They met in cooking school--and became fast friends with a common dream. Now, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather hope to take Dublin by storm with their newly formed catering company, aptly dubbed "Scarlet Feather." Not everyone, however, shares their optimism. Cathy's mother-in-law disapproves of both Cathy and her new "hobby," while Cathy's husband Neil pays no mind to anything--except his work as a civil rights lawyer. And then there's Tom's family, who expect him to follow in his father's footsteps, and an ambitious girlfriend who's struggling with career dreams of her own. Between friends and families, ups and downs, heartaches and joys, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather are about to embark on the most maddening--and exhilarating--year of their lives....
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1 . Best book I have read in a long time!!!
Posted February 15, 2009 by Tamara , Scottsdale, ArizonaScarlet Feather is a wonderful story. There is happiness, sadness, more happiness and more sadness but in the end it just feels like life. When I began reading this book I was uncertain if I would like it. However, as the story unfolded I fell in love with this book and did not want to put it down. The characters are so true to life and the author makes you feel like you really know the people in the book. I have always enjoyed Maeve Binchy but this book is my ultimate favorite.
February 28, 2002
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Excerpt from Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
The year began in different ways in different houses.
Tom Feather woke in Stoneyfield apartments with a pain in his shoulders and a stiff neck . . . The armchair had not been at all comfortable. He got some cold orange juice from the fridge, and fixed a flower to the glass with some sticky tape. He marched straight into the bedroom.
"Happy New Year to the most beautiful, saintly and forgiving woman in the world," he said.
Marcella woke and rubbed her eyes. "I'm not saintly and forgiving, I'm furious with you," she began.
"But you haven't denied that you are beautiful, and I have totally forgiven you," he said happily.
"What do you mean? There was nothing to forgive me for." She was very indignant. Indeed.
"Quite right, which is why we will say no more about it. I should thank you instead, because last night I found the premises."
"I know it's all due to you: if you hadn't behaved so badly and forced me to leave that party, I'd never have found the place. I'll take you to see it as soon as you're dressed, so drink up that beautiful elegant drink I've prepared for you and--"
"If you think for one moment that I'm going to leap out of bed and--"
"You're so right. I do not think that for one moment. Instead I think I'm going to leap into bed. What a truly great idea." And he had his crumpled clothes off as he spoke.