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Nights of Rain and Stars

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful

Let me say this to start: The true beauty of this book is in its reality. In earlier reviews it is stated that these characters were unbelievable and some wouldn't act like they did in the book. Who says? People are not robots, people do and act and say things we wou...
Let me say this to start: The true beauty of this book is in its reality. In earlier reviews it is stated that these characters were unbelievable and some wouldn't act like they did in the book. Who says? People are not robots, people do and act and say things we wouldn't think they would say. This novel touched me deeply in its beauty and simplicity. Binchy's books are filled to the brim with wonderful characters and down to earth narration. I personally have known Americans who act like Englishman and children who speak well beyond their years. If anything, I would hope this bok would make people be more compassionate with each other and their families. It doesn't take a trip across the world to see and feel what is right, right before your eyes. NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS is a book to recommend to anyone who wants just a good story. To sum up: Heartwarming.

posted by Anonymous on March 10, 2007

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I have to start this review by saying, I am usually a fan of Maeve Binchy's writing. I loved 'The Glass Lake' and 'Evening Class'. I was disappointed by this novel. 'Nights of Rain and Stars' is set on a small Greek Village, Aghia Anna. Four tourists meet for the first ...
I have to start this review by saying, I am usually a fan of Maeve Binchy's writing. I loved 'The Glass Lake' and 'Evening Class'. I was disappointed by this novel. 'Nights of Rain and Stars' is set on a small Greek Village, Aghia Anna. Four tourists meet for the first time at a small cafe high on the mountains overlooking the sea. They all witness a tragedy - a boat catches fire and the people on board are killed in front of their eyes. The novel starts with promise, but I'm afraid I lost interest very quickly. I'll start with the good points about the novel. There is no doubt that Maeve Binchy is a good storyteller, and even though it is not a great book, I was still able to read it all the way through without giving up on it. The summer holiday atmosphere is very well presented, and no doubt this would make a good beach read where the reader is not really bothered about the writing style or the outcome, but just wants to pass a bit of time. Now to the bad points. In my opinion, the main characters (the four tourists) were all stereotypes, as were the Greek villagers. Many of the characters appeared to have no backbone, or were totally unable to make up their minds about anything, going back and forth over the same problems and not making any progress. Then suddenly a mad old Irish woman who sleeps in a hen house,and had once been an alcoholic, solves all their problems. They all end up deciding what to do about their lives based on her advice, and in my view, they all make very strange (and unbelieveable) decisions. I don't think Binchy did a very good job in developing the characters. They have very little personality. My final comment: Orion is a big publishing company, right? Surely they must employ editors?? There is little evidence that any editor was involved in the publication of this book.

posted by MariaSavva_Author on October 3, 2009

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  • Posted October 3, 2009

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    Disappointing

    I have to start this review by saying, I am usually a fan of Maeve Binchy's writing. I loved 'The Glass Lake' and 'Evening Class'. I was disappointed by this novel. 'Nights of Rain and Stars' is set on a small Greek Village, Aghia Anna. Four tourists meet for the first time at a small cafe high on the mountains overlooking the sea. They all witness a tragedy - a boat catches fire and the people on board are killed in front of their eyes. The novel starts with promise, but I'm afraid I lost interest very quickly. I'll start with the good points about the novel. There is no doubt that Maeve Binchy is a good storyteller, and even though it is not a great book, I was still able to read it all the way through without giving up on it. The summer holiday atmosphere is very well presented, and no doubt this would make a good beach read where the reader is not really bothered about the writing style or the outcome, but just wants to pass a bit of time. Now to the bad points. In my opinion, the main characters (the four tourists) were all stereotypes, as were the Greek villagers. Many of the characters appeared to have no backbone, or were totally unable to make up their minds about anything, going back and forth over the same problems and not making any progress. Then suddenly a mad old Irish woman who sleeps in a hen house,and had once been an alcoholic, solves all their problems. They all end up deciding what to do about their lives based on her advice, and in my view, they all make very strange (and unbelieveable) decisions. I don't think Binchy did a very good job in developing the characters. They have very little personality. My final comment: Orion is a big publishing company, right? Surely they must employ editors?? There is little evidence that any editor was involved in the publication of this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Listened to this on tape and thought it was a good read. 

    Listened to this on tape and thought it was a good read. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Not her best but still quite enjoyable.

    I finally read this book. I had hesitated (1) because I was disappointed in her last 2 books (sorry, I know everyone else loved them) and (2) because the story did not take place in Ireland, which is the reason, I think, I find the other books so thrilling. But I found 'Nights of Rain and Stars' a refreshing Maeve Binchy novel. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a good story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    Missing in Action...

    This book hardly seems written by Maeve Binchy. Did not reach the level of her other books at all. Characters were not very alive, and all too predictable. There were no twists or plots, just a rambling tale that had a sappy ending that leads you to believe that there will be a sequel. If so I would not bother. This book writes of a beautiful area, an exotic locale and that alone was the only redeeming quality in it and the only reason I gave it 3 stars. The only reason I finished it was because Maeve had written it and I hoped that there would be some final twist that would make it worth while.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 5, 2011

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