After Quentin Barry decided not to follow in his father's footsteps, he delved into the world of food service. He was rewarded with the chance to manage his own restaurant, Quentins, with the help of a benefactor. Now, with Quentin's decision to travel and not return to Ireland, the restaurant is turned over to Brenda and Patrick Brennan.
Ella Brady met married businessman Don Richardson at Quentins, and a tumultuous relationship ensued. When her relationship with Don ends, she finds work on a documentary, focusing on the many stories from Quentins' Irish patrons over the years. Journeying to New York to solicit financiers, Ella meets an enigmatic businessman who becomes a dear friend to her.
Intriguing characters, both new and from past stories, are the mainstay in this creative novel. Amazingly, famed storyteller Maeve Binchy has given Quentins a life of its own, depicting the trials and triumphs it has seen throughout the years. Ms. Binchy is one of the very best at weaving a captivating tale. (Nov., 352 pp., $25.95)