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Scarlet Feather [Maeve Binchy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Two friends struggle to balance their personal and professional lives in. Two friends struggle to balance their personal and professional lives in this charming novel from acclaimed author Maeve Binchy. They met in cooking school. Drama, humour, warmth and wonderful characters – vintage Binchy. Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin.

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While they complete the necessary renovations and begin drumming up business, their lives are complicated by family problems.

There are times that the book drug a bit, but overall, I enjoyed it. Dec 18, Nettie Cacossa rated it really liked it. Feb 16, Lorraine rated it really liked it.

There are lots of interesting story threads going on throughout, and happening alongside the main plot line with Tom and Cathy.

Tired of doing events out of their own small kitchens, they want a place with an office, as well as enough storage room scaroet a joint company. She makes a lot of difficult decisions throughout the book and is scarrlet realistic. A heartwarming story of loss, love, personal struggles and acceptance helped along by a whole cast of loveable characters, Cathy’s parents Muttie and Lizzie, the posh side of Neil’s family, and also the lower “criminal” end of the Mitchell family including the adorable and hilarious twins Simon and Maud.

No trivia mweve quizzes yet. Scarlet Feather is a novel by the Irish author Maeve Feathef. Cathy Scarlet is one of my favorite Binchy characters so far. I especially liked Cathy’s parents, her aunt Geraldine, and the young twins Simon and Maud–who are related to Neil, but get dumped on Cathy and her family. It had something to do with how the characters forgave each other their flaws and supported each other, regardless. I really liked Cathy and Tom and got easily invested in their stories.


See 2 questions about Scarlet Feather…. The two are close, but not romantically involved – Cathy is married to Neil Mitchell, the son of the wealthy household where her mother Lizzie used to scrub floors, and Tom is in a relationship with beautiful Marcella, who dreams of being a model. Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have been good friends ever since they met at catering school. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. They were so impressed with these chatty letters from all over the world that they decided to send them to a newspaper.

Scarlet Feather

Each chapter covers a month in the year, but is divided into short vignettes jumping from character to character and scene to scene. Overall, I enjoyed this book and was left thinking about the characters for ages afterwards.

She has started up a catering business with her friend Tom. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Lots of funny moments, but quite a bit of the darker side of life too.

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

Sep 24, Ramona Lazar rated it really liked it. The relationships in this book were more subtle and less predictable than I thought from the beginning of the book, and I liked the fact that not everybody’s story was nicely tied up at the end, it leaves you to imagine what may come next instead of spoon feeding it. Cathy’s mother Lizzie was Neil’s mother’s housekeeper which adds to the strain and complication of Cathy’s relationship with her mother-in-law who I mostly wanted to smack every time she made an appearance.


The novel follows the fortunes of Cathy Scarlet and her college friend, Tom Feather, who set up a catering business together the ‘Scarlet Feather’ of the title. Maeve’s characters are always FULLY developed and you will occasionally find yourself shaking your head as some of the characters are just like people you may know in your personal life, warts and all.

I read her books when I was in college and I have really loved her writing She writes about Ireland, her home, with great affection, and much of what she writes reminds me of my upbringing in Scotland.

I think I might have been able to enjoy this book a bit if it wasn’t so completely serious. To ask other readers questions about Scarlet Featherplease sign up.

May 29, Maggie rated it really liked it.

Published March 1st by Signet first published It wasn’t a “big message” book, really, but it was charming. Gaining a bit of information on the things that go on within the catering frather was also a plus for me.