I was lucky enough to have a collector’s edition of A Week in Winter. At the end is a short story called A Week In Summer. I’m not such a fan of Maeve’s short stories, they never get going enough for me and I’m always left wanting more, however I can see where she may have got some of the inspirations for her writing of the first book, and then the short story. Just in case there are no other manuscripts left unpublished by Maeve, A Week in Summer may be the last we’ll get from this great inspirational writer.
Truly brilliant, I didn’t want it to end. Which is the sign of a good book. It was magical and Maeve used her usual art of weaving the characters all together and making a great story. One of those where you want to climb right in and be part of the action. I can’t believe she’s passed over and there won’t be any more books!
My lovely friend has kindly finished reading this book which I gave her for her birthday, and has passed it back to me so that I can enjoy it too. Followers of my blog will know that I agonised over sneakily reading it before I gave it to her, but I just couldn’t do it. So I waited patiently and now I have my reward.
Maeve’s books have such a lovely tale of community. She lays out the individual characters and then weaves them all together. Many of the characters are really inspiring and I usually feel motivated to get on with my life after I’ve read one of her books. Can’t wait to carry on reading, just the chore of working today!
Oh My! I have a copy. I have a copy right here and now in my possession! I was in town starting my Christmas shopping and catching up on my birthday lists as well. I needed some inspiration for a friend who has a birthday in 4 days time. Whilst browsing books in a discount store, it came to me. That FLASH! of inspiration, that whisper in my ear. “Go find the New Maeve Binchy” it said.
I dashed out of the shop almost knocking customers out-of-the-way and shot across to WHSmith. Dodged more shoppers, took the stairs two at a time and there it was on display, and half price too! I hugged my copy close to my chest as I stood in line to pay. Should I buy more than 1?? No, I’ll read it after my friend!
Oh But the anguish! How long will it be before my friend will read it. Could I sneak read it first and then wrap it up? I’ve got a book to finish first, I’m sure I could read them both in 4 days. But it’s a moral dilemma. If I’m careful and don’t bend the spine, would she notice? Am I that sneaky? Am I that desperate? It’s here in front of me as I write, calling me, willing me to open it up…. Will I? Won’t I?
I’ve followed Maeve Binchy for years, and was sad to hear she had passed away during the summer. Minding Frankie brought back all the good things about her way of weaving a community together which got lost in her short stories for me. My faith was renewed!