A Week in Winter Author:Maeve Binchy High on the cliffs of the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic ocean, is Stone House. Once falling into disrepair, it is now a beautiful hotel specialising in winter holidays. With a big, warm kitchen, log fires and understated, elegant bedrooms, it provides a welcome few can resist, whatever their reasons for coming... — Hen... more »ry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret and are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future. Winnie, generally one to make the best of things, finds herself on the holiday from hell. Then there's John, who arrived on impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon; eccentric Freda, who claims to be a psychic -- and the silent, watchful Nell, who seems so ready to disapprove. But looks can be deceptive...
A WEEK IN WINTER is full of Maeve's trademark warmth, humour and characters you want to spend time with.« less
This was sadly Maeve Binchy's last novel before her death. And what a wonderful book it was. Full of rich characters with assorted life problems that were somehow sorted out when they visited a special inn on the west coast of Ireland in winter.
I loved this book, which really surprised me because this is not my normal genre. I originally picked it because every now and then I like changing things up from my usual crime/police procedural books and this sounded lighthearted and quaint, which is exactly what it turned out to be.
The author tells the stories of the lives of a group of vastly different people that happen to come together to spend a week at a newly-opened Inn/B&B in a small Irish town along the Atlantic coast. I found myself wishing the story would continue with the next group of guests! An excellent book when you don't want something heavy or deep.