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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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    Catherine San Diego, CA 04-14-13
    Catherine San Diego, CA 04-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Maeve, I Miss You Already"
    What made the experience of listening to A Week in Winter the most enjoyable?

    Maeve Binchy's style is a story weaver. There are glimpses of characters from prior books that make you feel you've found an old friend and you're sharing inside jokes.


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

    So many sweet moments... but when the two women vying for the highest level in one man's life find themselves in peril and finally get to know each other, it was beautiful. Not over-the-top drama, but real life emotions.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful lilt to her voice - a very pleasant performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to count. All the diverse characters experiences an epiphany of some sort... some simple, some life-changing. I wish I could book a week in Winter at this rustic resort on the Irish coastline!


    Any additional comments?

    Reading this book was bittersweet, knowing that it is truly the final work of Ms. Binchy. She was a master story teller, with subtle lessons of tolerance and coping experienced by her characters, but never hitting anyone over the head. I'm already missing her company.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 04-08-13
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 04-08-13 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "I love Maeve Binchy!"
    If you could sum up A Week in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent characters, tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    sorry, don't remember


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    I like hearing different accents; her's are splendid!


    If you could take any character from A Week in Winter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    sorry, don't remember.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep on writing, Maeve!!
    and Thanks!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kathy New York, New York, United States 03-11-13
    kathy New York, New York, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice story"

    It is a nice story even if a little contrived. Enjoyable escape read. Would recommend it to a friend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 03-11-13
    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Bittersweet Read of Maeve's Final Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Binchy book, as I have every book she wrote. It was sad to think it would be the last one.

    A Week in Winter follows a format that Bichy began a few years back: individual stories in chapters weaved together with a theme. It worked a little better - a little less forced - here than it has in some of the more recent ones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 08-15-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 08-15-13
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    "Also DISAPPOINTED"

    I agree with Linda of Dumont NJ. There were just too many characters and too many vignettes. It was very easy for me to put down. I've enjoy Binchy books in the past but this one left me confused and tired of listening and trying to figure out...now who is this character and how are they related to the hotel and the story.

    If it wasn't for Rosalyn Landor, it would have been rated 1 star throughout for me.

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    Amy M Collins 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Charming characters and brilliant storytelling"

    Binchy never disappoints with the way she weaves together stories of charming characters that feel like old friends by the end of the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LARRAINE Brooklyn, NY United States 02-22-15
    LARRAINE Brooklyn, NY United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A Week in Winter is a fantastic plot and storyline"

    A Week in Winter is a fantastic storyline and plot. Ms Binchy uses plenty of sensory details of imagery where it makes me feel like I'm her story. The performance of the narrator does an excellent job. The tone of her voice is smooth and relaxing..

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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


    3 of 4 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 2012
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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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katheline A. Phelan bethesda, maryland United States 03-04-13
    Katheline A. Phelan bethesda, maryland United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    If you could sum up A Week in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    I listened to this book with sadness, knowing that it's the last one that Maeve Binchy ever wrote. It is quintessential Binchy - full of charm and character development and people overcoming the obstacles in their lives. Loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are almost all captivating


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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