A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another When Chicky Starr decides to take an old decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the wind

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy Helped by Rigger a bad boy turned good who is handy around theStoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy Helped by Rigger a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house and Orla, her niece a whiz at business , Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine Anders hates his father s business, but has a real talent for music Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone s relief the Walls are disappointed to have won this second prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeve s trademark warmth and humor Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling.

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A Week in Winter

  1. Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while She also loved traveling, and this was how she found her niche as a writer She liked going to different places, such as a Kibbutz in Israel, and she worked in a camp in the United States While she was away, she sent letters home to her parents They were so impressed with these chatty letters from all over the world that they decided to send them to a newspaper After these letters were published, Maeve left teaching and became a journalist Maeve married Gordon Snell, writer and editor of children s books When they were struggling financially, Light a Penny Candle was published, which made her an overnight success Many of her books, such as Echoes, are set in the past in Ireland Some of her later novels, such as Evening Class, take place in modern times Her books often deal with people who are young, fall in love, have families, and deal with relationship or family problems The main characters are people whom readers can empathise with She passed away on 30 July 2012, at the age of 72.Her cousin Dan Binchy is also a published writer, as is her nephew Chris Binchy.

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  1. I started out really liking this book I loved the premise of setting up a hotel in Ireland and found all the preparations exciting The first half of the book largely focused on the life of the woman setting up the hotel, and it was enjoyable However, the book became very boring once the hotel was established During the second half of the book, each chapter focused on a new character or characters, and their story that brought them to the hotel, and a sort of redemption from the time spent in Ire [...]

  2. The literary world took a huge hit when it lost one of Ireland s best and most beloved authors, Maeve Binchy, last year But one shining light was that Maeve had completed her final novel, A Week In Winter, before her death, and what a beautiful tribute to this amazing author this final book is.In her brilliant way of spinning a story, Maeve takes her readers to the west coast of Ireland to the village of Stoneybridge where hometown girl Chicky Starr has returned home to open a holiday hotel As t [...]

  3. This book is decidedly cozy I am not saying that as a bad thing, not remotely What saves it is that it is not saccharine Cozy, but not sickly sweet Neither is it a challenging read, nor are there ideas that will occupy your brain for days, just a belief that taking time for yourself, in pleasant surroundings, surrounded by people who genuinely like people and take care of each other, in a gorgeous setting, is good for the soul.It is not hard to convince me of this Note The rest of this review ha [...]

  4. I ve always loved Maeve Binchy and am going to miss her a lot She s my writer hero and two of my high moments as a writer were having one of my Irish trilogy books appear in a display with her in the Shannon airport duty free shop, and last summer appearing on the New York Times bestseller list with her Even with her weaker books and this one wasn t , she s a better storyteller than most writers out there Which, along with the fact that she kept me totally engaged and turning the pages, is why I [...]

  5. A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy s posthumous novel is achingly beautiful, so well written, a gift to any reader, and a sad goodbye to one of the world s most talented writers Binchy has always held her readers gently in her grasp, telling them stories of people and places that capture our interest from the first few lines, and keep us fixated on her tales til the last page I could not put this one down, and yet I dreaded finishing it, knowing there will be no novels to follow Binchy finished this [...]

  6. So bittersweet to finish this Maeve Binchy book, knowing that there will be no Once again, it felt like coming home Love all of the characters presented in this book, all of them traveling to Stoneybridge to either work or stay at Stone House I think that if you want to read this book, you should first make sure that you ve read many books she has written before, because old characters are mentioned, places are returned to, and it just gives that much pleasure So if you want to read this, go b [...]

  7. Made Me Want to Spend a Week at Stone HouseChicky falls in love with Walter He convinces her to leave Stoneybridge in Ireland and come to New York with him, promising that they will always be together Forever turns out to be a couple of months Chicky is left alone in New York with no friends and no job Luckily she finds work at Mrs Cassiday s boarding house Chicky doesn t want to go home and confess what a mess her life turned out to be, but Mrs Cassiday finally convinces her and to her amazemen [...]

  8. As posted on my blog nualareilly.wordpress 2013It was in my stocking Christmas morning.Maeve Binchy s last book A Week in Winter.I have mentioned before how much I loved her work How much I identified with her characters and how reading her books made me feel like I was sitting down with old friends Something about her words touched me in a way few other books do, and, like many of her fans, I have read and own every single book she ever wrote When she died a few months ago, I actually cried It [...]

  9. This was a great cozy I love how MB can creat such ingenious characters that really stick with you This story is a walk through the lives and backgrounds of a group of people who have never met and are from different places in the world One week they all end up at a magical bed and breakfast Not a paranormal place, just a place where it s history creates a sense and environment prone to heeling MB makes it easy to get to know, care about and take journeys with all her wonderful characters Fantas [...]

  10. Forget vampires, sado masochism et al, the so called in vogue genres in the literature of today Curling up with a Maeve Binchy novel is a bit like snuggling up on a cold winter s night with a big mug of hot chocolate Like the chocolate, you never want the book to end, yet you cannot put it down until you do so She gently pulls you into the plotline, introducing the characters one by one, each with their own agenda The focal point in A Week in Winter is Stone House, a newly opened hotel, a projec [...]

  11. Notification from that this book was published landed in my email box November 3, 2012 I didn t realize that Binchy had a book remaining to be published when she died in August, but it s very possible since the time from author completion to publication can be lengthy What was interesting to me is that the person who wrote the synopsis of the book for did not include the fact that this book is being published posthumously Update 11 7 2013When the book became available in ebook format from my lo [...]

  12. I loved this unusual novel Written like a series of novellas than one long novel, this book deals with the different people who will eventually either work at Stone House or stay there for the inaugural week in the winter.This book was written with Ms Binchy s usual style and grace The story is a bit of a typical one for the author, as she had been known to do lovely things with words and writing about people going through hard times and seeing the hope at the end of the tunnel.The varieties of [...]

  13. A Week in Winter was the last book written by Maeve Binchy before her death Knowing that it was the last Maeve Binchy book made me a little melancholy before I even started reading, and a book set on the rocky and stormy Atlantic coast of Ireland will have plenty of melancholy already I love books set in Ireland, and while this one offered no surprises to fans of Maeve Binchy, it transported me to Stone House, an inn opened by Chicky Starr with the help of Riggy a troubled young man who needs to [...]

  14. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy is what I would call a cosy and easy read but an uninspiring read.I would sum it up as a collection of short stories about different people and how their problems were solved by a week in winter staying at and Irish Hotel The stories are pretty predictable with no real depth to them and the characters are quite bland and I could not really gel or care about any of them I felt the writing was hurried and the novel concluded with the all problems solved Just a bit [...]

  15. I bought this book as soon as it came out but put off reading it since I knew it would be her last Someone put on here that they didn t enjoy it as it just seemed like short stories I am not a fan of short stories normally and this book does have a little of that feel but in each segment the other characters are all woven in Each chapter focuses on a certain guest, giving a history of sorts and how they ended up at stone house but as the chapter progresses, the other guests are brought in I did [...]

  16. I ve never read a book by Maeve Binchy but I have had this book for several years hanging around and I m really trying to go through some of my physical TBR pilesey are out of control Anywaysis was a cute little jem to find I just found out she passed in 2012 and this was her last book as well I am honored to have read a pretty decent read from an obviously very talented author And to be honest this book didn t have the drama that keeps me interested in reading so I wasn t sure how I was going t [...]

  17. We all have those weeks The washing machine breaks A tooth breaks A heart breaks And you just don t feel like picking up your current book because it s just a bit too dark You need a bubble bath of a book And Maeve Binchy turns up with her latest, A Week in Winter We have our familiar friends the smart and lovely and lonely woman who finds a man who seems too good to be true the troubled young man who just needs an understanding ear and some good solid work to do the old crank who just yearns to [...]

  18. I was a little afraid to read this book because sometimes the last book before an author s death can be a little sad, a little unfinished, a little lacking That is not the case in this book It s like Binchey waved a magic wand and sprinkled a writer s fairy dust on it while she wrote I thought her last few ones had been a little weak but this one makes up for those Binchey likes to intertwine characters from other novels into the new ones but this one is relatively sparse of connections The char [...]

  19. This is one of those days I truly loathe Somehow my writeup was deleted after I finished it but before it was posted Sigh Once into the breach.A lovely book The first I ve ever read by Binchy, but based on this, probably not the last, especially since her long time fans seem to indicate that this is not the best Great characters, very little plot The novel is organized around one Chicky Starr, and her efforts to restore an old estate and convert it into a full service inn The first third or so [...]

  20. Ugh This book served as a reminder why I stopped reading Maeve Binchy books This book is really a collection of short stories each chapter is about a different person or persons, all connected by their one week vacation in a historic home on the cliffs of the atlantic ocean in Ireland only they re not really connected at all There is no effort here to develop the characters you don t feel anything for any of these people The connections are merely references to one another contained within their [...]

  21. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy is another superb story telling by Maeve Binchy She loves her Ireland and everyone who reads her books gets the longing to visit that beautiful country She introduces the characters through the chapters, starting with Chicky Chicky becomes the proprietor of Stone House in Stoneybridge She bought it with a life tenant clause for Ms Queenie Sheedy, the remaining matriarch of Stoney House They take in a white kitten named Gloria Next comes her niece Orla, a than ca [...]

  22. I can t believe there s a new novel by Maeve Binchy I was just about to start re reading her older books I look forward to it.

  23. Easy and comforting reading it s not the best Binchy book as some of the stories are a little rushed but still very enjoyable.

  24. Maeve Binchy s final novel, A Week in Winter, was the perfect book for St Patrick s Day weekend But, it s sad to read such a beautiful book by an author who is no longer with us Binchy is able to bring a character to life in just one chapter This one is a fitting final book.Stonybridge is a small village on the west coast of Ireland It s a typical village in that the young people yearn to leave Chicky Ryan was no different, and, against her parents wishes, she took up with an American named Walt [...]

  25. My sister in law Jane always knows best You can just ask her All joshing aside, Jane has been literally telling me for years that I needed to read Maeve Binchy She couldn t believe I hadn t read one of her works already But I always had so much to read, so I put it off And off And off Until a colleague at work got me A Week in Winter.OK, Jane You re right Again.Free spirit Geraldine Chicky Ryan runs away from Ireland s backward and provincial West of Ireland with a fellow free spirit, handsome A [...]

  26. As soon as this book was released, I was itching to buy it, but restrained myself as I knew Christmas was coming Once again, my daughters did not disappoint and I awoke to find this final Maeve Binchy book under the tree for me I enjoyed it thoroughly, and was only disappointed because it ended I did feel that there were perhaps a few minor unfinished issues, but perhaps that is a metaphor for life Not everyone ends up happy with all their problems solved there are always unfinished issues I rea [...]

  27. I can check off Maeve Binchy from the Authors I ve Been Meaning to Try list I see her books in supermarkets, library book sales, most garage sales, and pretty much every used bookstore To my judging mind that equals that this author must be kind of prolific if her stuff pops up in most places where I see books in the wild meaning not an actual buy new bookstore I m sure my judgement scale is highly scientific anyhooo I don t think she s for me.The premise of this book having a woman with a past [...]

  28. It s always hard evaluating the final work of a beloved writer Though I am very aware of who Maeve Binchy was, I have only read a couple of her other novels CIRCLE OF FRIENDS and TARA ROAD I enjoyed both of them a great deal, even if I did find that the author depended a little heavily on co incidence and happenstance I chalked it up to a sprinkle of Irish magic A WEEK IN WINTER, however, stretched my suspension of disbelief too far.The problem for me began with the protagonist Chicky Starr As a [...]

  29. I have read several Maeve Binchy books over the years and always enjoyed them This one, published after the author s death, is not one of her best, in my opinion It s like a book of linked short stories than a coherent novel All of the many characters are in some way involved with the an old house in a tiny Irish town that is transformed into a bed and breakfast We get to know everyone s history, from the woman who returns to her hometown after many years in America to purchase the house and re [...]

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