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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33,350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Katherine Borowitz Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2000 ISBN:
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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seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy.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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debb24601 | 2/16/2014

    " A reread. Maeve Binchy is my go-to author for comfort reading and I hadn't read this book in years. It was exactly what I needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/15/2014

    " Mandy - you were so right. The book drags like a dead leg and then all of the sudden you are getting completely stressed out because the story is moving too quickly and you realize there are only 20 pages left to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha Cameron | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this book when I read it but it definitely has a 'written for movie' feel about it. It is a running away to find yourself novel about trading lives. The characters are damaged by their circumstances and get thrown into other chaotic worlds where secrets and lies can't be avoided. I liked the characters and the idea but it probably isn't the best example of Binchy's work. This is a consumable story to be eaten quickly. Don't expect sustenance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eve | 2/10/2014

    " I love every word Maeve Bincy ever wrote and this book is no exception. Picking up one of her books is like going on a vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaire Rosin-Black | 2/9/2014

    " It's like mums home cooked meal - lovely and comforting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/7/2014

    " I must admit, I almost quit reading this book halfway through. I thought it was taking forever building up to the story that was described in the summary. I pressed on and I'm glad I did. It ended up really grabbing me at the end. What a good story of 'Life goes on'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Demorest | 1/17/2014

    " Nice light, fun book to read. I always love her characters. Such a wonderful sense of community in all her books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Trahan | 1/12/2014

    " My favorite Maeve Binchy book ever ... could not put it down and read it into the wee hours of the morning. I love how she develops characters and then brings them all together at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian Batton | 1/12/2014

    " Still my favorite book by Maeve Binchy. It was still excellent even knowing the surprises this time around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Loeb | 1/5/2014

    " I love this book. I have read it many times and I always find a new little nugget. I am gearing up for Maeve Binchy's last book by reading a few of my favorites. Next on my list is Scarlet Feather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia | 12/18/2013

    " I really like all her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi | 11/26/2013

    " Loved this book...I have had it for years and I brought it to Poland because it was long and I thought I would need some distraction during the adoption! I got involved, it is a perfect summer read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 11/10/2013

    " I read this book about 5 years ago and what a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/7/2013

    " One of my favourite Binchys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/20/2013

    " Wonderful book! Jenifer - I can see why it's one of your favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/10/2013

    " I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. This is a terrific novel to just curl up with for days. I really didn't expect to like this so much, and I am going to miss these people now that it's over! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kwirebaugh | 8/13/2013

    " Again a great book! You almost feel like you are there with the charcters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/31/2013

    " I loved this book. I felt like the characters really grew throughout the book. The only thing I didn't like was it felt like the ending was pretty rushed. I wanted to see what became of the characters and we didn't get that chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Habbersett | 5/29/2013

    " enjoyed it - look forward to listening to more Binchy novels "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Stephenson | 5/20/2013

    " Really reminded me of the movie The Holiday "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn Mizell | 4/30/2013

    " This is an easy beach or summer read for when you don't have time for the really heavy stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/25/2012

    " Enjoyed the story, might have to read more by this author... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/23/2012

    " A VERY long book, but a really great sweeping novel which was recommended by a roommate years ago. A trip to Ireland was motivation to dig into this and thoroughly enjoyed this book - great Summer read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystel Nelson | 9/6/2012

    " Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elodie | 7/18/2012

    " This was rather a long but undemanding read. If you don't want to be too taxed and you enjoy a good chic lit, then this is for you. Even better if you are an Irish American. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 6/30/2012

    " This book is way too long without much activity. There were several times when I thought about not finishing it, but I did manage to keep going. It took about half way through the 650 page book to finally get somewhat interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie Chalom | 1/16/2012

    " Just ok. I expected a much better story from Maeve Binchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 9/26/2011

    " Good book, really got into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 8/15/2011

    " surprisingly good book, not even boring and there was no murdering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 5/26/2011

    " Loved it, but then I love Maeve Binchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 5/19/2011

    " I love Maeve Binchy! This is my favorite of her books. She tells a story like no other. You are really there. You get to know characters and one by one they all blend into the story. Great Irish story teller. Nothing bad in this book, a lovely read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheero | 4/27/2011

    " Amazing, delightful story, as usual. I think this is one of Maeve's best ones I've read yet. I can't wait to read the next book I have...Copper Beech. I'm sure it will be just as good, maybe even better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anylie | 4/25/2011

    " It was pretty Good.But I don't think i would read it again.like most of maeve binchy's books there can be a few iffy parts in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trudy | 4/21/2011

    " After reading MINDING FRANKIE by Maeve Binchy, which was absolutely charming, this book left me cold. I do like Binchy's style of writing and I will try another of her novels at another time. At least I'm up to date on my reading challenge (for now). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 4/20/2011

    " Still my favorite book by Maeve Binchy. It was still excellent even knowing the surprises this time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kani | 4/19/2011

    " Simple pleasures. You can read Maeve Binchy with a cup of tea on a cozy winter afternoon and come to no harm. Her characters face up to truth, sometimes sadly, and face themselves and are stronger for it. And it all comes out well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 4/7/2011

    " Really great book. A woman in Ireland (who just found out her husband is leaving her) and a woman in New England (whose son has just died)exchange houses for the summer. So it is a very private person vs. and woman who has many people in her house regularly. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicci | 3/31/2011

    " This was my first intro to Maeve Binchy's writing, and I loved it!! She makes the characters come to life and seamlessly weaves many lives and stories together without losing any of them. I'm looking forward to reading more by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassie | 3/28/2011

    " Always enjoy Maeve Binchy's novels. My mom turned me on to them years ago. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 3/27/2011

    " I tried to read this. God through 200 of 600 + and gave up. I just could not go on! Stupid and boring. Krista didn't get as far as I did. Years later monica commented on how binchy uses too many words! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Srilata | 3/25/2011

    " Have always loved Maeve Binchy books..... "

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