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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140911399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409113997
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Houston on Dec 31 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By b author on Dec 1 2012
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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 By J. Ward TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 3 2013
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A nice easy read, with lots of interesting characters and lovely seaside setting. Enjoyed the story immensley. I would recommend to all Maeve Binchy fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evange on Jan. 24 2013
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Maeve Binchy never disappoints. This book makes me want to visit Scotland very soon. I recommend this book to everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 27 2013
Format: Hardcover
In "A Week in Winter," by Maeve Binchy, we meet Chicky, a young woman in early 1990s western Ireland who falls for a visiting man and follows him back to New York. Deceptions and years later, she returns home to open a hotel in the once-grand house of the region, and she brings in the troubled son of one of her oldest friends and a niece who has ventured to London but needs to get more experience in a less bruising place. Together, they ready the small hotel and welcome their visitors for the first week of its operation: Winnie and her apparent "friend" who is anything but; John who is really somebody else altogether; Henry and Nicola, doctors who are running from too much death; Anders, the Swede who loves music over accountancy, his family trade; The Walls who are fixated on prizes and think this trip is an inferior one; Miss Howe, a school principal finally put out to pasture; and Freda, who has the Second Sight. Together, they inaugurate the hotel, with its searing cliffs and wild ocean.... Another series, really, of novella-length sketches of various people, brought together to a particular place but otherwise unconnected. I really enjoy Binchy's ability to get to the heart of her characters, to describe their lives in such a way that we, the readers, are completely enthralled. This has less of a connection to other books of hers than some that I've read, in terms of characters coming in and out of the story, but that doesn't matter: these "new" characters are as fully human as the ones more entrenched in her Irish world. I wasn't totally captivated this time, but I enjoyed every second of the time I spent with these people (even Miss Howe!). I wouldn't start a reader new to Maeve Binchy with this book, but I'd recommend it after reading three or four of her lengthy oevre; clearly recommended!
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By Carolyn Cornish on May 19 2014
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A story about real people told Maeve Binchey style. I enjoy the way she intertwined the lives of her characters . It could have been longer and a it more story development . Still an excellent book for Binchey fans.
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By msmarlymac on May 11 2014
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It was not her best work. I will miss reading Ms. Binchy's work, but I found this one lacking. Too bad.
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By Susan on May 8 2014
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This was a story that could be true. I liked that Maeve Binchy uses characters from her other books in this one too. Great story telling.
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