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)