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This Year It Will Be Different [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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From Library Journal

Stories from the beloved Irish author.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A collection of Christmas-centered feel-good tales about love and family snarls in the season of comfort and joy. All are rendered in Binchy's popular unglossed style (The Glass Lake, 1995, etc.), and set in England, Ireland, and Australia. Some of the 15 tales have to do with unwise, innocent women carrying torches for the married lovers who take them for granted. Most eventually find the strength to douse the torch they've been carrying and let their own light shine--one is helped along by the plight of a loveless teenager and a sad gambler who's lost all. There are also abrasive relationships with children. In ``The First Step of Christmas,'' a resentful, neglected stepdaughter is lured home by a simple holiday tradition. Two single men with wayward adult children find mutual support and insight in ``A Typical Irish Christmas,'' and two singles in their 50s fly to Australia to meet their children's spouses for the first time--and discover each other along the way. Included as well are amusing tales about ditsy-to-just-plain-awful grannies. In ``A Season of Fuss,'' adult children foolishly try to curb their mother's towering nervous flights of preparation for the holidays. In ``The Best Inn in Town,'' two crazy grandmothers--one with ``a lip that curled all on its own,'' the other possessing ``a tinkling laugh that would freeze the blood''--are about to be dumped in a local inn. But the grandchildren, used to ``the natural order of things'' at Christmastime, have a better idea. There are marital reconciliations, too, and, in the sourly amusing title story, a long-suffering housewife, a good old reliable preparer and supplier of Christmas jollity, plans a surprise for her dense family that will resonate far beyond Christmas. In all, an appropriate gift for the casual reader--a bit of sentimentality and a touch of romance, along with humor and hopeful turns to treat those with cases of the holiday blues. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1226 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385341784
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (Sept. 4 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Y9G0GU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Year it will be Different Dec 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recommend that you sit down by the fireplace or Christmas tree and read this book during the Holidays. It will make you feel great inside. The stories are short and heart-warming to the soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars always great story telling Sept. 7 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The best thing about Ms. Binchy was her ability to seamlessly tell a story and tie all the elements together. Her stories flow and take you on a journey each and every time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a downer! March 27 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My mother buys me a Christmas book every year around the holidays. I've always loved a good uplifting Christmas tale ever since the first time I read "A Christmas Carol" when I was about 13.
A few years ago I received this book. Being a fan of Maeve Binchy I was looking forward to reading it. Wasn't I surprised to find that only 2 or 3 of the 15 or so stories were uplifting and even those were borderline? Most of the stories were filled with every kind of downtrodden character you can imagine performing every kind of unsavoury act.
The two stars I give this book are only for the writing which is not bad. For content and sentiment I give nothing.
If you want a good Christmas story - get yourself a copy of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Don't waste your money on this drivel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it over each holiday season.... Feb. 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book the year it came out, and was slightly disappointed in the dismal tone some of the stories begin with. But Binchy is at her finest with characters that are full of flaws and concerns just like all of us. I have read it again and each year the characters become closer to me and I appreciate her writing more fully. Not heartwarming holiday faire, but insightful. Quietly thought provoking. Details make it rich. Thanks Maeve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of less-than-perfect Christmases Sept. 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In her novels, Binchy frequently addresses some of the more tragic aspects of life with humor and grace, and she does the same in this collection of stories. Each tale takes place at Christmastime, but there is little sentitmentality here. Instead, Binchy offers us a peek into the more trying aspects of the holidays: the teenager who captures all of her family's flaws on film, the young woman who realizes that her affair with a married man isn't quite as wonderful as she had been telling herself, the happily married woman who struggles with her rebellious stepdaughter, the wife and mother who is tired of having the entire responsibility for the holidays fall on her shoulders, the group of crotched-y nursing residents who have no families to go to on Christmas day, etc. Although these are not exactly "feel-good" stories, many incorporate an aspect of triumph. This book is likely to be appreciated by anyone who has ever strived for the "perfect" Christmas and has fallen short.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amy - a bookclub member in Ohio Dec 8 2002
By Amy D.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is in no way an inspirational or uplifting book for the holiday season. I found nearly all of the short stories to be modern day and even realistic stories - but of disfunctional families or relationships. I found it very depressing and hope to warn others that this book will definately not leave you in the holiday spirit but further depress you about the state of the world and how poorly people can treat one another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the year is always a hectic season Aug. 8 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The atmosphere around the end of the year is always peculiar, it is specially "crazy", there's a lot of fuss, people are running here and there with their Christmas shopping, we experiment a plethora of mixed feelings and emotions such as melancholy and excitment, and it's mainly the time to think about and evaluate the finishing year. Binchy is a master at capturing these kinds of mood and expressing them in this outstanding collection of 15 short stories. There are some interesting ones about single women who date married men and their turning points that will arrive with the season. Again, the author offers us dialogues that make the characters real and believable - Binchy proves she is perfect at writing both short compact stories and long, full of details, engrossing novels. Pay special attention to "The Ten Snaps of Christmas", about a teenage girl who gets a Polaroid camera and decides to take some "secret pictures" as her Xmas day goes by. It shows readers how families can be hypocritical. What kinds of snapshots would we come across if we had the chance of taking them? And also enjoy the tale of a hard-working carer in an Australian home struggling with a group of four very difficult old people entitled "The Hard Core".
After a year or so you will probably have forgotten many details, and it will be a pleasure to read these stories again and have some new insights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a departure from her norm March 14 2002
By momazon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Even the title seems both ominous and hopeful.
This collection of short stories by Binchy all revolve around different women during Christmas time. A lot of them are coming to decisions about their relationships with men --- either their husbands, boyfriends or, in some unfortunate cases, their married (to someone else) boyfriends, their in-laws, stepchildren, grown children, you name it. Let's say the others in these relationships are in for a shock as far as these decisions are concerned!
But at the same time it is uplifting to see women take control and not get used, and all of these stories have an element of that -- from the overlooked single woman who discovers she can have a holiday right in her hometown, to the fed-up mother who decides she doesn't want to be solely responsible for Chistmas cheer for a houseful of adults.
Binchy fans -- beware, this book is not like her novels, but once you switch gears and keep an open mind, you will enjoy what it has to offer.
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