A Week in Winter

Binchy, Maeve

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Week in Winter
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,, 2013.
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2012
ISBN: 9780307273574
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,25 cm


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Jan 13, 2015

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

Aug 13, 2014
  • DebbieP rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • HannaBanana41 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • occy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 23, 2013

LOVED it. A wonderful swan song, but so sad it is her last. It seemed obvious she was launching a new series with this one. Having read (and loved) all of the ones in her earlier series (Scarlet Feather, etc.), I would have LOVED to continue to get to know these characters. A wonderful read.

Jul 22, 2013

As a big Binchy fan, I was very sad that this was her last book. I haven't enjoyed all of her books, but this one was good. I really loved it. A quick, easy read, easy to follow, lovable but flawed characters. Made me want to go there!

Jun 22, 2013
  • bookfan81 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nice Story, sad to know it is her last book.

Jun 18, 2013

My first Binchy book. I loved it! Each character was unique and had a stimulating if not every day story that connected me into their lives. I will definitely read another Maeve Binchy novel

Jun 05, 2013
  • universalPuppy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It's a good quick read, and if you have liked Binchy's work in the past, you should like this one as well. I thought the stories within the story worked well. Some of the stories revolve around the people who live in the area, while others revolve around those staying at the inn. My only real disappointment is that a few of the storylines are not totally wrapped up by the end. Had Binchy not died after completing this book, it would have been a good series to follow.

Jun 02, 2013

I'm totally amazed how many people enjoyed this book. I had to force myself to keep reading and kept hoping the next section would prove more interesting. It didn't. I found it a total waste of time.

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