Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, shy and genteel Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous O'Connors in Kilgarret, Ireland. It is the beginning of an unshakeable bond between Elizabeth and Aisling O'Connor, a friendship which will endure through twenty turbulent years of change and chaos, joy and sorrow, soaring dreams and searing betrayals...

Writing with warmth, wit and great compassion, Maeve Binchy tells a magnificent story of the lives and loves of two women, bound together in a friendship that nothing could tear asunder - not even the man who threatened to come between them forever.

Praise for Maeve Binchy and Light a Penny Candle

“Extraordinary.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“An Irish Thorn Birds...complete and rewarding.”—Newsday

“A find...so rich and engrossing you can forget your own problems.”—Glamour

“A remarkably gifted writer…a wonderful student of human nature.”—The New York Times Book Review 

“Reading one of Maeve Binchy’s novels is like coming home.”—The Washington Post

“Binchy is a grand storyteller in the finest Irish tradition…she writes from the heart.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

“Binchy’s genius is transforming storytelling into art.”—San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

“Binchy’s tales combine warmth and spunk in a quintessentially Celtic way...In the field of women’s popular fiction, the Dublin storyteller sticks out like a faultless solitaire on a Woolworth’s jewelry counter.”—Chicago Tribune

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