Sue C. G. (Sujisan) reviewed Nights of Rain and Stars (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 4
I usually enjoy Maeve Binchy's writing. This book was no exception. Her quiet study of the characters built a beautiful story of joy and sadness, tragedy and survival, and anger and forgiveness. Ms. Binchy's description of the Greek Isles gives wonderful imagery on which to build dreams for one's own exploration.
Another great novel from Maeve Binchy! This novel is a story of sudden endings and new beginnings, of friendships forged in the face of tragedy, and of the nights of rain and stars that fall and shine over a beautiful island in a sparkling sea. In a small Greek island village, a group of travelers from around the world and the local residents they encounter are brought together in unexpected ways when sudden tragedy strikes.
The description of the small Greek island setting is worth the read. It is on this island a group of tourists meet and are drawn together by a tradegy that affects all their lives. Binchy is a storyteller.
A group of tourists are stranded in a Greek village reevaluate their lives. The Greek characters must also evaluate these changes in their lives. Maeve Binchy brings out the hidden person and the past that shapes their character.
Maeve Binchy as we have come to know and love her---characters you will never forget, places you think you were and want to return to...Fiona, the misguided nurse and Shawn her misbegoten beau, Vonni who left Ireland 30 yrs ago to live on this lyrical Greek island and now stays because she has become one with it...Thomas, David and Elsa, tourists whose lives are changed forever by their visit to Aghia Anna...Andreas and Georgi, brothers who are native islanders. Everyone has a story and you'll love them all with their foibles and triumphs. Enjoy reading this now and planning someday to visit your very own Aghia Anna.
Maeve Binchy writes a great story set on a Greek island of several strangers each with their own problems that by chance encouter a tragedy together which binds them into friendships that change their lives.
I love all of Maeve Binchy's books, this one included. It's a wonderful story about travelers meeting in a small Greek village. The characters become your friends and stay with you long after you read the book.
In a tiny Greek village, tourists enter a hilltop restaurant, alone and in pairs for a casual lunch. But a sudden tragedy in the harbor brings them together, changing perfect strangers into unlikely friends as their lives begin to intertwine.
Ms. Binchy does her usual great writing. In this story, An American man, an Irish couple, a German woman, and an man from England all meet at a restaurant where they witness a tragedy which draws them together. They interact with the local Greek people and share each others lives.
Takes place in a Greek village. A handful of tourists are thrown together by a tradegy that they observe. They become friends - and sometimes more - as they all reexamine their lives. Good escapist book - has a wish-I-was-there factor.
Tourists in a tiny Greek seaside village in a harbor are brought together by a sudden tragedy. Their lives begin to mesh together. Fiona left her nursing career to be with a man. Elsa fled Germany and her television career. Thomas is mourning his bad marriage and missing his son. David wants to reconcile with his family in England. Together they will find new ways of looking at the lives they've left behind.
The setting is a small village in Greece where four strangers meet and share a village tragedy. Each person has a personal reason for being in this remote village and find answers in surprising ways. I loved it.
by MAEVE BINCHY. In a Greek taverna, high over the small village of Aghia Anna, four people meet for the first time: Fiona, an Irish nurse, Thomas, a Californian academic; Elsa, a German television presenter; and David a shy English boy. Along with Andreas, the old man who runs the taverna, they become close to each other after witnessing a tragedy when a pleasure steamer catches fire in the harbour. NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS is the story of one summer when Fiona, Thomas, Elsa and David all have to face the particular life crisis which first made them leave their homes and end up in Greece. With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irish woman who lives in the village and is now a near-native, they each find a solution - although not necessarily the one they anticipated
Mauve Binchy has a way of bringing all her characters to life. We all know them in some form in our own lives. She touches on topics that are dear to us all. This story takes place in a small town in Greece. She brings a group of strangers together with a group of local citizens and links their lives with life changing decisions. A lovely description of Greece and the people who live there. Makes one want to visit. This is one of my favorites books by Binchy. It's a bit more uplifting than some of hers and makes for a great read.
Maeve Binchey always develops characters you care about. In this book, it's a story of tourists from four different countries who meet in a small Greek village. A tragic boating accident delays their travels. Their personal stories are uncovered and their futures are changed as they learn the truth about each other and themselves.
An easy read and a cute story. Similar to her other books, she brings together a group of people who have never met before and whose paths cross at the scene of an accident in Greece. After the experience, they begin to get to know one another and share their own secrets.
In a tiny Greek seaside village, tourists enter a hilltop taverna, alone and in pairs, for a casual lunch. But a sudden tragendy in the harbor below brings them together, changing perfect strangers into unlikely friends as their lives begin the entwine.
Wonderful story about several people, each from a different country, that meet up on a Greek Island and become friends with each other as well as with the people of the small village where they are staying.
I absolutely love Maeve Binchy. She introduced me to Ireland and stirred my love for its verdant green hillsides even before I fo und out that I have rich Irish blood running thru my veins. She is the consummate story teller and I have loved every story that I have read about her including this one which tells the story of 4 strangers that meet in a small tourist town in Greece and the summer that they share along with the residents of the town. It also shows how people can become f riends in the face of tragedy no matter how diverse thier backgrounds.
In a tiny Greek village, tourists enter a taverna. but a sudden tradedy in the harbor brings them together, changing perfect strangers into unlikely friends. In the days that follow, their paths continue to cross and the secrets each carries begin to unfold. Chance has brought them together in the middle of their separate journeys, and together they will find new ways of looking at the lives they left behind.
Bernie N. (Bernie) reviewed Nights of Rain and Stars (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
From Publishers Weekly
Four strangers cross paths in a tiny Greek seaside village in this thin but engaging new novel by bestselling Binchy (Quentins; Circle of Friends). When tragedy strikes the smalltown of Aghia Anna in the form of a devastating fire on a tourist pleasure boat24 people are killedelderly barkeeper Andreas and craft-shop owner Vonni find themselves host to a random assortment of travelers who watch the conflagration from Andreas's taverna. There is Elsa, the German beauty who is trying to flee from love; David, the quiet young Englishman whose demanding father wants him to go into the family business; Thomas, the American professor who struggles to share his son with his ex-wife's new husband; and Fiona, the Irish nurse who follows her abusive boyfriend despite the warnings of her friends and family. As these strangers become friends, the mysterious Vonni, an Irish woman whose Greek is fluent and whose respected position in town is unquestioned, explores her own memories of heartache, as does Andreas. Unwilling to see their new friends repeat their mistakes, Andreas and Vonni set out to influence the hearts of this motley bunch of foreigners before they leave the village.
Great satisfying & comforting read -- characters meet in a tiny Greek
village, when a tragedy in the harbor below occurs! This changes perfect strangers into unlikely friends as their lives begin to
entwine. Don't miss this one!!
In a tiny Greek seaside village, touristis enter a hilltop taverna, alone and in paris, for a casual lunch. But a sudden tragedy in the harbor below brings them together, changing perfect strangers into unlikely friends as their lives begin to entwine.
My first Binchy book. I really enjoyed it. In fact, one of the first books I've read from start to finish in a long time. Not particularly profound, but a nice litte my-family-isn't-perfect-what-other-options-do-I-have kind of book. easy read. Kathie
A true Maeve Binchy novel. A group of mixed nationality people are on a journey to an island in Greece (been a while since I've read the book)and are brought together by a tragidy involving the locals of the island.
In a tiny Greek seaside village, tourists enter a hilltop tavern, alone and in pairs, for a casual lunch. But a sudden tragedy in the harbor below brings them together,changing perfect strangers into unlikely friends as their lives begin to entwine.
I love Maeve Binchy's books. So far everyone that I have read has been great. This one was no disappointment to me.
I did find it a bit weird, at first, that the story didn't take place in Ireland. But as the story progressed I realized that with three of the characters being from Ireland it was still in line with her normal Irish characters.
What I like most about Maeve Binchy's books is that they always have a happy ending. Everything is in order and the usually leaves nothing left unanswered. While this did have the happy ending there is one thing that I was left questioning... Does Vonni's son ever come home? But it's not one of those questions that is going to drive me nuts and make me hate the book, as I have with books in the past.
Overall I would say this wasn't her best book. There were parts where the dialog got a bit confusing. This was definitely a good book, for those that like Maeve Binchy, or those that like a happy ending.