No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: CDN$ 13.99
includes free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

This Year It Will Be Different by [Binchy, Maeve]
Kindle App Ad

This Year It Will Be Different Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

See all 19 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
CDN$ 13.99

Length: 267 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

Signup for Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more

Product Description

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: 2998 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (Sept. 4 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Y9G0GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

click to open popover

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read all of Maeve Binchy's books and loved them all. She was one of the best story tellers of all time. To think that there will not be another book by her makes me sad. You see, Maeve Binchy passed away in 2012.

In This Year It Will Be Different, there is a collection of fifteen stories that take place around Christmas time.
In The Hard Core, there are 42 residents living at the Woodlands Retirement Home. Thirty-eight residents will be going to their families for Christmas and four of the most difficult ones who complain and constantly whine have not been invited by their relatives. So they will be staying at the home. They are referred to as The Hard Core. When they learn there are problems at the Woodlands, they group together to save the home from closing.

In A Typical Irish Christmas, a grieving widower decides to go to Ireland for Christmas. His travel agent suggests he stay with her father who is also a widower and lives alone in a big stone farmhouse. He agrees and is off to Ireland. A surprising holiday awaits him.

In Pulling Together, a young school teacher, who is seeing a married man, remembers last Christmas when he was only able to stay for fifteen minutes. This left her crying for hours. This Christmas, it will be different. Urgent situations arose at school with a student and another school teacher and she is the only person that can help them.

In all of the stories, there is some sadness, but each story ends with a little twist, which is typical of Maeve Binchy's writing.
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
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.
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
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.
2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
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.
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
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.
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse