Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together; Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine; Anders hates his father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; the Walls are disappointed to have won this second-prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris; and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions.
Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling.
©2013 Maeve Binchy (P)2013 Random House Audio
I have been a Maeve Binchy fan for over 20 years.Her books transport me to Ireland and I "meet" people that I would love to include in my own life. I have both read and listened to her books, and by far, listening is the best way to enjoy her books. The narration makes the characters come alive. Maeve Binchy passed away last year, so this is her last book. It felt like such a loss when the book ended. I look forward to going back and listening to some of my favorites again. If you have never listened to one of her books before, you are in for a treat.
I have been a fan of Maeve Binchy since "Light a Penny Candle" and have read all of her books. This one did not meet the mark. I found it more like a series of vignettes rather than a novel. Too many characters to keep me engaged for any length of time. I enjoyed the narrator and the book had some lighthearted moments but not like any of her other novels.
Back in the day, Maeve Binchy's book, Circle of Friends, was one of my favorites. I'm discovering that these days I prefer something with more action. That said, this book is a charming, heartfelt solid Binchy offering. She definitely knew a thing or two about human nature.
Due to being on the road hours most days, I'm an avid Audible fan! I live vicariously through the stories as the miles pass.
Good concept for a story, excellent narration. Having said that, the book felt just a little disjointed to me. Story jumped from character to character leading up to all meeting for the opening week at Stone House. Difficult to bond w/characters. I expected a little more in the descriptions of Ireland and felt that area was a little lacking. Don't want to be "negative" as it was a pleasant, easy listen.
Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!
When reading Maeve Binchy's books, it's a question of whether what you have picked up is very good or terrific. This one is on the very good side, but still wonderful. Reads a bit like loosely tied short stories, however once you come to expect this the listening is relaxing and satisfying in the Binchy way. Narration is excellent. Well worth the audible credit.
I have always been a big fan of Maeve Binchy. I really enjoyed the interweaving of the plots and characters in A Week In Winter.
I have read or listened to all of Ms. Binchy other novels of romance, friendships and Ireland. I enjoyed them all.
I had no favorites, each character was vital to the story.
I am sadden that I will not get to read or listen to another novel by Ms. Binchy.
Bought it because of the narrator stayed because of the story!
One evening I decided that I love Rosalyn Landor’s narrations and I will try to choose a book that Rosalyn has narrated but that was from a different genre than my usual listens.
This book seemed as good as any and it was on sale so I went for it – WOW what a gem.
Unlike most folks that commented on here I never read/listened to this author so I had no expectations especially since I knew this was not the usual type of story I would go for.
I loved the book, it was a great heartwarming story that had within it many short stories about each character and all the stories smartly intertwined. I would recommend this story in a heartbeat. I didn't want it to end!
I will even admit that I’ve shed a tear or two during the listen. The narrator as always was amazing and so was the book.
I'm so sad that this is the last we will be graced with from Maeve Binchy. My mother in law turned me on to her years ago. Tara Road was the first book I read of hers. Maeve was a beautiful story teller. During an extremely busy/hectic time at my work, to be able to climb in the car and be entertained by this book was a real treat. It's one of those books that I'm really missing now that its done.
Maeve Binchy does not disappoint with this last It is a gem.
More of all of my favorite characters.
I could not help but cry at the end knowing this was Binchy's last book. She will be missed.
Absolutely loved this book!
A Week in Winter ranks about midway plus in the audiobooks I have listened to thus far.
The most memorable moment for me was ehn all the guests had arrived. How exciting to finally have all the characters in place to watch how they would interact.
Roslyn landor's performance was steady so that I never once fell asleep listening to her voice. She kept my attention focosed on the characters and the story as it unfolded.
And the next visitor will be ...
At first I wanted all the characters to have arrived at the beginning of the book, but then realized that they come one by one to a bed and breakfast and so this was a clever way to introduce each one before bringing them all together. Fascinating plot!
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