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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    sweet read

    As a fan of all of Maeve Binchy's books - this was one of the sweeter stories. Predictable, but still will have you happy you read it. It makes one want to believe in the good in people and in small every day miracles. You really do feel as if you're on an enchanted Greek Isle. The setting is beautiful, and the you come to think of the characters as your friends.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Rainclan's Moonpool

    Leading up a slope, grass flattened by steps of ancients, a shimmering pool of watee that sparks with stars lays. This is Moonpool, Rainclan's way to communicate with Starclan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2007

    Kept me reading...

    I'm always anxious for a new Binchy book but I put off reading this one for a long time because of the low rating. Now I'm glad I gave it a shot. It took a while to get my interest, but at some point I found myself thinking about the characters and I couldn't wait to get back to it. It may not be one of Binchy's best but it certainly is an enjoyable story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    Excellent

    The people who gave this a bad review obviously don't understand or appreciate character driven stories. This is a beautifuly written tale of a traumatic event and how it brings strangers together. After reading this in one sitting, I wanted to pack my bags and head for Greece. I hated seeing the book, and my time with these people, end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    Enjoyable!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be a fast read. While MB is famous for stories in Ireland, this one takes place in Greece. Her descriptions of the tiny village made you feel as if you were there! I was sad as I turned the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    another wonderful novel of friendship

    I'm a big fan of Maeve Binchy. I've read most of her books, and although the storyline doesn't seem as ambitious or the climax as passionate as what you see in some others, like 'Circle of Friends', I really enjoyed this book. Binchy's writing style is always honest, heartfelt, easy to read, engaging to the end, and always very accurate in terms of capturing friendships. Her characters are people you know, or what to know. So I recommend 'Nights of Rain and Stars'.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    Keep Them Coming

    I love Maeve and always enjoy her books, though they are getting a little tired. As she is growing older, perhaps life and romance takes on a calmer, slower pace. Still, I love her writing style and enjoy reading books by this classic writer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    A small step down from Binchey's other books

    I am a big Binchey fan, but I was somewhat dissapointed that this book did not have the twist I am used to in her other books. It is still a great book and I enjoyed reading it very much. I recommend all of Binchey's other books, but particularly CIRCLE OF FRIENDS and GLASS LAKE. I would also like to suggest another great book by a new writer. I like taking a chance now and then on unknown writers, and I hit a pot of gold with A YEAR SINCE YESTERDAY by George Edward Zintel. It is a wonderful story that will stir your emotions. Give it a try.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    A LILTING READING

    Popular spellbinder Maeve Binchy is blessed with an imagination that knows no boundaries - neither do her stories as with her latest she moves far from Ireland to a small Greek island. In this setting she once again explores the fascinating relationships between people - what draws them to one another and what binds them together. Four strangers, each from a different country and each running away for very personal reasons, witness a horrible scene as a full tour boat goes up in flames. They've gathered at a taverna owned by an elderly Greek, Andreas. He, too, is heart sore as an argument sent his only son to America. Vonni, who owns a craft shop on the island, assists him in hosting the group. She also has sadness in her past as some thirty years ago she left Ireland to follow her feckless lover to this tiny spot in the sea. Among the strangers who are gathered by the chance of tragedy are Elsa, a beautiful German woman who renounced love; David, a rather timid young Englishman whose over achieving father wants him to follow in dad's footsteps; Thomas, trying to recover from his divorce and the realization that he must share his son with his ex wife's new husband; and Fiona, an Irish nurse, who despite pleas from friends and relatives has accompanied her ne'er-do-well boyfriend to this island. In true Binchy fashion there is healing to be found. Well known by audiences in Dublin's Abbey Theatre, actress Terry Donnelly renders a splendid voice performance on both the cassette and CD editions. Listeners may well remember her excellent reading of Binchy's 'Quentins' in which she vivified the story with an Irish lilt to her well modulated voice. - Gail Cooke

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