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 terrific dreams.... It was once a summer of innocence... yet all that's approximately to change this fateful summer time of 1962 while American millionaire Patrick O'Neill involves city with his irresistible allure and a pocketful of money... while love and hate vie for a town's quiet center and old traditions start to collapse away.... It used to be a summer time of love that may by no means come again.... A time that has been captured ceaselessly in Maeve Binchy's compelling kin drama... a singular you'll by no means forget.From the Paperback version.
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You couldn't teach Leopold any tricks. He had joined the household when he was found with a broken leg and a poor bark by Jack Coyne in the back of a truck, and when nobody had claimed him, the Ryans saved him from being put in a sack by Jack Coyne and meeting a watery death. Leopold's bark had never improved significantly, he did have a plaintive yowl, but Jaffa, the huge orange cat who had a purr like thunder, would have been a greater source of alarm to any burglar than the lame and silent Leopold.
The road got narrow across the bridge, and went off meandering to the various townlands and small farms. Bridge Street looked well when the sun shone on the different pastel colours of the houses and shops that fronted right on to the road. Some of them were whitewashed still like Judy Byrne's house and Conway's, the place that was both undertaker and pub. Others were pink like Leona�d's the stationers and paper shop, like Meagher's the small jewellery shop where watches and clocks were mended and gifts were displayed in boxes with cellophane fronts.
His mother said he should be glad that someone in the family was looking to the practical side of things instead of singing raucous songs and laughing loud laughs. In Paddy Dunne's pub all talk of emigration to Liverpool to the brother's pub had stopped. This was now the hub of the universe. Paddy Dunne had it from one of the travelling salesmen who came in trying to get him to take biscuits. Biscuits in a pub! Anyway this man knew all about Fernscourt: it was an agricultural research place. Foreigners were going to come and test soil and plants and the place was going to be a boom town as a result of it.
Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy