NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS
Binchy takes the reader on a captivating journey to Aghia Anna, Greece. Four unlikely souls are brought together as they witness a fire on the Olga, a tourist boat they had sailed on the previous day. Beautiful German journalist Elsa, young Englishman David, American professor Thomas and Irish nurse Fiona are saddened by the loss of life and destruction of the small boat.
As the four tourists attempt to aid the villagers, they reveal their own struggles. Elsa has a destructive work relationship, for example, and David has decided not to take over his father's business.
As the bonds of friendship strengthen, these four very different people attempt to make peace with the difficulties in their lives. The person who unites them all is Vonni, a fiftysomething villager who emigrated from Ireland more than 30 years ago. As she reveals her fractured past, she helps them all embark on a brighter future.
Binchy's emotionally charged novel comes alive with the sights and sounds of the beautiful Greek village. This thoughtful read, complete with multifaceted characters, is women's fiction at its best. (Sep., 294 pp., $25.95)