Quentins by Maeve Binchy
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 403 (paperback)
Is it possible to tell the story of a generation and a city through the history of a restaurant? Ella Brady thinks so. She wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to present day. After all, the restaurant saw the people of a city become more confident in everything from their lifestyles to the food that they choose to eat. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell. But as Ella uncovers more of what he has gone on at Quentins, she begins to wonder whether some secrets should be kept that way...
After a devastating end to an affair with a married man, Ella quits her job and begins to work at Quentins to help out her family. She throws herself into creating a documentary of the restaurant to get over her heartbreak. We also follow Brenda and Patrick (owners of Quentins), Ella's friends, and many others who had been in contact in with the restaurant in one way or the other. The stories weave into each other in unexpected ways creating a heartwarming story.
If you are a fan of Maeve Binchy, then you've already visited Quentins, which has been a backdrop in previous Maeve Binchy novels. It is very difficult for me to review this book because I don't think I can do it justice. This always happens to me with Maeve Binchy. Neither the back summary or front comes close to giving you a clue to how great this book (and Maeve Binchy) is. I instantly fall in love with the characters and feel their pain and triumphs. This book does not gloss over reality and doesn't have a pat ending. However, you might shed a small tear when it is over.