High on the cliffs of the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean, is Stone House. Once falling into disrepair, it is now a beautiful hotel specialising in winter holidays. With a big, warm kitchen, log fires and understated, elegant bedrooms, it provides a welcome few can resist whatever their reasons for coming....
Henry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret, and are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future. Winnie, generally one to make the best of things, finds herself on the holiday from hell. Then there's John, who arrived on impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon; eccentric Freda, who claims to be a psychic - and the silent, watchful Nora, who seems so ready to disapprove. But looks can be deceptive...
A Week in Winter is full of Maeve's trademark warmth, humour and characters you want to spend time with.
©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.
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.
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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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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!
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.
"Our last fix"
Another warm hearted tale from the queen of the genre.
She will be very sadly missed.
"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
"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.
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