- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (29 Jun. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752865366
- ISBN-13: 978-0752865362
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nights of Rain and Stars Paperback – 29 Jun 2005
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Maeve Binchy's latest novel is written and constructed with her trademark simplicity, into which her fans will sink with cries of relief. As with all her writing, it offers old-fashioned pleasures, including a recognisable moral structure where kindness and love can triumph, and mistakes can be rectified (DAILY MAIL)
Required reading . . . [the] perfect summer read (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
The setting is wonderfully seductive . . . Binchy weaves her usual magic . . . Binchy is degrees better than most other novelists and her storytelling ability is second to none (SUNDAY EXPRESS)
The landscape is evocatively Greek, the characters so real you feel you know them. Warm, thoughtful, vintage Maeve Binchy (CHOICE)
Like many a star before her, Maeve Binchy, with her newly published novel, has come back with style, giving her audience of readers a well-deserved encore ... Just as Maeve Binchy introduced her legions of fans abroad to Ireland, her descriptions of Greece and the mouth-watering local delicacies served at the Mesanihta café and the taverna will no doubt ensure that the Greek tourist authorities will have to brace themselves for a massive onslaught of visitors to their shores. The storytelling, good humour and warmth are as wonderful as ever, as readers welcome back "La Binchy" (IRISH TIMES)
It's always a treat to read one of Maeve Binchy's novels and this is no exception . . . she introduces us to a group of characters - a random group of holidaymakers thrown together by tragedy - and leaves us caring about them as if they are our friends (BEST)
One summer. Four strangers. A tragedy that will change their lives...A brilliant novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of HEART AND SOUL.See all Product Description
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Readers who have not yet discovered Maeve Binchy should be moved to look at some of her other books if they enjoy this. Those who know her work well may have a twinge of guilty disappointment. It is hard to crticise Binchy as her novels are engrossing with human interest and pacy plots. However, for me this book is not on a par with Evening Class, Tara Road, Quentin's or Scarlet Feather. It lacks depth compared to these.
It may be relevant that Binchy has not been in good health recently and this is, I think, her first novel to be published since she expressed her intention to give up novel writing and to concentrate on short stories. I found it hard to put my finger on what is lacking in this book but for me it is not her best.
Binchy has two more books in the pipeline and it would be good to think that these will have her characteristic verve and sparkle and sureness of touch. I do hope so as she has very many loyal fans.
I did finish the book, but I really didn't care that much about what happened to the characters and persevered more out of a sense of duty than joy.
I have given the book two stars though, because if you're lying on a sunny beach somewhere or need something to distract you from a busy airport this will do the job. It's just not up to the normal Maeve Binchy standard.
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One of Maeve Binchey's best. An excellent read, with likeable characters.Published 6 months ago by Lizzie J
A very disappointing book. I struggled to finish it. No depth to characters, plot lacks credibility, not entertaining. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maggie O'DONOVAN
Anyone who has read my reviews will see that I am a Maeve Binchy fan. I like the gentle flow of her novels & her wonderful insight into people's lives. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Debra F
shows a 4 book collection but this is not what you get. You get one of the books only.Published 10 months ago by ANG