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 would listen to it again as it is her last book and Rosalynd had a great voice!
I loved all the characters especially Ms Star!
Her voice and expression help you relate to the characters
Yes, it discusses choices in life and how your life is impacted
When they saved the boy from jumping off the cliff
Loved the Irish acents
The girlfreind of the banker
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!
The characters are almost all captivating
I have listened to numerous stories by Binchy. She has a pleasant world she describes.
I wanted to hear more about the main character Queenie and her hotel. It segued off to a story of each guest and got a bit contrived...
I love this writer. She has a great way of telling an easy and enjoyable story
I've tea most if her books. This is one of the best and goes not disappoint the avid Binchey reader! Story laid out do uniquely and do captivating. 😀
it was a struggle to finish. no excitement, slow paced. it was all character development and no real story. there was nothing that kept me wanting more.
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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.
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