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.
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.
This is one of my all time favorite books. I haven't swapped my copy because I have been loaning it to my friends. It is set in Greece which is unusual for this author. I hated for the book to end and felt like I was a part of the story.
Another Maeve Binchy book. She cannot write a poor book! The story of several vacationers and how they come together in Greece and how they react to one another and to the townspeople and become a "family" of their own. Problems seem similar across the board for people who cannot recognize the same thing in themselves. They learn from one another and it's a feel good book. A very easy read. Keeps your interest. You'll like it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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
This was a nice, light read but nothing spectacular. Four strangers from different parts of the world travel to a remote Greek island running away from their problems. They end up meeting and helping each other with their troubles along with the assistance of several local folk who seem to be more than happy to interfere. I loved the setting of the Greek island but overall the story was predictable and boring. I've enjoyed Ms. Binchy's books in the past but this one did not do it for me.
In a small Greek island village, local residents and a group of international travelers are brought together by sudden tragedy, in a story of friendship, dreams, fears, and complicated relationships forever altered by their shared experiences. I would think of this book as the best of Binchy so far. I love her characters and how they helped each other with their problems. The story was very engaging. Her descriptions made me feel like I was on the island along with the characters. Looking forward to reading the next Binchy book and I would highly recommend this one to those who love to read about relationships.
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.