Why I Loved it? This was the first (of many more) Maeve Binchy book that I read. I found it in my Mom's room and read the back. It looked intriguing. So... I read it. And LOVED it. I discovered my all time favorite girls' name (Aisling, pronounced Ashlean) and some of my all time favorite characters. I also discovered my love for Irish literature. As a ridiculously proud Irish girl (Who has dreamed of living in Ireland for as long as she can remember), this book really hit home for me. Also, the plot kinda reminds me of my relationship with my best friend. The two main characters, Aisling and Elizabeth, meet when Elizabeth is sent to live with Aisling's family in Ireland during World War Two. They are both eight at the time. They become best friends. Eventually, Elizabeth has to return to England. Somehow, at the age of twenty, even though they barely see each other, they are still best friends. My best friend and I have been best friends since we were both six. Although she moved to Texas (I live in Connecticut) when I was twelve, at the age of seventeen, she is still my best friend.