The Return Journey

by Maeve Binchy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0440224594 Global Overview for this book
Registered by momx3lovesbooks on 9/2/2007
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by momx3lovesbooks on Sunday, September 02, 2007
In this collection of stories, 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.

10/11-sending to MIL
02/17-back from MIL

07/08-mailed to Potok-fan (got lost in the mail from Missy Z. to Potok-fan, I have 2 of these books so one needed a new home).

Journal Entry 2 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Thanks, momx3! This arrived today. How nice of you to offer a replacement for the book that got lost in the mail!

Journal Entry 3 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Thursday, November 06, 2008
This was perfect reading while I was in the hospital (uploaded picture) for scheduled surgery a week ago. I had never read any Binchy, and this has me thinking I'll seek out some more.

A few comments on the individual stories:

-The Return Journey: Meh. This one didn't really grab me.
-The Wrong Suitcase: Again, not really for me. Enjoyable enough for the prose, I guess, but I'm not raving yet.
-Miss Vogel's Vacation: I *loved* this one. Just the right feel-good plot for somebody in hospital, sunny and uplifting.
-The Home Sitter: Maura needs to meet Miss Vogel and learn about turning lemons into lemonade.
-Package Tour: Weird. Slightly creepy, as I guess it was supposed to be. I've read that one problem with the internet is that people are too able to restrict their interaction to be only with folks just like them. As hard as it is sometimes, I think it's good to rub up against folks who are different from you in real life.
-The Apprenticeship: See 'Miss Vogel's Vacation'.
-The Business Trip: This should be assigned reading for all teenage girls!!
-The Crossing: Not quite up to 'Miss Vogel's Vacation', but another uplifting one. And lovely that you don't find out what happens. Not in an irritating way, but in a real life way. *sigh*
-The Women in Hats: I agree with the sentiment, but I didn't think the dialogue rang true, and I was disappointed with it. Too preachy. Read Camryn Manheim's "Wake up, I'm fat!" instead.
-Excitement: Unexpectedly this had me almost roaring with laughter. I'd love to see this adapted for television or something.
-Holiday Weather: A cross between The Business Trip and The Crossing.
-Victor and St. Valentine: Yet more in the gentle, uplifting vein.
-Cross Lines: ditto.
-A Holiday with your Father: Oops. I didn't get to this one, I guess. Good news: That means there's still one left! :)

Released 10 yrs ago (6/6/2009 UTC) at Ravintola-hotelli Lanterna in Nauvo, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland

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For the book buffet at Kesäpäivät - the All-Finland annual BookCrossing meeting

Journal Entry 5 by wingBookgeowing from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, June 07, 2009
I got this book from the Finnish BC Summer Convention held in Nauvo. I intend to release this on my journey in Ireland in the near future. Thanks Potok-fan!

EDIT JUNE 23, 2009
This book was caught before I got back home and to Internet connection and was able to do release notes for the book.

In any case, I left this book to the Tribes Cafe OBCZ shelf in the city of Cork on Tuedsay the 16th of June while touring Ireland with my spouse. We also had a nice meal in the cafe. Greetings from Finland!

Journal Entry 6 by ailish08 on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
i found it in tribes coffee shop i plan on bringing it on holidays with me

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