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Echoes is another good read by Maeve Binchey. This is about two children and how different they were and had different outlook and desires on life nothing very common with each other but at this stage of the book we did not know that they would meet up again.
They would go to the cave which was called Echo Cave and asking and prayering to get away from Castlebay which was the town that they grew up in,It was always very bleak at winter always looking so grey with the wind and the sea, it was so much better in the summer months when visitors used to come to the beach -typical sea side town.
Clare was one of those children with great ambitions to leave Castlebay,she was Tom O'brien's younger daughter. Winning a scholarship to go to the University College in Dublin. She was very popular with the local teacher.So with the opprtunity to go to university life seems to have been all mapped out for her to follow an academic path.
The other child was David Power and he was the son of the Doctor and he also dreamt of leaving Castlebay and also was going to the same University as Clare.
The story focuses on Clare O'brien who was the daughter of a shopkeeper and how she deals with the demands of University life. Coping with friendships and how she dealt with that and as one carries on in the book you find that Clare really has matured.
We are introduced to Gerry Doyle who is the town's local charmer and when he met Clare decided that this woman was the one that he really does want and will go out what ever the cost to get her.Then we are introduced to Caroline Nolan who was very stunning comes into the village to stir things for Clare,
Clare really loved the wild freedom of Dublin and David and then someting happened and bought both Clare and David back to the town which they grew up in Castlebay.
A most enjoyable book to read and once you start will find it hard to put down.