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Minding Frankie
by Maeve Binchy

Published: 2011-03-01
Hardcover : 400 pages
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Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But ...
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(Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can?t do it alone.

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie's first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie's doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it's up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

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  "Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy"by LanaK (see profile) 03/02/13

enjoyable book - had great discussion

 
  "Minding Frankie"by kjthompson (see profile) 12/21/11

The characters were interesting and fun. They became interconnected throughout. Everyone in our book club enjoyed this book.

 
  "Fun Read"by tpurcell (see profile) 12/19/11

I was really interested in learning Irish customs and way of living even though this is a fictional book. To sum up, this is a fun read about a young man and his challenges in life. It also was interesting... (read more)

 
  "Minding Frankie"by clf256 (see profile) 06/08/11

Alot of characters, maybe too many. The book could have been done shorter, too many different story lines.Having said that I enjoyed reading this book didn't love it.

 
  "Minding Frankie"by smsski (see profile) 03/24/11

I found this book to be an example of a neighborhood working for the good of all. Overlooking minor(?) idiosyncrasies, sometimes invading privacies,helping out in time of need and offering advice where... (read more)

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