Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (Anchor, 2014)

This was Maeve Binchy’s last novel, as she died soon after completing it. It won’t disappoint you if you’re a fan; it’s a touching, comforting novel in Binchy’s signature style. The main character returns to Ireland after a failed marriage and opens a bed-and-breakfast in her former hometown, which turns out better than predicted. Each chapter introduces a new character who somehow finds his or her way to this remote Irish town during the winter and feels better for it.

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Trains and Lovers

Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor, 2013)

This is an enjoyable but not particularly memorable novel, which is not part of any of his ongoing series. It’s basically a set of short stories tied together with a theme, which is trains (and lovers). Four people share their stories of life and love on a train trip from England to Scotland. Good for a snowy Saturday afternoon.

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