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Nights of Rain and Stars
by Maeve Binchy

Published: 2004-09-16
Hardcover : 304 pages
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Nights of Rain and Stars is a story of sudden endings and new beginnings, of friendships forged in the face of tragedy, and of the nights of rain and stars that fall and shine over a beautiful island in a sparkling sea.

In a small Greek island village, a group of travelers from around ...

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Nights of Rain and Stars is a story of sudden endings and new beginnings, of friendships forged in the face of tragedy, and of the nights of rain and stars that fall and shine over a beautiful island in a sparkling sea.

In a small Greek island village, a group of travelers from around the world and the local residents they encounter are brought together in unexpected ways when sudden tragedy strikes. In her inimitable style, Maeve Binchy shares with readers the lives of these strangers, learning their hopes, dreams, and fears as they move forward, forever changed by their experience.

Here is the story of old Andreas, the gentle taverna owner who has spent many years regretting the argument that drove his only son to America; Elsa, the beautiful German reporter who gave up her television career and the man she loves once she learned the secret he hid from her; and Fiona, the Irish nurse and dutiful daughter, who's gone off to travel with the man everyone says is wrong for her, determined to show them all—even if everyone is right. This is also the story of David, the only son who loves his family but not the family business; Thomas, the Californian who is able to cope with his recent divorce but not with sharing his son with his wife's new husband; and Vonni, who rashly left behind her life in Ireland to follow her true love to this village thirty years ago—and who is wise for everyone but herself.

A story that only Maeve Binchy could tell, told with the authenticity, charm, and grace that are her trademark, Nights of Rain and Stars will be rightly cherished by her millions of fans around the world.

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Andreas thought he saw the fire down in the bay before anyone else did. He peered and shook his head in disbelief. This sort of thing didn’t happen. Not here in Aghia Anna, not to the Olga, the little red and white boat that took visitors out to the bay. Not to Manos, foolish headstrong Manos whom he had known since he was a boy. This was some kind of dream, some trick of the light. That could not be smoke and flames coming from the Olga. ... view entire excerpt...

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  "Terrible Book"by chkahn12 (see profile) 05/16/10

We didn't care about the characters, the story line was bad and it was difficult to read because it was so poorly written. Too bad, always thought this author was good but was obviously under a deadline.... (read more)

 
  "Easy Read for the Holiday"by eshiner (see profile) 12/16/09

good book to just get your mind off of the day to day. Easy read, very light, not complicated, characters simplistic. Just eases the stress of the day. Nice for the Holidays to help you unwind.

 
  "simple but fun read"by okjeepcpl (see profile) 12/11/09

This was a simple read but I liked the little town where it took place.

 
  "Nights of Rain and Stars"by lynnquilts (see profile) 06/14/09

This is my least favorite book by Binchy and the only one I read that wasn't about Ireland. The character's only connection is being on holiday they meet in Greece. It didn't move me.

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