Monday, March 09, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 252: A Week in Winter

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week I am sharing a bit of A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy, who died in 2012, shortly after finishing this book.

Stoneybridge was a paradise for children during the summer, but summer in the west of Ireland was short, and most of the time it was wet and wild and lonely on the Atlantic coast. Still, there were caves to explore, cliffs to climb, birds’ nests to discover, and wild sheep with great curly horns to investigate. And then there was Stone House. Chicky loved to play in its huge overgrown garden. Sometimes the Miss Sheedys, three sisters who owned the house and were ancient, let her play at dressing up in their old clothes.

(Opening chapter)


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), Stone house is finally ready to welcome its first guests to the big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. Laugh and cry with this unlikely group as they share their secrets and — maybe — even see some of their dreams come true. Full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor, once again she embraces us with her grand storytelling.


Lea said...

A wonderful, lovely story as are all of Maeve Binchy's books.

kelley jensen said...

I like the teaser a lot, it paints a pretty picture.

PlantPostings said...

Oh, I want to read this one! I've enjoyed her other stories, and this one sounds fabulous.

Heather said...

Lea, Kelley and Beth: Thank you, I'm looking forward to diving into this one. ☺

Alice Audrey said...

I find Maeve Binchy a little too slow paced for my taste. She paints beautiful scenery and some interesting characters, but I always wander off in the middle of a paragraph.

Heather said...

Alice: It's been a long time since I've read one of her books, but the first one I ever read, Light a Penny Candle stuck with me for years, even though I could not remember the title until a few years ago. So far this one hasn't been too bad.