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A Week in Winter | [Maeve Binchy]

A Week in Winter

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Joanne Wheaton, IL, United States 04-18-13
    Joanne Wheaton, IL, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Nice Light Read"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    marie Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada 04-01-13
    marie Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada 04-01-13
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    "classic Binchy"
    Would you listen to A Week in Winter again? Why?

    I would listen to it again as it is her last book and Rosalynd had a great voice!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters especially Ms Star!


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

    Her voice and expression help you relate to the characters


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 03-26-13
    William CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Take me back to Ireland"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it discusses choices in life and how your life is impacted


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Week in Winter?

    When they saved the boy from jumping off the cliff


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Loved the Irish acents


    Who was the most memorable character of A Week in Winter and why?

    The girlfreind of the banker


    Any additional comments?

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED it

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Glennville, GA, United States 03-24-13
    Holly Glennville, GA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Read"
    Would you listen to A Week in Winter again? Why?

    Maeve Binchy does not disappoint with this last It is a gem.


    What did you like best about this story?

    More of all of my favorite characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every one!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could not help but cry at the end knowing this was Binchy's last book. She will be missed.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely loved this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MJ Martin Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada 03-12-13
    MJ Martin Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada 03-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Warm and Cozy"
    Where does A Week in Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Week in Winter ranks about midway plus in the audiobooks I have listened to thus far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Week in Winter?

    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.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    And the next visitor will be ...


    Any additional comments?

    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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    peter 05-15-14
    peter 05-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Best story she ever wrote"
    What did you love best about A Week in Winter?

    wonderful story line weaving together the lives of several people in an interesting way


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

    Only problem is that voice of reader is sometimes difficult to understand, just a little "too" Irish for my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Signe 05-13-14
    Signe 05-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but Very standard Maeve Binchy."
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    Very standard for Maeve Binchy. A lot like the "The Evening Classes" there is one event in the novel and there is background story on how each person got there.

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    Traci S. Boston 05-11-14
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    "Warm and Interesting story."
    If you could sum up A Week in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Like hanging out with old friends. I love Maeve Binchy. She writes stories that make me feel good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HW 04-28-14
    HW 04-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Soothing book."
    Would you listen to A Week in Winter again? Why?

    No, I would never read a book twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the numerous characters and their story lines.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    I am not sure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would not make this book a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Not at this time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 04-07-14
    Doug Wilkie 04-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story in true Marve Binchy fashion"
    What did you love best about A Week in Winter?

    A good all around book.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    We'll read, you could feel like you were there.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book, well read, enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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