by Maeve Binchy


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An emotional story of love, betrayal, friendship, and family from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy.

David Power and Clare O'Brien both grew up dreaming of escape from the battered seaside town of Castlebay, Ireland, but they might as well have had the ocean between them. David is the cherished son of a prosperous doctor, while Clare lives with her large family behind their faltering store, longing for a moment of quiet to study. When they both go to university in Dublinhe as a matter of course, she on a hard-won scholarshiptheir worlds collide. They find freedom in each otheruntil the families, lovers, and secrets they left in Castlebay come back to haunt them...

“Laughter and tears, it’s what Binchy does best.”—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“The Castlebay Maeve Binchy creates is a marvelous place.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451225108
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 188,448
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined The Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and she went on to write more than twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She was married to writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for thirty-five years. She passed away in 2012 at the age of seventy-two.


Dublin, Ireland, and London, England

Date of Birth:

May 28, 1940

Place of Birth:

Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland


Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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Echoes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read almost all of Binchey's novels and this is one of her best. She is very skilled at creating numerous characters and somehow managing to intertwine their stories. This is evident here, with the main characters being Claire and David who are from the same town of Castlebay but from distinctly different upbringings. To put it simply, Claire was raised poor to a family that works round the clock in their little shop, and David comes from money with a doctor as a father. They discover love while in college, as Claire is very bright and won several scholarships to school and David is studying to be a doctor. When Claire discovers she is pregnant, their lives change forever. They believe love will overcome everything in their way, which is a great concept but idealistic. The reality is that being married with a newborn baby can be mundane and demanding. Good read.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of my favourite Maeve Binchy novels. The story was quite easy to follow, and it had the usual gossipy Irish/Catholic content. I was gutted by the things that happen to Claire in the first half of the book, but somehow my sympathy dissipated as the plot meandered through the second half and seemed to get a bit lost. Maeve Binchy's later novels are a lot more polished.
silva_44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Binchy book didn't grab my attention like most of her others, and I didn't really get all that interested in either the plot or the characters until about halfway through. The novel tells the story of young, ambitious Clare O'Brien, who works extraordinarily hard to escape her home-town, only to return several years later under different circumstances.
LibrarysCat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do not remember the first time I read this book or one of the other's written by Ms. Binchy and dealing with people in Ireland. I was engrossed by the stories, but more by the picture of the culture. I was very disappointed in the first of her books to take place elsewhere, as I think the cultural aspects of the novels are what drive the stories. Still I have read them time and again and always look at her new works to see the subjects. I almost always give them a try and am rarely disappointed by the books where she talks about what she knows.
kingsportlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Echoes, Maeve Binchy presents realistic characters who show both their loveable and their hateful sides, making them extremely human. This is actually a full novel that has many characters interacting in one plot, which is better than Ms. Binchy's use of many characters in separate plots. Echoes is a light, easy, enjoyable read suitable for a summer evening.
carka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't believe there was a Maeve Binchy book I missed. And since this was one of her older novels, it was much better than her recent books, with the deep character development so inherent in her earlier works. Now, I want to reread some of her other earlier works that have been hiding on my shelf.
seldombites on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I enjoyed reading The Copper Beech. Unfortunately, I just cannot seem to get into Echoes. I tried three times to read this book and failed to be engaged each time, so it is time to give up on it and pass it along to someone who will enjoy it more.
Rainlee More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. It didn't seem to be up to her usual standard of writing. The story seemed to go on and on, and then it went on some more. The only two characters I really found interesting were minor ones. In short, it read like her first novel. When I finished the book, I discovered it was the third of her books to be published. And very likely was the first novel she wrote. If you read it in that light, that it may easily have been her first novel, it becomes somewhat more interesting, and one can see the progression to her later books. If you're a fan of Binchy, and I am, at least for the most part, buy this one, read it, but understand it is nowhere near the quality of her later books. Echoes reads like she's just learning how to walk on an uneven path, but once she gets her stride, her books become, well, marvelous.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
loved this story, some heart break but sweetness too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way she writes. Not to descriptive, just enough to put you in the moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, however i found the ending to be very dissapointing
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PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
    This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for quite some time. The synopsis on the back of the book really drew me in, and thats why I originally bought it. I have never read anything else by the author, but I definitely will now! I really enjoyed Binchy's writing style: so simplistic, yet so detailed. That might sound a bit odd, but her she didn't use overly big words to try to make the story more elegant or classy; she simply wrote her story and it came across beautifully. I really enjoyed the main characters, Clare and David. Clare was a sympathetic character and I felt for her struggles. She was such a sweet girl who wanted more out of her simple life than just getting married off. She worked so hard to get her scholarships and become an independent woman. David, on the other hand, didn't have to work too hard to earn his way to university. He came from an affluent family of the town doctor. Yet he didn't come across as being snobbish or entitled. He enjoyed what he had, but still made the most out of his life. I also really enjoyed the two personalities of Clare and David.         I was a little disappointed with the ending, however. There isn't a clear ending of what happens in the lives of Clare or David. There are some hints throughout the last third of the book, but I was still unsure of what happened. I can probably guess at the ending, but sometimes I like being more certain as to what occurred. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read more from Maeve Binchy!
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