The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

A Week in Winter

It isn’t often that you encounter an author that repeatedly produces consistently good novels. This past year the world lost such an author, Maeve Binchy.  Recently, A Week in Winter (A) the last novel written before she passed away was released.  Time after time, throughout her amazing writing career, she has written delightful novels that take place in her beloved Ireland.

Chicky meets Walter Starr, an American who sweeps her off her feet. With promises of everlasting love she leaves her family and follows him to America.  Before too long Walter moves on leaving Chicky alone. She will not admit this to her family and so she creates a fictitious married life. She returns home twenty years later claiming that Walter was killed in an accident.  With the money she saved in America, she buys a tired old inn. She recruits family and friends to help her make changes to the inn turning it into a lovely seaside resort.  Chapter by chapter, we meet the guests who have come seeking peace from their troubled lives.  With Binchy’s expert writing,  each chapter seems like a short story with characters that the reader becomes totally invested in.

I have read all of her novels and I have never been disappointed.  While A Week in Winter is her very last book, it is just as charming and endearing as her very first. Maeve Binchy is by far one of my favorite authors and she will be sadly missed.  Her books have always brought me comfort and joy.  I remember being in London about 10 years ago where I found a new Binchy novel at the airport.  I felt like I had won the lottery. This book wouldn’t be available in America for months. I had found a treasure and devoured it on the flight home.

Please take the time to discover Maeve Binchy and her nineteen well-written novels.  There is something in each one that you will long remember.  I know that you will appreciate her as much as I do and mourn the fact that there will be no more.

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