Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-week-in-winter.html
A Week in Winter is the latest book by Maeve Binchy. Unfortunately, it was her last book. Maeve Binchy passed away in July 2012. Over the course of her career, her work was translated into 30 different languages and sold over 40 million copies.
This book has all the elements of what I expect from her books - a beautiful setting in Ireland, a motley cast of characters each with their own story, and a place or a situation that brings these diverse characters together in a cohesive whole.
Chicky Starr is a girl from the small town of Stonebridge in western Ireland. Life takes her on travels far away away, but eventually she returns to buy an old mansion and convert it into a hotel. Miss Queenie is the owner of the mansion. Rigger is a friend's son who ends up their to get away from some troubles. Orla is her niece who returns from London to help. The guests they host are as diverse ranging from a movie start to a musician.
They all come together for "a week in winter" at the hotel. Their stories intertwine and overlap. A classic Maeve Binchy book. Fun to read while curled up on the couch with a cup of tea.