From Margaret Mezzacapo
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
When I reviewed A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy, I noted that it was the last book she wrote before her death. Turns out, not quite . . . Chestnut Street is a collection of short stories published posthumously. The common thread is that all of the characters live on the same street, albeit with different lives and circumstances, and serve as proof that appearances can be deceiving. People can differ significantly from the images they project (although you’ve never met such a large cast of philandering husbands and deserting fathers in any of Binchy’s prior works). The stories seem a little disjointed at times, yet you’ll still hear the lilt of the characters’ accents as you read along, and you’ll still wish that there would be more Maeve Binchy books to come.