A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

Book - 2013
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Follows the efforts of Chicky who, with the help of Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business), turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges. John, the American movie star who 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307273574
Branch Call Number: BINCHY M
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 22, 2017

Very sweet - kind of like a little Irish folk tale where everyone (almost everyone!; some people are irredeemable) ends up happy with sensible resolutions to their various issues, thanks to one character who runs a little hotel on the coast of Ireland. I enjoyed it as a respite from more serious reading. Maeve Binchey is consistently charming.

Jul 04, 2017

Though the characters have some problems in their past, all comes together too neatly in the end to be believable. Mildly entertaining.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 13, 2015

Though I normally like her books, this became too boring to continue.

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.

DebbieP Aug 13, 2014

All the characters spring to life on the page, and all the stories are engaging. So sad that it's Binchy's last novel.

Dec 29, 2013

I have loved this writer for a long time and will miss her. Lovely stories and they leave one feeling good, kind of like high tea with scones, cream and jam!

Jul 27, 2013

Typical Binchy novel, written around a central local with different characters entering the picture. I've always found her novels very easy reading and it's sad that we won't be able to pick up another of her novels and getting a quick Binchy fix.

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