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
Love audiobooks. Mystery and suspense novels are the ones I enjoy the most.
I really enjoyed this book. It was not what I had expected. Everyone should listen to this book and think about real life.
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As a Binchy fan, I enjoyed this book, although not quite as much as some of her others. It blends stories of people who come to stay in a newly formed B&B. My only complaint is with the narrator, who is excellent with her Irish accent for the women's voices. But she put on such a deep affectation for the male voices that they all sounded like 60-year old stodgy businessmen. I'd give her 5 stars for the women's voices and 1 star for the males.
Note to all narrators: You DON'T have to change your voices so dramatically for members of the opposite sex!!! Just talk in a normal voice. We're intelligent. We'll figure it out.
The story starts out interestingly enough. Her characters are always relatable, and the story develops quickly. The problems start about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way into the book when she brings in new characters. I found it hard to follow and much less interesting after that point. In fact, I didn't finish it.
I would have left the story line alone without the introduction of new characters at the end of the book.
This part was fine. I don't really care for the narrator who tries to act the book. She does this a bit.
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