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The Terminal Diner [Kindle Edition]

MaryPat Hyland
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Book Description

"Men like pie." Who would know the truth behind those words better than Elaina Brady's mother Maria? Months after she showed her teenage daughter how to bake perfect pie and hours after offering that culinary wisdom, Maria abandons Elaina, her sister Dee Dee and their father Walt. All it took was a lingering, lusty look from a Missoula trucker who stopped by their family's diner and ordered a slice of lemon meringue. Maria hitches a ride west with him, and with that impulsive decision, sixteen-year-old Elaina loses her mother and gains a job baking pies at the diner.
A decade after Maria's departure, Elaina is still working at The Terminal Diner, just around the bend from an upstate New York airport. Her humdrum life is defined by pie-baking routine. Elaina realizes painfully that all she still knows about the opposite sex is summed up in the three last words her mother spoke to her. Then one deceivingly beautiful morning in September 2001, horrifying acts committed by terrorists a hundred miles away upset her world, bringing new influences into her life and inspiring her to be like her mother-impulsive. Will Elaina survive the consequences of her actions?
This suspenseful story is the fourth novel by Amazon Top 100 bestselling author Mary Pat Hyland.

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About the Author

Mary Pat Hyland is an award-winning, former newspaper journalist who writes mainstream novels and short stories set in upstate New York. "The Terminal Diner" is her fourth novel. Previous works include the Maeve Kenny series-"The Cyber Miracles" and "A Sudden Gift of Fate"-and a St. Patrick's Day riff on Dante's "Inferno" called "3/17". Her work is inspired by authors such as Eudora Welty, Anne Tyler, John Irving and Flannery O'Connor. Hyland's interests include the Irish language, gardening and cooking (yes, that includes pies).

Product Details

  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463573545
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MaryPat Hyland (July 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BYPB8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Pat Hyland does it again! August 1, 2011
By Cinda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the third book of Mary Pat Hyland's I have read. She really has the knack of totally immersing the reader in the characters and the story with her prose and writing style. It's so hard to put down her books! The characters are so well-rounded that they feel like old friends by the end of the story. The elements of mysticism and karma woven in leave the reader with a hopeful ending that's never schmaltzy. The Terminal Diner takes you on Elaina's journey to live life outside of the diner in post 9/11 upstate New York. You'll be hooked on it and rooting for her from the first chapter!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Terminal Diner; Holds The Reader's Interest August 1, 2011
By TByrd
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mary Pat Hyland has done it again. From start to finish The Terminal Diner kept my interest while at the same time feeling a plethora of emotions. I found myself relating to the emotions of the main character. I didn't want to put it down until I finished reading it. Thank you for providing such an entertaining read. Making it available on Kindle is a big plus. Ms. Hyland is a gifted author and I'm looking forward to her next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diner's Delight August 3, 2011
The Terminal Diner is the latest effort by talented writer Mary Pat Hyland. She does a wonderful job of creating interesting characters whom you feel right at home with. Her descriptions and attention to everyday nuances allow you to step right into the upstate NY setting. The book is a quick, easy read and one you'll have trouble putting down. So grab a cup of coffee, a slice of pie and enjoy The Terminal Diner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Life August 3, 2011
The Terminal Diner is a well written, enthralling book. Mary Pat Hyland has written something totally different from her Maeve Kenny series. This is about the people who own and work in their diner and how their lives changed as a result of 9/11. The characters grow as the plot deepens. The book held my attention from start to finish. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Diner August 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished reading this on Kindle - absolutely loved it! Had a bit of everything in it - bit of drama, bit of mystery and intrigue, bit of romance and a bit of humour. It kept me up till the early hours of the morning as I couldn't put it down! Fabulous plot and an interesting twist on how peoples lives were affected after 9/11, if you want a straightforward fun and exciting read then this is for you
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first, but not last, of Mary Pat Hyland! August 1, 2011
This is my first adventure with author M.P. Hyland. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style from first to last page. Her characters are well rounded, displaying a wide range of emotions that only a well versed author could attain. Although there is mystery and intrigue, there is a surprising lack of bloody details, making it all the more enjoyable for the reader. Ms. Hyland left the reader wanting the book to continue, and not come to a close. I'm looking forward to her next novel, and will read her other already published ones in the meantime.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review
The cover is so bright, that's what caught my attention in the Facebook group, Review Seekers when author MaryPat Hyland asked for reviews for her book. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by Lilac Wolf and Stuff
4.0 out of 5 stars A winning novel
The Terminal Diner has a small town setting that feels real and a likable main character, Elaina, whose dull life is stirred up in the wake of 9/11 (the shock and mourning of the... Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by Lindsay Edmunds
4.0 out of 5 stars A romantic mystery
Elaina's mother left when she was sixteen. Her only advice - "Men like pies." So Elaina has spent the past twelve years working in the family diner making the best pies in the... Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by T. Murrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Men like pie!
Mary Pat Hyland's latest work, The Terminal Diner, is her most intriguing one to date. Set in Binghamton, New York, the novel deftly tells a poignant personal story against the... Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Lupifilius
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious
Prepare to gorge yourself on the witty, thoughtful, and intriguing words of Mary Pat Hyland. The Terminal Diner is a delicious read that will leave you wanting more.
Published on August 3, 2011 by Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Mystery With Your Pie...
As an avid fan of Mary Pat Hyland's works, I was eagerly awaiting the release of her newest book, The Terminal Diner. I was not disappointed! Ms. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by annecollie48
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More About the Author

I spent my youth daydreaming. There was no Internet, no facebook, and no digital distractions from exploring my imagination. There were many books, though, and the occasional MAD magazine smuggled into my school desk. I became fascinated with Greek and Roman mythology. When my brother finished a sci-fi paperback, I'd devour it. But then around the time my grandfather died and we had some awkward exchanges with his light-fingered housekeeper, I discovered Eudora Welty's book The Optimist's Daughter. Reading it I realized that stories did not have to focus on fantastical worlds. Everyday reality among simple people could be just as riveting. Works by women writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Anne Tyler and Maeve Binchy were soon filling the bookcase.

Some families grow up playing sports together. In our Irish-American household, we exercised through wordplay. At dinner we'd lob puns across the table like spinning Ping-Pong balls. My great-aunt was a seanchaí (storyteller) who wove jokes so wonderfully before her rapt audience that you enjoyed the journey to the punch line as much as the arrival. Another great-aunt spoke in Celtic triads, though she didn't realize the ancient genetic roots of her wisdom.

A deep shyness that developed in my teens aided my development as a writer. It forced me to watch others and pay attention to the cadence of their conversations. My natural curiosity magnified these skills.

I ran away to Toronto once to write the Great American Novel. Lasted there but a week. (It was, after all, November.) But I returned to the writer's pursuit fully in 2008 after saying farewell to careers of journalism and commercial art. Six novels later, I know that this is what those daydreams were for.

I hope you enjoy my tales, set in upstate New York with a few stray visits to Ireland and even Central America. The Irish language is filled with wonderful proverbs, and here is one as a caveat: "An té a thabharfas scéal chugat tabharfaidh sé dhá scéal uait." (Whoever will bring a story to you will take two stories from you.)

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