- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0754003205
- ISBN-13: 978-0754003205
- Parcel Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.4 x 6.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 748 g
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
Tara Road: Complete & Unabridged
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From Library Journal
Abandoned by her husband, a Dublin woman named Ria meets American Marilyn via the phone, and they end up swapping houses?with surprise results.
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"Her best work yet...Tara Road is like a total immersion in a colorful new world, where the last page comes too soon."—Seattle Times
"An irresistible tale."—Elle
"Engrossing."—Wall Street Journal
"A tender novel of the pleasures and pitfalls of friendship, Tara Road is an ultramodern
love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight."—Newsday
"Difficult to put down!"—Denver Post
"One of Binchy's best."—Kirkus Reviews
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Things seem to go smoothly for Ria and Danny as they get to know each other, and before she knows it, they are getting married. I should reiterate that things SEEMED to be going just fine, but if you read between the fine lines, there is some room for doubt. Ria tends to brush things aside when there is any hint of a problem, and the reader is probably more aware than she is that her life is NOT as perfect as she wants it to be. There are problems brewing, but they do not become apparent to Ria until much, much later.
In the midst of all this, their beautiful home on TARA ROAD is the center of their lives. Danny and Ria focus so much on the house and what it means to them, that soon it seems that their marriage appears to revolve around it. Their lives are centered on the busy life that they make, with friends and family constantly visiting, with the kitchen being the focal point of all visits. Ria spends her days pleasing her family and friends who visit, always baking and cooking. For Ria, this is all part of a happy family, and she cannot imagine any other life.
Ria goes along on her daily routines, and eventually by accident finds out that life is NOT what she had thought it was. Danny was not the perfect husband, and their marriage was not the perfect marriage either. When her world crumples in front of her, she does something absolutely crazy. Danny moves out, and with him out of the picture, she decides to swap the house on Tara Road with someone's house all the way in the United States of America for the summer. For a woman who had never left Ireland before, this was a BIG move. She gets in contact with a woman, Marilyn, who also has a need to get away from her own life, and finally, they swap.
What Ria and Marilyn go through is a lesson in life. With Marilyn being the recluse and Ria being the social butterfly, both of them not only swap houses but also swap lives. Ria experiences what it is like to live a more solitary life. Marilyn learns how to be the center of the neighborhood. It is a trying experience for both, and what they gain from this experience is something they probably never would have learned otherwise.
TARA ROAD by Maeve Binchy was a very easy read for me. I enjoyed her writing style and loved her characters. This being my first book by Binchy, I have no other to compare to, but I will say this much: I will certainly read more by her! This book is recommended thumbs up!
Oh, well. Those are minor quibbles. This is a good one for airplanes, the beach, or stressful times at work when all you want to do when the kids are in bed is give your mind a vacation. I WILL be reading more of Maeve Binchy's things. . .only I'll just check them out of the library from now on.
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