A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy Most of Binchy's later books remind me of the old Onion headline, "Taco Bell's Five Ingredients Combined In Totally New Way." The woman wronged, the illegitimate baby, the reformed juvenile delinquent, the successful entrepreneur... these are all common staples. There are some interesting stories here though, despite a kind of dull framing element that includes a lot of repetition. (And don't people in Ireland ever eat anywhere other than the restaurants from Binchy's previous books? How does anyone ever manage to get a table?) It was all sweet without being too cloying, but I kind of miss the days when Binchy wrote stories that hurt.The narration by Rosalyn Landor is in a very pleasant Irish accent and also does well with the many other accents of the story.