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Nights Of Rain And Stars
     

Nights Of Rain And Stars

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by Maeve Binchy
 

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In bestselling writer Maeve Binchy's perfect vacation novel, a horrific fire on a tourist boat is the catalyst that throws together four disparate people in a tiny Greek village. Representing four nationalities--American, English, Irish, and German--the four become friends as they share the details of their lives and try to decide how best to go on with them.

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In bestselling writer Maeve Binchy's perfect vacation novel, a horrific fire on a tourist boat is the catalyst that throws together four disparate people in a tiny Greek village. Representing four nationalities--American, English, Irish, and German--the four become friends as they share the details of their lives and try to decide how best to go on with them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101210291
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
3,550
File size:
682 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined The Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and she went on to write more than twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She was married to writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for thirty-five years. She passed away in 2012 at the age of seventy-two.


Brief Biography

Hometown:
Dublin, Ireland, and London, England
Date of Birth:
May 28, 1940
Place of Birth:
Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland
Education:
Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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Nights of Rain and Stars 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite Binchy book, and I have read quit a few, Quintens comes in a close second. With the setting of a Greek island, this story embraced me like a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed the interaction of the characters, which involve residence of the isle, and a group of visitors who climb a picturesque hill to dine at a little restaurant. As the story evolves, the characters learn to care for each other, help each other, and learn a few life lessons in the process. This book feels like sunshine, sparkling ocean, blue skies and love of friends and family. If you love Binchy, you should also try Rosmunde Pilcher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been to Greece recently, I thought this was a lovely tale written to make the reader believe they were actually there. Wonderful description of the towns and landscape. Although it may be a little predicable, I would read it again and WILL recommend it to friends! A nice way to "escape" for a while.
ladykk More than 1 year ago
I have been a devoted reader of Maeve Binchy since Light a Penny Candlexo when I picked up Nights of Rain and Stars I expected an awesome read. However, what I got was so much more. The characters were so real I felt that I knew them personally. The setting was so descriptive I felt that I was there in Greece with all of the characters. I didn't want the book to end so I re-read the last chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 7 days ago
What a great story all the separate lives that were intertwined and separated out thru the whole novel. Great!
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
My first Maeve Binchy book was Echoes (review), which I read about two years ago on a trip to Florida. I really enjoyed that book and knew that I had to see what else Binchy has written. I picked this one up at my local used book store, but unfortunately, it sat on my shelf for quite a while. I finally got around to and I'm glad I did. This was a good story and the setting of Greece was beautifully written! Elsa, Thomas, Fiona, and David come from four different countries and have never met before one night at a small Greek tavern. They each come from wildly different backgrounds and are each struggling with something from their past. They've all run away from home (in a sense) and don't want to go back. Throughout the book, we learn what each of their secrets are. This book was very simply written, which is one of the things I loved about Binchy's writing in Echoes. She has a way with words to make everything so beautiful without feeling like they're big fancy sentences. Does that make sense? There are some bigger moments in this book, but I really love that it's just a story about four people's lives and how they learn to grow and let go of their larger issues. And like I said, the setting described in this book is beautiful! Thankfully, I've been to Greece before, so I was able to picture the setup of the islands a little easier having seen some for myself first-hand. It truly makes me want to go back and enjoy the culture of Greece again. Pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com
SunnySJ More than 1 year ago
Slow reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and I agree that I can't understand why it got such bad reader reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He pads in, sizing up his sisters apprentice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in after Leafriver silently, glancing at her in surprise as her direct speaking. (Sootpelt, res 2)