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A Week in Winter
A Week in Winter | Maeve Binchy
Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone Houses big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together; Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine; Anders hates his fathers business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyones relief; the Walls are disappointed to have won this second-prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris; and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions. Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeves trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling. This ebook edition includes photos from the landscape of A WEEK IN WINTER and a Reading Group Guide.
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Loric
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Sadly the first Maeve Binchy book I pick up to read was her last written. It felt more like a collection of short stories and I think perhaps thats why I didn‘t love it. For years I have heard rave reviews about Maeve Binchy and I was somewhat expecting more of a Patrick Taylor type read where I could devour the beauty of Ireland and fall in love with the quaint and quirky characters. I didn‘t feel either with this read, but that won‘t deter me.

marleed I had the same experience with the same book last year. But I‘m going to give her another go this year. 2w
TheBookHippie I didn‘t like this one either. I‘ve now read all her books and this tagged book was not her at all. 2w
Loric Glad it wasn‘t just me @marleed and @TheBookHippie 2w
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My first Maeve Binchy!! I enjoyed this cozy read about Stone House and its first set of guests!! So much fun meeting each character with their own vignettes...and who can resist a little black and white cat named Gloria? And talk about puffins, and a librarian with “second sight”. 3.5⭐️

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Mshookquilts
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I forgot how much I loved Maeve Binchy. A warm & loving look @ all the characters who came to the opening week of Stone House. She knows how to bring people & places to life. I think I read somewhere that this was her last book.

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I am reading 5 books at one time. This book being one of them. 🤗

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Bklover
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I think it was @Andrew65 that talked about this book, and it turned out I had it in iBooks or something. Anyway, I read it and it reminded me of my good old Maeve Binchy days. It made me wish I could take a vacation and visit these people. Quick, light, enjoyable. Thanks @Andrew65

Andrew65 Love her books. Always great to revisit them. Pleased you enjoyed it. 😊👍 11mo
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4. In front of the fire, by the beach! It's all perfect for reading.
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5. The tagged book is one I want to read this winter.

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 12mo
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A collection of vignettes each dedicated to one of the novel‘s characters, with some background story of the decisions and life events that lead them to book a ‘week in winter‘ at the newly opened Stone House hotel. A light, cozy read with wonderfully descriptive passages of the Irish countryside and its inhabitants. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #booked2019winter #irishauthor #setinIreland

Cinfhen Another Litten just read a different title by the same author for the same prompt 💚💚💚 12mo
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CarolynM I really don't know if I would tell. I don't think I would have run away from the restaurant. I'd like to think I'd have given him a cheery greeting. But then, knowing how bad I am at reading situations I would probably put my foot in it with both of them without realising I was doing it😁 13mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM This is a really difficult one. Tell or not tell? Whatever you do you end up hurting that person. Possibly feel I‘d have to say something otherwise like lying to your friends! 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 @CarolynM I think it‘s best to tell because nothing worse than feeling like everyone knew except you. 13mo
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CarolynM Pretty much the same way most friends are treated when someone falls in love. If the relationship had been a good, lasting one she would have moved into a more balanced way of dividing her time the way most of us do. But she never got a chance to get past that first infatuation and unfortunately he wasn't worth it. 13mo
Andrew65 She fell big and hard, and forgot her friends and then used them! Not good! 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 @CarolynM So many do forget their friends in a time like that and you never know when the relationship will go sour and you‘ll need your friends to help you through it. Need to balance your time like Carolyn said. 13mo
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CarolynM I guess it depends what you see. Overall I think I'd rather not know what the future holds. 13mo
TheBookHippie I think a curse. Unless you could fix it. If I knew my life wouldn't be where it is now. I'd never dreamed I'd be strong enough 😳. I am. ❤️ 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie From what I have seen this year you are a remarkably strong person and should feel very proud of yourself! 👍😍 13mo
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Andrew65 @CarolynM @TheBookHippie Two ways of looking at this, I think it would be both a blessing and a curse. In general most probably better not to know. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Awe thanks- Happy Christmas !! I think I use my horrific experiences to bless others instead of condemning myself or the world. Much better use. I'm so thankful for this winter holiday to refuel !!! This readalong helped me get through to the end!!!! Thank you!!! 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Yes, I was in great need of this recharge too. Group reads keep me going and help ensure I find time for reading which destresses me! No person should have to go through such experiences but says so much about you that you can use it to help others. Happy Holidays to you too. (edited) 13mo
EadieB I don‘t think I would want to know the future. Best to take one day at a time. @Andrew65 @TheBookHippie @CarolynM 13mo
EadieB @TheBookHippie Nice of you to turn your bad experiences into being helpful to others. Wishing you the best experiences in 2019 and hope you move forward in positive ways! Happy Christmas to you and yours! Happy reading! 13mo
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Miss Nell Howe and Freda Chapters

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CarolynM I was surprised she gave her any gift at all. Everything else about her made me think she wouldn't have thought she needed to acknowledge her secretary's marriage. 13mo
TheBookHippie @CarolynM Right??? This surprised me too. Odd. 13mo
Andrew65 How bizarre was this. She gets a present from her and it turns out to be a gift from a parent she hadn‘t opened. How mean spirited! And as @TheBookHippie said odd. She may have not had the best upbringing but not allowing herself to live. @CarolynM 13mo
EadieB That was very mean-spirited and she was very odd! @Andrew65 @TheBookHippie @CarolynM (edited) 13mo
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Andrew65
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I always enjoy Maeve Binchy books, but this wouldn‘t be my favourite because in the main it was a collection of stories about the different people staying for a week‘s holiday in Western Ireland. I prefer stories to have more depth & prefer her bigger story books she writes as a result. If you like short stories I definitely recommend this as it was very well written & it had a good group of characters, as well as a good backdrop and context.

Andrew65 Thanks to all that took part in the Buddy Read. The #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead in January will be Echoes, which is by the look of it a much bigger story. This will start on January 19th, hope to see you all there. (edited) 13mo
EadieB @andrew65 I wouldn‘t consider it a favorite either. I felt pretty much the same as you. 13mo
Kaye I agree about the Binchy books. I‘ve liked all that I‘ve read but not quite as enthused with this short story/ character type. Like Evening Class, Lilac Bus. I liked her longer ones much better. 13mo
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Andrew65 @kaye Totally agree. 13mo
TheBookHippie I agree however I was so crazy busy I appreciate the short stories although I agree with the missing the depth too!! This was her last book ? 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie The last book published whilst she was alive. She died the same year it was published. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 that's what I thought!! I had purchased it and forgot until now !!! Whoops. 13mo
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CarolynM
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Between a pick and so-so for me. I felt like we were tripping along the surface of the story and the characters, never getting a chance to be truly invested. Still, there was enough happening to make it an entertaining read. Thanks for the buddy read @Andrew65
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Kaye Binchy books are all good, but different levels of good. I usually really like the biggest ones the most. I haven‘t read this one yet. Most of the skinniest ones are good enough to keep reading, but too much like short stories to me. Either too many characters or they‘re not developed enough (edited) 13mo
CarolynM @kaye I read the early ones many years ago and my memory is that they were much more detailed than this one. I particularly liked 13mo
Kaye Yes, Echoes was one of my favorites. I also liked The Glass Lake. 13mo
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JamieArc I liked this one, and can see what you mean. It was almost like reading a book of short stories. 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I sent you a card but looks like you‘ve not received it, so here‘s wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays, Carolyn! 🎄🎅🤗 13mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm That's lovely of you Jessie, thank you. The post is so unreliable these days, who knows when anything will turn up? Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you have a very happy festive season 🎄🎉😘 13mo
Andrew65 @kaye I would agree totally, I prefer the bigger stories than the short story ones. Not a great fan of short stories and I like more depth. Echoes is the January Choice. @CarolynM (edited) 13mo
BarbaraBB Merry Christmas Carolyn ❤️💃🎄🥂 13mo
CarolynM Thank you @BarbaraBB Looking forward to more book chat with you in the New Year😘 13mo
BarbaraBB Me too! We will! 😘 13mo
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Anders and The Walls Chapters

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EadieB The Walls just seemed like complainers to me. Then when they found out the first prize was a rip-off then they calmed down. 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Didn‘t like them and the way they moaned about only getting the second prize. How awful that they settl d down once they knew the winner wasn‘t enjoying it. My least favourite chapter. (edited) 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I agree they were not very nice. How about the way she called them up like she was from the company who posted the competition? Not right at all to do that! 13mo
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CarolynM I didn't like them much, either. They were very self absorbed. I thought it was a bit unbelievable that they were so convinced they were going to win first prize. Even if they won a lot of competitions there must have been plenty they didn't win too. 13mo
TheBookHippie @CarolynM self absorbed is it!!!! Yuk. 13mo
Tove_Reads Strange couple. I understand their kids. And, not telling their kids they won the trip says it all. 13mo
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EadieB I think he finally figured out how he can do both inherit the business and keep Erika too. 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB This seems a strange choice to me, surely he should have moved to Gothenburg and Erica. 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 At the end I think he said he was going to call Erika. 13mo
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Andrew65 @EadieB He did, would have loved to hear that phone call. 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Anders did not strike me as being too bright. 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😂😂😂 Most probably his family limited his development and maturity. 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 No wonder why Erika left him. He didn‘t have the capacity to figure things out. 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I would imagine he frustrated her! 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 For sure! 13mo
CarolynM He clearly had some business skills, so running a business in a field that he is passionate about seems like a good plan to me. I think the Erika ship has sailed. (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @EadieB I don't think ignorance is bliss applies to him . Oye. He seems vapid. 13mo
Tove_Reads He can handle disciplined business life, so I think it‘s a good idea. At the same time he can jam as much as he wants to. 13mo
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EadieB His mother told him that he will inherit his father‘s business and he needs to stay in contact with his father but I think he needs to figure out a way to spend more time with Erika too. I think he has a choice and can inherit the business and keep Erika too! (edited) 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB She was right to some extent he did choose to go back and go into the company but he had been brainwashed in this over a number of years. That wasn‘t the right place for him. Whether he is making the right choice or not following his time in Ireland only time will tell. Strange he didn‘t end up going to Gothenburg 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I feel like he will inherit the business no matter what if there aren‘t any other heirs and I don‘t feel like he has to spend his whole like with his father. 13mo
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Andrew65 @EadieB Agreed, not have to sacrifice his life to the company. 13mo
CarolynM Within the limits of what is available to us, we all have choice about the life we live. I understand that there were strong parental expectations, but I completely agree with Erika that it was Anders's choice to go along with those expectations or to make his own way in the world. 13mo
CarolynM I liked that John Paul and his father simply misunderstood each others' desires. I think that happens quite often between parents and children, but I don't think that was Anders's situation. I think his father was going to be very unhappy with him. But Klara was much better suited to be running the business. 13mo
TheBookHippie There's always a choice . As long as you have courage. It's hard for kids and parents when the relationship is strained and full of expectations. 13mo
Tove_Reads Well, his mother choice another life, and seemed happy. His father didn‘t seem to find it too weird. Expectations are always there, but in this case Zander‘s would never be happy. An irish bar sounds more like him! 13mo
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EadieB To me Anders father seemed very negative to Anders and he seemed a bit old fashioned too! 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Far too formal and old fashioned for both Anders and his mother. I wonder if he ever let himself go. He just seems a blank canvas to Anders unless talking about the business. Anders definitely had to break out, I wonder what will happen between him and Erica. 13mo
CarolynM He wasn't someone I would want to know, but I think he was pretty satisfied with his life being dominated by his work. The only thing he seemed unhappy about was Anders not being there every evening to tell him what had happened at the firm every day. 13mo
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TheBookHippie So formal and stiff. Blech. 13mo
Tove_Reads I‘m sure it‘s his upbringing. Very typical Nordic male his age. 13mo
JacqMac I think he was happy with his life. As happy as someone like that could be anyway. I‘m glad he‘s not my dad though. Lol 13mo
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John, and Henry and Nicola Chapters

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Tove_Reads I think they found the answer they were looking for here. They kept on thinking about how unhappy they were. First world problems. But, helping him out made all the difference. 13mo
JacqMac I think it‘s the perfect move for them. And by helping Shay the little town already loved and trusts them. That‘s hard to earn in a small town. 13mo
EadieB Yes I think they were seriously thinking about the move but the Shay incident sealed it. 13mo
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Andrew65 @EadieB I agree, I felt they were going to do it anyway, this just cemented it. A book about them taking up that role would have been good. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 all these books that need written!!!! But I agree with @Tove_Reads they found their peace and what they were looking for. Even if they didn't know they were looking? 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie These authors just leave us hanging! 🤣 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 seriously !!!!! Just rude. 13mo
CarolynM I suspect that they are going to feel inadequate wherever they are. It is important to care about the people around us, but we also have to be conscious that we don't always get things right and we can't always prevent bad things from happening. I think that's what they struggle with. 13mo
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Tove_Reads I understand why they did what they did. She probably would have ended up doing the murder suicide anyway. She just couldn‘t cope with it alone. Good thing nothing happen on board, because that would have been a tragedy for all. 13mo
JacqMac I think they did the right thing. And they shouldn‘t feel bad about it. They gave them a lovely vacation. And cared for them as best they could. 13mo
EadieB I think they did the right thing by allowing them to finish their vacation aboard the ship because I think Helen had the accident planned. 13mo
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Andrew65 Now that was a shock! 😢 I feel they did the human thing and they shouldn‘t blame themselves. Not sure anything they did could have prevented this. 13mo
TheBookHippie They did the humane thing. Sometimes although that's difficult it's the only thing to do. I think it was right. 13mo
CarolynM I understood their feelings of responsibility in relation to the deaths at the hospital, but not so much in relation to this incident. Reporting the situation would not have prevented what happened. If they felt they should have recognised the signs that the daughter was planning to do it, that wasn't made clear at all. 13mo
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JacqMac I hope so. 13mo
EadieB I think Orla helped Corry out immensely and they both seem on a better path. (edited) 13mo
Andrew65 One can only hope so, but difficult to make a bigger mess of it than he already has! 13mo
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TheBookHippie @Andrew65 ???this reminds me of "how can it get worse???" Book: let me show you!!! But yes it'd be difficult to make it worse!!!! Hope for better HOPE!!! 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie 😂😂😂 13mo
CarolynM I think so. 13mo
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Tove_Reads They all seem to be stuck. Unhappy, even though everyone else think they have such fabulous lives. He‘s made many selfish mistakes, but at least he‘s thinking about it now. 13mo
JacqMac It doesn‘t seem like it was a happy life. He made some bad decisions. But he might fix that now. 13mo
EadieB I agree some bad decisions but I think he may be on to good times now. 13mo
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Andrew65 Definitely made many bad decisions and now left alone. Hard to feel too sorry for him as been quite selfish and treated his first wife very badly. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I'm with you. I can't muster up any sympathy !! 13mo
CarolynM His priority in life was his career and the consequence was a lack of fulfilling relationships. I think we kind of expect that of actors, but my observation is that it's true of many ambitious people in all walks of life. 13mo
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A somewhat belated repost for @Andrew65 :
This is the schedule for the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead of A Week in Winter. The last day‘s section is bigger than I‘d like but I thought people would want it finished before Christmas Day!

Do feel free to join us , we will post the discussions daily. Most important thing is to enjoy reading it with other Littens. All welcome 😊

Andrew65 Thanks for the repost. 😊 13mo
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I finally got the book and will now catch up with the others. #buddyread @Andrew65

batsy Gorgeous pic! ❄️ 13mo
Andrew65 Yey! And a great picture. The speed you read you will soon catch up and overtake us! 😊 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 13mo
JamieArc You will catch up in no time! I flew through this like I haven‘t flown through a book in a long time! 13mo
LeeRHarry Look at that snow 💕 13mo
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Winnie Chapter

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EadieB @Andrew65 The fact that Winnie and Lillian were trapped and spent the time singing songs brought them closer together and I think they will get along in the future too. 13mo
CarolynM They let go of their public facades and became more honest with each other. Also, they were forced to think about what was really important. I think they've got more chance of getting along in future, but there will probably always be some level of competition between them. (edited) 13mo
JacqMac Their true selves came out a bit. I think it allowed Lillian to see how strong Winnie can be. That she might not be a bad choice for a wife. 13mo
Tove_Reads Lilian sort of lost her face, became soft for a second and admitted she is too afraid to lose her son. Definitely better between them now, but L is and will be an overprotective mother. 13mo
Andrew65 The danger did lead to honest talk, but I still feel she will be a nightmare in the future! Wouldn‘t want to be in Lillian‘s shoes. @EadieB @CarolynM @JacqMac @Tove_Reads (edited) 13mo
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EadieB @Andrew65 I think Peter liked the fact that Teddy and his mom came to his hotel every Friday and he didn‘t want to get in the way of Winnie and Lillian‘s relationship so he decided not to say anything about Lillian. (edited) 13mo
CarolynM He doesn't realise his mother is threatened by his lady friends so he's taking it all at face value. I think Winnie may have been slower to pick up the vibe if Lillian hadn't appeared so differently from her expectations. 13mo
JacqMac Teddy is a little bit of a moron. 13mo
Tove_Reads Guys like him are totally blind when it comes to their mothers. 13mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac 😂😂😂🤣😂 Oh yes! How stupid was he. 13mo
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Winnie Chapter

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EadieB @Andrew65 Run away! Run away as quick as she can! 13mo
CarolynM I'm a great believer in honest communication in relationships. I think she should have told a Teddy exactly how she perceived the meeting. 13mo
JacqMac Yes, @EadieB 😂 This relationship is off to a very bad start. 13mo
Andrew65 She had two choices either run as far and as fast as you can, or speak to Teddy about her. She didn‘t do either of these and look what happened as a result. A holiday with the horrid woman for a week. She came across as quite weak in this. @EadieB @CarolynM @JacqMac 13mo
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EadieB @andrew65 Looks like Winnie will have her hands full with Teddy‘s mother and Teddy is such a mama‘s boy! 13mo
CarolynM Ugh! 13mo
JacqMac Clingy moms are the worst. 13mo
Tove_Reads She needs a new man so she can let her son run free. 13mo
Andrew65 Totally possessive of her son! A horrid woman, avoid at all costs! @EadieB @CarolynM @JacqMac @Tove_Reads 13mo
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I‘m so glad for the opportunity to finally pick this up off my shelf for the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead with @Andrew65 and @EadieB ! Binchy was one of the first adult authors that I read, and I hadn‘t read her in years. This took me back to everything I loved about her books: the place, the characters, and her ability to draw you in to a story. A definite pick from me! #AWeekInWinter

EadieB Glad you liked it! 13mo
Andrew65 She does write such great stories with interesting characters. 13mo
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Rigger and Orla Chapters

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Bklover Oh hell, I bought this book for the buddy read and then forgot all about the buddy read!! 😲😧😳 13mo
Andrew65 @Bklover We‘re not that far in, hopefully you‘ll be able to catch up. 13mo
EadieB I would like to see her stay in Stoneybridge and help Chickie with the hotel and restaurant. 13mo
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Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m sure this is what she will do, and it feels this is the right thing to do. Will she meet and fall in love with a hotel guest? 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 That is a good possibility! 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 @EadieB I hope she stays and helps!! 13mo
JacqMac I want her to stay, too. 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie @JacqMac I think she will stay. 13mo
CarolynM It was good to see the way Orla dealt so confidently with sexual harassment. I also liked that she insisted on Chicky learning from her as she learnt from Chicky. 13mo
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EadieB I think Carmel is helping Nuella with this problem and hopefully Nuella will respond in a positive way soon. 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I get the impression Carmel‘s discussion with her is a breakthrough moment. Hopefully this has helped her out of the hole she has been in. Hopeful things will be better in the future. 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I agree Carmel did an excellent job in telling Nuella that Rigger needs her in his life. 13mo
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TheBookHippie Sometimes looking at it differently or taking yourself out of a situation and looking outside in helps. Hearing from someone you're willing to listen to is important I think she'll look at it better now. I hope! 13mo
JacqMac Hopefully. I think she will feel wanted now. 13mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac Was it she wasn‘t feeling wanted or feeling a failure as a parent and therefore better without her in his life? @TheBookHippie 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 exactly you never know -this is a very real possibility !!! 13mo
CarolynM Hopefully she will get treatment for her condition and be ready to resume the relationship 13mo
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EadieB She seems to be very depressed over her son‘s past behavior but he‘s in a better position now so I think she needs to try to put the past behind. 13mo
TheBookHippie It's hard to say for another person. I think you can step back yourself-self preservation or deal with your disappointed self- but to your child you need to appear always available and they always need to feel your unconditional love. I'd write . No matter what. 13mo
JacqMac I think she feels very guilty. But I wish she could see she‘s hurting him more by staying away. The past is the past. 13mo
Andrew65 This is very difficult. She feels she has failed as a parent and is better off without her, but as a parent still needs to be there for her child. @EadieB @JacqMac @TheBookHippie 13mo
CarolynM I think the implication is that she is suffering from depression so I don't think it's fair to be judgemental about her actions. I was glad that she seemed to have been convinced to get help at the end of the chapter. 13mo
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EadieB It seems always to be a good idea for a family to know about that. 13mo
Andrew65 Always so sad when they can‘t tell their family. They need family around them at a time like that, for a support network if not anything else. 13mo
TheBookHippie Not sure -this is difficult for me to say--my experiences: I mentored young moms as a doula 28 years ages 12-24 --now I just go to the center once a month . The parents and families on the whole are awful and quite often a stumbling block. It's usually easier to get a plan and be certain and then inform family and be strong enough to take the results. 13mo
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JacqMac I‘m with @TheBookHippie on this one. Sometimes families aren‘t very supportive. We had to cut my in-laws out of our family. Their Christian selves don‘t like that we have a gay kid. And I refuse to let them be part of our lives, if they won‘t support him. 13mo
TheBookHippie @JacqMac my in-laws too ugh 13mo
Andrew65 I agree there are times (far to many) where this is just not possible and are part of the problem (or the problem) and not part of the solution! @EadieB @TheBookHippie @JacqMac 13mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 AND ILL NEVER GET IT!!!! Ugh. 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Neither do I. 13mo
TheBookHippie Okay @Andrew65 I'm off to cook!!! I'll check in Sunday night!!! 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Have fun 😳 👨‍🍳 See you Sunday. 🎄 13mo
CarolynM Again, agreeing with @TheBookHippie If your family is unsupportive you are better off without them 13mo
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EadieB I like the book but then I haven‘t read a bad Binchy book. Her characters are always very interesting! 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I think her characters, her settings (those small towns) and the contexts she sets up are always wonderful. Love this from the first page and can‘t wait to read on. 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I always want to read on with her books! 13mo
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Andrew65 @EadieB I‘ve made these sections a bit smaller for those that don‘t read as fast. @kspenmoll 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 that‘s fine! A got other books going too! 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I know, it‘s busy busy busy for both of us. Thankfully last day of school term tomorrow. 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Yeah! Time off to read! 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😊😊😊😍😍😍 13mo
JamieArc Binchy was one of the first adult authors I started reading when I was young and loved them. This was my first Binchy book in years and it takes me back. I love it as much as I did her other books when I was young. Loving the setting and the characters and am flying through it! 13mo
amiekreger I am absolutely hooked! I have to admit that this is my first Binchy. I have wanted to read something by her and I‘m so glad I finally did. 13mo
TheBookHippie I'm hooooooked!!! I like it. People fighting for a life other than expected of them. 13mo
JacqMac I love it. I love anything Binchy though. She makes it so easy to leave reality and get sucked into the story. 13mo
Andrew65 @amiekreger I love her books and happy to read many of them again. We are working through her books reading one each month starting on 19th of each month. Great to have you with us and hear you are enjoying them. She is such a great storyteller. 13mo
Andrew65 @JamieArc they certainly don‘t seem to date. I read this some years ago but cannot remember much! Just love her books. 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie she is so good at hooking her readers from the very first page. @JacqMac (edited) 13mo
CarolynM Interesting style. I almost feel like she is summarising the story more than telling it. She gets away with it, though, by packing in lots of incident. 13mo
Tove_Reads I‘m afraid it will be another “bus story”. People know each other, but there is no real plot, and the individual stories don‘t connect. 13mo
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EadieB I like the hotel venture. I think it‘s a great idea for that location that doesn‘t have anything like that. I think it will be a success. 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I agree and I too think it will be a success. I assume this provides a context for the rest of the book, with chapters about visitors that stay at the hotel. 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 visitors will be interesting characters too! 13mo
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amiekreger I feel it will be a success. I‘m really looking forward to the visitors. I wonder who will show up? 13mo
TheBookHippie I think so!!! Plus wait for the visitors !!!!! Stories, I assume ! 13mo
JacqMac I think it will be a success, too. She‘s become so much stronger and more independent. 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie I would agree. 13mo
Tove_Reads She works hard, she knows it‘s not easy, and her heart is in the right place. So, yes! 13mo
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EadieB I don‘t think he was very nice. He totally took advantage of her by taking her to US and they lived in a commune. Then he left and didn‘t help her to get home. Not nice at all. 13mo
amiekreger I am not really a fan of his. He was just living the moment and for himself. 13mo
TheBookHippie He was just a selfish ship passing in the night buh bye rebelling against what was expected of him as was chicky 13mo
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JacqMac Walter was very self centered. He was flighty and I don‘t think he cared about her at all. 13mo
Andrew65 Very self centred and anti commitment by the look of it. Not really find out enough about him as he was such a small part of the book! @JacqMac @TheBookHippie @amiekreger @EadieB 13mo
Tove_Reads Probably an easy come, easy go kinda person. 13mo
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EadieB She was stupid to go to the US with someone she just met. She should have went right back home when he left her and just said she made a mistake. Then to lie and say he was killed just makes things even worse. Bad no matter how you look at this. 13mo
JamieArc I think it was pretty clear that Walter wasn‘t in it for the long haul. Her decisions really annoyed me and made me think I wasn‘t going to like this book, so it was nice to see the person she comes to be back in Ireland. I‘m curious if/when/who will finally find out the truth. 13mo
amiekreger I don‘t think it was very smart of her to leave Ireland with someone she just met. She was caught up with the idea of a fairytale though. I did not have a good feeling about Walter. I thought no way is this going to last. You just know that her lying about his death is not going to end well. As with all lies. 13mo
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TheBookHippie Whelp I'm glad she left she learned a ton and found self reliance and self worth she's owned by no man and lives her own life. I think the Walter thing will haunt her eventually however it got her freedom from a life of doom. 13mo
JacqMac Hmmm, well, Walter was obviously a loser. But I don‘t think leaving Ireland was a mistake. She ended up doing quite well for herself. I do think lying to her family about him being dead, isn‘t the best decision though. That‘s eventually going to come out. 13mo
Andrew65 I felt it was more stupid to lie to her family about being married and her husband having been killed. I had no problem with her going to the US with him but clear in the end he didn‘t do commitments. She certainly came out of this a stronger person. @JacqMac @EadieB @TheBookHippie @amiekreger @jamiearc (edited) 13mo
CarolynM Playing catch up now I've had a chance to read the first few chapters. I was happy with Chicky's decisions. It's not as though she was giving up great opportunities at home and she obviously had the personality to make the most of whatever situation she found herself in. I'm a firm believer in people making their own life choices and have no time for parents trying to direct their adult children's lives. 13mo
Tove_Reads I think she got to be herself by leaving. The old Irish family expectations would not have given her much room. It was probably an easier way to just tell them that about Walter. 13mo
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I will shortly be posting the first discussion questions for today‘s chapter. #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead I will post them under a spoiler alert so as not to spoil it if you haven‘t finished the chapter yet. #AWeekInWinter

EadieB @Andrew65 I finished 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 👍😊 13mo
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About to start the December #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead choice, A Week in Winter. All welcome to join us for our daily discussion over the next week.

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This is the schedule for the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead of A Week in Winter. The last day‘s section is bigger than I‘d like but I thought people would want it finished before Christmas Day!

Do feel free to join us , we will post the discussions daily. Most important thing is to enjoy reading it with other Littens. All welcome 😊

EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 13mo
BookBabe 😊👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Such a great book! 13mo
JamieArc I‘m really liking this. I haven‘t read Binchy in years but I‘m reminded why I love her! 13mo
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amiekreger @Andrew65 I would love to join in on this. 13mo
Andrew65 @JamieArc @BookBabe She did write some great books, a wonderful story teller. 13mo
Andrew65 @amiekreger We‘d love to have you join us. 😊👍 13mo
Tove_Reads Looks like luck (ones again) decided to not be on my side. I will pick up a physical copy from the library on Saturday, so will join the discussion later. 13mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Reading at slower pace so hopefully with the amount you read you will soon catch up. 😊 13mo
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It‘s almost time for this month‘s #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead hosted by @Andrew65 Maeve puts me in my happy place. And I could use some happy during this crazy time of year. The schedule will be posted tomorrow. Feel free to join this fun and relaxed buddy read. All are welcome.

MellieAntoinette Niiiice! 13mo
mcipher I haven‘t read Maeve Binchy in years! I might try to get a copy 😊 13mo
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It‘s almost 19th of the month so that means it is almost time for our monthly #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead. This month we will be reading A week in Winter over the next week, hope many of you will be joining us as a great seasonal read for us. I will post the schedule tomorrow.

Please feel free to repost! 😍

JamieArc I plan on joining this one! 13mo
Andrew65 @JamieArc Be great to have you with us. I will tag you in future posts. 😊👍 13mo
jb72 I‘ll be checking to see if my library has this one. 13mo
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JamieArc @Andrew65 Thank you! Looking forward to it! 13mo
Andrew65 @jb72 🤞🤞🤞 13mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m ready! 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😊👍 13mo
TheBookHippie I'm all set!!! FYI I'm cooking for a wedding the 22nd is the wedding so I'm reading I may post late 😂😳🤷🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🙏🏼👰🏻👩🏽‍🍳 13mo
JacqMac Ready! I should do better with this one. The timing is a little bit better for me. 13mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Good luck! We will respond to your posts whenever you manage to post even if they are days late. It‘s Christmas time! 🎄 13mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac Yey! 😊👏👍 13mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
MrBook Ahh, you've still got this going! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
amiekreger Kindle price today is only 2.99 😊 13mo
Andrew65 @amiekreger A veritable bargain, and Q9.99 in the U.K. Thanks for the information. ?? (edited) 13mo
Andrew65 @MrBook Thanks, hope both you and @BookBabe are well, been a tough year for you both. Sending you both best wishes for Christmas and a wonderful 2019! 🎄🎅🍾🥂🎆 13mo
JacqMac Dang it! $5.99 in Canada. I‘m going to be sticking with my hardcover copy for this one. 13mo
CarolynM I haven't read this one, think I'll join in this time🙂 13mo
Crewgurl I‘m in! I am in a bit of a reading slump, so perfect timing! 13mo
MrBook Thank you, @Andrew65 ! We hope you and yours have a spectacular 2019!!! 13mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac Typical! Stupid that prices vary so much! 👎 13mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Yey, be great to have you join us. 😊 13mo
Andrew65 @Crewgurl Let‘s help you get out of that slump by reading with a group of friends. 😊👍 (edited) 13mo
Tove_Reads I kept on checking that the book was available, and in the day I was supposed to borrow it as an ebook for this buddy read someone had just borrowed it ☹️ I am now fits in line for both the ebook and the audio. Hopefully I‘ll get on of them soon. Might have to catch up with the rest of you though. 13mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads That is so annoying when that happens. Recently the library allowed someone to borrow a book when I had a reservation on it. I was seething! 13mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 How is that even possible? 13mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I got the usual standard response these days. The computer! As you say it shouldn‘t be possible. Even worse when it was returned it had been put back on the shelf and yet again our reservation request, that was on the computer, had been ignored. 😡 13mo
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My backyard is a bit of a #WinterWonderland . #SeasonsReadings

robinb Gorgeous ❤️ 13mo
Bklover Oh it looks beautiful!! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful!!! ❄️❄️❄️ 13mo
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LauraBeth Pretty! 13mo
Reviewsbylola 🌲❄️ 13mo
Q84 Amazing! 13mo
Centique Wow! I‘m so jealous, it‘s gorgeous 😍 13mo
RaimeyGallant Puzzle-box pretty! 13mo
LeslieO @RaimeyGallant I love that! 13mo
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Deborah42
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The last book Maeve Binchy completed before she died is like a warm hug on a cold, gloomy day.

Chicky Starr returns home to Ireland after 20 years and buys an old mansion to create a holiday retreat. The inn brings together an unlikely group of people in its first week. We get to know them as they get to know each other and form a community. Maybe the solutions to their problems aren‘t entirely realistic, but I don‘t care. I loved it anyway.

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#WinterWonderland These are the #December Buddy Reads / Group Reads I am taking part in on Litsy or Librarything. Me thinks I might have overdone my commitments. Must learn to say no. 🤭😂🤪

Rissreads Good luck! 🤣 14mo
Andrew65 @Rissreads Think I may need it! 14mo
Cinfhen WOWZA!!! Good luck 💚 14mo
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TrishB Good luck - but some great picks 👍🏻 14mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen @TrishB Thanks 😊 Onto my third book of the month. 14mo
Cinfhen Wow and it‘s only Dec 4!!!! 14mo
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Not my favorite Binchy book, but when I found out she‘s written a last one I jumped on board. I listened to it on Audible. Binchy could‘ve developed the characters a little better, but she mostly stayed true to her writing style. I do want to know if anyone ever found out about Chickie‘s secret!!!

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Very undeveloped characters disjointedly presented.

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#AugustIsATrip - Bed and Breakfast

I really enjoyed this book. Chicky moves back to Ireland and decides to open a hotel/bed and breakfast. This book is her journey moving to the states and then making a leap and moving back to Ireland and fixing up and old building and all the quirky characters that helps her.

vkois88 Sounds good, and I love the cover! 1y
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A lovely tale about how one woman's crazy dream brings a group of strangers together struggling through their own journeys. Perfect for winter reading in front of a fire.