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Publisher's Summary

I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear.

So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. It's been over 70 years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents. The 'Munro Baby Mystery' still hasn't been solved and tourists can visit the abandoned home, exactly as it was found in 1932.

But now Connie has passed away and the island residents ponder her legacy. Sophie Honeywell is looking down the barrel of her 40th birthday and still hoping for that fairytale ending. Her beautiful new friend Grace, the Munro Baby's grand daughter, can't tell anyone what she hopes for. It would be too shocking.

Meanwhile, a frumpy housewife makes a pact with a stranger, an old lady starts making her own decisions and a family secret finally explodes on an extraordinary night of mulled wine, fire-eating, and face-painting - The Last Anniversary.

©2005 Liane Moriarty 2005 (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A stunner... Moriarty's prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Not as good as her other books

Loved Truly Madly Guilty and Big Little Lies. This wasn't as satisfying. Characters a bit shallow and plot not as page turning as the others.

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Just lovely!

If you love Liane Moriarty's books you don't want to miss this one. It had everything I've come to expect. Sophie is one of my favourite characters in a long time. Well worth your credit.

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Fabulously done!

The narration is first rate. The characters are rich and edgy and the storyline keeps you engaged! A very worthwhile "read"!

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So sad it’s over!

I love this author’s books, yet I don’t quite know how to describe them… “slice of life”? I've read Little Big Lies, The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes and love them all.

I was so absorbed in this tale that I could have gone on reading it for days! I’d give it 6 out 5 if I could for the sheer entertainment it provided me - I did not want to put it down!

I did have a bit of trouble keeping track of how everyone was related to each other, but that’s typical for me; it did not ruin the story.

I can’t wait to sink my teeth into another one of her excellent stories, sadly for me there is only one left that I have not read: The Hypnotist’s Love Story.

I hope she’s busy writing more!

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  • Aimee
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 03-01-15

the last anniversary

What did you love best about The Last Anniversary?

I loved all of the characters and how the all linked up together, also I was on the edge throughout the book to find out what happened in the end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Anniversary?

The last 5 minutes.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I love listening to her.

Any additional comments?

This was a fantastic book, I have read all Liane Moriarty books and I have never been disappointed. I loved they way I was on edge through the whole book waiting to find out what happened. Sad its finished now though. Come on Liane! I'm ready for your next book

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  • Lisa
  • 01-21-15

Loved it

Great characters, good twists. Was almost as good as little lies, which I loved. I also always enjoy this narrator.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • 07-18-15

A Brilliant Book

The Last Anniversary is Lianne Moriarty at her best. It is a well written, humorous and entertaining novel that, whilst touching on serious issues, still keeps the reader engaged throughout.
The mystery of Enigma's parents disappearance is a little predictable but the book still has a humorous and unexpected twist.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Maura
  • 01-12-15

Took a while to get into but loved it

Loved the ending

The narrator is great and kept me interested at the start when story was slow to start.

Have read a few of Lianne Moriartys books and loved them would highly recommend

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 02-13-15

Another good yarn from Liane Moriarty

Enjoyed this interesting and different family story. Liane Moriarty never fails to produce characters with depth and substance. The way their relationships and stories are connected is faultless.

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  • amanda
  • 02-09-15

Another great listen

Liane Moriarty is a superb storyteller and draws you into the lives of her cast of characters as the story unfolds
Faultless narration from Caroline Lee
A fabulous listen

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  • Ann D
  • 12-30-14

Loved it!

Any additional comments?

I don't really get the mixed reviews (on various sites) from readers who say they loved Liane's other books, but this one - not so much. Some say it was necessary to suspend their disbelief at aspects of this story. Speaking as someone who has been around a while (aged 55), I didn't find this to be the case at all. If its a reference to the story of the baby and missing parents (I'll say no more to avoid spoilers), it should be born in mind that the incident took place in 1932! I didn't find anything implausible here and I loved and cared about the characters. In my opinion, this book is up to standard for Liane and I found it a very enjoyable listen.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • 02-03-15

BRILLIANT THROUGHOUT

Would you listen to The Last Anniversary again? Why?

No. not because I didn't enjoy it, because I really DID. I just don't see the point of reading any book a second time because part of the enjoyment is the anticipation of the outcome. If you already know it - what's the point?

What other book might you compare The Last Anniversary to, and why?

I wouldn't compare it with any other book as it is unique. All of Liane Moriarty's books are completely different

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were so many outstanding scenes that I would find it hard to chose. This book was about 7 stories in 1 but they were all interlinked. The outcome of each tale as told at the end of the book was so enjoyable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would have if I could!!

Any additional comments?

I would definitely recommend this author to anyone. She would appeal to any age group. Her books are so enjoyable. She has a brilliant sense of humour and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. Liane Moriarty has out standing imagination, how she creates so many different personalities I just don't know. She is very talented, I just LOVE her books. I am sad that I have read them all and I hope it's not long before she finishes her next one.

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  • wendi
  • 03-31-15

Easy enjoyable listening, great narration..

A great listen, with the usually intriguing characters from this author.
I love Liane Moriarty!
Suspense until the end with full of life characters that we all could know.

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  • Mrs W
  • 01-18-15

Loved it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

They are all great that's what I like about Lianne Moriarty books there are so many characters!

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She is perfect it is like listening to a play, I have now listened to all Liane Moriarty books that she has narrated

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next book!

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  • MISS
  • 01-17-15

Fantastic! Enjoyed the characters and mystery 🍭

A mystery with a romantic twist. I loved the characters and could imagine island life.

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  • Lacee
  • 10-16-16

Another great book.

Love Liane's writing, her story telling style keeps me listening. And Caroline's narration is always on point. Great job ladies.

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  • lolita
  • 06-14-15

Slow

storyline all over the place, gave it a good go but just couldnt get into the plot

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  • Susan
  • 05-09-15

Great narrator - great writer

This is my fourth novel by Liane Moriarty - she does not disappoint.
Her characters are believable and her plots absorbing.

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  • Ashlee_bashlee
  • 01-20-15

Good listening

I have listened to a few by this author now and would probably suggest a new reader? She is very clear and interesting but variety might be nice too.

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  • Janetreid88
  • 06-16-18

loved this book!

Great interesting characters with writing that is witty, fun, insightful and honest. I'm sad to say goodbye to the Scribbly Gum Island family!

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  • Sarah Hall
  • 06-03-18

A wonderful read

This is a gorgeous story, not too heavy not too light. It has characters that you can imagine knowing, and start to feel for very quickly. It is funny and has deep meaningful moments too. I adore the narration! Such a unique voice and she really allows the characters to come to life. A clever, witty, emotionally intelligent book .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-18

great storyline

loved this story and the narrator was perfect.
lots of juicy secrets to keep you interested.

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  • jan
  • 05-28-18

I am new to Liane Moriarty books live them all

Loved the storyline and always love this narrator. could visualise the Island a top book

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  • Lesley Wilcox
  • 05-06-18

Another great listen

the stories just get better - very funny and poignant at times - my favourite Moriarty book so far
Great narration by Caroline Lee made the characters in the story come alive

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  • Sarah
  • 03-27-18

Couldn't stop listening!

This has been my favourite Moriarty book! I've read some reviews where they said it was difficult to keep up with the different characters (I suggest drawing a diagram). Once you get PAST that it is such a literary treat! Highly recommend this book!