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Tara Road Paperback – May 29, 2007
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In Twenty Years: A Novel
When five college roommates gather after twenty years, can the rifts between them be repaired? Learn More
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great summer reading My first Maeve binchy. I certainly will read more of her books.
I enjoyed the characters. Some were an absolute riot.
Fun read, good story and characters. nothing extraordinary from a literary perspective but kept my interest.Published 9 days ago by Lynn K. Thompson
Another great Binchy book that is a must read. The story is engaging and keeps you enthralled till the end wondering what is going to happen to all these cast of characters. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Rebecca S
A bit hard to get started, and then hard to put down. Well written and very realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Lizzie Woud
Maybe it's because it's the first Maeve Binchy book I ever read, but it's my favorite! I've read it several times and get lost in the intertwined plots every time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheila V.