I'm so sad that this is the last we will be graced with from Maeve Binchy. My mother in law turned me on to her years ago. Tara Road was the first book I read of hers. Maeve was a beautiful story teller. During an extremely busy/hectic time at my work, to be able to climb in the car and be entertained by this book was a real treat. It's one of those books that I'm really missing now that its done.
Maeve Binchy does not disappoint with this last It is a gem.
More of all of my favorite characters.
I could not help but cry at the end knowing this was Binchy's last book. She will be missed.
Absolutely loved this book!
A Week in Winter ranks about midway plus in the audiobooks I have listened to thus far.
The most memorable moment for me was ehn all the guests had arrived. How exciting to finally have all the characters in place to watch how they would interact.
Roslyn landor's performance was steady so that I never once fell asleep listening to her voice. She kept my attention focosed on the characters and the story as it unfolded.
And the next visitor will be ...
At first I wanted all the characters to have arrived at the beginning of the book, but then realized that they come one by one to a bed and breakfast and so this was a clever way to introduce each one before bringing them all together. Fascinating plot!
I have really enjoyed all of Maeve Binchy's books, and was eagerly sentimental when I began reading her final book, A WEEK IN WINTER. Once again she did not disappoint. I will definitely miss Binchy's Irish tales of different people and all of their intricate relationships. In this book, she has actually written what are essentially short stories combined to make one story about the first guests to spend a week in a new bed and breakfast retreat on the Irish coast in Stoneybridge.
Chicky Starr ran off to America with her first true love. A few years later, she has returned, alone, to Ireland, to redo an old stone mansion into a restful retreat for visitors to the beautiful western coast of Ireland. She finds helpers in a bad boy turned good, and a wandering niece with a great business sense. Then a cast of interesting characters with issues of their own, come to spend a week in this new venture.
Each character comes alive with Maeve Binchy's expressive writing. I felt like I had also been a guest during that extremely restful, yet very eventful grand opening. A very fitting combination of characters for the final story for this terrific Irish author. Light , but emotionally fulfilling tale!
wonderful story line weaving together the lives of several people in an interesting way
Only problem is that voice of reader is sometimes difficult to understand, just a little "too" Irish for my taste.
Saddened by the passing of the author. She managed to change and grow with times. While she has 'old fashioned" story telling skills, her characters, settings and events are very much up to date.
Very standard for Maeve Binchy. A lot like the "The Evening Classes" there is one event in the novel and there is background story on how each person got there.
Like hanging out with old friends. I love Maeve Binchy. She writes stories that make me feel good.
No, I would never read a book twice.
I love the numerous characters and their story lines.
I am not sure.
I would not make this book a movie.
Not at this time
A good all around book.
We'll read, you could feel like you were there.
A very good book, well read, enjoyable to listen to.
Freelance Book Reviewer at Midnight Book Girl
The loss of Maeve Binchy in 2012 was hard on us fans, and I put off reading this one until recently. I love Binchy's writing style and her characters so much, and narrator Rosalyn Landor did an amazing job bringing it all to life! I commute quite a distance during the week but books like this make me want to spend time in my car!
I loved them all, but I particularly liked Winnie's story- finding love later in life and then having to deal with Lillian, who is a true monster-in-law, was both funny and heart-warming. I also felt Winnie's frustration and understood her just wanting to concede victory rather than deal with Lillian forever.
This was my first Rosalyn Landor experience, but it won't be my last! I've already put several of her narrated books on my wish list. I love finding narrators I love!
Maeve Binchy had a remarkable talent in creating characters. In just a few lines, or a bit of dialogue, you get a sense of who they are. There is something quite lovely in reading her novels, something cozy and familiar.