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Nights of Rain and Stars
Nights of Rain and Stars | Maeve Binchy
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In a small Greek island village, local residents and a group of international travelers are brought together by sudden tragedy, in a story of friendship, dreams, fears, and complicated relationships forever altered by shared experiences. Reprint.
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A lovely light read. I enjoyed this one most out of the three Binchy buddy reads I've done. Thanks @Andrew65 and fellow buddy readers. Look forward to the final discussion. #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead #NightofRainandStars

Andrew65 A very busy week has delayed me posting the final questions, will get onto it. 2mo
CarolynM @Andrew65 No worries. When you're ready🙂 2mo
ljuliel Hi Carolyn , I‘m looking for a notice about any further Binchy buddy reads ? I‘ve tried searching through the posts and think this is the last month‘s book. Are you guys continuing with any others ? @Andrew65 Thanks (edited) 2mo
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CarolynM @ljuliel Hi👋 I'm pretty sure there will be more Binchy buddy reads @Andrew65 has been running them for a while. I haven't seen any details for the next one but I haven't been around very much in the last couple of weeks. Over to you Andrew - what do you have planned? 2mo
ljuliel Thanks for the info, Carolyn. I‘m rereading Light a Penny Candle , so that reminded me that there was a buddy read of some of the Binchy books in here. I didn‘t know if you guys planned on going through her entire list , if they‘re in any order, or how you choose which one is next. I‘ll wait for Andrew to check in also. I appreciate your help 🙂 2mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM @ljuliel Yes we have been running #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead for about a year and a half, with a buddy Read each month. We are reading the books in order of publication, usually around 19th of each month but this month‘s will be a bit later due to my personal circumstances. The next book is Whitethorn Woods. Thanks for the post @CarolynM 2mo
ljuliel Thank you @Andrew65 That‘s one of hers I have yet to read. So Whitethorn Woods , we start reading around Oct 19 , or the discussion is then ? I‘ll see if I can get ahold of a copy. 2mo
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Discussion of Chapters 11 - 14

Question 5 of 5

JacqMac I think we might end up with some happy endings. Thanks to Vonni. (edited) 2mo
EadieB I agree that there is still time in the book for some new directions on these relationships. 2mo
CarolynM I hope David only goes back to his parents to show he loves them, not to do what they want. But I always have a very negative reaction about parents who want to make decisions for their adult offspring. 2mo
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cobwebmoth @CarolynM me too. 2mo
Andrew65 Worry most about Thomas at this point. 2mo
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Discussion of Chapters 11 - 14

Question 4 of 5

JacqMac I think it frustrated her to see them making what she believed were mistakes. I think she has regrets about her own mistakes and she wants them to fix their relationships while they still can. 2mo
EadieB I agree with JacqMac that she is losing patience with their problems and she wants to help them fix their mistakes before it is too late. 2mo
CarolynM What @JacqMac said. Also maybe a bit of frustration at feeling they weren't taking her earlier suggestions seriously. 2mo
cobwebmoth I agree. 2mo
Andrew65 Totally agree too @JacqMac 2mo
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Discussion of Chapters 11 - 14

Question 3 of 5

JacqMac Vonnie‘s story is fascinating enough to be a book of it‘s own. I find it interesting that the town accepted her in the end. 2mo
EadieB I agree that Vonnie's story could be its own book. Her husband Stefan was not very nice to her. I like how all the people on the island protect Vonni's story. 2mo
CarolynM I agree with @JacqMac @EadieB - this could have been a whole book. Actually, I think all the stories could have been. I have felt through the other Binchy books I've read with you that she is great at coming up with ideas but doesn't seem to want to do the work to flesh them out into fully realised characters and stories so she throws them all into a mash up. The result is books that are entertaining but, for me at least, not very satisfying. 2mo
cobwebmoth She's an interesting character. It was nice to finally learn her story, but I found it very sad. 2mo
Andrew65 I agree @cobwebmoth A very sad story and annoying at the same time. This could easily have been a series of books, with this as the final one. Maeve does sometimes leave you a bit unsatisfied. @CarolynM @JacqMac @EadieB 2mo
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Discussion of Chapters 11 - 14

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JacqMac It‘s weird. I think she thinks she loves him, but I don‘t think she really does. I also think he‘s just telling her what he thinks she wants to hear. 2mo
EadieB I agree with @JacqMac that Dieter and Elsa's relationship is a dead end as it doesn't seem like real love to me either. (edited) 2mo
CarolynM I don't think there's really enough information to make a judgement. I'd like to know how the arrangement started and what each of them was thinking then. If she does go back I don't think it's likely to last very long. (edited) 2mo
cobwebmoth It doesn't strike me as a very healthy relationship. I think that she would be happier in the future without him. 2mo
Andrew65 Think I agree with @JacqMac and @EadieB. I don‘t think deep down even she thinks she loves him, or that he loves her - more the thought of her. 2mo
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Discussion of Chapters 11 - 14

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JacqMac I don‘t think so. Shane is so selfish. 2mo
EadieB No I don't think selfish Shane was ever really interested in Fiona. 2mo
CarolynM Not in a million years. He was only interested in what Fiona would do for him, he wouldn't have crossed the street for her, let alone travel back to the island. 2mo
cobwebmoth No. He only cared about himself. 2mo
Andrew65 Was never going to go back for her. 2mo
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EadieB
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Greek island village, a story of friendship, dreams, fears, and complicated relationships forever altered by their shared experiences. I would think of this book as the best of Binchy. I love her characters. They helped each other with problems. Story was very engaging. Her descriptions made me feel like I was on the island along with the characters. I would highly recommend this one to those who love to read about relationships.

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Andrew65 This is one of my favourites from reading many years ago, but not remember the story so enjoying it this time too. A horrible day has stopped me progressing with this one. 3mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Are you still have problems with the acid reflux? 3mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes but today was more school related but sure it won‘t help the acid reflux. (edited) 3mo
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EadieB @Andrew65 Sorry to hear that! 3mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Thanks, bring on tomorrow! 3mo
JacqMac I agree. This one is so good. Sorry about the bad day @Andrew65 I hope tomorrow is better. 3mo
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Discussion of Chapters 7 - 10

Question 4 of 4

EadieB I like David a lot. I think his patience has caused him to be more successful then Vonni. 3mo
JacqMac Yep @EadieB Some people are just calming to others. And I wish he‘d come teach my kids to drive. It‘s nerve wracking! lol 3mo
cobwebmoth I agree, David is more patient. He seems like a really caring person. 3mo
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Discussion of Chapters 7 - 10

Question 3 of 4

EadieB I think the group is having a lot of personal problems and they have chosen to disclose these problems to one another and this has caused them to become closer with each other. 3mo
JacqMac I think tragedy brings people together quickly. They went through something together. It made a bond. 3mo
Tove_Reads Sometimes these bonds just happen. Might be a short term thing, because they found the people they needed right now. 3mo
cobwebmoth @JacqMac I agree. 3mo
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Discussion of Chapters 7 - 10

Question 2 of 4

EadieB I don't think Thomas should have moved away from this situation. He is still Bill's father and needs to be involved in Bill's life. 3mo
JacqMac I agree with @EadieB His son wants him and needs him. All he‘s doing is making the poor kid feel rejected. He should be on the next flight home. 3mo
Tove_Reads I guess he‘s confused himself and thinks that people would feel differently about him now. Bill still needs his father. 3mo
cobwebmoth I think he's being selfish. He feels left out, but he's just making things worse by running away from the situation. He should be there for his son. 3mo
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Discussion of Chapters 7 - 10

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EadieB I don't think she should have slept with Dieter if she was going to end it with him. I think Dieter should have told her about his child by another woman when he planned to have a relationship with him. I think Elsa is afraid to trust him at this point. 3mo
JacqMac No. What a messed up relationship. There is no honesty and trust. She should have just walked away. 3mo
Tove_Reads Such a typical relationship in a Binchy book 😂 answer: no. 3mo
cobwebmoth I don't understand why she felt the need to sleep with him one last time. I agree that she should have walked away. 3mo
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I will shortly post the questions for Chapters 7 - 10 of the tagged book.

cobwebmoth I'm still trying to catch up. 3mo
Andrew65 @cobwebmoth Will come and discuss the book with you whenever you finish the sections. 😊👍 3mo
cobwebmoth Thanks! 3mo
CarolynM I've fallen behind. I'll try to catch up later today🙂 3mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Good luck. 😊 3mo
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Discussion of Chapter 1 - 6

Question 4 of 4

EadieB Thomas got a divorce from his wife, Shirley. Shirley met Andy and Thomas decided to leave and let Shirley and Andy raise his son, Bill. Elsa had a relationship with Herr Dieter, her boss in Germany. Dieter never told her about his son he had with Monika, so Elsa wants nothing to do with Dieter as he reminds her of how sad she was when her father left her. Elsa in turn tries to console Fiona in regards to Shane not be happy about her baby. (edited) 3mo
JacqMac There is so much! I love their relationships with each other. I don‘t want to say too much because I‘ve read ahead. I didn‘t mean to, it just happened. Lol 3mo
EadieB Andreas has a son who left his restaurant 9 years ago and never came back from Chicago. David and Thomas have taken an interest in Elsa and are trying to help her with her problem. The theme seems to be about children and parents separating and missing the ones who have left. 3mo
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Andrew65 @JacqMac Easy to do with this book because it just flows. (edited) 3mo
Andrew65 Complex characters, with some complex issues! Like (apart from Shane) how they are interacting and supporting each other. Elsa is an interesting one and still waiting to learn more. @JacqMac @EadieB 3mo
cobwebmoth There is a lot going on with these characters! I'm enjoying going back and forth between them, and I look forward to seeing how they continue to interact. 3mo
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Discussion of Chapter 1 - 6

Question 3 of 4

EadieB I think Vonni has run away from Ireland and started a new life as she feels she has made a mess of her old life. 3mo
JacqMac I don‘t know. But I‘m looking forward to hearing what happened. 3mo
CarolynM I'm sure she will have a story to tell. 3mo
Andrew65 Sounds as if she has run away from something, can‘t wait to see her story unfold. @EadieB @JacqMac @CarolynM 3mo
cobwebmoth I'm very curious to learn about her background. 3mo
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EadieB I think Fiona is thinking that Shane will one day be happy about the baby. I would tell her that his first reaction shows that he blames her and she should move on as people don't change that quickly. 3mo
JacqMac She thinks he will make her happy. I‘d tell her when someone shows you who they are believe them. 3mo
CarolynM Who knows? This seems to a bit of a recurring theme in Maeve Binchy novels - the nice girl who is in love with a no-good man. I think I'm too old to be sympathetic to that situation. 3mo
Andrew65 What is she doing! Ditch him and ditch him quickly before this becomes a totally abusive relationship! He came across as a horrible, horrible man. She deserves better and should respect herself. @CarolynM @EadieB @JacqMac (edited) 3mo
cobwebmoth I don't understand why she was with him. I think sometimes people think they don't deserve better treatment? 3mo
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Discussion of Chapter 1 - 6

Question 1 of 4

EadieB I thought that Shane would be very angry and ask Fiona why she didn't take precautions. 3mo
JacqMac @EadieB Same. I expected him to ask her to terminate her pregnancy. 3mo
CarolynM I think I expected pretty much the reaction she got. 3mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Me too, this was never going to work out well! @EadieB @JacqMac A horrible man and even before this I was as,I got why Fiona was with him. 3mo
cobwebmoth I agree, I thought he would be angry. I didn't understand all of the excuses Fiona made for him. 3mo
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I will shortly post the questions for discussion for the first six chapters of the book, apologies they are a day late.

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This is the schedule for the discussion of the Buddy Read of Night of Rain and Stars, which starts today. #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead #NightofRainAndStars

EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! A few days of switching between Kate Ellis and Maeve Binchy. 3mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Oh my! Three books! I have The Seven Husbands on audio too but I've only listened to 1/2 hour and it's 12 hrs. long. 3mo
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Crazeedi @EadieB @Andrew65 Evelyn is a great book 3mo
CarolynM Oh goodness! I've got so many books I'm supposed to be reading right now, but you've said this one is your favourite so I do want to read it. I'll try to keep up!🙂 3mo
Tove_Reads Already reading six books at the moment, so what‘s two more buddy reads 😅 I‘m going to a crime novel festival tomorrow, so been busy reading the books they‘ll talk about there. (edited) 3mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Halfway through it and definitely enjoying it. 3mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Similar to me with books on the go! Hope you enjoy it. 3mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads 😂 Have fun. 😊 3mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 👍🏽 my choir performed tonight and I‘m on the way back home. Will start with this one tomorrow (to be fair tomorrow starts in 15 min). 3mo
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Andrew65 What a superstar! 3mo
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Repost for @Andrew65 :
The 19th of the month is rapidly approaching when it will be time again for the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead. In September we will be reading Night of Rain and Stars. All are welcome to take part in this #BuddyRead whether you have taken part in others are not. #NightOfRainAndStars

Trashcanman Hi litsy happening. Can I ask when Android users might be able to edit comments? Thanks. 3mo
Andrew65 Thanks for reposting. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
LitsyHappenings @Trashcanman hmm I don‘t know, but I‘m looping in @TimSpalding who might have some insight! 3mo
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The 19th of the month is rapidly approaching when it will be time again for the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead. In September we will be reading Night of Rain and Stars. All are welcome to take part in this #BuddyRead whether you have taken part in others are not. #NightOfRainAndStars

EadieB @Andrew65 Already to go! Got both book and audio this time! 3mo
cobwebmoth Picked it up at the library last night.☺ 3mo
Andrew65 @EadieB @cobwebmoth 👍😊 That‘s great, I picked mine up from the library last week. 3mo
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Tove_Reads Can‘t believe how fast September is moving forward. Ready to go nonetheless! 3mo
CarolynM Not sure I'm going to have time this month. I'll let you know.🙂 (edited) 3mo
ljuliel This was one of my favorite Binchy books. So good ! 3mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Ok, congratulations on the Ashes Win. 🏆 Well deserved. 3mo
Andrew65 @ljuliel Thanks for that information 😊 3mo
CarolynM It's nice to have the Ashes, but the series isn't over yet! 3mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Apart from Steve Smith think there are big issues on both teams for batting! David Warne can‘t seem to buy a run! With a better batting line for yourselves we‘d have been dead in the series a long time ago, but after yesterday still a chance of a draw. With our current team that is unbelievable. Staggered England have not made more changes to batting. Think Root as captain is an issue! (edited) 3mo
CarolynM Agreed about Smith. I haven't been impressed with our selection decisions either. I don't know how either of our openers kept their places for this test, and some of the bowling choices raise questions too. At least it's been more interesting than a walk over for either team would have been🙂 3mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM For me unbelievable that they dropped Khawaja instead of Travis Head in the Last Match. He wasn‘t firing on all cylinders but was often close to breaking through. I‘d have replaced one of the openers with Khawaja, he seemed to be doing well as an opener during the suspensions. He always appears more dangerous than the others. 3mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Amazed that Starc hasn‘t played in every game. 3mo
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One of my favourite books written by Maeve Binchy. #Rain #AyUpAugust

Tove_Reads What??? I thought it was Quentins 4mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I do like Quentins a lot but on balance my favourites would be Heart and Soul and this one. 4mo
Tove_Reads Aaah, I read too fast. Thought this was the next buddy read. Quentins is staring at me, sitting there disapproving on my nightstand 😂 (edited) 4mo
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Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes, Quentins is the next Read. 😂 4mo
squirrelbrain Great pick! I‘ve read most Binchy books, but I‘m not sure I remember this one...🤔 It‘d be one of those where I remember as soon as I start reading it! 4mo
Andrew65 @squirrelbrain Yes that‘s usually the case! 😊 4mo
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LibraryCin
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I love the title of the book! The book itself was enjoyable. There was one part of the ending I wasn‘t too crazy about. I didn‘t see it coming, and I definitely think I was picturing Thomas differently from how he was meant to be pictured!

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This is my first time reading Maeve Binchy and I don‘t know what I expected, but this wasn‘t quite what I thought it would be. I didn‘t love the writing in this book. The story was okay for me, but a lot of the plot felt forced. I think I will give her another try with something different because I found value in some of this book and feel like it was just the wrong one for me. #booked2019 #irishauthor

Cinfhen I feel like this author was still a good choice for this prompt 9mo
Victoriahoperose @Cinfhen I agree. I think I may like something else by her. Just need to try a different book maybe! 9mo
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Young4evr
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First Maeve Binchy book for me. Definitely will read another.

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Another of my favourite books by Maeve Binchy. #☔️ #emojinov @RealLifeReading

JacqMac Sigh. I sure miss her. I usually reread some around the holidays. Her books just make me happy. 2y
Andrew65 @JacqMac I agree, and that is exactly what I do. 2y
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Day 15 #JubilantJuly #Rain I was looking for books with rain in the title on my Goodreads shelves and I found this Maeve Binchy that I have yet to read. Set in a Greek seaside village--it sounds like a mini vacation to me and I've been thinking it might be time for another Binchy read. 📚☔️⭐️

RealLifeReading Sounds delightful 2y
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Romanticskeptic
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Loved, loved, loved. The storytelling is perfect and I can't wait to read everything that Bunche has written.

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María: "This book is about a group of people running away from their lives. They meet in a small village on the Greek islands and a friendship emerges. The Mediterranean fascinates me - the sea, the rustic stuff, the healthy food. I've never been to Greece, but when I arrived in London I was washing dishes in a Greek restaurant. For now, I‘m not running away. I came to London to improve my English and to begin again. And that‘s what I‘m doing.”

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