Stories about ordinary people going about ordinary lives are always fascinating - when told by a writer blessed with extraordinary talent, insight, and compassion.This Year it Will be Different brings us the magic and spirit of Christmas in 15 stories filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius. Instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings us the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings. The stories in This Year it Will be Different powerfully evoke many lives during the one holiday of the year when feelings cannot be easily hidden - when step-families grapple with exes; long-married couples face in-law problems; a wandering husband chooses between "the other woman" and his wife; a child is caught in the grown-up tug-of-war. The time of year may be magical, imbued with personal meaning, but the situations are universal, and Maeve Binchy makes us care about them all.More
"Poignant....Compassionate....All the stories boast Binchy's deft touch and knowing warmth." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"What makes [Binchy's] stories so inviting is the subtle way they tilt from humor to sorrow, then back again, in the blink of an eye." (Detroit News/Free Press)
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Irish humour at its best