By Maeve Binchy
It used to be a summer season of warmth.... Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub within the Irish village of Mountfern... stunning twelve-year-old twins... and such fantastic dreams.... It used to be a summer of innocence... yet all that's approximately to change this fateful summer time of 1962 whilst American millionaire Patrick O'Neill involves city with his irresistible allure and a pocketful of money... whilst love and hate vie for a town's quiet middle and old traditions start to fall apart away.... It was once a summer season of love that might by no means come again.... A time that has been captured perpetually in Maeve Binchy's compelling family members drama... a singular you are going to by no means forget.From the Paperback version.
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There would be no place for Dara and Michael on the bridge, even Kitty Daly was a bit too young for the small group that met there in the evenings. They saw fellows sitting up on the stone parapet clowning, and a group of girls laughing. There was Teresa Meagher whose mother and father were always fighting. If you went past Meagher's any night when the shop was closed you always heard voices raised. Teresa was going to get a job in Dublin it was always being said, but then her parents would cry and cling on to her so she had to relent and stay.
Dara realised she had gone too far. 'I was only saying that to tease him, Father. Really and truly he'd be no good, he'd embarrass you, it's like an old tin can. ' Father Hogan said that was all right then. ' Dara was triumphant. ' Michael hadn't enjoyed being described as an old tin can that would embarrass you. There were times when Dara felt the need to give far too many explanations. They had reached Tommy Leonard's house. The stationery shop was closed for business so the twins knocked at the door beside the shop.
Mr Meagher had not recovered from his heart attack. Dr White knew that he was dead but still arranged for him to be taken to the hospital in the town. It would be less distressing for the family. That's what a lot of his work was about. Minimising the distress. There was little he could have done to prevent Frank Meagher's heart attack. The man ate like a fat man in a circus, smoked four packets of cigarettes a day and existed on a level of tension that should have finished him off years ago. Dr White left Mrs Meagher weeping to the canon, whose faded blue eyes clouded further with the memory of the happy family life the two Meaghers had led, and before long Mrs Meagher began to believe it herself.