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Nights of Rain and Stars

Maeve Binchy

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Orion

Published : 2005

Copyright : Maeve Binchy 2004

ISBN-10 : PB 0-7528-6536-6
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-7528-6536-2

Publisher's Write-Up

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 Irish woman who lives in the village and is now a near-native, they each find a solution - although not necessarily the one they anticipated...

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Review by Hidayah Ismawi (301111) Rating (8/10)

Review by Hidayah Ismawi
Rating 8/10
Four strangers on holiday in picturesque Greece, all escaping from their problems and past, are thrown together after the sleepy seaside town of Aghia Anna suffers a great tragedy. Thomas, a professor from America, Elsa, a drop-dead gorgeous German journalist, David, a young man from England and Fiona, a nurse from Ireland find themselves quickly forming an easy friendship with each other and the locals. As the town bands together in sorrow, these visitors also find strength in themselves and each other to face their own internal struggles.

What I liked about this book:
This is the second book I’ve read from this author, the first was Whitethorn Woods, and in both she has proven that the strength of a book lies not necessarily in a complex and fast paced plot, but in character development. Each and every character in this book is a person, with feelings, conflicts, hopes, desires and fears. The interaction between each character makes this book a very pleasant and feel good read.

What I disliked about this book:
I would have changed the ending, perhaps answered more questions or reunited more people. As laid-back as the book was, I was still hoping for a dramatic conclusion, but the author chose to end the book pretty much the same spirit as the book itself.

A quote I liked in this book:
"I don’t know either, and I also hope. But remember, no looking back, no regrets, no comparisons.
Hidayah Ismawi (30th November 2011)

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