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....
©2012 Maeve Binchy (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
Warm, Fuzzy, Irish
I love her voice...this is one of the reasons I listened to this book.
No...it is the perfect book to listen to over a period of time as each chapter is from the perspective of a different character.
Such a loss when Maeve Binchy died...she did write lovely books.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
Once again, I've said it a million times, I felt like I was sitting at the table enjoying a cup of tea as a tale was spun about regular everyday people around me. Caroline Lennon is one of my all time favourite narrators so that is a bonus. The only reason my story review got 4 stars was because all of the characters in the novel experienced consequences for actions and dealt with the aftermath except the main character. I felt robbed that her story didn't come to light. It made it tough for me to respect her as a person - her secret was a giant one but yet she was quite content to deceive. Maybe it is just me and my belief that people are inherently honest. I couldn't deal with the guilt if it were me.
Maeve Binchy was a much loved Irish writer and A Week in Winter is her last novel. I really enjoyed it. I felt it was a testament to a life well lived because she created a warm, loving, positive book.
It's about people experiencing positive changes in their lives -- either through their own decisions, or just through a chain of events. What these people have in common is that they end up at a guest house in a peaceful, beautiful part of rural Ireland -- the establishment of the house itself being a creative optimistic series of decisions
It's about caring, loving, dealing with life events that hold us back.
Am I making it sound like a personal development book! It's far from that. But it does leave the reader with a sense of hope and valuing life options.
I get the feeling that Binchy delighted in creating this little world, so far away from the cares of urban living, and drawing people into it and allowing most of them to leave more content and in touch with themselves.
It was sympathetically read by Caroline Lennon.
Story told through one common point but follows many lives, very interesting and leaves a warm feeling.
"Charming and delightful"
Charming characters, glorious reading, full of hope.
It made me happy.
All of it. Made the stories and characters live without intrusion.
Ah, already said. It made me happy.
This is not my usual genre of listening, although I do have a wide range. The author is well known and I have always meant to give her a listen. Very glad I have finally got round to it and will return, not immediately though. Some Sci-Fi, some thrillers, some crime, even some classic and then maybe another Binchy. Essential reading when you want a beautifully crafted and read book, laid back, optimistic and . . .happy.
"Nothing to worry about AT ALL"
I really shouldn't have bought this, but you read write ups that eulogise and you fall for a book with the stars highlighted and think it must be good.
It really isn't MY kind of story and I should have realised when I read the kind of reviews it got, although I did see it through to the predictable end.
Don't misunderstand me, it is a perfectly nice book, I suppose , if you just want "wallpaper". There was NOTHING to worry about and basically it just told a gentle tale about a number of people who all land up in the same hotel. It was nicely read, but if I say it was rice pudding, comfort food I think you'll get my drift.
It's about a diverse group of people. Each person's tale is told, who they are, what crisis point they have arrived at in their life so far, and how this village in Ireland, where the hotel is situated, is the panacea of all their woes.
I won't be revisiting Maeve Binchy, she is just TOO comfortable for me. I like thrillers and police/dective dramas, this is just...... well boring.
"A lovely gentle story"
This is a lovely story with a good moral base. I very much enjoyed this story.
"Comfortable listening, not too demanding."
Good for audio listening. Well read.
This book covers a pivitol chapter in a number of individuals' lives.
Maeve Binchy keeps to form in her ability to understand people and reveal them in a real way to the reader.
I enjoyed this book as a bed-time listen or while I was cooking. However, due to the format of a seemingly new story held in every chapter, it did not build into a climax or hold the depth of most of Maeve Binchy's other novels.
"I loved this book - it was different but excellent"
I was captivated by this easy listening book and even thought that the narrator was excellent too. I love Maeve's Binchy's cousin narrating but this narration was excellent and suited this book.If you are looking for a well written and narrated book to while away the hours you cannot do better than sit down to one of Maeve Binchy's novels
I just loved all the separate parts when the stories of the soon to be guests booked their winter break and then all came together
No this is my first but will not be my last - her voice is so easy to listen to
I laughed in parts - yes it did provoke emotions
I am going to miss my Maeve Binchy's fix - the world has lost a great writer .I am one of these people who can re-visit books already read and I have great pleasure in re-reading from Maeve's vast catalogue
This is my first taste of Maeve Binchy and from the very beginning she draw me in. A wonderful feel good story that I simply couldn't turn off. I have gone on to download Firefly Summer because of this and now shopping for my next Maeve Binchy.
My first Maeve Binchy and I loved it...excellent narration, absolutely superb accents and characterisation. Good story..very enjoyable listen. I will certainly read some more,from Maeve Binhy, pity they have not used the same narrator, as I will look out for her as well.
"a great feel-good read"
This is the first book by Maeve Binchy I had read/ listened to. It was a feel-good listen with the story going full-circle. The story was well-constructed and was great to listen to on my journey to and from work. The whole story was warm- like a cup of cocoa on a winters night.
"Everything you expect from Maeve Binchy"
A wonderful melange of well-drawn characters, all of which you come to care about, coming together in a heart-warming story. You could say this about most of Maeve's books and it's a winning formula.
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