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A Week in Winter | [Maeve Binchy]

A Week in Winter

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.
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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

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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 06-24-13
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 06-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another good book for Maeve Binchy enthusiasts."
    If you could sum up A Week in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, Fuzzy, Irish


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Satisfaction!


    What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her voice...this is one of the reasons I listened to this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a loss when Maeve Binchy died...she did write lovely books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 06-15-13
    Linda 06-15-13 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    "I love Maeve Binchy"

    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.

    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 06-02-13
    Jane 06-02-13

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A warm, loving, positive novel"

    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
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    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.

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  • Kate
    Flinders, Australia
    11/13/12
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    "Wonderful as always, Maeve!"

    What a wonderful story following the lives of various characters who happen to come together in a new guest house. Maeve Binchy has such a beautifull way of building up her colourful characters!



    The narration was spot on. I've always found Kate Binchy's narration of her cousin's work a great listen, but Caroline Lennon did the novel perfect justice!



    Rest in Peace, Maeve Binchy. I have loved your writing for years , and will continue to re-read / re-listen again and again.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    11/14/12
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    "Wow :-)"

    I really enjoyed this book!



    It has been several years since I last picked up a Maeve Binchy book. I'm glad I picked up this - great story. A good mix of characters and their history to keep you listening to the end.



    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Syresham, United Kingdom
    12/5/12
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    "A Classic Maeve Binchy"

    For those of you who love Maeve Binchy's story telling style, this is just wonderful. The narrator, Caroline Lennon, manages to bring each personality to us in a quite individual way.



    The character's backgrounds are described with such heart that when they arrive together at Stone House one can almost predict the dynamic that results.



    Stone House itself sounds such a wonderful place it's a shame that this is a novel and I can't book a week in winter there myself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    3/7/13
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    "Involving but disappointing..."

    Like all her stories Maeve Binchy writes in a way that completely involves you in the storyline: you feel the disappointments, fears and ultimate happiness or redemption of the characters and don't want the book to end. However, I found the ending more disappointing than usual. A character who I had hoped was going to be developed, suddenly felt that it was ok to reveal a secret to an assembled group- that the storyline had been following throughout- and in doing so tied up all the loose ends within about a page or two. This almost felt as if the teacher was on the case and the homework had to be handed in NOW so an ending had to be found as soon as possible. I was left looking at the headphones in disbelief that it had ended!



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • zomodo
    12/27/12
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    "Gentle"

    A nice gentle read, nothing very much happens in it but this is a warm book examining a group of people who cross paths at an hotel. I would recommend this as a 'filler' between credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    12/13/12
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    "Our last fix"

    Another warm hearted tale from the queen of the genre.

    She will be very sadly missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss I Aron
    12/13/12
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    "I know where I would like to spend my next holiday"

    I have never read/listened to a Maeve Binchy novel before, I enjoyed this so much not only will a read more of her work I want to go to Stone House on my next holiday. I was blessed to a couple of magical days with Chicky, Orly and Rigger while listening to a A Week in Winter I would love to spend a week with these warm careing magical characters. Thank you Maeve Binchy for introducing them to me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    york, United Kingdom
    3/8/15
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    "The guests"

    Well narrated, looks into the life of guests and what brought them to stay at a hotel, short snap shots of different life's put together to form the overall picture during one week. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    12/14/14
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    "Snuggle in against the cold"

    This was a nice, wee story about a woman opening a hotel right on the cliff of a storm-beaten part of the Irish coast.

    You learn her story on the week running up to the grand opening and then the stories of each guest. There's something about an Irish accent that always feels so comforting, I don't know why! Listening to this while the gales are raging outside was perfect afternoon fodder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Ashhurst, New Zealand
    4/17/14
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    "Pedestrian"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not particularly. The story (or stories - as it's really a series of short tales) feels very formulaic, with none of the characters particularly gripping or engaging. I didn't hate the book, but if I'd stopped half way through I wouldn't have died wondering how it all worked out.


    Did Caroline Lennon do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    No. I had to really concentrate, and on occasion re-listen, to follow conversations. This is the second book I've listened to read by Caroline Lennon, and again I felt, at times, like I was listening to a news report.


    Did A Week in Winter inspire you to do anything?

    Nup.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read other Maeve Binchy books & enjoyed them. This really isn't up to the standard of previous books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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