Nights of Rain and Stars

Nights of Rain and Stars

by Maeve Binchy

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The lives of four strangers are forever altered when they meet in a Greek seaside village in this compelling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy.

Tourists enter the hilltop tavern, alone and in pairs, for a casual lunch. But a sudden tragedy in the harbor below causes these perfect strangers to become unlikely friends as their lives begin to entwine...

Fiona left her nursing career in Ireland to be with the man everyone thinks is wrong for her. Elsa fled Germany and her high-powered television job once she learned what the man she loved was hiding from her. Thomas mourns his failed marriage and misses his young son in California, while David yearns to reconcile with his family in England without having to go into the family business. Chance has brought them together, and together they will find new ways of looking at the lives they left behind.

“By the time the bouzouki players start up on the last page, you’ll feel you’ve known these people all your life.”—The Seattle Times 

“The sort of book you should take with you on a trip to the Greek islands.”—The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594131028
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 447
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined The Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and she went on to write more than twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She was married to writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for thirty-five years. She passed away in 2012 at the age of seventy-two.


Dublin, Ireland, and London, England

Date of Birth:

May 28, 1940

Place of Birth:

Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland


Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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"The sort of book you should take with you on a trip to the Greek islands."—Boston Globe

"Engaging...Binchy's fans will enjoy this summery page-turner."—Publishers Weekly

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Nights of Rain and Stars 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story all the separate lives that were intertwined and separated out thru the whole novel. Great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ladykk More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LisaDunckley 5 months ago
Another case of “good but not great”. Maeve Binchy’s best are definite 5 star reads, this one isn’t quite there. It’s a nice read, just not one that I can’t put down, or one I will reread. Many of the main characters aren’t very likable (although some of them are in Binchy’s other Dublin series books, and they are likable there). The story is set on an island in Greece, where a tour boat burns up, killing many tourists and islanders. The main characters were on the boat the day before, and how they deal with the emotions this causes as well as decisions they make about their lives makes up the rest of the book. I found that a lot of the things that the people did in the book were frustrating to me. They seemed to make mostly poor choices, and to whine about how nobody understood them. The last quarter of the book had some epiphanies and somewhat redeemed the story. The book is not terrible, it’s just that Maeve Binchy sets the bar REALLY high with her writing, so it’s a bummer when one of her books isn’t the 5* read I was expecting. Recommend to anyone who loves Binchy or other cozy type stories, or books with multiple storylines. If you have not read any of Maeve Binchy’s other books, I would not start with this one. The others are much better (Evening Class, Scarlet Feather, Quentins, etc).
Anonymous 6 months ago
A charming novel of kind loving people that show their love and care for each other in this old world of ours. They think of others with out regard of themselves offering true concern and help to ease their burden. Well done!! Delightful to read. Couldn't put it down!!!
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delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I was given, and the story is nice, but the setting and characters are not developed. Binchy always has a multitude of characters, but fails to enhance any of them. I thoroughly enjoyed Scarlet Feather, but the last two books have been "beach" reading. This story is set on a Greek island, where a group of tourists witness a disaster and then stay on the island and become friends. The passion and emotion are lacking in the story.
hemlokgang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice story, as all of Binchy's are. This particular story involves a group of people from different countries who become connected during a stay on Greek island., During the course of their stay, they each learn something important about themselves and about life.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A group of tourists on a small Greek Island are drawn together after they witness a tragedy at sea. Each of them is struggling with personal problems: German Reporter Elsa has quit her job and left her boyfriend after discovering a devastating secret he had kept hidden. Fiona has come to the island from Ireland with her boyfriend Shane - her parents don't like him but she is determined to share her life with him. Californian Thomas is getting over a bitter divorce and his ex-wife's remarriage, afraid that his son will love his stepfather more than he loves Thomas. David has left his family behind in England; they want him to join in the family business but he has other plans. The people living on the island also have their problems: taverna owner Andreas is estranged from his son as is his friend Vonni whose son hates her because of her troubled past. As this disparate group comes to know each other, their lives will change in ways they never thought possible. "Nights of Rain and Stars" gets off to a slow start, but once Maeve Binchy was done introducing the characters and switches to their families stories (about halfway through the book) I didn't want to put the book down. With the exception of Shane (who is so one-dimensional you have to wonder what Fiona ever saw in him), the others are complex and well-written characters that you will care about (liking them one second, wanting to shake them the next). All of their personal struggles were interesting, although Andreas wasn't in the book enough for me to fully care about his problems with his son. Vonni is perhaps the best-written character - she is the wise "mother" of them all, able to solve their problems but not her own. Binchy throws in several plot twists that keep the story moving and the twists make some of the characters even more interesting. Not all of the plot developments work, I found the one romantic relationship that developed to be unconvincing. Binchy ties up most of the various plots at the end, but leaves a couple of them open ended, perhaps sloppy writing or perhaps with a sequel in mind. This was a pleasant, cozy book to read.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maeve Binchy always makes me want to hop on a plane and get away from it all somewhere else for a month or two. First it was London; this time it's Greece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the beginning the story unfolds beautifully and continues to the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not a story about "made up" -people. It was so real that I felt I could have known any of them. Hurt, lonely, afraid, suffering, friendship, love...all wrapped in one story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy being lovingly carried along in a story about loves and lovers. What a wonderful way to be a part of life by being included in the lives of the characters in “Nights Of Rain And Stars.”
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wonder if this book was actually written by Maeve Binchy. The quality of the storytelling is so far beneath many of her other works. I was very disappointed. If this is the only book of Binchy's that you've read, don't stop here. Read Circle of Friends, or The Copper Beach. I enjoyed the Greek setting too but the characters and their relationships were not believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great relaxing story that takes you there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me of the book by James A Michener, The Drifters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the way you brought strangers together to start new friendships! Each individual personality brought something special to the table! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May you rest in peace knowing you have bought laughter and tears in one paragraph of your many books. I always hoped to come to Ireland one day and have you autograph a book for me but instead you went to be in heaven among the other stars. I LOVED NIGHTS and STARS!!!
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
My first Maeve Binchy book was Echoes (review), which I read about two years ago on a trip to Florida. I really enjoyed that book and knew that I had to see what else Binchy has written. I picked this one up at my local used book store, but unfortunately, it sat on my shelf for quite a while. I finally got around to and I'm glad I did. This was a good story and the setting of Greece was beautifully written! Elsa, Thomas, Fiona, and David come from four different countries and have never met before one night at a small Greek tavern. They each come from wildly different backgrounds and are each struggling with something from their past. They've all run away from home (in a sense) and don't want to go back. Throughout the book, we learn what each of their secrets are. This book was very simply written, which is one of the things I loved about Binchy's writing in Echoes. She has a way with words to make everything so beautiful without feeling like they're big fancy sentences. Does that make sense? There are some bigger moments in this book, but I really love that it's just a story about four people's lives and how they learn to grow and let go of their larger issues. And like I said, the setting described in this book is beautiful! Thankfully, I've been to Greece before, so I was able to picture the setup of the islands a little easier having seen some for myself first-hand. It truly makes me want to go back and enjoy the culture of Greece again.
SunnySJ More than 1 year ago
Slow reading.
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