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Whitethorn Woods
by Maeve Binchy


Overview - A New York Times Bestseller
"Love, longing, and rich scenes of daily life.... What could be sweeter than a trip to an Irish village packed with robust native characters." The Christian Science Monitor
When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer.
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Overview
A New York TimesBestseller
"Love, longing, and rich scenes of daily life.... What could be sweeter than a trip to an Irish village packed with robust native characters." The Christian Science Monitor
When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann s Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann s for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it s a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed.
Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780307455239
  • ISBN-10: 0307455238
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: March 2010
  • Page Count: 359
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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