I read The Tavern on Maple Street by Sharon Owens early in 2007.
Lilly and Jack, the owners of the Tavern on Maple Street, are very much in love but they don't have anything else in their life except their work. Unfortunately, big business wants to tear down the entire Belfast city block that is home to their pub and build a mall with offices. Lilly doesn't want to lose the tavern, so she decides to hire some young people to help her make the place more upscale and modern. All four of the women who come to work at the tavern need some kind of help and love, and Lilly and Jack need to open themselves up to new possibilities.
The Tavern on Maple Street is somewhat predictable, but the quirky characters are well developed, making this a fun vacation read. I gave the novel a C+. I listened to the unabridged audio edition and noted that narrator Caroline Winterson had a pleasant and believable Irish lilt.
The cover is from the 2006 Penguin Group edition. I listened to the audio, which was read by Caroline Winterson, but I don't have any notes on the narration. (Source: Bought; see review policy.)
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