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A Week in Winter

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  29,821 Ratings  ·  4,384 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Orion (first published 2012)
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Mar 02, 2013 Cayla rated it it was ok
I started out really liking this book. I loved the premise of setting up a hotel in Ireland and found all the preparations exciting. The first half of the book largely focused on the life of the woman setting up the hotel, and it was enjoyable.

However, the book became very boring once the hotel was established. During the second half of the book, each chapter focused on a new character or characters, and their story that brought them to the hotel, and a sort of redemption from the time spent in
Sharon Chance
Mar 18, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The literary world took a huge hit when it lost one of Ireland’s best and most beloved authors, Maeve Binchy, last year. But one shining light was that Maeve had completed her final novel, “A Week In Winter,” before her death, and what a beautiful tribute to this amazing author this final book is.

In her brilliant way of spinning a story, Maeve takes her readers to the west coast of Ireland to the village of Stoneybridge where hometown girl Chicky Starr has returned home to open a holiday hotel.
JoAnn Ross
Feb 27, 2013 JoAnn Ross rated it it was amazing
I've always loved Maeve Binchy and am going to miss her a lot. She's my writer hero and two of my high moments as a writer were having one of my Irish trilogy books appear in a display with her in the Shannon airport duty free shop, and last summer appearing on the New York Times bestseller list with her. Even with her weaker books (and this one wasn't), she's a better storyteller than most writers out there. Which, along with the fact that she kept me totally engaged and turning the pages, is w ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Dana rated it it was amazing
A Week in Winter- Maeve Binchy's posthumous novel is achingly beautiful, so well written, a gift to any reader, and a sad goodbye to one of the world's most talented writers. Binchy has always held her readers gently in her grasp, telling them stories of people and places that capture our interest from the first few lines, and keep us fixated on her tales til the last page. I could not put this one down, and yet I dreaded finishing it, knowing there will be no more novels to follow. Binchy finis ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Danette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
So bittersweet to finish this Maeve Binchy book, knowing that there will be no more. Once again, it felt like coming home! Love all of the characters presented in this book, all of them traveling to Stoneybridge to either work or stay at Stone House. I think that if you want to read this book, you should first make sure that you've read many books she has written before, because old characters are mentioned, places are returned to, and it just gives that much more pleasure! So if you want to rea ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Made Me Want to Spend a Week at Stone House

Chicky falls in love with Walter. He convinces her to leave Stoneybridge in Ireland and come to New York with him, promising that they will always be together. Forever turns out to be a couple of months. Chicky is left alone in New York with no friends and no job. Luckily she finds work at Mrs. Cassiday's boarding house. Chicky doesn't want to go home and confess what a mess her life turned out to be, but Mrs. Cassiday finally convinces her and to her a
Oct 05, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic, cozy, hope, kindness
This was a great cozy. I love how MB can creat such ingenious characters that really stick with you. This story is a walk through the lives and backgrounds of a group of people who have never met and are from different places in the world. One week they all end up at a magical bed and breakfast. Not a paranormal place, just a place where it's history creates a sense and environment prone to heeling. MB makes it easy to get to know, care about and take journeys with all her wonderful characters. ...more
Nuala  Reilly
Jan 03, 2013 Nuala Reilly rated it it was amazing
As posted on my blog:

It was in my stocking Christmas morning.

Maeve Binchy’s last book; A Week in Winter.

I have mentioned before how much I loved her work. How much I identified with her characters and how reading her books made me feel like I was sitting down with old friends. Something about her words touched me in a way few other books do, and, like many of her fans, I have read (and own) every single book she ever wrote. When she died a few months ago,
Patricia Fawcett
Nov 18, 2012 Patricia Fawcett rated it it was amazing
Forget vampires, sado-masochism et al, the so-called 'in vogue' genres in the literature of today. Curling up with a Maeve Binchy novel is a bit like snuggling up on a cold winter's night with a big mug of hot chocolate. Like the chocolate, you never want the book to end, yet you cannot put it down until you do so. She gently pulls you into the plotline, introducing the characters one by one, each with their own agenda. The focal point in 'A Week in Winter' is Stone House, a newly-opened hotel, ...more
Notification from Goodreads that this book was published landed in my email box November 3, 2012. I didn't realize that Binchy had a book remaining to be published when she died in August, but it's very possible since the time from author completion to publication can be lengthy. What was more interesting to me is that the person who wrote the synopsis of the book for Goodreads did not include the fact that this book is being published posthumously.

Update 11/7/2013
When the book became available
Feb 12, 2013 Dianne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-arcs
I loved this unusual novel. Written more like a series of novellas than one long novel, this book deals with the different people who will eventually either work at Stone House or stay there for the inaugural week in the winter.

This book was written with Ms Binchy’s usual style and grace. The story is a bit of a typical one for the author, as she had been known to do lovely things with words and writing about people going through hard times and seeing the hope at the end of the tunnel.

The variet
Feb 23, 2016 Watchingthewords rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library, 2013
A Week in Winter was the last book written by Maeve Binchy before her death. Knowing that it was the last Maeve Binchy book made me a little melancholy before I even started reading, and a book set on the rocky and stormy Atlantic coast of Ireland will have plenty of melancholy already! I love books set in Ireland, and while this one offered no surprises to fans of Maeve Binchy, it transported me to Stone House, an inn opened by Chicky Starr with the help of Riggy (a troubled young man who needs ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Dem rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub-reads
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy is what I would call a cosy and easy read but an uninspiring read.

I would sum it up as a collection of short stories about different people and how their problems were solved by a week in winter staying at and Irish Hotel.
The stories are pretty predictable with no real depth to them and the characters are quite bland and I could not really gel or care about any of them. I felt the writing was hurried and the novel concluded with the all problems solved. Just a b
Jan 15, 2013 Maggie61 rated it really liked it
I bought this book as soon as it came out but put off reading it since I knew it would be her last. Someone put on here that they didn't enjoy it as it just seemed like short stories. I am not a fan of short stories normally and this book does have a little of that feel but in each segment the other characters are all woven in. Each chapter focuses on a certain guest, giving a "history" of sorts and how they ended up at stone house but as the chapter progresses, the other guests are brought in. ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
We all have those weeks. The washing machine breaks. A tooth breaks. A heart breaks. And you just don't feel like picking up your current book because it's just a bit too dark. You need a bubble-bath of a book. And Maeve Binchy turns up with her latest, "A Week in Winter." We have our familiar friends: the smart and lovely and lonely woman who finds a man who seems too good to be true; the troubled young man who just needs an understanding ear and some good solid work to do; the old crank who ju ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Glee rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This is one of those days I truly loathe Goodreads. Somehow my writeup was deleted after I finished it but before it was posted. Sigh. Once more into the breach.

A lovely book. The first I've ever read by Binchy, but based on this, probably not the last, especially since her long time fans seem to indicate that this is not the best. Great characters, very little plot. The novel is organized around one Chicky Starr, and her efforts to restore an old estate and convert it into a full service inn. T
Susan Johnson
Feb 23, 2013 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing
I was a little afraid to read this book because sometimes the last book before an author's death can be a little sad, a little unfinished, a little lacking. That is not the case in this book. It's like Binchey waved a magic wand and sprinkled a writer's fairy dust on it while she wrote. I thought her last few ones had been a little weak but this one makes up for those. Binchey likes to intertwine characters from other novels into the new ones but this one is relatively sparse of connections. The ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Sandy rated it did not like it
Ugh. This book served as a reminder why I stopped reading Maeve Binchy books. This book is really a collection of short stories - each chapter is about a different person or persons, all "connected" by their one week vacation in a historic home on the cliffs of the atlantic ocean in Ireland - only they're not really "connected" at all. There is no effort here to develop the characters - you don't feel anything for any of these people. The connections are merely references to one another containe ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy is another superb story telling by Maeve Binchy. She loves her Ireland and everyone who reads her books gets the longing to visit that beautiful country. She introduces the characters through the chapters, starting with Chicky. Chicky becomes the proprietor of Stone House in Stoneybridge. She bought it with a life tenant clause for Ms. Queenie Sheedy, the remaining matriarch of Stoney House. They take in a white kitten named Gloria. Next comes her niece Orla, a m ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Easy and comforting reading - it's not the best Binchy book as some of the stories are a little rushed but still very enjoyable.
Mary Ann
Nov 04, 2012 Mary Ann marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe there's a new novel by Maeve Binchy. I was just about to start re-reading her older books. I look forward to it.
Mar 17, 2013 Lesa rated it it was amazing
Maeve Binchy's final novel, A Week in Winter, was the perfect book for St. Patrick's Day weekend. But, it's sad to read such a beautiful book by an author who is no longer with us. Binchy is able to bring a character to life in just one chapter. This one is a fitting final book.

Stonybridge is a small village on the west coast of Ireland. It's a typical village in that the young people yearn to leave. Chicky Ryan was no different, and, against her parents' wishes, she took up with an American nam
Dec 31, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
As soon as this book was released, I was itching to buy it, but restrained myself as I knew Christmas was coming. Once again, my daughters did not disappoint and I awoke to find this final Maeve Binchy book under the tree for me. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and was only disappointed because it ended. I did feel that there were perhaps a few minor unfinished issues, but perhaps that is a metaphor for life. Not everyone ends up happy with all their problems solved; there are always unfinished issues. ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Sep 17, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves something that makes you feel good without being maudlin
Recommended to Ivonne by: Linda Young
My sister-in-law Jane always knows best. You can just ask her! All joshing aside, Jane has been literally telling me for years that I needed to read Maeve Binchy. She couldn’t believe I hadn’t read one of her works already! But I always had so much to read, so I put it off. And off. And off. Until a colleague at work got me A Week in Winter.

OK, Jane. You’re right. Again.

Free spirit Geraldine “Chicky” Ryan runs away from Ireland’s backward and provincial West of Ireland with a fellow free spirit,
Una Tiers
Mar 18, 2015 Una Tiers rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another story in typical Maeve Binchy style. Chicky returns to her remote hometown in western Ireland to renovate the "Stone House" and turn it into a hotel. The house belonged to three unmarked sisters and only one was now left. She eagerly agreed to the plan and loved helping restore it back to its original state.

The story then tells the tale of each of the guests who come to opening week. We get a peek at their life and what led them to take this holiday and what was happening as they were t
Mar 10, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several Maeve Binchy books over the years and always enjoyed them. This one, published after the author's death, is not one of her best, in my opinion. It's more like a book of linked short stories than a coherent novel. All of the many characters are in some way involved with the an old house in a tiny Irish town that is transformed into a bed and breakfast. We get to know everyone's history, from the woman who returns to her hometown after many years in America to purchase the hous ...more
Carrie Ann Lahain
Apr 12, 2014 Carrie Ann Lahain rated it liked it
Shelves: a-good-effort
It's always hard evaluating the final work of a beloved writer. Though I am very aware of who Maeve Binchy was, I have only read a couple of her other novels--CIRCLE OF FRIENDS and TARA ROAD. I enjoyed both of them a great deal, even if I did find that the author depended a little heavily on co-incidence and happenstance. I chalked it up to a sprinkle of Irish magic. A WEEK IN WINTER, however, stretched my suspension of disbelief too far.

The problem for me began with the protagonist Chicky Starr
Kerry Hennigan
Nov 11, 2012 Kerry Hennigan rated it really liked it
A Week in Winter is the story of how one woman's failed love affair leads to a new life for herself and the elderly owner of the Stone House, on the wild west coast of Ireland.

With each new chapter of this novel, we meet the individuals who will variously compose the staff and the first paying customers the Stone House welcomes when it opens its doors as a guest house.

They come from many walks of life, with their secrets, disappointments and uncertain futures weighing them down just like the bag
Jul 08, 2013 willaful rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Most of Binchy's later books remind me of the old Onion headline,
"Taco Bell's Five Ingredients Combined In Totally New Way." The woman wronged, the illegitimate baby, the reformed juvenile delinquent, the successful entrepreneur... these are all common staples. There are some interesting stories here though, despite a kind of dull framing element that includes a lot of repetition. (And don't people in Ireland ever eat anywhere other than the restaurants from Binchy's previous books? How does a
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Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four. Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood. Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents' attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.

She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while. She also loved travelin
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