In case you weren't aware, Maeve Binchy, best-selling author who wrote novels of Ireland died at the age of 74 in July 2012. Her last book, A Week in Winter was published posthumously and I read this book with a heavy heart knowing it was her last one. I am so happy for her that it was a great one! If you are a Binchy fan, prepare yourself for all the quirky characters and a heart-warming storyline that she is known for.
In this book, the main character, Chicky comes back to her childhood home and opens a bed and breakfast on the beautiful coast of Ireland. The ensemble of characters each get their own chapter as she describes the re-building of the inn, and the group of people who come to spend the opening week of the new enterprise. It's a beautiful book and I am sad to think there will be no more. Luckily there are still a few of her books I haven't gotten to. Here's a list of what's available at GPLD.
For those who are seeking a read-alike author, now that Binchy is gone, give a try to Rosemunde Pilcher. She too writes character-centered stories that are very similar. At almost 90 years of age, she hasn't had a book out since 2000, leaving a big gap in the market for a new successor.