This one, "Firefly Summer" went on forever. There were way too many characters to keep track of, lack of character development though some characters reach epiphanies, an overall plot, and several side plots, and an abrupt ending to the whole thing. Starting in , the main focus of "Firefly Summer" is the Ryan family living in the Irish village of Mountfern. Parents John and Kate have five children Twins Dara and Michael, Eddie and Declan and are doing their best running their family owned pub. Due to the hotel being built, it is going to directly impact a lot of businesses, especially the Ryan pub which is going to have to deal with a loss of customers. Patrick has two children named Grace and Kerry who also end up impacting the Ryan family in a lot of ways as well.
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The Lilac Bus I liked, it was a quick story and easy to read. I also liked the 4 short stories, although I did get confused in Dinner in Donnybrook as to what actually happened. Firefly Summer took me awhile to get into, and even once I was into it quite a few hundred pages, it still took me a bit to really get into the characters and story. It seemed drawn out, but not in a bad way. I figured something would happen to cause Patrick to go home.
I felt bad for Rachel, giving all her time, love and life for Patrick. I was very sad when Maggie died. Silver Wedding was ok. Sep 05, Midge rated it liked it A friend gave me this "3 books in one" all pages!
Every Friday night a lilac-colored minibus leaves Dublin for the Irish country town of Rathdoon with seven weekend commuters on A friend gave me this "3 books in one" all pages! Every Friday night a lilac-colored minibus leaves Dublin for the Irish country town of Rathdoon with seven weekend commuters on board. The Destination And this weekend, when the bus pulls in, the riders find the unexpected waiting for them Their small town is peaceful and friendly, an unchanging background for a golden childhood.
In long, hot summers Michael and Dara and their friends fish and swim or play in the ivy-clad ruins of Fernscourt, the great house burned down during the Troubles No use asking her sister Helen, living in her London convent, or her brother Brendan, who has chosen another form of exile on a bleak farm in the West of Ireland. But it is unthinkable not to have a party, even though for the Doyles, family occasions are more difficult than for most.
For each of them is keeping up a front, nursing a secret wound, or smarting over a hidden betrayal. And as the day draws nearer, so the tension mounts, until finally the guests gather at the party itself. You follow these characters through twists and turns, disappointments and happy events as they muddle their way through life.
Maeve Binchy: Three Complete Books: The Lilac Bus; Firefly Summer; Silver Wedding