Although it was a great read, finishing Maeve Binchy’s new book "A Week in Winter" was bittersweet for me. I enjoyed this book entirely as much as her others, but with the knowledge that it’s her last novel I was particularly sad to see it end. (A beloved Irish writer, Binchy passed away last July at the age of 72. She finished this book just prior to her death).

Stoneybridge is a small town on the western coast of Ireland. When Chicky Starr decides to move back to her home town and buy an old, decaying mansion and turn it into a guest lodge, everyone in town thinks she’s mad. With the aid of some unlikely employees, Chicky transforms the drab house into an inviting retreat with spectacular views of the sea and gourmet food. At last Stone House is ready to open, and an unlikely group of guests come together for Chicky’s first week in business. "A Week in Winter" is full of Binchy’s trademark wit and humor, revealing her once again as a masterful storyteller. What are you reading? Send me your recommendations! Email is best: I look forward to hearing from you!