Book Review: Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy

In three words:

Magaical, comforting, friendships



What I thought:

I didn’t intend to read this book: I came to it by accident after mistakenly believing that my Maeve Binchy days were behind me. Twenty plus years ago I devoured her books – Echoes, Light a Penny Candle, Circle of Friends etc – they were wonderful and comforting and epic and saw me through my teens. Then I moved on to other authors. Last month, when on a Greek Island and having finished all the books I had taken with me I needed something else to read and picked this book out of a miniscule selection of about 10 books in the little supermarket near our villa. This book was set in Greece and it would be a blast from the past, but I was completely unprepared for how much I loved it!

Nights of Rain and Stars starts in a little Greek taverna high on a hill and 6 strangers gather to watch the horrifying explosion of a tour boat in the harbour below. Fiona and her horrible boyfriend Shane are from Ireland, Elsa is from Germany, Thomas from America and David from England eat and talk together with the Greek owner of the taverna well into the night and soon feel that they have been friends for a long time and their friendship continues through the next few weeks as they all discover more about each other and what they are running away from.

Anyone who is familiar with Maeve Binchy will know what to expect: she is an author who write about (and gets spot on) friendships and relationships and she is a gifted story-teller who places the reader right there in the book with the characters. What I loved about this book was not only feeling that the author was writing about the place I was – the pine forests, the food, the lemon trees and olive groves, but it made me remember just why I loved her all those years ago.

Verdict: Warms the heart and cools & sooths the brain.

(source: I bought my copy of this book)


9 thoughts on “Book Review: Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy

  1. I enjoyed this book last year or so. A very nice holiday atmosphere.

    I used to read all her books, but there was one a few years ago that I didn’t like so much: The Hawthorn Tree or so. I almost gave up on Binchy, but I enjoyed this book again.


  2. Like you, I loved Binchy when I was a teen. I spent many nights while babysitting (waiting for parents to come home from their nights out) reading her lovely novels. Also like you I haven’t read any since! I’m glad to hear that they are just as satisfying now and that she is continuing to write in her comforting style.


  3. I, too, am so happy that Binchy’s books remain comfortable friends that I can still turn to. I’ve really enjoyed her most recent books, including this one. I always worry when I pick one up that I won’t like it as much, because I also fell in love with them back in the beginning and devoured them all. I haven’t been disappointed! Ah, good stuff.


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