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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 MINDING FRANKIESee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
I may try to get into it later in the year when I am on holiday but given that other readers also seem to think this is book is not up to Maeve Binchys usual excellent standard I will probably just give it a miss....here's hoping her next offering is back to her usual excellent standard.
This book was no exception to the above. Four strangers meet in a small Greek village. They are all running away from their lives, their decisions & themselves. These are wonderful characters that I know I have met many times in my life. The besotted Fiona who can't see her boyfriend for what he is though everyone else can. The serious Thomas who tries to do what he considers best & gets it wrong. David who wants to be himself & isn't sure who that is. Beautiful Elsa, so successful but who runs away from it all. In with these characters are Vronny the Irish woman with a sad past & the wonderful Taverna owner, Andreas. As usual Maeve Binchy has created wonderful & believeable characters.
The setting of a small Greek village is perhaps a little fairytale like. I'm not so sure that tourists really get to know local people in quite this manner but it works for the story.
The story progresses slowly; we meet these people, we learn about their lives & their choices & then we slowly arrive at their conclusions with them. Not all perfect endings but ones that fit with the story.
Yes, this is a slow book but nonetheless difficult to put down. The story flows & I wanted to see what happened next. This is an ideal read for a lazy bank holiday - not too complex but very enjoyable.
The story is fairly mundane - a group of five tourists are eating at a Greek restaurant when, before their eyes, a fire breaks out on a passenger vessel out to sea, with the death of all hands. This shocking experience forges a bond between our disparate group of people and they get to know each other well over the succeeding days. The town is small and they keep bumping into each other until they gradually become the best of friends.
Each of them has come to Aghia Anna for various reasons, all running away from something or other. Their friendship helps each of them to see their problems in a different light and to arrive at some sort of solution.
It's a typical Binchy style of novel, heavily based on characters rather than plot.
Also read by Maeve Binchy:
A Week in Winter (3 stars)
Heart and Soul (3.5 stars)
Echoes (1 star)
Circle of Friends (4 stars)
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Loved this book and character. It made me think of Greece and the islands. It was good that intrwover the stories together. Would recommend to friends.Published 1 month ago by Gemini7
Great read brings you on a holiday island, where you meet all the locals and make lifelong friends.Published 7 months ago by Mrs A M Hatcher
Love it , Sadly poor Maeve Binchy is no longer with us.Published 13 months ago by mrs lorna johnson
One of Maeve Binchey's best. An excellent read, with likeable characters.Published 15 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 15 months ago by Maggie O'DONOVAN