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A Week in Winter

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  48,410 ratings  ·  5,890 reviews
Maeve Binchy, "the grand story teller,"* returns with a cast of characters you will never forget when they all spend a winter week together on holiday at Stone House, a restful inn by the sea...
Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a res
Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published October 11th 2012)
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Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
Megan Baxter
This book is decidedly cozy. I am not saying that as a bad thing, not remotely. What saves it is that it is not saccharine. Cozy, but not sickly sweet. Neither is it a challenging read, nor are there ideas that will occupy your brain for days, just a belief that taking time for yourself, in pleasant surroundings, surrounded by people who genuinely like people and take care of each other, in a gorgeous setting, is good for the soul.

It is not hard to convince me of this.

Note: The rest of this rev
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
JoAnn Ross
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
4.5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. This is my first Maeve Binchy read, and I am so happy to have discovered her. I usually read thrillers and this book fit the bill for a satisfying change of pace. From what I see from other reviewers, I am very fortunate to have all the rest of her books to enjoy!

The story revolves around a group of people who meet at a lovely Irish holiday/vacation house during one week in winter. The owner (Chicky Starr) and the main employees (Rigger and Orla) a
Feb 13, 2013 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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
A lovely read. Undemanding. Warm. Funny. Touching. Maeve gives you just enough information about her characters to make them interesting without the overload of stuff that many authors seem to think you need, which only proves confusing. Or maybe I'm just getting old. ...more
Nuala  Reilly
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hope, kindness, epic, cozy
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
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 to write about people going through hard times and seeing hope at the end of the tunnel.

The varietie
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE LOVE Maeve Binchy (RIP) This was her final book before her death and it was a pleasure to read.

The way she tells multiple stories and grabs your attention from page 1 is just absolutely awesome.

She starts out with Chicky's story. Destined to lead a life on the family farm and being content with this she accidentally falls head over heels with an American man and decides then and there she will leave Ireland for New York against her families wishes. Soon after, Chicky sees this American i
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this book so much. I can't believe this was her last book and she is gone. I haven't read her in years but going to go back and start reading them when I can. I highly recommend this book. I fell in love with each character and the Inn as well. Ok so one of the characters I didn't fall in love with but felt sorry for her. I love how all of these people from all walks of life come together at this beautiful Inn and that you also get a glimpse into their lives and what brought them there. ...more
Daniel Villines
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reality often seems skewed a bit negatively a few points past neutral. Life is filled with instances where the boy does not not get the girl; where the war is won but at a terrible cost; where children are not the idyllic offspring of their parents. However, because this skew is only slight, it doesn’t take much to arrive at periods of time where the skew points towards the slightly positive.

A Week in Winter captures such a time. While the characters all have their negative moments, kindness and
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, fiction, library
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
Dale Harcombe
Geraldine, known to all since childhood as Chicky, returns to Stoneybridge with plans to turn what is known Stone House, or otherwise the old Sheedy place after the family that lived there, into a hotel. After her years in America living a life different to what all her family knew, Chcky is ready for a new challenge. Chicky plans the opening and a special week event in winter. The story then centres on each of the guests who come during that week and their stories. So the reader gets to know a ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended, 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
Colleen is Semi Hiatus but trying to engage when I can!!
I've never read a book by Maeve Binchy but I have had this book for several years hanging around and I'm really trying to go through some of my physical TBR piles....they are out of control! Anyways...this was a cute little jem to find. I just found out she passed in 2012 and this was her last book as well. I am honored to have read a pretty decent read from an obviously very talented author. And to be honest this book didn't have the drama that keeps me interested in reading so I wasn't sure ho ...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
Brittany (Britt's Book Blurbs)
Every time I think I've learned my lesson about waiting weeks to write a review after finishing a book, it happens again. Almost three weeks later, there's not much about A Week in Winter standing out in my mind, besides the fact that I'm a bit relieved to be finished my massive Binchy undertaking.

I enjoyed the first half of this book. While I may not have understood Chicky's continued need to lie to her family after years away from home, her journey from teenager to B&B owner was fascinati
Ivonne Rovira
Aug 21, 2014 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,
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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