Minding Frankie

Minding Frankie

Book - 2010
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Noel and Lisa are among the most supportive parents at the nursery school. Never late to pick her up, always patient and delighted to see her at the end of the day.But in fact neither of them are Frankie's parents. They have no blood relationship at all to this little girl. They are there first because of a promise, and they stayed because Frankie had become a life-line to them both. She was the only reason their lives stayed on track and because of her they found the strength to fight their demons.The problem was keeping this secret far from the eyes and ears of the social workers
Publisher: London : Orion, 2010.
ISBN: 9781409113973
Characteristics: 425 p.


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cmlibrary_cmcdonald Jan 14, 2016

This story takes the reader on an interesting journey into human behavior when a community comes together for the common good of an abandoned child.

Jul 22, 2013

If you know Maeve Binchy you know she's a superb storyteller who avoids what could so easily drop into soap opera melodrama. This story focuses on a recovering alcoholic who unexpectedly becomes a single father and has to prove his worth, but of course there are at least a dozen secondary plot lines. Her later novels, including this one, bring in characters from previous novels to flesh out the community.

ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2012

"Newborn baby Frankie's mum is dying of cancer. Her father, Noel, doesn't know she exists and spends most of his days drinking. But when faced with taking custody, he agrees to give it a shot - prompting his neighbors in Dublin's St. Jarlath's Crescent to band together to get him sober and into a decent job (and to provide babysitting duties). With their help, and that of his visiting American cousin and his roommate, Noel fights to improve his situation and keep his daughter, despite the social worker's adamant desire to place Frankie in foster care. Author Maeve Binchy, who died in 2012, was known for well-wrought supporting casts and the small-town feel of the Irish cities they live in - two attributes very much on display here." Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=580458

LibraryChatters Dec 08, 2012

Loved the cast of characters.

Apr 22, 2012

Typical Binchy novel. Lots of characters but I thought it was a bit predictable and drawn out.

Bierlingen Mar 03, 2012

Lots of characters and eventful with a dominant theme of decency and that everyone's life is salvageable regardless of the problems encountered. I found the last couple of chapters to be disappointing and somewhat inconsistent with the content to that point.

YOUNGY Sep 08, 2011

I love all of Maeve Binchy's books, it is like catching up on old friends. I also like Joanna Trollope who also writes about families and their complicated lives.

Classic Maeve Binchy...keeps you up to finish reading it and gives you a good cry! Characters you love and love to hate.

NLC4321 May 22, 2011

Better than her last book, by far. A good read, but I agree that there were too many characters.

May 21, 2011

good read - recommend for everyone

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Jun 27, 2013

Pregnant cancer patient contacts the father of her baby to ask him to raise the baby after her death. The story tells about the community that helps him raise the baby. Great story - as all Binchy books are!

Mar 11, 2011

Maeve Binchey - how glad are we that you really didnt retire....

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