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Father Brian Flynn…hated the Feast Day of St. Ann…. But then as far as he knew he was the only priest in the world who had a thriving St. Ann’s Well in his parish…. A place where parishioners gathered to ask the mother of the Virgin Mary to intercede for them…mainly [in] matters intimate and personal….
Father Flynn often felt he had quite enough worries of his own…. His mother’s health had been an increasing worry…. His sister Judy had written to say that although Brian might have chosen the single, celibate life, she certainly had not. Everyone at work was either married or gay [and]…she was going to…ask St. Ann to get on her case.
His brother Eddie had left his wife Kitty and their four children to find himself…with Naomi, a girl twenty years younger…
Brian Flynn was hanging in there, but only just.
The residents of the Irish village of Rossmore are in an uproar over plans to run a motorway through Whitethorn Woods. What will become of St. Ann’s Well is the question on everyone’s minds, none more so than Father Brian Flynn. From his own suddenly dysfunctional family to his parishioners—kindly Neddy Nolan, in love with an exotic dancer, Jewish Rivka and Catholic Maureen, best friends whose children fall in love, never-married Hannah, who catches the eye of the attractive new man in town, to name a few—everyone needs the well’s guiding spirit. And Maeve Binchy—beloved for her “tales as compelling for their surprises as they are comforting in their…warmth” (Booklist)—makes sure it comes from the heart.
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