THIS IS A VERY QUAINT TALE TOLD IN MAEVE BINCHY STYLE WHERE YOU JUST GROW TO LOVE THE CHARACTERS (OR LOATHE THEM)! EVERYONE IS SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS AND MANY FIND IT PERHAPS NOT IN THE PLACES YOU WOULD EXPECT.
THE STORIES REVOLVE AROUND THE HEART CLINIC THAT THRIVES IN A COMMUNITY IN IRELAND. IT IS ABOUT THE DOCTOR WHO RUNS THE CLINIC AND THE PEERS SHE WORKS WITH, THE PATIENTS WHO ARE LEARNING TO LIVE WITH HEART DISEASE, AND EVEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS LIKE THE PREACHER AND THE PHARMACIST. MY FAVORITE IS ANIA, WHO IS A YOUNG POLISH GIRL WHO IS SO EXCITED TO HAVE A JOB AT THE CLINIC SO SHE CAN SEND MONEY BACK TO HER MOTHER IN POLAND. SHE WORKS MANY OTHER JOBS ABOUT TOWN TO EARN AS MUCH AS SHE CAN. BECAUSE SHE DOES MANY MENIAL JOBS, ANIA IS DEEMED UNWORTHY OF THE SON OF ONE OF THE HEART PATIENTS PARENTS. OF COURSE THE SON IS SMITTEN WITH ANIA – YOU WILL BE TOO.
THE STORY IS INNOCENT, ROMANTIC, FUN AND HEART WARMING!
With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.
Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already–two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband–but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.
Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.
Heart and Soul is Maeve Binchy at her storytelling best.
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