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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 House’s 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 father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s 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 Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling. 

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"This less-than-thrilling final work (after Minding Frankie) in the late Irish novelist's prolific oeuvre tells the life stories of a cast of characters that show up for a week's stay at a bed and breakfast called Stone House. The house is located in the idyllic village of Stoneybridge on western Ireland's 'wet and wild and lonely' Atlantic coast. Binchy begins with the hotel's founder and proprietor, Chicky Starr, whose life hasn't turned out the way she'd hoped. Several disparate narratives overlap and intermingle in various ways, as the reader views the characters — — who each receive their own chapter — — from the others' perspectives. Binchy encapsulates the lives of her characters with such authority and so completely that there is little room for mystery or urgency. The reader gets the sense that all of the intrigue has been removed from the characters' unique yet matter-of-fact lives. The novel, however, is welcome territory for those looking for a feel-good read, and as Binchy writes, no matter how awry their lives seem to go, 'It was all going to be fine.' (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Maeve Binchy, "the grand story teller,"* returns with a cast of characters you will never forget when they all spend a winter week together on holiday at Stone House, a restful inn by the sea...

Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive: John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who  criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone's relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and  Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions. You will laugh and cry as you spend the week with this odd group who share their secrets and might even have some of their dreams come true. 

About the Author

Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novels, Minding Frankie, Heart and Soul, and Whitethorn Woods, as well as Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; Modern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012 at the age of seventy-two, shortly after finishing this book.

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Lynn Lesperance, April 17, 2013 (view all comments by Lynn Lesperance)
The late Maeve Binchy unfailingly welcomed the reader into a comforting world where everyone knows everyone else and redemption is always close at hand. This last work is more a collection of short stories tied together through a big stone mansion cum hotel in rural Western Ireland, yet it works as a novel with all the gentle insights, acceptance of individual foibles, and just plain heart her readers have come to expect. So grab a cup of tea and a comfortable chair and go there, to Maeve's world, one last time
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sharon.travis, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by sharon.travis)
As usual Maeve Binchy makes her characters come to life and ultimately interweaves each individual story into one hearttouching conclusion. I cried and laughed as I read the final book she would ever write and felt bereft that there would never be another book from one of my favourite authors.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307273574
Author:
Binchy, Maeve
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
ireland;fiction;relationships;friendship;hotel;bed and breakfast;romance;friends;novel;family;contemporary
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-C END PAPER MAP
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.44 x 1.3 in 1.34 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This less-than-thrilling final work (after Minding Frankie) in the late Irish novelist's prolific oeuvre tells the life stories of a cast of characters that show up for a week's stay at a bed and breakfast called Stone House. The house is located in the idyllic village of Stoneybridge on western Ireland's 'wet and wild and lonely' Atlantic coast. Binchy begins with the hotel's founder and proprietor, Chicky Starr, whose life hasn't turned out the way she'd hoped. Several disparate narratives overlap and intermingle in various ways, as the reader views the characters — — who each receive their own chapter — — from the others' perspectives. Binchy encapsulates the lives of her characters with such authority and so completely that there is little room for mystery or urgency. The reader gets the sense that all of the intrigue has been removed from the characters' unique yet matter-of-fact lives. The novel, however, is welcome territory for those looking for a feel-good read, and as Binchy writes, no matter how awry their lives seem to go, 'It was all going to be fine.' (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Maeve Binchy, "the grand story teller,"* returns with a cast of characters you will never forget when they all spend a winter week together on holiday at Stone House, a restful inn by the sea...

Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive: John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who  criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone's relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and  Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions. You will laugh and cry as you spend the week with this odd group who share their secrets and might even have some of their dreams come true. 

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