May 18, 2013

A book anyone could read and love

A Week in WinterA Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's so sad that we no longer have Maeve Binchy to tell us her brilliant stories. I believe this book may be her last, unless the estate has found other treasures in her papers.

A Week in Winter has an ensemble cast of characters who end up in Stone House for a week in winter. Binchy kicks off the tale with Chickie, a young girl who goes off to America with a lover she met in her native Ireland. Of course she ends up back in Ireland, alone. As the years move on, we meet her nephew, Rigor, who was on a path of no good in Dublin, now at Stone House in the west of Ireland, life takes a new perspective. Then of course there are visitors from across the globe who stay for a week in winter at Stone House as well - Binchy tells each of their tales with such sensitivity we feel like we know them personally.

A Week in Winter is a tale that I really enjoyed and was sorry to see end. This was such a beautiful tale.

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