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Nights of Rain and Stars
Nights of Rain and Stars
Author: Maeve Binchy
ISBN-13: 9780752866970
ISBN-10: 0752866974
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 327
Rating:
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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2.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: OrionDutton
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I love Binchy but I think she rushed through this one. It just isn't engrossing like most of her novels.
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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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a beautiful character driven story. The narration was wonderfully done by Terry Donnelly.
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The book was good, but certainly not one of Binchy's best works.
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excellent story!great read!
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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.
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A group of travelers from around the world meet the residents of a Greek island village and all of their lives are chamged forever.
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Lovely characters - makes me want to check out Greece !!
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Typical Binchy - engaging characters.
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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.
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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.
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Vacationers on a Greek Isle and all that happens to them. Pretty much a love story. Not Binchy's best work. Quick read...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A quick and poignant read. Wonderfully Binchy!
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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.
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I loved this book.It was a really good book.
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Excellent.
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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.
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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.
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Anything by her is great
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I have enjoyed all of Maeve Binchy's books.
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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.
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As usual, I loved this book. Maeve Binchy never fails to capture me with her characters and writing style. This one I finished in 2 days. That is saying something with 2 kids.
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Wonderful story - I just love this Author!
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classis Binchy
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this book was fun to read
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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
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Fans of Maeve Binchy will find this a little different but a good story
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Vintage Binchy, full of characters you come to care about immediately. One of those fast reads you can't bear to put down until it is done.
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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.
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Very enjoyable, good story with likable characters. A good book to curl up with on a cold winter day.
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I loved this book. It takes place on a Greek Island. Four strangers are stranded there and all of them have run away fom somthing. It's magical like all of Maeve Binchy books.
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I enjoyed this story tremendously- Maeve Binchy has a way of having her characters come so alive you want to just keep on reading and have it never end.
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Maeve Binchy writes an excellent novel set in Greece with interesting characters and relationships. I read all her books. Great!
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nicely written- easy reading
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Although not large type, this edition has plenty of white space between the lines that facilitates easier reading.
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The narration is a delight. There are six main characters. Terry Donnelly gives each his own voice. Very easy on the ears.
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Listened to in the car - just didn't care for it
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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.
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Wonderful book!
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An awesome tale by Maeve Binchy! You will not want it to end.
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Not the best MAeve Binchy has ever put out but its ok.
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One of my favorites books by this author.
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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.
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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.
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the characters touch you.
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Wonderful book! Set on a Greek Isle. Beautiful scenery descriptions makes you think you are there. Didn't want it to end.
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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.
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This isn't my favorite of Maeve Binchy's novels, but it's still well-written and full of unique characters. A group of unlikely friends bond as they witness a tragedy in Greece.
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Always a great author! Love her characters!
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Asalways, Binchy is a wonderful read.
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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.
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This was a great story!
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Good story. Different from Maeve Binchy's other books
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I read this book through in one night and really enjoyed it. It was an excellent summer read.
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Another winner from Maeve.
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Such a good book, I hated for it to end. Classic Binchy.
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Characters you come to know and care about. A good, light read.
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Maeve Binchy does a wonderful job with character development in this book. A great read!
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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In some ways quite a departure for Maeve Binchy, but still touching on the themes of friendships and homecomings.
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Very well written tale of travellers brought together by a tragedy.
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I enjoyed this book. Interesting set of characters and story line.
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Yet,another good story,by a consistently good author.
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light and fast read
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another of mave binchy's wonderful books whose characters become alive and personal to the reader. a must read for any mave binchy fans and anyone who would enjoy a great irish author.
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This book was a bit harder to get into than Binchy's other books. Still good though.
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You will keep turning the pages to follow the lives of the four main characters.
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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.
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Good book... quite a few characters to keep track of. I would like to read more of her books. Excellent choice for a vacation to Greece!
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Beautiful story!!
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Set in a tiny Greek seaside village where a tradegy brings strangers into friends as their lives entwine
Wonderful characters my favorite Binchy book
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Wonderful Maeve Binchy. Everyone of her books are stars. She is a master storyteller and immerses you in the lives of her characters. Rich in plot too, her books are just a pleasure to read.
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Five people meet while on vacation in a Greek island. I enjoyed it.
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Maeve Binchy always pleases with an interesting cast of characters and their intertwined lives. This time though, the setting is in a Greek seaside village rather than a small Irish town.
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An enjoyable story set in a tiny Greek seaside village. While tourists enjoy lunch in a hilltop taverna, a tragedy in the harbor below occurs and changes their lives forever.
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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
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A lovely read for fans of Binchy's lilting prose. Character driven plot with great dialogue and a beautiful setting of a small town in Greece.
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Different than Binchy's usual, in that it takes place in Grece rather than Ireland. Still with her usual humor and excelent character development.
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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.
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A quick but good read
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Well-read, well-written story with Maeve Binchy's fabulous characters inviting you into their lives!

Her writing will be missed!
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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.
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Another excellent Binchy book! Great characters with a wonderful story.
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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.
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It is a Maeve Binchy book - so it was enjoyable like all her other ones, even though this one is set in Greece.
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Brand new, a very good read.
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This is a fantastic story. I've listened to alot of audio books but by far I think this is the best of all time. I give it 10 stars.......
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Enjoyable story.