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Tara Road | [Maeve Binchy]

Tara Road

When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.
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Publisher's Summary

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.


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seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy.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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©1999 Maeve Binchy; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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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.

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    michelle chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 09-03-09
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    Wonderful. Throughly enjoyed listening to this book. I know you will love it as well.

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    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.

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