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A Week in Winter [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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A book to treasure. It's classic Maeve Binchy territory, filled with characteristic warmth and captivating storytelling—HELLO

She is the Queen of Fiction and one of the funniest and best-loved storytellers in the world ... once you read Maeve you are hooked for life—IRISH TIMES

Make no mistake, there is magic at work—SUNDAY TIMES

It's vintage Binchy and doesn't disappoint—WOMAN & HOME

Her storytelling ability is second to none—SUNDAY EXPRESS

Binchy at her very best, telling stories with charm, humour and pathos and giving us one of the most stunning feel-good endings I can remember—MAIL ON SUNDAY

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The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember. Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean, it was falling into disrepair - until one woman, with a past she needed to forget, breathed new life into the place. Now a hotel, with a big warm kitchen and log fires, it provides a welcome few can resist.

Winnie is generally able to make the best of things, until she finds herself on the holiday from hell. John arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon. And then there's Henry and Nicola, burdened with a terrible secret, who are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future...

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140911399X
  • Publisher: Orion; Hardback edition (Nov. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140911399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409113997
  • ASIN: B008B8DXTS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last but not least Dec 31 2012
As soon as this book was released, I was itching to buy it, but restrained myself as I knew Christmas was coming. Once again, my daughters did not disappoint and I awoke to find this final Maeve Binchy book under the tree for me. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and was only disappointed because it ended. I did feel that there were perhaps a few minor unfinished issues, but perhaps that is a metaphor for life. Not everyone ends up happy with all their problems solved; there are always unfinished issues. I really enjoyed the times spent at the big house on the coast, and reading about this wild part of Ireland made me want to go there all the more. I thought the characters were well rounded, and I had a clear photo in my mind of each of them as I read about them in their designated chapters. I enjoy books formatted like this, and when I read about a previous chapter's character from a different viewpoint, I think,"oh yes I know her/him, I've met them before."
Now that I have read all of Maeve's books, and the fact that there won't be any more, I may just have to go back and start all over again, perhaps with Firefly Summer which was the one that started my love affair with her writing. Rest in peace, sweet Maeve, and thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HEARTWARMING AND ENJOYABLE STORY! Feb. 21 2015
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A Week in Winter takes place in Stoneybridge on the west coast of Ireland. It is the last book written by one of the world's best-loved writers, Maeve Binchy. She passed away in 2012. I have read all of her novels beginning with Light a Penny Candle and each novel was a gem.

Chicky lived in the village of Stoneybridge with her parents. There she met an American man named Walter Starr and fell in love. She left her home in Ireland and went to New York and married Walter. Sadly, her marriage was over and she found herself alone and jobless. She returned to Stoneybridge with a heavy heart, She was ashamed to tell her family about the mess she was in. She found work at Mrs. Cassidy's boarding house, where she once worked and tells Mrs. Cassidy the shame she feels and asks her what she could do about it. Mrs. Cassidy convinces her to make up a story and that is exactly what Chicky does. Chicky loves being back home and one day, while out for a walk, she bumps into Miss Queenie Sheedy. The three Sheedy sisters lived in a mansion called Stone House, but two of the sisters died and Miss Queenie was now the sole owner. Frail and lonely without her two sisters, she tells Chicky that she always hoped that Chicky would return home and take over the mansion and turn it into a hotel. The mansion was in disrepair and Miss Queenie could no longer afford the upkeep and at this stage in her life, she didn't need a lot of money. She would sell the mansion to Chicky for whatever she could afford to pay on condition that she turn it into a hotel and that Miss Queenie could live there for the rest of her life. An arrangement was made and Chicky immediately gets to work.

Chicky began hiring a few people like Rigger, the son of a woman who used to work for Miss Queenie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I simply loved this book as all of Maeve Binchy's work, because it is, as always a breath of fresh air. It is profound yet lighthearted. She can so wisely take life's simple events & turn them into something special & inspiring. Without being moralistic at all, Maeve can bring us to our own personal reflections on life & all of it's ups & downs, joys & griefs, truths &" lesser truths". Simply said, I truly enjoy & have enjoyed reading & being inspired & entertained by her, for the past twenty some years now. It is even because of her & her great gift of creating life's wonderful stories, that I can testify that I have discovered the " joy of reading". Thanks Maeve. I most sincerely recommend this book, as all of Mave's books to anyone & everyone who wants to have their soul's tickled with tears of pondering smiles & healing laughter.
From one of Maeve's so many, very grateful fans, June from Qc. Canada.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage binchy Dec 1 2012
I am soooo going to miss Maeve Binchy's books. No one tells a story like she does. She captivates and brings you through a journey like no other. Characters and storylines all intertwined to complete a beautiful picture puzzle. Rest in peace, Mrs. Binchy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book Aug. 18 2013
By Nancy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
So lovely to read Maeve's delightful book. So sad its her last but she did a remarkable job. Its delightful. All revolves around the coast of Ireland and Stone House, full of descriptive references to the waves, the beach and the local wildlife. Ahh, you think you are there. The characters are diverse and memorable and she brilliantly brings them all together at the end.
If you feel the need for an easy, gentle read. Get this one. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Irish Tale March 1 2015
This book came highly recommended and I am glad I followed through and read it. I had never even heard of the author, Irish born Maeve Binchy, and was equally impressed by her easy writing style, her knowledge of her native land as well as her in-depth description of issues, characters and locations.
I’m not sure what her ‘usual style’ is – many a writer tries his/her hand on various techniques – but in this book Maeve reserves an extended chapter on each and every character involved … and somehow manages to link them all together, too. One such section may cover part of a story and then leave the reader to wonder what exactly happened, only for it to be picked up in another story, not only completing the tale but also neatly fitting in into the overall storyline.
While most of the characters are based in Ireland and/or of Irish birth, the plots reach worldwide – from as close as England to as far away as Australia. Equally, some of the people involved and/or described were born and lived abroad, yet they all come together very naturally and fit right in. Such is the brilliance of Maeve Binchy, a 30 year published author who won a number of awards and sadly passed before this, her last book, was published. The book world and, no doubt, her current and future readers will miss her writing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Good story like always. Easy escape and enjoyable read. Ended too quickly. Would have liked a longer more thorough ending.
Published 1 month ago by kelly knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Fell Short at the End
Vintage Binchy. Great tale, weaving together the lives of an interesting cast of characters. On the whole it is a touching and entertaining piece but I felt that the ending was a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by F.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy never disappoints
Maybe Binchy really understands how to bring her characters to life. The stories are very home-spun, full of warmth and even when things go wrong for people there is always a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story as we expect from Maeve..
Published 6 months ago by Ellen Laskey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual calibre I expect from Maeve Binchy
I have always enjoyed Maeve Binchy's books they tend to be light-hearted with an interesting story line and some interesting characters that you get to know and root for. Read more
Published 6 months ago by annette Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is Binchy at its best, her characters make you feel like they are old friends
Published 6 months ago by Norvi Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An easy read.
Published 7 months ago by Adrenne
4.0 out of 5 stars The first book that I have ever read of Maeve ...
The first book that I have ever read of Maeve Binchy. I am going to be reading all of them for sure. Well written and entertaining.
Published 7 months ago by Harley
5.0 out of 5 stars so sorry
So sorry to see Maeve go. Will miss her books. :-( Reading her books was like chatting with a good friend.
Published 8 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite writers, who can take readers away from their ...
One of my favorite writers, who can take readers away from their reality and immerse them in the lives and homes of interesting characters,
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth
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