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A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

imagesWhen the popular Irish novelist, Maeve Binchy died in 2012, like many readers, I experience a twinge of regret having enjoyed many of her 16 novels over the years.  From a full page notice in the New York Times Book Review, I was enticed to read her latest novel, the posthumously published A Week in Winter.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It tells the tale of Chicky Starr who returns from a difficult sojourn in New York City to purchase and rehabilitate an old mansion into a deluxe bed-and-breakfast on the Atlantic coast of Ireland.  The bulk of the novel tells the various tales of the staff and the first week’s guests.  It’s immensely readable and focuses around the theme of finding your passion in life.  Binchy is also the author of plays, nonfiction, and wonderful short stories.  While in England many years ago, I enjoyed her London Transports short stories all centered around various stations on the London tube.  She will be missed, but has left lots of popular reading to explore at TCPL in print, audio, in movie form, and as downloadables.  Treat yourself!

Amy P.

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