High on the cliffs of the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean, is Stone House. Once falling into disrepair, it is now a beautiful hotel specialising in winter holidays. With a big, warm kitchen, log fires and understated, elegant bedrooms, it provides a welcome few can resist whatever their reasons for coming....
Henry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret, and are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future. Winnie, generally one to make the best of things, finds herself on the holiday from hell. Then there's John, who arrived on impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon; eccentric Freda, who claims to be a psychic - and the silent, watchful Nora, who seems so ready to disapprove. But looks can be deceptive...
A Week in Winter is full of Maeve's trademark warmth, humour and characters you want to spend time with.
©2012 Maeve Binchy (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
"Wonderful as always, Maeve!"
What a wonderful story following the lives of various characters who happen to come together in a new guest house. Maeve Binchy has such a beautifull way of building up her colourful characters!
The narration was spot on. I've always found Kate Binchy's narration of her cousin's work a great listen, but Caroline Lennon did the novel perfect justice!
Rest in Peace, Maeve Binchy. I have loved your writing for years , and will continue to re-read / re-listen again and again.
I really enjoyed this book!
It has been several years since I last picked up a Maeve Binchy book. I'm glad I picked up this - great story. A good mix of characters and their history to keep you listening to the end.
"A Classic Maeve Binchy"
For those of you who love Maeve Binchy's story telling style, this is just wonderful. The narrator, Caroline Lennon, manages to bring each personality to us in a quite individual way.
The character's backgrounds are described with such heart that when they arrive together at Stone House one can almost predict the dynamic that results.
Stone House itself sounds such a wonderful place it's a shame that this is a novel and I can't book a week in winter there myself.
"Involving but disappointing..."
Like all her stories Maeve Binchy writes in a way that completely involves you in the storyline: you feel the disappointments, fears and ultimate happiness or redemption of the characters and don't want the book to end. However, I found the ending more disappointing than usual. A character who I had hoped was going to be developed, suddenly felt that it was ok to reveal a secret to an assembled group- that the storyline had been following throughout- and in doing so tied up all the loose ends within about a page or two. This almost felt as if the teacher was on the case and the homework had to be handed in NOW so an ending had to be found as soon as possible. I was left looking at the headphones in disbelief that it had ended!
A nice gentle read, nothing very much happens in it but this is a warm book examining a group of people who cross paths at an hotel. I would recommend this as a 'filler' between credits.
"Our last fix"
Another warm hearted tale from the queen of the genre.
She will be very sadly missed.
"I know where I would like to spend my next holiday"
I have never read/listened to a Maeve Binchy novel before, I enjoyed this so much not only will a read more of her work I want to go to Stone House on my next holiday. I was blessed to a couple of magical days with Chicky, Orly and Rigger while listening to a A Week in Winter I would love to spend a week with these warm careing magical characters. Thank you Maeve Binchy for introducing them to me
This is my first taste of Maeve Binchy and from the very beginning she draw me in. A wonderful feel good story that I simply couldn't turn off. I have gone on to download Firefly Summer because of this and now shopping for my next Maeve Binchy.
My first Maeve Binchy and I loved it...excellent narration, absolutely superb accents and characterisation. Good story..very enjoyable listen. I will certainly read some more,from Maeve Binhy, pity they have not used the same narrator, as I will look out for her as well.
"a great feel-good read"
This is the first book by Maeve Binchy I had read/ listened to. It was a feel-good listen with the story going full-circle. The story was well-constructed and was great to listen to on my journey to and from work. The whole story was warm- like a cup of cocoa on a winters night.
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