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
wonderful story line weaving together the lives of several people in an interesting way
Only problem is that voice of reader is sometimes difficult to understand, just a little "too" Irish for my taste.
Saddened by the passing of the author. She managed to change and grow with times. While she has 'old fashioned" story telling skills, her characters, settings and events are very much up to date.
No, I would never read a book twice.
I love the numerous characters and their story lines.
I am not sure.
I would not make this book a movie.
Not at this time
A good all around book.
We'll read, you could feel like you were there.
A very good book, well read, enjoyable to listen to.
Book Seller, Book Blogger and Book Lover.
The loss of Maeve Binchy in 2012 was hard on us fans, and I put off reading this one until recently. I love Binchy's writing style and her characters so much, and narrator Rosalyn Landor did an amazing job bringing it all to life! I commute quite a distance during the week but books like this make me want to spend time in my car!
I loved them all, but I particularly liked Winnie's story- finding love later in life and then having to deal with Lillian, who is a true monster-in-law, was both funny and heart-warming. I also felt Winnie's frustration and understood her just wanting to concede victory rather than deal with Lillian forever.
This was my first Rosalyn Landor experience, but it won't be my last! I've already put several of her narrated books on my wish list. I love finding narrators I love!
Maeve Binchy had a remarkable talent in creating characters. In just a few lines, or a bit of dialogue, you get a sense of who they are. There is something quite lovely in reading her novels, something cozy and familiar.
I read more books than Hermione.
Each chapter of this book is from a different person's point of view. But they all tell the same damn story. How many times can you beat a person over the head with premarital pregnancy and a relationship that ends not long after? By the time I got to the fifth character that happened to in the book, I had to stop and ask for my money back.
I like the author's writing style and I liked the narrator. But there was just too much of the same things over and over. The same themes, storylines, the same descriptions of how this one house is the best house ever. It was very repetitive.
Also, I appreciate the author's effort in using many separate characters different POVs to show how they were all connected. I didn't finish the book but it seemed like there was a lot of buildup to a lot of nothing. And not exactly tension-creating buildup. More like a bunch of characters meeting up, maybe? I don't know, but it didn't keep my interest very long.
If you like that style of book, it is masterfully done by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout,
yes, great story line and interesting characters
can't say , loved every minute of it
owner of the inn
I have really enjoyed all of Maeve Binchy's books, and was eagerly sentimental when I began reading her final book, A WEEK IN WINTER. Once again she did not disappoint. I will definitely miss Binchy's Irish tales of different people and all of their intricate relationships. In this book, she has actually written what are essentially short stories combined to make one story about the first guests to spend a week in a new bed and breakfast retreat on the Irish coast in Stoneybridge.
Chicky Starr ran off to America with her first true love. A few years later, she has returned, alone, to Ireland, to redo an old stone mansion into a restful retreat for visitors to the beautiful western coast of Ireland. She finds helpers in a bad boy turned good, and a wandering niece with a great business sense. Then a cast of interesting characters with issues of their own, come to spend a week in this new venture.
Each character comes alive with Maeve Binchy's expressive writing. I felt like I had also been a guest during that extremely restful, yet very eventful grand opening. A very fitting combination of characters for the final story for this terrific Irish author. Light , but emotionally fulfilling tale!
I was a huge fan of Binchy in high school, and this story brought back those feelings. I definitely will reread some of those favorite books! The story was wonderful and the reader did a super job. I highly recommend!
As much as I liked the book, I don't think I would listen to it again unless I was using it as a teaching tool for a writing or reading class. But then again, I rarely read a book twice.
I like the way how well the end all fell in place - I knew that it was the same week represented from many different views, but it fell into place nicely. I also liked the part when Chickie returned to Stone House.
Her voice matched the way I imagined the characters would speak. Often, when I listen to audio books it takes a while for me to adjust the voice to the book. A few times, those two were so mismatched that I had to drop the audio book. This was a perfect match. Well read, and a pleasure to listen to.
It made me laugh, and also smiled often. I would like to hear another reading by Rosalyn Landor.
I've always enjoyed Maeve Binchy. She brings histories and environments that I've never experienced into my world. I like the way she develops characters.
I think that statement works for this book since that's the underlying theme of the story. Each of the characters in the book comes to Stone House with their own story, their own baggage, and their own goals. Binchy does a beautiful job of weaving the story together in a way that truly makes you respect how different people coming together from different places can combine to make a truly memorable story together. It's a very heartwarming story.
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