Reviewed by Ceri Kehoe
In this extraordinary collection of stories, the world-wide bestselling
author of Evening Class once again reveals her incomparable
understanding of matters of the heart. In The Return Journey, Maeve
Binchy creates powerful compelling stories of love, loss, revelation,
and reconciliation. A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the
acid test on a business trip; a man and a woman's mutual disdain at
first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be; an insecure wife
clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a
house-sitter who opens the wrong doors; a pair of star-crossed
travelers pick up each other's bags, and then learn when you unlock a
stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. These and many more
poignant, ironic, often humorous stories - unforgettable slices of life
-make up The Return Journey, a spellbinding trip into the human heart.
This collection of gems from famous Irish Author Maeve Binchey are
themed as the title suggests. They're based around holidays, travels but
more than that they are based on personal journeys, what the characters
discover about themselves.
I'm not a fan of short stories to be honest, simply for the reason
that they're too short for me but this book of stories was a surprise. I
liked that no matter how short they were I really got a sense of the
characters personality. It's always easy for a short story to miss this
kind of detail out but Maeve managed to delve quite deeply.
The stories included a mother and daughter's letters to each other
over a number of months. A man and a woman who got their suitcases mixed
up at the airport. The four girls on a holiday to Greece.
think what I liked about this book so much is we're suffering from cold
weather at the moment with no end in sight and this book featuring
airports, holidays and beaches really gives me something to look forward
to, if we ever have a summer of course!
It's a nice book to read in one or something to flick back and fore too.