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A Week in Winter [Hardcover]

Maeve Binchy
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Book Description

Nov. 20 2012
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 ...A WEEK IN WINTER is full of Maeve's trademark warmth, humour and characters you want to spend time with.

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A book to treasure. It's classic Maeve Binchy territory, filled with characteristic warmth and captivating storytelling HELLO The final novel by late Irish author Maeve Binchy is out now. Set in a country house hotel on the West coast of Ireland it's full of her trademark warmth, humour and lovable characters. WOMAN It's vintage Binchy and doesn't disappoint WOMAN & HOME Binchy's compassion and warmth are undimmed to the very end. Over her long career as a novelist she tackled many serious issues with with the compassion, intelligence and wit that anyone who ever read her wonderful journalism would expect. ... All the characters in A Week in Winter are struggling - with traumatic memories, with isolation, with regret. Yet Binchy guides her creations through their troubles with a firm and kind hand, leaving them ready for a happier future. Maybe that's why so many readers loved her so much. That and the fact that she always knew how to tell a very good story. IRISH TIMES It is no exaggeration to say that Maeve and her books were loved. Deservedly so. A Week in Winter is shot through with her trademark charm ... here is an author who had a zest for life' BELFAST TELEGRAPH In the final novel from the Irish legend, we meet the motley holidaymakers of Stone House hotel, each nursing their secrets or sadness during a winter break. The plot is almost irrelevant though; what matters is the warmth and charm of Binchy's storytelling. SUNDAY EXPRESS This is a book designed to be read in a dark January chill; it begs for a fireside and the sound of wind and rain howling outside. ... Binchy died this year after a prolific career that began in 1982 and during which she wrote more than 20 books, all of them bestsellers. If you haven't come across her before, you've got a real treat in store. THE LADY

About the Author

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last but not least 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
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage binchy Dec 1 2012
Format:Hardcover
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A week in Winter Aug. 3 2013
By J. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. Jan. 24 2013
By Evange
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Binchy Gem Jan. 27 2013
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars gentle read May 19 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par May 11 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars All that I expected May 8 2014
By Susan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An easy read.
Published 9 days 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 19 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it .
Maeve Binchy's books are always a good read. Never have I read an
author who can write with such spirit. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Reg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Week in Winter
I am so sad that this is her last book. With every book I read, I seem to
go into another world and enjoy life. RIP
Published 4 months ago by Shelley Aubrey
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
Love Maeve Binchy.....lovely read! Loved the characters, as always. Sad that this will be the last read of Ms. Binchy. A great loss to her readers
Published 4 months ago by Tara
4.0 out of 5 stars Another comfortable read -like a winter sweater
Predictable plot with excellent writing compelling one to continue the read. This author always leaves the reader with good feelings of hope and resilience.
Published 4 months ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars What the heck did I just read?
Didn't make it past the half way point in the book. Where the hell is this going? Every chapter is a new 'story' from the perspective of a new character and I have yet to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy is always a good read and a welcome home.
I feel I know all her characters personally. I recommend this book for anyone who would like a warm tale that leaves them happy about life.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Smirle
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