Midwinter Break

Midwinter Break

A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend - a holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing, and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar. But over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties that exist between them. Gerr A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend - a holid...

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Title:Midwinter Break
Author:Bernard MacLaverty
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Number of Pages:242 pages pages

Midwinter Break Reviews

  • Tony
    Jan 22, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

  • Elyse
    May 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

  • Barbara
    May 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

  • Bettie☯
    Aug 29, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

  • Tony
    Sep 02, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    I do not write plot summaries. The publicist has done a fine job with the one provided by the publisher. Stella and Gerry are an ?old married couple,? in their upper sixties, married for at least forty years. Both are set in their ways, both accommodate their partner?s habits,...

    Bernard MacLaverty is a sublime writer and Midwinter Break is as good as anything he has ever written. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are a long-married couple of pensionable age, living in Glasgow but originally from the north of Ireland. Gerry is fond of a nightcap and Stella has quite ...

    Twitter @favouritenovels I really enjoyed reading about an elderly couple for a change. The writing is superb, how elderly people lead their day to day life. One of my favourite sentences in the book was.... He was wearing a red angora wool scarf knotted at his throat. He looked at hi...

    MIDWINTER BREAK. (2017). Bernard MacLaverty. ****. This novel has been short-listed for the Booker Prize, and is well deserving of winning it. It?s the story of a married couple who take a trip to Copenhagen in the winter; ostensibly to get away from the harsh winters in England. Th...

  • Dianne
    Nov 05, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

  • Stephen Clynes
    Nov 09, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

  • Jill
    Aug 30, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Aug 31, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

  • Susan Johnson
    Aug 12, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

  • Fionnuala
    Feb 07, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Aug 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

  • Terri Jacobson
    Sep 05, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

  • Tooter
    Nov 26, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

  • MisterHobgoblin
    Jun 27, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    I do not write plot summaries. The publicist has done a fine job with the one provided by the publisher. Stella and Gerry are an ?old married couple,? in their upper sixties, married for at least forty years. Both are set in their ways, both accommodate their partner?s habits,...

    Bernard MacLaverty is a sublime writer and Midwinter Break is as good as anything he has ever written. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are a long-married couple of pensionable age, living in Glasgow but originally from the north of Ireland. Gerry is fond of a nightcap and Stella has quite ...

  • Barbara
    Nov 29, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

  • Maureen
    Aug 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

  • Anne
    Feb 09, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

  • Dean
    Jan 10, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

  • I read novels
    Feb 06, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    I do not write plot summaries. The publicist has done a fine job with the one provided by the publisher. Stella and Gerry are an ?old married couple,? in their upper sixties, married for at least forty years. Both are set in their ways, both accommodate their partner?s habits,...

    Bernard MacLaverty is a sublime writer and Midwinter Break is as good as anything he has ever written. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are a long-married couple of pensionable age, living in Glasgow but originally from the north of Ireland. Gerry is fond of a nightcap and Stella has quite ...

    Twitter @favouritenovels I really enjoyed reading about an elderly couple for a change. The writing is superb, how elderly people lead their day to day life. One of my favourite sentences in the book was.... He was wearing a red angora wool scarf knotted at his throat. He looked at hi...

  • Sue
    Jun 28, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

  • Jonathan Pool
    Sep 20, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

  • Hans
    Feb 06, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

  • Karen
    May 05, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

  • G.H. Eckel
    Jan 31, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

  • Gumble's Yard
    Aug 19, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

  • Paromjit
    Sep 10, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

  • Phil
    May 20, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    I do not write plot summaries. The publicist has done a fine job with the one provided by the publisher. Stella and Gerry are an ?old married couple,? in their upper sixties, married for at least forty years. Both are set in their ways, both accommodate their partner?s habits,...

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    Sep 01, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

  • D. C.
    Jul 18, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It's funny and it's serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly abou...

    Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017 ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dri...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    I'm putting this aside on page 124. Gerry and Stella have been married for 40 years, and at this point Gerry is most concerned with his drinking and Stella is concerned with her spiritual life. They are on a winter vacation in Amsterdam. I'm a little bored and a little fed up with the ...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    I do not write plot summaries. The publicist has done a fine job with the one provided by the publisher. Stella and Gerry are an ?old married couple,? in their upper sixties, married for at least forty years. Both are set in their ways, both accommodate their partner?s habits,...

    Bernard MacLaverty is a sublime writer and Midwinter Break is as good as anything he has ever written. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are a long-married couple of pensionable age, living in Glasgow but originally from the north of Ireland. Gerry is fond of a nightcap and Stella has quite ...

    Twitter @favouritenovels I really enjoyed reading about an elderly couple for a change. The writing is superb, how elderly people lead their day to day life. One of my favourite sentences in the book was.... He was wearing a red angora wool scarf knotted at his throat. He looked at hi...

    MIDWINTER BREAK. (2017). Bernard MacLaverty. ****. This novel has been short-listed for the Booker Prize, and is well deserving of winning it. It?s the story of a married couple who take a trip to Copenhagen in the winter; ostensibly to get away from the harsh winters in England. Th...

    "I've been marking time. The family is raised -- the work's done. That can't be it, can it? There's ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We've cut the cloth of our lives wrongly. It doesn't fit." Bernard MacLaverty's MIDWINTER BREAK is the story of an elderly couple and their ...