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In this extraordinary collection of stories, the New York Times-bestselling author of Evening Class and This Year it Will Be Different once again reveals her incomparable understanding of matters of the heart. In The Return Journey, Maeve Binchy brings us sons and lovers, daughters and strangers, husbands and wives in their infinite variety--powerfully compelling stories oIn this extraordinary collection of stories, the New York Times-bestselling author of Evening Class and This Year it Will Be Different once again reveals her incomparable understanding of matters of the heart. In The Return Journey, Maeve Binchy brings us sons and lovers, daughters and strangers, husbands and wives in their infinite variety--powerfully 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 take each other's bags, and then learn that when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. In their company are many more, whose poignant, ironic, often humorous stories--unforgettable slices of life--make up The Return Journey, a spellbinding trip into the human heart.Maeve Binchy was born and educated in Dublin. She is the author of the bestselling books Evening Class, This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, The Lilac Bus, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, Light a Penny Candle, and London Transports, three volumes of short stories, two plays, and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival. She has been writing for The Irish Times since 1969 and lives with her husband, Gordon Snell, in Dublin.From the Hardcover edition....

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The Return Journey Reviews

  • Kaethe
    2018-12-12 08:54

    The Return Journey - Maeve Binchy  Adventures of the timid. Bunch does a thing where two people meet, strike up an immediate friendship, and proceed to give one another excellent advice about managing their lives. She does that here,and it is really good, pragmatic advice. Anyway, stories about middle class adults and their working class parents, with some affairs included to keep things dramatic, to amusing effect in Excitement. And no one else has done a better job of portraying just how tiring it can be to be a modern woman trying to keep everyone else happy.Library copy

  • Susan
    2018-11-18 07:55

    Normally I LOVE Maeve Binchy. I love the style she has of intertwining characters and stories, showing that the world is really a small place. I love her warm, friendly characters who all seem so real it makes you want to know them, to be friends with him, to be included in their circle. But this one was a disappointment. There was no intertwining of stories, no characters who at first seem random, but somehow become connected in some way later on. It is several small sections, each with its own set of characters who never meet up or connect with the next story's set of chracters. In fact, each story seems unfinished. You "meet" the character or characters, something happens to set the story in motion, and just as you get to the climax of the story where you expect the conflict to start resolving, it moves on to the next story, the characters of the last never to be heard from again. What happens to the uptight couple whose young neighbor invites herself along on their vacation as a way of avoiding her presumably abusive boyfriend? Or to the 2 people who mistakenly take eachother's bags at the airport and get a small glimpse of each other's lives? Or the people who randomly meet on their vacation and spend a lovely morning together and so obviously don't want to part but are too reserved/polite to admit feelings that most people would be shocked at in such a short time because it sounds insane? Do they end up abandoning pretenses and going for what they want? Do they return to their every day lives and regret not "seizing the day"? What are the consequenses? The world will never know...because each of their stories ends at that pivotal moment. So you don't know whether the decision they make works out or whether it leads to regret. You're left to ponder "what happened to them?" Some people might really like that. But I'm a person who likes to read to put myself in that live in someone else's shoes for a while and have myself an adventure...and then return home feeling satisfied and as if I've made some new friends. I like to know what happened to the people I came to meet and care about, or loathe as the case may be. And with this book, I can only suppose. It's not for me.

  • Rebekah
    2018-12-02 07:08

    I have read a number of Maeve Binchy stories, both novels and short stories in collections. This was the first collection I had read of just her work. At first I was confused not realizing that these were not one cohesive story. I like seeing how characters develop over a longer period, not that some of these stories didn’t traverse months or more. The Return Journey walked the reader through the lives of many people sometimes their interaction was indirect and accidental, sometimes it involves a compassionate gesture that is accepted.One story of a housewife who retains the service of a house-sitter finds that her life is missing something, she sees a glimpse of what it could be and never quite recovers her happiness. One story of a spinster who watches other lives only to find her happiness late in life realizes just how unhappy she could have been if she had led a more “typical” life. There were too many women having affairs to really make me content, but perhaps that will make more sense to me later. One of the women really was just bored, and when she and the husband of her friends tries to add some excitement with a fling they find that the excitement of almost getting caught is more than enough. A story of folks who think they are perfect for each other for a season only to discover that packing differences will lead them their different ways helps one to see the difficulty of finding romance in this day in age. Compatibility is a fickle thing and Ms. Binchy is all about finding the little things that make people either click or not. That makes these stories worth returning too.

  • Alison C
    2018-11-17 05:04

    The Return Journey is a collection of short stories by Maeve Binchy, stories published between 1994 and 2004 as far as I can tell. Keeping the title in mind, they are all tales about travel - people going somewhere, people returning from somewhere, people in the middle of their journey, people just trying to get started. A couple that moved me the most include "The Crossing," in which two women, strangers, chat companionably while on the ferry crossing from Ireland to Liverpool; they tell each other some important details about their family lives and struggles, offer each other (good) advice for coping with their individual situations, and then part when the ferry reaches its destination, never to know what happened in the other woman's life afterwards. And I also very much enjoyed "The Business Trip," in which a young woman who has been in (unrequited, unspoken) love with her boss for 4 years is asked to go on a business trip to London for a week with him; spending time in closer quarters than usual will give her the chance to know him better and express her love, but will she still feel the same as she learns more about him?.... As ever, Binchy has a gentle touch and a lot of compassion in these stories; they are all quite "small" stories but ones that anyone travelling can relate to, and even stay-at-homes will have experienced some of the same situations generally. A treat; I savoured each tale and will look for more of her short-form work in the future.

  • Hannie
    2018-11-25 04:05

    Dit boek heb ik met als titel Verhalen uit Ierland.

  • Maureen Grigsby
    2018-11-24 08:16

    What is more cozy than reading a book by Maeve Binchy?

  • Don
    2018-11-29 11:19

    If I say that "The Return Journey" is typical Maeve Binchy and you don't know who Maeve Binchy is, you might decide not to read this remarkable treasury of short stories. But if you have ever experienced the wonder of Binchy's writing, you'll run right out and pick it up. The fourteen stories which comprise this volume are quite different from one another in tone and theme. But they all have certain things in common. All deal in one way or another with travel. All show the profound understanding of humankind which is a hallmark of Binchy's writing. All are well worth reading and all are unforgettable. It's impossible to highlight a few since each and every selection deserves your attention. If you are looking for a terrific way to end your summer reading, I can't recommend this book highly enough.

  • Preethi Venugopala
    2018-11-26 10:52

    An absolutely delicious collection of short stories from Maeve Binchy.

  • Christina
    2018-12-08 03:10

    For the most part I enjoyed these travel related short stories which is why I rated them an overall score of 3 1/2 stars. If you are looking for the same interweaving tales that you get from a Maeve Binchy novel, you won’t find that in this collection. For that you either need to invest more time and read her novels or if you prefer short stories, maybe read something from Isak Dinesen instead. However this is perfect if you are looking for something light that you can read while waiting at the drs. or if you have a couple hours to spare. This is an interesting collection of vignettes, simple and relatable. In a few instances I might have have wished the story hadn’t concluded so soon but the best part about a short story is that you get just enough to get a taste.

  • Michelle M Diment
    2018-12-11 03:53

    Fun collection of short stories. Found it in on free library shelf at a campground we are staying at. I really enjoyed the writing style, the overriding message of the grass not always greener on the other side, and her general commentary on relationships.

  • Stephanie Holcomb
    2018-12-15 07:05

    Maeve Binchy can infuriate me sometimes. It's like she has a contract for 3 books, and the first is well thought out with an interesting story and characters you can relate to and sympathize with, unique in all aspects and with some twists and turns you don't expect. But maybe that first book takes a lot of time to write, so she contractually has to write 2 more, and they are hurriedly written with no core, characters and stories that are boring and really normal and nothing exciting, so when you finish the book you think, "WHAT was that?" It's honestly like you are reading someone entirely different. Maybe Maeve Binchy is a few ghost writers, and they all write books in her name. It's just bizarre.Case in point: I didn't know this was a book of short stories until I was on the third or fourth. I thought it would be typical Binchy style--introduce a bunch of different characters and shed a little light in their little lives and then weave them together. Sadly, I figured out these stories were supposed to be different. Odd how they all seemed so similar, so...connected, as if she changed the names and places and wrote the same story. You would forget what the last one was like. Really, they are that uninteresting. Yes, I read the whole thing but really, I can't remember much of it. She has an easy reading style, but yikes, nothing much happens in this book. Very sad.

  • Mary
    2018-12-08 09:01

    This is a collection of short stories in which Maeve Binchy introduces us to sons, brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters and lovers. She looks at the relationships and the affect of love on her characters. I have to say that although I usually love Maeve Binchy as an author and am definitely willing to give anything she has written a fighting chance to take me away; I found this particular book lacking in parts.I had read this book before several years ago and of course had forgotten what it was like. I will definitely still read Maeve Binchy again but, in my opinion, this was a weak book. I give it a C!

  • Julie
    2018-11-15 09:52

    I recently read a short story collection that was published after Maeve Binchy's death and was really underwhelmed by it. This collection though is what you would expect.The stories are all extremely well crafted and leave you with Maeve's hallmark of the feel good factor. Relationships form the basis of all the stories and the mess we all get into at times. They are all unique, but come together as a very satisfying read.I am reading my mother's old collection of books at present and I really feel like I want to reread everything by Maeve a Binchy now, I had forgotten how good she was.

  • Yvonne Mendez
    2018-11-30 05:06

    Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite authors and continues to be. Normally her stories include many unique characters who are interrelated to each other. In this case, each chapter is an unique story, all of the stories have to do with vacations and in them you feel like you're getting a quick peek at people's lives. This book reminds me a lot of real life, you may meet someone and get to know their present and past, but you might never know what happened next and you move on. This is a light read that will entertain you, but won't cause deep moral dilemmas or attempts to solve a mystery.

  • Noura Al-jabeli
    2018-12-12 09:56

    It's books like these that make me remind myself to never pick a book in a hurry no matter how reputable the bookstore seems or how interesting the summary is.I literally had a headache reading the back and forth letters between whiny whatshername and her characterless mother and the summary style of this book made me feel like the author just wanted to finish writing this book in a couple of hours.

  • Shonel Teke
    2018-12-05 07:03

    When you feel low and in need of some motivation, or a simple reminder of how wonderful life is, I have just one recommendation—Maeve Binchy! I picked up this novel looking for a heart-warming book that I can curl up and read. And you know what? Just as expected, Binchy delivers a soul-stirring collection of short stories all related to a vacation, the holiday season, and perpetual plans of ordinary people. There is a story for every single person out there — a mother-daughter duo, a search for your roots and what that uncovers, couples looking to rekindle a romance, retirement plans, vacations to deal with a mid-life crisis or made in the aftermath of a life-changing decision. The stories are short, direct, and will find a place in your heart for sure! No review will ever do this author justice! Hers is the amazing ability to find a story that can touch your heart with a narrative that moisten your eyes and stay with you forever!Characters, dialogues and a flowing narrative that is better than any “chicken soup for your soul”! I earnestly pray her books find their way into the English Literature curriculum on modern authors. Pick up your copy TODAY!

  • Barbara Skalberg
    2018-12-06 05:10

    Sometimes it would be better if I did read the summaries ahead of time because in this case, I wouldn’t have been disappointed to find out each chapter was a stand alone story. I kept wanting their paths to intersect. I do love and appreciate the way the author is able to create such distinct and lovable characters. I wanted more of all of them!

  • Cynthia
    2018-11-28 06:00

    I generally don't like short story collections because for some reason they tend to be depressing. But Maeve Binchy is an exception. Every story is a complete little tiny novel in itself, with full plot development, full character expansion and growth, beautiful descriptions and dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

  • Sue Sullivan
    2018-12-10 04:57

    I found the book interesting. The characters were real. Bunch has a way of writing that draws you in and makes you part of the stories.I would suggest this as a summer or beach read. I read it in one sitting. The stories are just long enough .

  • Deniselt
    2018-12-09 10:03

    Normally I love Maeve's books, but this collection of short stories just didn't do it for me. There just wasn't enough time to get to know or like the characters, but then again maybe that's why I generally don't like short stories.

  • Cecly Ann
    2018-12-10 10:56

    Not vintage MaeveThis collection although interesting was not vintage Maeve. Enjoyable and satisfying but not the clear and crisp inspirational narrative of Binchy's that I've come to love.

  • Babs
    2018-12-07 08:09

    Reading one of Binchy's books is like visiting with an old friend.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-25 11:05

    It's an ok read. Short stories a good book to pick up and put down.

  • April Coker
    2018-12-01 05:50

    I actually enjoyed this book of short stories more than Maeve Binchy novels I have read. She is a master of character development and plot building. I highly recommend.

  • NuNu
    2018-11-24 05:58

    Not what I was looking for from one of my favorite authors.

  • Claire Felong
    2018-12-09 05:08

    Interesting short stories of personal relationships with good insights. Some seemed sort of the same. Read on a short vacation.

  • Teri Pre
    2018-12-07 03:09

    I prefer Binchy's novels to her short stories.

  • Agnes
    2018-11-25 07:06

    Got given this book by a friend,had nothing to read at the time so I gave it a go.It was light,good for the train journeys home,but didn't stand out too much.

  • Barbara Warner
    2018-12-07 04:15

    Short storiesAlways unexpected backgroundsA little different from the previous Irish talesAs ever Maeve Binchy at her BestInteresting Reading

  • Anna Quanbeck
    2018-12-07 07:01

    Read: 2003Rated: 6