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Tara Road [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (695 customer reviews)

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A Week in Summer is Maeve Binchy’s inspiring tale about a midwestern couple who--while on a trip in Ireland--rediscovers their love for each other and for life itself.

Book Description

A Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide--and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with her signature warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation,Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life. "What if..." Binchy asks, and answers in her most astonishing novel to date.

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Editorial Reviews Review

Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other. Danny Lynch from the broken-down cottage in the back of beyond and Ria Johnson from the corner house in the big, shabby estate were not only living like gentry in a big Tara Road mansion, they were actually debating what style of dining table to buy." But for its various inhabitants, the street is to become a boulevard of dreams--some broken, others created anew. Maeve Binchy has long proved herself a secure hand at multiple story lines, and over the course of 500 satisfying pages she focuses on Ria; her best friend, Rosemary Ryan, a beautiful, endlessly selfish career woman; Gertie, the battered wife of a drunkard; and several other intriguing women, each of whom has secrets not to be shared. There is even an all-knowing fortune teller who early on hints that Ria will travel and start a successful business--two things she knows are definitely not in the offing.

Yet after our supposedly happy housewife and mother of two is confronted by some inexorable home truths, a chance phone call from America will change her life, forcing her to discard her illusions about men, women, and marriage and start all over again. At the same time, the Connecticut caller, Marilyn Vine, has her own lessons to learn when she and Ria swap houses for the summer. Yet there's nothing remotely preachy about this novel--even the bad guys (and yes, they're usually guys) and beautiful mistresses get to maintain some appeal. Instead, Tara Road is a stirring look at the reality behind our consuming fantasies, and a page-turner to boot. --Siobhan Carson

From Library Journal

Ria Lynch is a charming woman who seems to have everythingAa great marriage, family, and a beautiful home in Dublin. The bottom drops out of her world when her handsome husband leaves her for his young, pregnant girlfriend. Three thousand miles away in Connecticut, Marilyn is trying to cope with the death of her beloved teenaged son. The two women exchange houses and, in a sense, experience a summer that gives each a new perspective and begins the complex processes of healing. Binchy (Evening Class) is a master at drawing readers into her beguiling domestic romances. The characters are distinctly and vividly drawn, and there's even a fortuneteller who appears from time to time in the women's lives to add a few wisps of magic. The Irish voice of Terry Donnelly is a beautiful match to the story's location and strong characters. Donnelly is especially skilled at interpreting the voices of the several children who live at Tara Road. Though some of the novel's pacing is lost in the abridgment, this is still a fine production and sure to be popular with listeners.ABarbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 829 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Oprah's Book Club edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W969EK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DON'T COMPARE MAEVE TO DANIELLE STEELE! December 23, 1999
By A Customer
I am giving TARA ROAD three stars because it is not my favorite Maeve Binchy novel - I don't think the secondary characters were developed as well as in some of her other books. Yes, the story has elements of a soap opera, but please don't compare it to anything written by Danielle Steele. I have never been able to get through one chapter of any of her books that have come my way. Okay, I did read MESSAGE FROM NAM, she must have had a ghost-writer. Excuse me, I digress. TARA ROAD is an enjoyable read. The main character, Ria, changes throughout the book, and I really liked her. She seemed very real to me, like a good friend. My only complaint about this book is at times it was a bit slow, and not 100% believable, but so what, it's a novel. The story itself is actually very inspiring, about friendship as well as self-reliance. I definitley recommend TARA ROAD to all Maeve Binchy fans, and for those who've never experienced Maeve, if you like good stories with characters who become like friends, please give her books a try. However, for first time readers of Maeve, you might want to start with ECHOES or EVENING CLASS, which are two of her best!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Sure Why I Liked This Book... February 6, 2000
By Anna
I haven't really enjoyed many of Oprah's selections, but decided to give this one a chance anyway. After reading the book, I was sorry it had to end, but at the same time I asked myself, why? It's dificult to put your finger on why the book is great. I didn't find the plot to be overly exciting, but I found that the characters were. I think this book is well worth a read just because you tend to fall in love with the characters and genuinely "care" what happens in their life. Just a nice read; nothing earth shattering.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, too December 4, 1999
I just finished reading this book in three days - I actually got up early on a Saturday morning to continue reading! Sure, it is light reading, and most of it is dialogue with little variation in phrasing or language usage from character to character. (Also, she uses UK terms of speech in the dialogue of the Americans, but I only noticed that because I am an American in a foreign country and am very aware of this difference.) However, with all that said, it is still a good story. I loved the descriptions of the homes and people's varied attachments to them, as well as the exploration of the paths, morals and variety of social relationships that these modern families experienced. The characters and situations are very real and believable - she has captured a good slice of life of women in the 90's. I am left with the inspiration to try an international house swap if the occasion should ever present itself...!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish tale of love, life, despair and renewal August 29, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Maeve Binchy weaves another strong Irish tale of love, life, despair and renewal. Tara Road is a contemporary novel set on the streets of Dublin. The story pivots around the life and love of Danny and Ria, from their beginnings through their troubled times. They start their life with the purchase of a beautiful older home that Danny foresees as a house of possibilities and immense potential, just like he views his own life, starting from nowhere and reaching the highest peaks. Maeve Binchy creates people that strike a chord in our hearts. Rosemary, so beautiful and committed to work, Gertie, married to an abusive alcoholic, Marilyn coping with a sad past, Colm and his sister, hiding a secret while running a restaurant, Hillary, thrifty in life, in love and in her dreams, and Ria's mom, a woman of strong opinions freely shared. Danny and Ria's children are almost too real, mothers everywhere will recognize a touch of their own children in them. All the "sidestories" bring a fullness to the story and open your eyes to a world of love, despair, hope and inner strength and the value of true friendship.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Millenium Book - by lucky chance January 1, 2000
By Anna
On my way back from a wonderful family Christmas in Washinton DC I bought a couple of books at Dulles Airport to fill in the long flight to Denmark - and the following jetlag days.Tara Road is my first, but definately not last Maeve Binchy book. Through two days and nights I laughed,cried and enjoyed these Irish - American everyday characters. Tara Road could quite well be a small road in Denmark, as well - and the Irish characters are quite similar to Danish everyday people. I hope to find a new MB book soon.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming? Are you kidding me? September 8, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
How disappointing it is to read a book with such weak female characters portrayed as heroines. I imagine the theme of this book is supposed to be handling adversity, learning to stand on your own feet and overcome a terrible situation. However, Ria is the most appalling main character I've ever been expected to like. She is oblivious to everything going on around her and has her feelings hurt far too often--by her teenage daughter, her jealous sister, or friends whose compliments Ria is skillfully able to twist into slights. On the one evening of her adult life when she can't find anyone for whom to cook an elaborate dinner, Ria very nearly has a nervous breakdown. She is an insecure child playing at adulthood.
Most horrifying, of course, is the way Ria reacts toward her husband. First she decides that it will solve all of the problems in their marriage if she has another baby. Then, when he announces he is leaving her for his pregnant girlfriend, she falls apart. Several times. Instead of clinging onto any dignity at all, Ria repeatedly begs Danny to come back to her and tells him she will always be there for him. Is there anything more humiliating than a woman who throw herself at a man who has made it clear he doesn't want her?
This character made me cringe, and the other women in the story were a list of female cliches--interfering mother, obnoxious teenager, domestic victim, man-stealing witch, penny-pinching shrew, etc. In the end, it was all just very tiresome. I'm not clear on where the "heartwarming" part of the story was, but I certainly missed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great girl read
Two women swap houses to get away from their troubles and end up taking on each other's problems. A great girl read.
Published 1 month ago by Csville
5.0 out of 5 stars Tara road review
This is one of my favorites! I've read it probably 20 times and it's like visiting old friends! I'm never disappointed with it!
Published 1 month ago by barb
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many characters
Every several pages I found myself struggling to remember who this was, how she was related, or why she was appearing.
Published 2 months ago by AZSusan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
more than i expected !!
Published 3 months ago by geraldine wl barto
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love all her books and characters
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Prime Steals From Customers
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Published 3 months ago by Walter J. Boyne
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
I have never read the enormously popular Maeve Binchy, but I can see why she is popular. Despite the length, it's a very easy read, just a simple storytelling really. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Moving Up' in contemporary Ireland
This is the book, still in print, that introduced Binchy to the American audience for fiction. She's a natural story teller and it's no surprise this
book, and all of her... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Indiana reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun to read...
Started this book for summer fun reading... more interesting than expected, with little twists and turns in character development. Overall, enjoyed this book:)
Published 4 months ago by SUSAN HOFFMAN YESPY
4.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy intertwines the lives of all the residents of ...
Maeve Binchy intertwines the lives of all the residents of Tara Road. Each character is different and entertaining. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maryoung
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Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; Modern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland, and London.

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