A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive: John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone's relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions. You will laugh and cry as you spend the week with this odd group who share their secrets and might even have some of their dreams come true.
Publisher: [Westminister, MD] : Books on Tape : Random House Audio, p2013.
ISBN: 9780307713667
0307713660
9780307713643
0307713644
Branch Call Number: BINCHY M
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (11 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Landor, Rosalyn

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fuhrwerk
Jun 27, 2018

My first book of Maeve Binchy. Grateful for her insightful story telling. Read by one of my favorite readers, Roslyn Landers. A restful oasis in a stressful time.

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mogie
Jan 25, 2016

It wasn't my favourite Binchy book and I didn't find myself invested in the characters as I had been in other novels. I like that the stories were told about each individual. It is what I have come to expect from Maeve Binchy. I quite enjoyed that some other characters made returns.

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lic1818
Nov 07, 2015

i am listening to this audio book right now and enjoying the "cozy" feeling it gives me. I will be sorry to come to the end of it...want to spend time at Stone house with Chicky Star and her staff and the guests...love the book and Maeve Binchy's writing.

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22950004980520
Jan 25, 2015

I am currently listening to the audiobook and I love it so far. The narrator is very, very good and the book moves along quite nicely.

siammarino Sep 02, 2014

Chicky Starr leaves the NYC boarding house where she has worked for years, moves back to Ireland, buys Stone House, and fixes it up to be a hotel. Binchy also recounts the life stories of her guests who find answers to their problems during their stay. This book made me want a vacation in Ireland at a place just like Stone House! Lots of walking, wildlife, good food, and community.

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maipenrai
Jul 07, 2013

**** stars. I have loved and read Maeve Binchy for 30 years. Sadly this is her last book, as she passed away last year. She was an Irish story-teller of the highest caliber who had a amazing ability to create vivid, wonderful characters who drew you into their lives. She had ample opportunity to do this in this book as the story involves the hosts at a hotel which has just opened and the guests who travel to western Ireland for a week in winter. . When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone in the small town of Stoneybridge thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House?s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together; Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine; Anders hates his father?s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything; the Walls are disappointed to have won this second-prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris; and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions. Ms. Binchy interweaves all these stories. Chicky and Stone House offer warmth and the possibility of healing. But do she and the beautiful setting have enough magic to improve the lives of all involved? I will miss Ms. Binchy and her wonderful books. Highly recommend!

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jbaker0118
Jun 21, 2013

Classic Maeve Binchy and a wonderful read. Truly a beautiful "swan song" and so sad that it is her last. Like most, it leaves you wanting to know more about what happens to all these people. Little bit of a spoiler here, but I also appreciated that not every one of the stories had a happy or well worked-out ending.

lipus46 Jan 06, 2013

I was so sorry too, she will be missed by all who loved her wonderful stories!

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