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A Week in Winter
by Maeve Binchy

Published: 2013-02-12
Hardcover : 336 pages
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Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. 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 ...

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Introduction

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. 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 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 and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; 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.
           
Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling. 

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Some of our group wanted to visit this place! Enjoyed watching the evolvement of healing in the characters. Noting that relationships are very important. Hoping for a sequel.

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by Ktc24 (see profile) 10/09/17

 
  "A week in winter"by bchizy (see profile) 09/10/15

A group of diverse and interesting people spend a week at an Inn where even the proprietor has secrets. The book reveals the secrets to the readers with much detail and the results of their interaction... (read more)

 
  "Vintage Maeve Binchy"by barblibrarian (see profile) 07/26/15

Maeve Binchy writes about ordinary people, doing ordinary things, brought together in ordinary places, but repairing their souls in extraordinary ways. Week in Winter follows her usual method. Each... (read more)

 
by mamabearreads (see profile) 01/22/15

 
  "I would like to spend a Week in Winter"by Gardenkeeper29 (see profile) 09/18/14

Interesting characters. Pleasant read.

 
  "A collection of stories"by Ktc24 (see profile) 08/11/14

Some of our group wanted to visit this place! Enjoyed watching the evolvement of healing in the characters. Noting that relationships are very important. Hoping for a sequel.

 
  "A Week in Winter"by iluvbooks (see profile) 06/30/14

The story was okay but never really grabbed my attention. Nothing really great happened. I kept waiting for a bigger something to develop. :(

 
by Angela1 (see profile) 04/23/14

 
  "A Pleasant Read from Maeve Binchy"by RockinRenee (see profile) 02/28/14

This book just made me smile. I found it very pleasant. It wasn't action-packed, but it also was not boring. The characters are likable and realistic. The only thing some readers may not like is the... (read more)

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