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A Week in Winter | [Maeve Binchy]

A Week in Winter

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 Nell, 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. Read by Kate Binchy.

Kate Binchy has worked extensively in all media from West End to fringe theatre. Numerous television appearances include RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES, FATHER TED, PEAK PRACTICE, CASUALTY, POIROT and FAIR CITY. She has appeared in over 500 radio plays, and films such as MRS DALLOWAY and THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE. She is Maeve's cousin and has read all of Maeve's audiobooks.

©2012 Maeve Binchy (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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    Susan Caledon, ON, Canada 02-21-13
    Susan Caledon, ON, Canada 02-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Looking for riveting fiction with well developed characters, close to real life stories and a compelling narrator who feels the story.

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    "Not her best"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While Maeve's sister Kate does a good job at telling the story, the story itself isn't Maeve's finest. It feels like a rough draft which needs a fair bit of polish.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maeve Binchy again?

    As I have read every Maeve Binchy book, I don't think I would listen to another.


    Did Kate Binchy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't think the characters themselves were very well written.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At points I was sad but overall, everything was ho hum.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Hampton, Australia 01-29-13
    Laura Hampton, Australia 01-29-13
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    "Sweet Binchy"
    What did you love best about A Week in Winter?

    The Irish accent of the narrator


    What other book might you compare A Week in Winter to and why?

    Other Maeve Binchy books, though this wasn't her best


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first, Chicky's part


    Any additional comments?

    None. It was apt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ayesha Pune, India 01-22-13
    ayesha Pune, India 01-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Her farewell book"
    Would you try another book from Maeve Binchy and/or Kate Binchy?

    I love reading Maeve Binchy. This one is her last but not her best. Though the reader does a good job.


    If you’ve listened to books by Maeve Binchy before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first audiobook of the author.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the narrator did a good job.


    Did A Week in Winter inspire you to do anything?

    I like the author very much but this book didn't inspire me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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