Sunday, February 8
Book Review: A Week in Winter
Author: Maeve Binchy
Pages: EBook 238
Summary: 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 . . .
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book has Binchy's traditional warmth and sleepy Irish community, which I always enjoy. And I loved the idea behind the little bed and breakfast and how it helped the people who went to it, but there was just that extra spark that seemed to be missing from it.
While the book is a novel, it does feel more like a bunch of interconnected short stories, or novellas, than a novel, which I've seen Binchy do before in her previous books. They did mention, briefly the other characters in each section, but sometimes, you wanted to know a little more about each one. I did like the different perspectives each character had on the others, sometimes certain characters appeared more friendly or harsher when they had their cameos in other's stories. But, each story, was just short of being finished, and a lot more was left open. Perhaps the intention of the book was to have some of these characters to make appearances in later books, which sadly won't happen if that is the case, but I didn't like that much being left open ended.
As usual, I love her writing, and the characters. They are all well rounded and create a very wonderful community, you almost want to jump down to Ireland and experience the bread and breakfast for yourself.
Overall, it was a good read, but not my favourite of the author.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it's a good read, classic Binchy, while I didn't love it, it still had a lot of characters and good pieces to it, that would make a fantastic read.
What to read next: Quentins, Evening Class
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Ebook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge