The Lynch family is made up of Josie and Charles and their son Noel. Noel is sort of just going through life with no direction, he drinks too much, sleeps around a bit and has a job where he’s headed no where in particular. His parents are kind, hard working people. Their niece Emily from America is coming for an extended visit, they aren’t sure what to expect. Noel is thrust into a shocking reality, a former one night stand contacts him and summons him to hospital(as they say in the UK), where she tells him she is dying of cancer, and also pregnant with his daughter. Noel has to pull himself together to care for this new baby, Frankie, but he has no idea how he will do it. To his rescue come his entire community of family and friends and they lend more than just a hand. The term it takes a village, has never had truer meaning than in this book.
I found this book to be uplifting and lovely, but also realistic. Naturally there is at least one person who has no faith in Noel. Enter Moira, the social worker, she is portrayed as sneaky and suspicious of all that appears to good to be true. She is amazed at the support system Noel builds in a short period of time. His cousin Emily seems to just find the right answers, helps him find an apartment, suggests school, and more. Noel meets a friend Lisa in school, an entire other sub story going on with her and her family and her love interest, Anton, a chef and restauranteur. The characters all just mix and mingle and the reader learns of all the ups and downs of each person, and why they are happy or suspicious or skeptical.
While this is my first Maeve Binchy book I can say I think I’ll read or listen to more. This audio was just fantastic, read by Sile Bermingham, she has wonderful inflections and accents, just perfect. I enjoyed the twists and turns and I felt as if I was in a section of Dublin with the small details.While heavy in the number of characters I never felt confused, they each play a part in making the book come to life. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.