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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There is also a growing distance between Cathy and Neil due to the pressures of Neil’s high-profile law career, and Cathy’s realisation that her husband sees the business as a hobby. Gaining a bit of information on the things that go on within the catering business was also a plus for me.

Ironically Cathy is in the same boat with her well to do husband Neil who spends so much time working to support his legal causes in his own time and his daytime professional lawyer work that he doesn’t realise they are drifting apart in different directions. I think it’s the twins, Simon and Feahter, and the way scarler 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.

Scarle Feather is the story of a couple start a catering business, and before they have found a building for their business, you are wrapped up mafve a multistrand story filled wth likeable, believeable characters! We meet their family and friends and all their stories intertwine to entertain you.

Mar 23, Jennifer Tanabe rated fether it was amazing. Soon after her latest acrimonious encounter with her mother-in-law, Cathy and Tom find the ideal premises for Scarlet Feather. Binchy write a travel book, I am definitely getting a copy! As their debts mount, Scarlet Feather faces bankruptcy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It also made me jaeve about the situation for children in foster homes and how we blnchy miss what is going on right in front of us because we’re off trying to save the world.

Each chapter covers a month in the year, but is divided into short vignettes jumping from character to character and scene to scene. A heartwarming story of loss, love, personal struggles and acceptance helped along by a whole cast of loveable characters, Cathy’s parents Muttie and Lizzie, the posh side featjer Neil’s family, and also the lower “criminal” end of the Mitchell family including the adorable and hilarious twins Simon and Maud.


The family entanglements were interesting but also kind of hollow. Mar 22, Georgie rated it it was amazing. Ms Binchy builds what feels like whole communities and makes you want to know each and every character in every book.

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Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

Paperbackpages. 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 feathet is that the reader gets a more complete picture than any of the characters does. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. It’s been so long that I honestly couldn’t say if this book is actually less enjoyable in comparison to the others I’ve read or if my taste in writing as changed that much over time Cathy Scarlet is one of my favorite Binchy characters so far.

Because in real and meaningfull relationships communication feaather unnecessary! 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.

She makes a lot of difficult decisions throughout the book and is very realistic. Set over a period of one year, Scarlet Feather is a novel featuring Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather, who open a catering company together.

Cathy married into a really wealthy family with a lot of demons and her parents end up taking care of Simon and Maude, Neil’s 10 year old cousins. After these letters were published, Maeve left teaching and became a journalist. Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy. I found myself really hating some of the characters Neil and loving and identifying wiht others. The book is written in a style that supports the ensemble cast. There are many characters, and the perspective goes back and forth amongst man 3.

May 09, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: The novel follows the fortunes of Cathy Scarlet and her college friend, Tom Feather, who set scarleg a catering business together the ‘Scarlet Feather’ of the title.


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Cathy and Tom, the main characters are clueless, stupid and completely lack the ability to stand up for themselves. I read her books when I was in college and I have really loved her writing They may be brilliant chefs but Tom and Cathy also have character flaws.

They were so impressed with these chatty letters from all over the world that they decided to send them to a newspaper. She has started up a catering business with her friend Tom.

A key subplot is the arrival of Neil’s twin nephew and niece Simon and Maud, whose alcoholic mother and errant father have virtually abandoned them.

Mid way the book you see them making attempts at polite conversation and interaction. Her cousin Dan Binchy is also a published writer, as is her nephew Chris Binchy.

To view it, click here. Views Read Edit View history. Jun 14, Helmisade rated it did not like it Shelves: There are several other characters as well, but they are equally forgettable and annoying.

Ms Binchy has a knack for building characters that fit into each other’s stories. Muttie, Maud and Simon are the characters that stood out the most to me. The author has no sense of humour about the story or the characters.

Cathy and Tom met in culinary school and are launching a catering company in Dublin. It couldn’t make you feel any cosier or warm your heart any better.

I just finished this book and if it wasn’t pages long, I’d open it back up and read it all over again. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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!

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