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Tara Road Paperback – May 29, 2007
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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 --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Abandoned by her husband, a Dublin woman named Ria meets American Marilyn via the phone, and they end up swapping houses?with surprise results.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition 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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Until her daughter reaches the age of 14, then things take a downturn for Ria. The daughter suddenly turns into a terrible, irritating caricature of a spoiled teenage princess. Her son (age 9) is a comic-relief goofball who always says the wrong thing at the wrong time (kind of funny actually). Her handsome, successful husband stays handsome but less successful and turns out to be not so faithful. Anyways, a lady calls from America and they decide to swap houses for a summer. Ria and the lady both confront personal issues during their times in each others homes and grow emotionally. By the end, the good people are rewarded with success, and the bad people have suffered losses. All is well in Ireland.
The plot is meandering and so is the story-telling, but it is an enjoyable Binchy novel. The beauty of her novels is that they go nowhere fast but are entertaining and a good distraction for the mind. She has a cozy, gossipy writing style that I enjoy. Many of the characters are not fully developed, and are defined by one dominating characteristic (abused Gertie, Ruthless Rosemary, slutty Kitty, etc). If you like Binchy, you will probably like this novel and it is worth reading.