Drawn into lifestyles vastly differing from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Rita seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria's children, as well as with Colm, a handsome restaurateur, whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the end of the summer, the women at last meet face-to-face. Having learned a great deal, about themselves and about each other, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.
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At first, I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy this book, but now I'm so sorry it's over. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters so much that I'm wondering how they are. I highly recommend it if you would like to see a real comparison of life in Dublin and in a small town in Connecticut.
This book was over-long, trite, and predictable. The characters were, for the most part likeable but not terribly interesting and there was no dramatic tension for the first 4 hours. If you like pedestrian, repetitive details about peoples' appearance, details about meals cooking, kitchen appliances, furniture, various characters' wardrobes, and other details of everyday life, you'll love this. This story has been told better hundreds of times elsewhere.
Help! I have fallen into quicksand and am being pulled under by stupid characters and a stupid story.
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