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A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

A Week in Winter (edition 2012)

by Maeve Binchy

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Title:A Week in Winter
Authors:Maeve Binchy
Info:Orion Publishing (2012), Hardcover, 464 pages
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Tags:Ireland, linked novellas

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A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy




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A woman returns to her small home village in Ireland, purchases the old home of 3 spinster sisters and with the help of her reformed nephew and a niece, turns it into a comfortable, wonderful country inn. This is the stories of the people who gathered there their first week open - husband and wife doctors, recently jilted librarian, sad and stodgy retired school mistress and others. Her last book and one of her best. ( )
  Jonlyn | Apr 16, 2014 |
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would read one of my favorite Irish writers. Binchy's work is not fast-paced or full of suspense, but she wrote well about people, how they think and who they are and how they act together. Her books are a nice diversion, a pleasant time spent with people you might actually meet. This one centers on a house in the west of Ireland that becomes a vacation destination. The novel takes the opening week of the house and gives us a glimpse of the lives of the people who live, work, and visit there. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Mar 16, 2014 |
A group of peop;e gather for a holiday at a newly established country inn in Ireland. We learn about them in the chapters: about their mysteries, deceptions, and their sorrows. This is a delightful light read and intertwines several short stories about different characters into an interesting story. ( )
  teeth | Mar 9, 2014 |
This book is formulaic Binchy, but that's not a bad thing. Only Binchy can take you into ordinary peoples' lives and make you care about what happens to them.

Chicky Ryan grew up on a farm in the west of Ireland within a stone's throw of the Atlantic Ocean. She explored the cliffs and caves and hills and creeks. She got to know all the people in and around Stoneybridge but then she fell in love with an American lad. He persuaded her to accompany him back to New York City much to her family's dismay. And they were right to be dismayed because it didn't take very long before he tired of Chicky and moved out to California. Chicky stayed in NYC and wrote weekly letters to her family about how wonderful he was and their small but lovely wedding. In fact she was working at a boarding house. She went back to Ireland for a week every year but then her niece wanted to come visit. So she had to kill off her husband in a highway crash. She decided to move back to Ireland for good. The old Stone House was falling into disrepair and only one of the three sisters who owned it was still alive. Chicky came up with a plan to turn the house into a small hotel. She agreed to keep Miss Queenie in the house for the rest of her life. It took a while to make the necessary repairs and upgrades but eventually she was ready to open. A week in winter on the west coast of Ireland appealed to a diverse group of people. They came, they mingled, they (mostly) found what they were missing.

The Stone House sounds like a wonderful place to spend a week. Winter in Ireland isn't the cold, snowy season we experience in the middle of Canada. With the proper clothes it is easy to spend hours walking outside, especially when there are warm pubs to repair to for some soup and a local brew. Maeve Binchy makes it seem real. ( )
  gypsysmom | Feb 13, 2014 |
Ah, Maeve, you've done it again. You've created characters I care about in your story of a Irish country inn and it's inhabitants. You write my perfect escape books. ( )
  brangwinn | Feb 13, 2014 |
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The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember. Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic ocean, it was falling into disrepair - until one woman, with a past she needed to forget, breathed new life into the place. Now a hotel, with a big, warm kitchen and log fires, it provides a welcome few can resist. Winnie is generally able to make the best of things, until she finds herself on the holiday from hell. John arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon. And then there's Henry and Nicola, burdened with a terrible secret, who are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future ...A WEEK IN WINTER is full of Maeve's trademark warmth, humour and characters you want to spend time with.
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Follows the efforts of Chicky who, with the help of Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business), turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges. John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone's relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions.… (more)

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