Is there anything more pleasant and uplifting than a Maeve Binchy novel? I love the Dublin settings and the quirky characters, most of them people we'd like to have as friends with a couple of real jerks thrown in for tension and rehabilitation. I like her humor and irony. I like a good story and Binchy is first and foremost a story teller. I'd like to be in her writer's group and have some of that good will rub off on me. I imagine she is an upbeat soul. I may be wrong. Lots of people think I'm upbeat, but I'm a curmudgeon if there ever was one. I read HEART AND SOUL yesterday and was satisfied and happy. I'm sorry that it's ended. Thank you, Maeve Binchy for hours of entertainment.