Set in Stoneybridge, a small town on the western coast of Ireland where no neighbor is a stranger, Chicky Starr has found the perfect spot, grand and high on a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for her bed and breakfast. Everyone in town thinks she's lost it, for her location is a dilapidated mansion, and seems unlikely to be a peaceful setting for a sea side holiday.
Assisted by Rigger and Orla, her handy neighbor and business savvy niece, Chicky remodels the place to welcome her first houseguests. Yet with an unlikely cast of characters, what is supposed to be a relaxing holiday for a motley crew of new arrivals, could become a topsy turvy tailspin.
Marked with the particular wit and warm tone of author Maeve Binchy, this final novel, written just before her death, will embrace her fans once again with her charming, Irish flair for a good yarn.
Maeve Binchy, born in 1940, was a novelist, a writer of short stories, a columnist, and a playwright. She is renowned for her good humor in relating the small town idiosyncrasies of Ireland, for her empathy, and for her clever twists in storytelling. She was Ireland's favorite writer at the time of her death in 2012. She has been featured on the New York Times best seller list as well as Oprah's Book Club. Honored for her "total absence of malice" and for her generosity to other writers, when she passed away, thousands of readers worldwide mourned her death and celebrated her life and contribution to literary arts.
Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland
where all the families know one another. 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
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 and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; 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
Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is
pure joy, full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces
us with her grand storytelling.
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