I was a huge fan of Binchy in high school, and this story brought back those feelings. I definitely will reread some of those favorite books! The story was wonderful and the reader did a super job. I highly recommend!
As much as I liked the book, I don't think I would listen to it again unless I was using it as a teaching tool for a writing or reading class. But then again, I rarely read a book twice.
I like the way how well the end all fell in place - I knew that it was the same week represented from many different views, but it fell into place nicely. I also liked the part when Chickie returned to Stone House.
Her voice matched the way I imagined the characters would speak. Often, when I listen to audio books it takes a while for me to adjust the voice to the book. A few times, those two were so mismatched that I had to drop the audio book. This was a perfect match. Well read, and a pleasure to listen to.
It made me laugh, and also smiled often. I would like to hear another reading by Rosalyn Landor.
I've always enjoyed Maeve Binchy. She brings histories and environments that I've never experienced into my world. I like the way she develops characters.
I think that statement works for this book since that's the underlying theme of the story. Each of the characters in the book comes to Stone House with their own story, their own baggage, and their own goals. Binchy does a beautiful job of weaving the story together in a way that truly makes you respect how different people coming together from different places can combine to make a truly memorable story together. It's a very heartwarming story.
This story started out fairly well, but then new characters and story lines were introduced constantly and thinly tied together. I don't usually like Rosalyn Landor's narrations, but she was really good this time.
The realization of the intertwining stories that you don't pick up on immediately.
I have been a big fan of Maeve Binchy's writing since the first book of her's that I read which was "a circle of friends".
Chicky Star. Your heart goes out to her early in the novel until you meet the other characters in the book.
Rediscovery and new directions.
Another reviewer used the word "cozy" to describe the book which I totally agree with. That's how I have always felt when reading Maeve Binchy's books.
it opened a thought process about what people let slip away from their lives.
These people found love and enjoyment by the getaway from their present world.
How these people found out the reasons,they were afraid of a different adventure
Finding the unknown, then learning they could develop happiness and a better life.
This isn't M.B.'s best work, but a very pleasant story to listen to. In a world in need of some "happy endings", she once again provides... Thank You Maeve for all your wonderful stories!
Loved the story. The characters are distinct and memorable. There's a hopeful sub-layer that causes the reader to suspend judgment; young people make bad choices but they mature.
Another gently rolling Binchy book full of great rounded characters and interesting stories that all connect in a satisfying way along the journey. Loved the book. Thinking about reading it again right now. Big, happy sigh.... only problem--The reader made young characters sound old.