Set on the west coast of Ireland, a mesmerising book from the much-loved No.1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy.
The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember. Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic ocean, it was falling into disrepair – until one woman, with a past she needed to forget, breathed new life into the place. Now a hotel, with a big, warm kitchen and log fires, it provides a welcome few can resist.
Winnie is generally able to make the best of things, until she finds herself on the holiday from hell. John arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon. And then there’s Henry and Nicola, burdened with a terrible secret, who are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future…
Reviews of A Week in Winter
“A book to treasure. It’s classic Maeve Binchy territory, filled with characteristic warmth and captivating storytelling — HELLO
“The final novel by late Irish author Maeve Binchy is out now. Set in a country house hotel on the West coast of Ireland it’s full of her trademark warmth, humour and lovable characters.” — WOMAN
“Binchy’s compassion and warmth are undimmed to the very end. Over her long career as a novelist she tackled many serious issues with with the compassion, intelligence and wit that anyone who ever read her wonderful journalism would expect. … All the characters in A WEEK IN WINTER are struggling – with traumatic memories, with isolation, with regret. Yet Binchy guides her creations through their troubles with a firm and kind hand, leaving them ready for a happier future. Maybe that’s why so many readers loved her so much. That and the fact that she always knew how to tell a very good story.” — IRISH TIMES
“It is no exaggeration to say that Maeve and her books were loved. Deservedly so. A WEEK IN WINTER is shot through with her trademark charm … here is an author who had a zest for life.” — BELFAST TELEGRAPH
“In the final novel from the Irish legend, we meet the motley holidaymakers of Stone House hotel, each nursing their secrets or sadness during a winter break. The plot is almost irrelevant though; what matters is the warmth and charm of Binchy’s storytelling.” — SUNDAY EXPRESS
“This is a book designed to be read in a dark January chill; it begs for a fireside and the sound of wind and rain howling outside. … Binchy died this year after a prolific career that began in 1982 and during which she wrote more than 20 books, all of them bestsellers. If you haven’t come across her before, you’ve got a real treat in store.” — THE LADY
“Beguiling and heartwarming, this is a story of everyday Irish life made extraordinary by the author’s trademark blend of compassionate humour and insight into human nature.” — GOOD BOOK GUIDE
“One of the world’s best story-tellers, Maeve Binchy, died in 2012, so I do hope you enjoy her final magically weaved story . . . This is a must-read.” — WELSH COUNTRY
Read by Caroline Lennon
Unabridged: 11 hrs and 33 mins
Abridged: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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