Thursday, June 06, 2013

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Sadly, this is Maeve Binchy’s final novel. Finished shortly before her death in July 2012, A Week in Winter is classic Binchy -- a leisurely paced, heartwarming story awash with a medley of interesting characters. With plots focusing heavily on characters and their relationships with one another, her books are indeed timeless. And this last book is certainly no different.

After two decades of living abroad in America, Chicky Starr returns home to Stoneybridge, a quaint coastal village in western Ireland, where she acquires an old run-down mansion in need of major refurbishing. Brought back to life as a bed-and-breakfast, Stone House opens its doors to a broad assortment of guests with varying backgrounds and livelihoods. The lodger’s stories unfold and intersect as their lives and hearts are transformed by the allure of the inn.

Find A Week in Winter and other endearing novels by Maeve Binchy on the VBPL Catalog. If you are looking for more stories about a country retreat to which strangers escape and whose lives intermingle, then also try The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber and Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher.

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