Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

In Binchy's final novel, the reader is introduced to a variety of characters who either work at or are visiting Stone House, a new bed and breakfast on the west coast of Ireland. There's owner Chicky, who decides to refurbish the old home upon returning to her hometown after a failed relationship in New York.  Rigger is also finding a new start in Stoneybridge, having strayed down the wrong path as a teenager. In addition, Chicky's niece, Orla, proves indispensable in setting up the property.  The guests, at least most of them, in typical Binchy style, find that a visit to Stone House solves whatever problems or issues they are facing.  Regular readers of Binchy's novels will enjoy the fact that characters and places from previous books such as Whitethorn Woods and Quentins are mentioned.  It's so sad that this is her last novel.


Jen Milligan said...

I am soooo looking forward to reading this later this week. I have always enjoyed her books, such wonderful stories with well-developed characters and settings. Sad to know that it will be the final one, I will have to try to make it last!

Jen Milligan said...

Ok, so I finally was able to read the book this week when it came into the library. It was typical Maeve Binchy, great stories about ordinary people, where most everyone finds happiness, or at least a path to it, by the end of the book. Not exhilarating, exciting, or mind-opening, but good, solid story-telling that makes a cold winter afternoon much more enjoyable. It actually reminded me a great deal of another book I recently read, The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, where different chapters tell different personal stories and then all works out well, whether at an inn in Ireland or a cooking school.

Lora Bruggeman said...


Check out my post of The School of Essential Ingredients