genteel Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous O’Connors in Kilgarret, Ireland. It is the beginning of an unshakable bond between Elizabeth and Aisling O’Connor, a friendship that will endure through twenty turbulent years of change and chaos, joy and sorrow, soaring dreams and searing betrayals.

Writing with warmth, wit, and great compassion, Maeve Binchy tells a magnificent story of the lives and loves of two women, bound together in a friendship that nothing could tear asunder—not even the man who threatened to come between them forever.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie Mendez | 2/20/2014

    " Light a Penny Candle is one of Maeve Binchy's earlier published novels, I liked this book, but there is an improvement on her story-telling. This story is set in the time of WWII when British parents used to send their children away from the cities and bombs. In the case of Elizabeth, she was sent to Ireland where she meets her life-long friend Aisling. Light a Penny Candle brings one of Binchy's main themes throughout her books: strong friendships. And as always her stories are heart-warming and a pleasure to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 2/12/2014

    " Never finished this one...just couldn't really get into it. I've heard good things about Maeve Binchy's books, but wasn't too impressed with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolores | 2/7/2014

    " I loved this book until the last few chapters, when the main characters were portrayed completely out of character for them, and the ending seemed rushed and unnatural. This was Ms. Binchy's first novel, and this perhaps accounts for it. I have read several of her books, and enjoy them immensely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 1/30/2014

    " This is a book I read many years ago. I do not remember the story, but, I remember I liked it enough to go on and read more of Maeve Binchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/28/2014

    " First book I ever from by Maeve Binchy. I was hooked instantly! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/17/2014

    " Top five Binchy book for me, I loved the family in this book and want them to adopt me, sort of! I just really feel like her characters are real, live people that I actually know and love...sign of a great writer too me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne Booth | 12/31/2013

    " One of my favourite books by Maeve Binchy...perfect for relaxing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Bowen | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book. It had some good twists and turns. There were some tearful moments as well. I'm going to miss looking forward to a new Maeve book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/28/2013

    " This is my absolute favorite of Maeve Binchy's books. It definitely has a dark side to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 12/24/2013

    " One of those books I have read again and again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cortney | 12/5/2013

    " Since I mentioned my favorite by Maeve, I mention my least favorite. Don't get me wrong it's an okay book, but no where new as good as her other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 11/26/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much all the way to the ending. I did not find the ending satisfactory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/26/2013

    " I've been reading this author while recovering from surgery because they are so cozy and "feel good". I like the funny characters and the small Irish towns remind me of the small insular town in which I grew up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/12/2013

    " It was a great read, i found myself completely drawn in but the ending was a bit of a disappointment, to me it seemed a bit of a cop out. still all the best to elizabeth and aisling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book however Maeve Binchy doesn't allow her characters to have a whole lot of happiness. I would recommend the book however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emac | 8/5/2013

    " I read this one for Maeve! I hope she rests in peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emgriff82 | 6/4/2013

    " maeve can do no wrong in my book. i locked myself in my room, didn't take any phone calls and totally emersed myself in this world. i laughed and cried and still miss my light a penny candle friends! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 9/22/2012

    " I thought the book started slow but then picked up and really kept you wanting to read but then at the end it felt like the author just got sick of writing it and quickly ended the book. It was a let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/7/2012

    " I think this is the 1st Maeve Binchy book that I've read and just shook my head at the end...it was very different from any of the other books of hers that I've read. I'm still not sure how I feel about that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MFC | 8/6/2012

    " Best by far of Maeve Binchy's books. Intrigue and layers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/5/2012

    " Ms Binchy is always a good read some better than others but never less than a 4 star.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/10/2012

    " I would have loved this book more if it were about 200 pages shorter. I enjoyed the characters Elizabeth and Aisling ubt there stories dragged out a bit too much for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/6/2012

    " Interesting read, with good detail of the WWII and post-war times in England and Ireland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Burrows | 1/5/2012

    " LOVED THIS!!!!! It was my first Binchy Book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miya | 7/24/2011

    " If you've never read Maeve Binchy, you might want to consider it. She just nails her characters and settings. She's my personal "comfort read" whenever I need solace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/22/2011

    " I have seriously read this book 17 times. It is THAT good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/22/2011

    " One of the better books she has written lately. Was a great weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/22/2011

    " Typical Maeve Binchey. Like a cup of creamy cocoa - warm and soothing, but not much substance. That's not meant as a put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/21/2011

    " Not one of her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/18/2011

    " Love that Irish language. Relaxing read. I read one of Binchy's books every year just to get my Irish fix. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dia | 5/17/2011

    " Not her best work but still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valovich | 5/17/2011

    " Another heartwarming story of love and unique families .Binchy knows hiw to develop characters that are not perfect but through family and friends have the love and support to turn their life around. Many of her characters have connections to previous books so it's like coming home again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 5/16/2011

    " Typical Maeve Binchy; a pleasant read with some familiar characters and some new ones, all going about their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 5/15/2011

    " this is a nice book, sweet story, but kind of slow (think At Home in Mitford). Has a lot of the same characters as a few of Binchy's other books, but not really a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/14/2011

    " Binchy scores again with a complex, engrossing tale of friends and family in Ireland. She is always enjoyable and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 5/13/2011

    " I can always depend on Maeve Binchy to deliver an enjoyable read. In each book, she creates several characters I care about, and worry about. This book is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 5/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this book which has a good plot. I always want that.
    The characters are too good to be true but very likeable. I will read more of her books. Sometime happy endings are just what I need. "

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