Scarlet Feather [Maeve Binchy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Two friends struggle to balance their personal and professional lives in. Two friends struggle to balance their personal and professional lives in this charming novel from acclaimed author Maeve Binchy. They met in cooking school. Drama, humour, warmth and wonderful characters – vintage Binchy. Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin.

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Maeve’s characters are always FULLY developed and you will occasionally find yourself shaking your head as some of the characters are just like people you may know in your personal scarlft, warts and all. Cathy, who comes from a large working class family, is married to Neil Mitchell, a civil rights attorney from a wealthy family and Tom, also from a working class background, is living with Marcella, a manicurist looking to be a model.

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And though limited, they added emotion to the story. I enjoyed the book, but problems can be seen coming from a bit of a distance. Some of her later binhy, such as Evening Classtake place in more modern times. Binchy’s characters are her real strength, because they always feels like friends.

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat They were so impressed with these chatty letters from all over the world that they decided to send them to a newspaper. The book follows their stories Cathy and her attorney husband, Neil; Tom and his want to be model girlfriend, Marcella and the rest of their families.

Jul 26, Gemma Best rated it really liked it. Overall, I found this a little slow and disjointed to get into but by halfway it had started to coalesce and I actually enjoyed it so much I read the second half of the book in a much quicker time three days, compared to 2 weeks! KIRKUS REVIEW Another entertaining tale of contemporary Ireland with a big gathering of representative types—the addicted, the lonely, the unhappy—whose lives connect as two chefs start a catering business and cope with crises in work and love.

This is the second time I have read Scarlet Feather and read 3 is in the future. Is this the only book featuring these caterers?

But over the course of the novel, they do grow and mature. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. As they deal with the joys and heartbreak of owning a business their relationship with each other changes as does their relationship with the other’s around them,notably Cathy’s husband, Neil, who is a lawyer who wants to save the world and Tom’s beautiful girlfriend, Marcella, who will do just about anything to make it as a model.


Aug 01, Cindy rated it really liked it. She writes these intricate stories that involve a lot of characters and several story lines I was wondering if I should pull out an index card to keep track of them all.

Aside from reading about Cathy, Tom and the Scarlet Feather’s staff giving all their best for the business, the parts that I liked were those related to Cathy’s nephew and niece.

Cathy Scarlet is one of my favorite Binchy characters so far. I just love this author because she just tells a story about people’s lives and their thoughts and I find myself ingulged in their world the whole time I’m reading the book.

This article about a s novel is a stub. Check out your local library for a digital copy to listen to, audio books make those car trips more enjoyable, plus you can “read” the book while doing gardening or other chores. I really liked this book, but I did have a few issues with it. They may be brilliant chefs but Tom and Cathy also have character flaws.

She liked going to different places, such as a Kibbutz in Israel, and she worked in a camp in the United States. Not of the plot is revealed, but I do believe that you will be drawn in before you have completed reading the first chapter.

I suppose Tom’s family needed to be in the book too, but they were lacking development and didn’t add much to the story. There are times that the book drug a bit, but overall, I enjoyed it.

The two main characters, Katy Scarlet and Tom Feather are individuals mentioned and written about in previous books and it is nice to see them enjoy the fruits of their labors in Scarlet Feather. This is probably the 3rd or 4th book by Maeve Binchy that I’ve read Especially the coupple of mistreat This book promises that I scqrlet be “laughing and crying with Cathy, Tom and bnchy their friends”.

I was a little nervous at the beginning of this book when more and more characters were added to the story.


SCARLET FEATHER by Maeve Binchy | Kirkus Reviews

Refresh and try again. I think I might have been able to enjoy this book a bit if it wasn’t so completely serious.

Slow to start and sad in places, Maeve Binchy always makes her characters so interesting and real. I decided to just pick one, because this one had characters that were repeated in other novels. Books by Maeve Binchy.

You see, they are simple Irish folk who just want to make good food, have a solid marriage and make lots of Irish babies.

Especially the coupple of mistreated kids who were probably supposed to be the part that makes me cry. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 23, Jennifer Tanabe rated it it was amazing. I like Maeve Binchy’s books, but there is something a bit melancholy about them, that, while I enjoy reading them, after I’ve finished it’s a long time before I read another one.

I do like the way the novel is set over the period of a year, it’s amazing how much life can change in a year. The book is written in a style that supports the ensemble cast. As with her other books, Scarlet Feather includes lots of characters who all play a role of some sort in the story of Tom, Cathy and their company, whether good or bad or sometimes both.

This is easy listening at its best – perfect for accompanying dreary chores and Christmas prep! It has been a long time since I dug into a Binchy novel and although I have had a copy of Scarlet Feather sitting on my bookshelves, I had not gotten around to reading it.

Although there are several characters, the main one, Cathy, is the focal point. The most interesting portions were about the business and the abandoned twins. Retrieved from ” https: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I think it’s the twins, Simon and Maude, and the way they interact with the other characters to b I’m a fan of Maeve Binchy, have been since I first encountered her books in our local library.