A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

87%

12 Critic Reviews

A Week in Winter is unfortunately the last of her books, as she died in 2012. It’s a shame, really, because we could all use more cozy and comfortable now and then.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

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. 

This ebook edition includes photos from the landscape of A WEEK IN WINTER and a Reading Group Guide. 

 

About Maeve Binchy

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Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novel, Whitethorn Woods, in addition to Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland, and London.
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Anchor. 418 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Cooking, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Week in Winter
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 21 2013

While Binchy’s stories are sketchier than usual, perhaps understandably rushed, her fans will find solace as hearts mend and relationships sort themselves out one last time.

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Blythe Barnhill on May 08 2014

A Week in Winter is unfortunately the last of her books, as she died in 2012. It’s a shame, really, because we could all use more cozy and comfortable now and then.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
on Jan 28 2013

The uneven nature of the chapters, though, makes it a difficult story in which to relax.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer McCord on Feb 14 2013

Maeve Binchy again has created a sense of place, with each character having his or her own unique part of the overall story and a feeling of coming home to Ireland.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Deborah Dundas on Nov 30 2012

Maeve Binchy once again created fully realized characters in quick, short strokes.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
on Nov 30 2012

In the last book she wrote before she died in July, Maeve Binchy once again created fully realized characters in quick, short strokes.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Flanagan on Mar 15 2013

The late Binchy’s last hurrah does not disappoint.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Cadden on Feb 13 2013

A Week in Winter, Maeve Binchy's last novel, radiates the warmth and charm that fans of the late Irish author will recognize and relish.

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Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Feb 15 2013

The utterly charmed writing life of Irish author Maeve Binchy has one last spell in its grimoire, sad and happy by equal measures.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Dec 07 2012

A Week in Winter is a glorious swansong ... serious themes examined, scrutinised and handled with insight, intelligence and a large helping of Binchy’s unforgettable kindness.

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Vibrant Nation

Excellent
Reviewed by Lesa Holstine on Mar 17 2013

Maeve Binchy’s final novel, A Week in Winter, was the perfect book for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly

Good
on Nov 24 2012

A Week in Winter is an entertaining tale populated by likeable characters – a worthy addition to the collection of beautiful stories that make up Maeve’s literary legacy.

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