Maeve Binchy at her very best - the superb novel of one summer, and four people whose lives are irrevocably changed.
In a Greek taverna, high over the small village of Aghia Anna, four people meet for the first time: Fiona, an Irish nurse, Thomas, a Californian academic; Elsa, a German television presenter; and David a shy English boy.
Along with Andreas, the old man who runs the taverna, they become close to each other after witnessing a tragedy when a pleasure steamer catches fire in the harbour.
NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS is the story of one summer when Fiona, Thomas, Elsa and David all have to face the particular life crisis which first made them leave their homes and end up in Greece.
With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irishwoman who lives in the village and is now a near native, they each find a solution - although not necessarily the one they anticipated...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 29/06/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752865362
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Review by Cecilturtle
No big surprises in this book, but a light easy read.
Review by Fantasma
Definitley this is the worst Maeve Binchy book I've read so far. I was surprised because it doesn't even looks like a book writen by her, the story is very weak, the caracters have little interest and aren't developed. They don't even look real, their atitudes, the way they talk, the story final result...Usually we end her books with a comfy feelling, in this one we are left with nothing. Just the desire to visit Greece :)
Review by judithann
A lovely feel-good story, taking place in a small town in Greece. Five tourists, from different countries meet up in a taverna, while a boat sinks in the harbour down the hill from where they are. The tragedy brings them together, and they all stay for several more weeks, addressing their own and each other's problems back home.
Review by freddlerabbit
Maeve Binchy writes the type of novel that is so not to my taste - pretty clear good and bad guys; mostly happy endings, fairly obvious plot turns. I really don't like stuff like this. And yet - something keeps bringing me back every few years to pick one up, and I enjoy myself each time I read one of her works, even if I am occasionally rolling my eyes and groaning out loud. I don't know if it's because the recognizable character archetypes are compelling in spite of their familiarity, or whether her strong push to show much of the affection and strength and love that humans are capable of endears her to me, but whatever it is, I know what I'm in for, and I do enjoy it.
Review by moosenoose
This story revolves around 4 strangers (from England, Ireland, Germany and America) who meet in a Greek taverna in the village of Aghia Anna and how they are brought together by a tragedy that hits the town. The book tells of each persons history and why they came to be in this part of the world and was sometimes, but not always, a good read. The details of the scenery and the Greek way of life reminded me of past holidays which I enjoyed, but sometimes the characters did not seem real or were just quite rude and annoying, the Irish characters in particular. This made me want to just finish the book and move on to another one, which is a shame. Would be ok to read if you had nothing else to hand, but I wouldn't recommend buying this.
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