'Set in a country house hotel on the West coast of Ireland it's full of her trademark warmth, humour and lovable character' Woman
The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember. Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean, it was falling into disrepair - until one woman, with a past she needed to forget, breathed new life into the place. Now a hotel, with a big warm kitchen and log fires, it provides a welcome few can resist.
Winnie is generally able to make the best of things, until she finds herself on the holiday from hell. John arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon. And then there's Henry and Nicola, burdened with a terrible secret, who are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future...
'This is a book designed to be read in a dark January chill; it begs for a fireside and the sound of wind and rain howling outside ... If you haven't come across her before, you've got a real treat in store' The Lady
This less-than-thrilling final work (after Minding Frankie) in the late Irish novelist s prolific oeuvre tells the life stories of a cast of characters that show up for a week s stay at a bed and breakfast called Stone House. The house is located in the idyllic village of Stoneybridge on western Ireland s "wet and wild and lonely" Atlantic coast. Binchy begins with the hotel s founder and proprietor, Chicky Starr, whose life hasn t turned out the way she d hoped. Several disparate narratives overlap and intermingle in various ways, as the reader views the characters who each receive their own chapter from the others perspectives. Binchy encapsulates the lives of her characters with such authority and so completely that there is little room for mystery or urgency. The reader gets the sense that all of the intrigue has been removed from the characters unique yet matter-of-fact lives. The novel, however, is welcome territory for those looking for a feel-good read, and as Binchy writes, no matter how awry their lives seem to go, "It was all going to be fine."
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Absolutely brilliant, the way it is written and lives are entwined is amazing, loved every minute of it
A good read
What a lovely read - now I want to visit Ireland to enjoy/prolong the 'feel good' factor this book evokes. Maeve Binchy has done it again, I was spellbound!
A week in Winter
I cannot imagine what will be done when there are no more Maeve Binchy catch ups to read. Once again, she dips in and out of old characters from previous books that we have come to know and love at the same time, introducing us to new ones that will undoubtedly become part of future memories. I wish I could read them more slowly, every page is to be savoured like some rare treat .. Her new characters are just as loving and beloved as are they are always ... Can we not lock her in a room and demand she writes at least 300 books immediately?