A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter, by Maeve Binchy, was a reread for me. I don’t know what happened the first time I started reading it, but I just didn’t connect. This time, however, it was enjoyable listen for me during the holiday week. The pace was slow and relaxing, the characters fun to get to know. I guess that timing of when we choose to read a book is everything.

The story as described by the publisher:

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.

“Stoneybridge” is a place I’d love to visit! It certainly was enjoyable to visit it this week via Maeve Binchy’s wonderful imagination and storytelling. The lives of so many different people converged for that week in winter, and I loved getting to know the backstory of each person and how they ended up coming to Stoneybridge.

A terrific holiday read!

I chose this book to read for my personal challenge, “Wanderlust,” an effort to read books that are from or take place in each country of the world. This book was set in Ireland.

9 thoughts on “A Week in Winter

  1. Diane

    Sounds like a very good winter/holiday story. I have not read this author in about 15 years – might be a nice change. Hope you have a wonderful 2021.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, I think I’ve only read one other Binchy. The first time I started this one, I just didn’t get into it. This time, I enjoyed it. So I’ll probably try another one before too long. It was pleasant to listen to while working on a project.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Iliana, that’s interesting! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could fill up that imaginative inn at Stoneybridge with all our fellow readersf or a week in winter!?

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      1. Davida Chazan

        Yes, I did. Circle of Friends is her best known book, and I also read Tara Road, and maybe another one (I forget). I like her writing style, and she does tell good stories. Don’t know why I haven’t read her in such a long while. Maybe I’m thinking they’re overly romantic for me these days.

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