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The Tavern on Maple Street I love stories set in Ireland This one was so nice all the way through I could do without the language, alcohol, and immorality but the story itself was nice and entertaining. Wallbanger I got so annoyed with this book The character of Bridget is so self centered, and the Lily character is such a doormat that I wanted to just slap both of them silly Writers that just pile on stupidity after stupidity irritate me to no end The premise of the book, saving the tavern from distruction, isn t really explored The tavern owners Jack and Lily just decide to take onhelp and work harder before it is demolished The final resolution was too idiotic for words Don t bo Wallbanger I got so annoyed with this book The character of Bridget is so self centered, and the Lily character is such a doormat that I wanted to just slap both of them silly Writers that just pile on stupidity after stupidity irritate me to no end The premise of the book, saving the tavern from distruction, isn t really explored The tavern owners Jack and Lily just decide to take onhelp and work harder before it is demolished The final resolution was too idiotic for words Don t bother with this one, there so many better books to spend your time on I felt mine was completely wasted If I could give this book a minus 1 rating, I would Beautiful Lily Beaumont And Her Husband Jack Are Owners Of A Genuine Victorian Tavern, Situated On One Of Belfast S Few Remaining Narrow Cobbled Streets It S A Favourite Among The Locals Who Love The Quiet Atmosphere, Good Beer, And Simple Food Then One Day, Dublin Based Developer Vincent Halloran Arrives With Big Plans For Maple Street The Other Traders Are Keen To Sell Up And Retire, But Jack And Lily Aren T Ready To Call Time, Please On Their Beloved Tavern Instead Lily Hires Four Pretty Barmaids To Bring In The Customers Enter Pint Sized, Man Eater Bridget, Lazy Art Student Daisy, Neurotic Trudy, And Painfully Shy Marie And If The Stakes For Lily And Jack Weren T Already High Enough, There S A Secret About The Maple Street Tavern That Has Yet To Be Discovered A Secret That Will Redefine The Meaning Of Love, Friendship, And Family In The Most Surprising Ways My 2010 bookcrossing review This one has been sitting around a while So I thought I would finally get it read and picked it up late this afternoon I ve now read the first four chapters and I honestly don t care what happens to the characters, whether they manage to save the pub or not, or what the mystery the back blurb refers to is This is polite, wooden writing with two dimensional, stereotyped characters and a non thrilling plot I am gettingpicky inold age A few years ago I w My 2010 bookcrossing review This one has been sitting around a while So I thought I would finally get it read and picked it up late this afternoon I ve now read the first four chapters and I honestly don t care what happens to the characters, whether they manage to save the pub or not, or what the mystery the back blurb refers to is This is polite, wooden writing with two dimensional, stereotyped characters and a non thrilling plot I am gettingpicky inold age A few years ago I would have forced myself through the whole book But these days I am thinking I have a very big TBR pile full of potentially much better books, a pile I am always adding to, so why waste my time on a book that I clearly have no interest in A wonderful and cozy little story. I thought it was cute..it reminded me of Maeve Binchy in a way It does take place in Ireland, which I like Cute story Sharon Owens has a way of weaving a story of intertwined characters in the same fashion of Maeve Binchy I hope she writes I loved the concept of the little old pub set back in a quite street in Belfast It didn t let me down there I do think the author over stereotyped a number of the characters, so you will need to look past that The ending is somewhat predictable, but if you are looking for an easy, light read, and you enjoy all things Irish Northern Irish, you will be happy you went with this book Don t expect too much and you will enjoy it. This book was a good companion to me over the past several daysIt got me through the waiting room at the Dr s office, kept me occupied when I got a flat tire on the expressway and had to wait for my husband to rescue me, and helped pass the time while I waited for my highlights to develop at the hairdressersIt was a sweet, witty book that felt like a friend The story takes place in Belfast, Ireland and follows the lives of the people that inhabit the Tavern on Maple Street Lily and Jack This book was a good companion to me over the past several daysIt got me through the waiting room at the Dr s office, kept me occupied when I got a flat tire on the expressway and had to wait for my husband to rescue me, and helped pass the time while I waited for my highlights to develop at the hairdressersIt was a sweet, witty book that felt like a friend The story takes place in Belfast, Ireland and follows the lives of the people that inhabit the Tavern on Maple Street Lily and Jack are loving couple in their late 30 s who own the tavern and have been hiding out from society and their families in their own little corner of the world tuning everything out One day they get notice that a developer is going to build on the site and the beloved pub is slated for demolition This turn of events causes them to fight the good fight and give it a real go by hiring staff that through circumstances board there, and results in them opening up their little world a bit There were lots of lessons and bits of wisdom in here, and charming characters The tavern setting gave me real sense of small town Ireland, and transported me to another place while I was reading it There s not a ton of action here, and maybe some might find it a little slow, but I enjoyed it If this book were a movie it would be shown at the local art house theaterquirky, charming with lots of heart And happy endings all the way around.Cheers This was the first of my festive reads this year I started it in November and was led into the festive season along with Jack and Lily Beaumont and their preparations for the holiday season and a complete life change in their home city of Belfast The heart of the story is the tavern itself It doesn t really have a name and is simply known as Beaumonts to everyone that frequents it The description of the tavern was so vivid that it reminded me with astonishing clarity of a pub from my student This was the first of my festive reads this year I started it in November and was led into the festive season along with Jack and Lily Beaumont and their preparations for the holiday season and a complete life change in their home city of Belfast The heart of the story is the tavern itself It doesn t really have a name and is simply known as Beaumonts to everyone that frequents it The description of the tavern was so vivid that it reminded me with astonishing clarity of a pub from my student days This pub was long and narrow, with a bar on the right and booths on the left and a few tables in between and I well remember my time there with various people of the day and even heard the juke box playing in my head while reading Jack inherited the genuine Victorian tavern from his uncle and he and Lily love their calm and serene lifestyle there This is soon threatened by a property developer wishing to build a shopping mall and knock down the tavern And at Christmastime too What a Scrooge Jack and Lily have been together since the mid 1980s and now in their late 30s, know all about separatist troubles, which indeed played a part in their getting together and although this is part of Jack s back story it is not dwelled upon The pub is the centrepiece for the stories of the ensemble cast that come in, work there or in some cases, outstay their welcome Jack and Lily decide to fight back, and hire four barmaids to drum up business The way this works out is hilarious all the four girls Bridget, Daisy Marie, Trudy are as different from one another as it s possible to be and the inevitable cat fights start, but gradually they find a way of working together, crowned with one of the best Christmases ever I wanted to give Lily a shake and tell her to stop being such a mug at times I found the stories of the four barmaids interesting and poignant too and Lily seemed to come from another era David was Daisy s young man and Gerry had just begun walking out with Trudy It was quaint and charming Though it didn t have the ending I had hoped for, like all Sharon s books this features wonderful characterisation and it is to her massive credit that she succeeds in all of these by presenting an alternative Belfast, full of quirky characters, beautiful buildings and strong friendships And I have to thank Sharon for introducing me to the works of John Lavery I would really recommend this as an undemanding read but one with depth, particularly through the lessons learned and taught by the variety of characters I could feel the warmth and glow of the pub as I read along


About the Author: Sharon Owens

Here are some questions I get asked a lot DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER No, it never crossed my mind, though I have always loved books.WHAT BOOKS DID YOU LOVE AS A CHILD THE BORROWERSTHE BORROWERS AFIELDTHE BORROWERS AFLOATTHE BORROWERS ALOFTTHE BORROWERS AVENGED, all by Mary NortonTHE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson BurnettTHE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by CS LewisWHAT BOOKS DO YOU LOVE NOW THE MAIDEN DINOSAURTEA AT FOUR O CLOCK, both by Janet McNeillLADY CHATTERLY S LOVER by DH LawrenceTHE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNETHE FEAST OF LUPERCALAN ANSWER FROM LIMBOTHE LUCK OF GINGER COFFEY, all by Brian MooreREADING IN THE DARK by Seamus DeaneTHE COUNTRY GIRLS TRILOGY by Edna O BrienBEATRICE by Noelle HarrisonTHE RAGGY BOY TRILOGY by Patrick GalvinTHE FALLING ANGELS by John WalshMAN OR MANGO by Lucy EllmannTHE BLUE TANGO by Eoin McNameeHOW DO YOU RELAX I love gardening This is my garden in Belfast We managed to squeeze about 25 trees into a very small space It s getting quite cramped now the trees are maturing but it feels like a little secret garden to sit in so we love it I don t think I could ever move house as I love my garden far too much and also this was our first home together and the only house our daughter has ever known WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU LIKE I m a veggie who doesn t like courgettes or aubergines So eating out is usually quite an adventure I love salads, pizza, fries, most vegetables especially butternut squash, most cheeses, Indian curries, pretzels and most types of bread, all kinds of fruit and ice cream My favourite snack is tea and toast with real butter I do a mean roast chicken for my daughter Alice, and she loves my bread and onion stuffing made on the frying pan with a little butter andDO YOU WATCH MUCH TV Too much My favourites are MURDER SHE WROTEPOIROTMIDSOMER MURDERSMISS MARPLEMONKKATH KIMFATHER TEDBLACK BOOKSTHE IT CROWD8 OUT OF 10 CATSTHE FRIDAY NIGHT PROJECTCORONATION STREETSEINFELDCURB YOUR ENTHUSIASMARE YOU INTERESTED IN FASHION Well, I would have said no until recently when it was pointed out to me that I love fashion very much but only certain trends, and I never change my mind about what I like So, for the last 25 years I have worn only black Victorian style blouses, long waisted overcoats, pointy toed ankle boots, DM shoes and sandals, palazzo pants and silver costume jewellery I have long, straight hair and my favourite perfume is the POISON range by Dior, or anything by CHANEL I have one designer piece a LULU GUINNESS handbag that dermotDO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Yes It happened to me My husband Dermot is a wonderful man strong and supportive yet gentle and thoughtful too I wouldn t have a career without his encouragement, and I don t think I d be nearly as happy or well grounded either He s my best friend.The funny thing is, when I first met him, he was really skinny with long black hair and he wore a dog collar and an overcoat from the second World War Twenty three years on, he s gained some muscles, shaved his head, and now resembles a Hollywood hit man Both looks work forHOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED Hopefully with affection by my husband, daughter and close friends.MY FAVOURITESBANDS Joy DivisionNew OrderBauhausJesus Mary ChainSiouxsie the BansheesSmithsMorrisseyCureCocteau TwinsIggy PopUndertonesPapa RoachXTCSex PistolsClashInterpolMuseRammsteinFutureheadsKooksKT TunstallBest Live Band SmithsFILMSWILD AT HEARTTRAPPED IN PARADISERAISING ARIZONAAMELIEEDWARD SCISSORHANDSSWEENEY TODD


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