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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: Terry Donnelly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Ria seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy.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.

A moving story rendered with the deft touch of a master artisan, Tara Road is Maeve Binchy at her very best—utterly beautiful, hauntingly unforgettable, entirely original, and wholly enjoyable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.
  • Difficult to put down! Denver Post
  • One of Binchy's best. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/12/2014

    " This book kept me entertained when I was lying on the beach in Mexico... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/11/2014

    " I heart Maeve Binchy and this is hands down my favorite of her books. This was actually a re-read for me. I believe this book was the basis for the movie "The Holiday" with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett, but it is far, far better. The stories and characters are so complex and interwoven and it's a fantastic read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber Kennedy | 2/1/2014

    " it was kind of close to reading a soap opera but cleaner and I just loved the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom N | 1/30/2014

    " This not a new book. However it is an excellent read. I highly recommend it. "

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