A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

Book - 2013
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"Maeve Binchy, "the grand story teller,"* returns with a cast of characters you will never forget when they all spend a winter week together on holiday at Stone House, a restful inn by the sea... Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive: 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. You will laugh and cry as you spend the week with this odd group who share their secrets and might even have some of their dreams come true. "-- Follows the efforts of a woman who 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.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780307273574
0307273571
9780345805867
0345805860
9780307475503
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 325 p. : col. il. ; 25 cm

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dlh1
Jul 04, 2017

Though the characters have some problems in their past, all comes together too neatly in the end to be believable. Mildly entertaining.

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patdaie8823
Jan 13, 2015

Though I normally like her books, this became too boring to continue.

DebbieP Aug 13, 2014

All the characters spring to life on the page, and all the stories are engaging. So sad that it's Binchy's last novel.

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HannaBanana41
Dec 29, 2013

I have loved this writer for a long time and will miss her. Lovely stories and they leave one feeling good, kind of like high tea with scones, cream and jam!

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occy
Jul 27, 2013

Typical Binchy novel, written around a central local with different characters entering the picture. I've always found her novels very easy reading and it's sad that we won't be able to pick up another of her novels and getting a quick Binchy fix.

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jbaker0118
Jul 23, 2013

LOVED it. A wonderful swan song, but so sad it is her last. It seemed obvious she was launching a new series with this one. Having read (and loved) all of the ones in her earlier series (Scarlet Feather, etc.), I would have LOVED to continue to get to know these characters. A wonderful read.

AmyRoller Jul 22, 2013

As a big Binchy fan, I was very sad that this was her last book. I haven't enjoyed all of her books, but this one was good. I really loved it. A quick, easy read, easy to follow, lovable but flawed characters. Made me want to go there!

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bookfan81
Jun 22, 2013

Nice Story, sad to know it is her last book.

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lgbennett89
Jun 18, 2013

My first Binchy book. I loved it! Each character was unique and had a stimulating if not every day story that connected me into their lives. I will definitely read another Maeve Binchy novel

universalPuppy Jun 05, 2013

It's a good quick read, and if you have liked Binchy's work in the past, you should like this one as well. I thought the stories within the story worked well. Some of the stories revolve around the people who live in the area, while others revolve around those staying at the inn. My only real disappointment is that a few of the storylines are not totally wrapped up by the end. Had Binchy not died after completing this book, it would have been a good series to follow.

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