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Laura P. said:
Pretty matter-of-fact story of an Irish woman who buys an old house in the West of Ireland and converts it to an inn. Stories of the employees and the first visitors are told in vignettes. As usual in Binchy’s later works especially, anyone who works hard, is creative and forward-thinking is successful. Pleasing nevertheless. Binchy’s last book. We’ll miss you, Maeve.
posted Mar 13, 2013 at 11:15AM
**** stars. I have loved and read Maeve Binchy for 30 years. Sadly this is her last book, as she passed away last year. She was an Irish story-teller of the highest caliber who had a amazing ability to create vivid, wonderful characters who drew you into their lives. She had ample opportunity to do this in this book as the story involves the hosts at a hotel which has just opened and the guests who travel to western Ireland for a week in winter. . 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 in the small town of Stoneybridge 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; 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. Ms. Binchy interweaves all these stories. Chicky and Stone House offer warmth and the possibility of healing. But do she and the beautiful setting have enough magic to improve the lives of all involved? I will miss Ms. Binchy and her wonderful books. Highly recommend!
posted Jul 7, 2013 at 6:35PM
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Spent 20 years in America; returned to her hometown; renovated an old, decaying mansion on the cliffs and turned it into a bed and breakfast.
The son of Chicky's childhood friend; has a bad boy repuation; helped renovate Chicky's house into a bed and breakfast.
Chicky's niece; moved from England to help her aunt with her bed and breakfast.