'Absolutely lovely. VERY believable characters, touching and funny' (Reader, Five Stars)
'You will forget about all the troubles which exist in the real world' (Reader, Five Stars)
This winter, escape to a warm and wonderful clifftop hotel with the world's favourite storyteller. Now with brand new introduction by Cathy Bramley, bestselling author of Merrily Ever After.
'Sometimes she would go and walk the cliffs at night and look out over the ocean...'
Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland, Stone House 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.
And so gather the guests: some with secrets, some longing to leave their old lives behind, and some hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future...
Find out why millions of readers adore Maeve Binchy
'A book that encourages and inspires and envelopes you like a warm hug. And makes you desperate for a trip to the west of Ireland!' (Five Stars)
'You feel part of the story from beginning to end' (Five Stars)
'Lovely ... A week's holiday in a lovely part of the country can change lives dramatically' (Five Stars)
'Would recommend to anyone who loves the west of Ireland and wild landscapes intertwined with love and disappointment' (Five Stars)
'I couldn't put my Kindle down and read the book through the night' (Five Stars)
'A lovely gentle story full of unexpected characters who come to life' (Five Stars)
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."