The town of Rossmore is a special place, full of character charm. Nestled beside the Whitethorn Woods, the town has grown since the days when it was small and friendly and everyone knew everyone else; now it has chain stories and traffic problems and housing estates.
But still, there are the woods, full of spiky bushes and criss-crossed with paths; and there’s St Ann’s Well, where generations have come to pray or make wishes or just to look back at the pretty little town. Which is why there is going to be such a fuss about the plans for the new motorway. It’s going to by-pass Rossmore, cutting through Whitethorn Woods and endangering the well itself. The new road will bring jobs and relieve traffic in the town; for others, it will destroy businesses and leave the town a backwater.
The people of Rossmore are divided. There is a lot of land standing in the way of the great road of progress. Quite by accident the decision rests on Neddy Nolan – the most honest man in Rossmore. A man determined to do the right thing.
As far as Binchy books go, Whitethorn Woods was fairly average.
I’m writing this review after some time has passed, and overall, it was pretty forgettable. There’s a well that people pray to, a priest who is uncomfortable with whether this is okay or slightly sacrilegious, and a road maybe being built through the woods containing the well. I think that’s it?
Most of these characters are kind, gentle humans who only want the best for their fellow man. Sure, there’s small-town gossip, a few small-minded people, and some heartbreaking choices, but generally, this is an unassuming group of people just living life. I finished Whitethorn Woods with no serious concerns, but not a lot of interest either.