Nights Of Rain And Stars [NOOK Book]

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101210291
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 51,106
  • File size: 313 KB

Meet the Author

Maeve Binchy
If storytelling is an art, then Maeve Binchy is unquestionably one of today's master artists. After all, Binchy was born, educated, and lives in Ireland, a land well known for its great storytellers. Firmly grounded in the Irish storytelling tradition, Binchy has earned a sizeable following of enthusiastic fans for her 11 novels and 4 collections of short stories.

I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you're going to be an Irish writer," Maeve jokes. Perhaps that happy childhood is why Binchy did not publish her first novel until she was 43 years old. But there's no doubt that once she did she proved herself to be an immensely talented and successful writer many times over with 11 New York Times bestsellers to her name.



Binchy was introduced into the joys of storytelling at an early age. Her mother, Maureen, and father, William, a prominent Dublin barrister, encouraged Binchy and her three siblings to be avid readers as well as to share stories at dinner and, as her brother William admits, nobody loved telling stories more than Maeve.



Growing up in the quiet seaside town of Dalkey, located about 10 miles south of Dublin, Binchy also found herself dreaming of escape. "I love Dalkey now," she says, "but when I was young, I thought it was somewhat like living in the desert." Her desire to escape led her first to the big city, to the University College in Dublin, where she studied history and French. After graduating in 1960, she taught Latin, French, and history in a Dublin grade school and was able to indulge her love of traveling during summer vacations. She proved so popular a teacher that parents of her students pooled their money to send her on a trip to Israel. Her father was so impressed by the letters she wrote describing Israeli life that he typed them up and sent them to the Irish Independent newspaper. That's how Maeve returned home to find, quite to her surprise, that she was now a published writer.



Using her newfound interest in journalism, she got a job on The Irish Times as the women's editor, an unlikely role for her, she jokingly acknowledges, given her hopeless lack of fashion sense. In the early 70s, she shifted to feature reporting, and moved to London. The move was motivated only in part by her career. Making the kind of bold life-altering decision that many of her characters are prone to, Binchy decided to take a chance and move to London to be with the man she'd fallen in love with during a previous visit—Gordon Snell, a BBC broadcaster, children's book author, and mystery novelist.



The risk, as it often does in her novels, paid off big time. Maeve married Gordon in 1977, and the two remain happily married to this day. In 1980, they bought a one-bedroom cottage back in Binchy's old hometown of Dalkey. Struggling to make mortgage payments on their new home, Binchy, who had published two collections of her newspaper work and one of short stories, decided to try to sell her first novel, which she'd managed to write in between her newspaper assignments. When her publisher told her that Light A Penny Candle would likely be a bestseller, Maeve remembers her sense of shock. "I had to sit down," she recalls. "I had never even had enough money to pay the telephone bill."



Maeve and her husband still live in that same Dalkey cottage, where they share an office, writing side by side. "All I ever wanted to do," she says, "is to write stories that people will enjoy and feel at home with." She has unquestionably succeeded with that goal. Light A Penny Candle was followed by such bestselling works as Circle of Friends, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Minnie Driver, and Tara Road, an Oprah Book Club selection. Binchy has 11 New York Times bestsellers to her name and is consistently named one of the most popular writers in readers' polls in England and Ireland, outselling and rated higher than James Joyce. Of this success, Binchy comments with her typical good humor, "If you're going on a plane journey, you're more likely to take one of my stories than Finnegan's Wake."



In addition to her books, Binchy is also a playwright whose works have been staged at The Peacock Theatre of Dublin, and was the author of a hugely popular monthly column called "Maeve's Week," which appeared in The Irish Times for 32 years. A kind of combined gossip, humor, and advice column, it achieved cult status in Ireland and abroad. .


Biography

If storytelling is an art, then Maeve Binchy is unquestionably one of today's master artists. After all, Binchy was born, educated, and lives in Ireland, a land well known for its great storytellers. Firmly grounded in the Irish storytelling tradition, Binchy has earned a sizeable following of enthusiastic fans for her 11 novels and 4 collections of short stories. I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you're going to be an Irish writer," Maeve jokes. Perhaps that happy childhood is why Binchy did not publish her first novel until she was 43 years old. But there's no doubt that once she did she proved herself to be an immensely talented, multiple New York Times-bestselling author. her name.

Binchy was introduced into the joys of storytelling at an early age. Her mother, Maureen, and father, William, a prominent Dublin barrister, encouraged Binchy and her three siblings to be avid readers as well as to share stories at dinner and, as her brother William admits, nobody loved telling stories more than Maeve.

Growing up in the quiet seaside town of Dalkey, located about 10 miles south of Dublin, Binchy also found herself dreaming of escape. "I love Dalkey now," she says, "but when I was young, I thought it was somewhat like living in the desert." Her desire to escape led her first to the big city, to the University College in Dublin, where she studied history and French. After graduating in 1960, she taught Latin, French, and history in a Dublin grade school and was able to indulge her love of traveling during summer vacations. She proved so popular a teacher that parents of her students pooled their money to send her on a trip to Israel. Her father was so impressed by the letters she wrote describing Israeli life that he typed them up and sent them to the Irish Independent newspaper. That's how Maeve returned home to find, quite to her surprise, that she was now a published writer.

Using her newfound interest in journalism, she got a job on The Irish Times as the women's editor, an unlikely role for her, she jokingly acknowledges, given her hopeless lack of fashion sense. In the early 70s, she shifted to feature reporting, and moved to London. The move was motivated only in part by her career. Making the kind of bold life-altering decision that many of her characters are prone to, Binchy decided to take a chance and move to London to be with the man she'd fallen in love with during a previous visit—Gordon Snell, a BBC broadcaster, children's book author, and mystery novelist.

The risk, as it often does in her novels, paid off big time. Maeve married Gordon in 1977, and the two remain happily married to this day. In 1980, they bought a one-bedroom cottage back in Binchy's old hometown of Dalkey. Struggling to make mortgage payments on their new home, Binchy, who had published two collections of her newspaper work and one of short stories, decided to try to sell her first novel, which she'd managed to write in between her newspaper assignments. When her publisher told her that Light A Penny Candle would likely be a bestseller, Maeve remembers her sense of shock. "I had to sit down," she recalls. "I had never even had enough money to pay the telephone bill."

Maeve and her husband still live in that same Dalkey cottage, where they share an office, writing side by side. "All I ever wanted to do," she says, "is to write stories that people will enjoy and feel at home with." She has unquestionably succeeded with that goal. Light A Penny Candle was followed by such bestselling works as Circle of Friends, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Minnie Driver, and Tara Road, an Oprah Book Club selection. Binchy is consistently named one of the most popular writers in readers' polls in England and Ireland, outselling and rated higher than James Joyce. Of this success, Binchy comments with her typical good humor, "If you're going on a plane journey, you're more likely to take one of my stories than Finnegan's Wake."

In addition to her books, Binchy is also a playwright whose works have been staged at The Peacock Theatre of Dublin, and was the author of a hugely popular monthly column called "Maeve's Week," which appeared in The Irish Times for 32 years. A kind of combined gossip, humor, and advice column, it achieved cult status in Ireland and abroad.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

Good To Know

In our interview, Binchy shared some fun facts about herself with us:

"I am a big, confident, happy woman who had a loving childhood, a pleasant career, and a wonderful marriage. I feel very lucky."

"I have been lucky enough to travel a lot, meet great people in many lands. I have liked almost everyone I met along the way."

"I have always believed that life is too short for rows and disagreements. Even if I think I'm right, I would prefer to apologize and remain friends rather than win and be an enemy."

"I live in Ireland near the sea, only one mile from where I grew up -- that's good, since I've known many of my neighbours for between 50-60 years. Gordon and I play chess every day, and we are both equally bad. We play chatty over talkative bad Bridge with friends every week."

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    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 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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    This has been my favorite Binchy book, and I have read quit a fe

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2009

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    Loved It!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    So Memorable I felt I was there with the Characters

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    Loved it...

    I really enjoyed this book and I agree that I can't understand why it got such bad reader reviews.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Earthpaw

    He pads in, sizing up his sisters apprentice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Shadepaw

    Pads in after Leafriver silently, glancing at her in surprise as her direct speaking. (Sootpelt, res 2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Knew warrior in starclan

    My name is sootpelt and was from boulderclan i am flamekits brother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    FlightPaw

    He dipped his head slightly. "It seems that DawnPaw has had a condition, vaguely to a stroke, and now she has weird dreams and her whole body is in pain. I was just wonder if you know what it might be and what we can do to help her." He meowed and looked at the other cat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Leafriver

    "I dont know what it is. Shadepaw,do u?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Starpelt

    I came to you ravenstar plesae bring tallonpaw back to light clan he is on ur first result tell him we want him back its not his time to come here bring him back.

    0 out of 2 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 April 21, 2013

    I have read just about every book that Maeve has written and thi

    I have read just about every book that Maeve has written and this book was as wonderful as they all are. I can't understand anyone who didn't like it. I've read over a thousand books and Maeve is one of the best. On the other hand romance novels are mostly trash and leave me cold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Silvermist

    Can anyone see that i died?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Go to Greece

    I found this Binchy book to be inviting and well worth the time. The characters meet and develop connections under unique circumstances. I did not find any character stereotypical or predictable; as the reader I felt drawn in to the friendships, with their personal journeys. I have read Circle of Friends, Glass Lake, and Tara Road, so this was one more treat.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Not Binchy's Best Work Don't judge Maeve Binchy by this novel. I

    Not Binchy's Best Work
    Don't judge Maeve Binchy by this novel. It's simply not her best effort. I struggled through this one--largely because most of the characters were not all that likeable or believable. The characters were poorly developed, the language stilted. I can't speak for the German, Irish, or Greek characters, but I found the American characters did not speak like Americans. Thomas and Elsa, in particular, were very difficult people to understand or relate to. Thomas leaves on a sabbatical for a year, but can't seem to grasp why his 9 year old (going on 30) son is unhappy that he is away. It was hard to even understand what Elsa's problem was. And the Vonni character was simply annoying. People either talk about their lives or they don't. Instead she doles it out in small measures as if she wants everyone to keep asking her things. I understand Binchy was trying to build suspense and interest in her character, but it just wasn't believable. Skip this one--you'll have better luck with some of Binchy's other novels, such as Circle of Friends or Scarlet Feather.

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