Book Reviews of Tara Road

Tara Road
Tara Road
Author: Maeve Binchy
ISBN-13: 9780440235590
ISBN-10: 0440235596
Publication Date: 7/2000
Pages: 656
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 494 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
Outstanding! I would give it more stars if I could. Maeve Binchy has a way of making you feel as though youare part of the stories. I highly recommend this one!
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Helpful Score: 6
A provocative tale of family, heartbreak, friendship, and revelation. Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life.
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Helpful Score: 5
An OK read but not as good as I expected it to be. Would not read again.
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Helpful Score: 4
Wonderful story! I couldn't put it down.
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Helpful Score: 4
I've read this one twice! It's a real "tear-jerker" with characters you will love.
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Helpful Score: 3
Another Binchy that was on Oprah's reading list. Couldn't put it down so it was lucky I had New Year's day to enjoy it. The lives of the residents of Tara Road intertwine for a wonderful set of stories.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a book that you will not want to put down. It's a testament to how much women can grow through their experiences and strength.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of my favorite Binchy's!
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Helpful Score: 2
Great read, Great Author. I enjoyed reading how all the characters connected and each had their own story to tell.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was an easy and compelling read!
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Helpful Score: 2
Was easy reading. Selected this book to read because it was an Oprah Book, but it was not near "intense" as most of Oprah books are. Good read for the summer
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was a good read. It's not a classic, but I found it very entertaining. At first, I thought it would be more of a "girly" story, but my husband enjoyed it too. It's a nice insight into Irish life as well.
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Helpful Score: 2
Good book. It was a very nice read. It is a little drawn out though.
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Helpful Score: 2
A touching story of family through the years, or relationships old and new. Not my favorite of Binchy's work, but very enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great author. Develops characters really well.
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Helpful Score: 2
It wasn't quite what I thought it would be ... thinking it was more about a young couple starting out in their dream house together. I didn't really care for the first part of the book ... thinking it was full of society gossip. But once Marilyn and the house on Tudor Drive (in the US) entered the story, I enjoyed it much more. The ending was good with everyone receiving what they deserved and the good characters being happy.
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Helpful Score: 2
Ms. Binchy is not my favorite author, but I couldn't put this book down. I became involved with the characters. It tells the story of an Irish family in Dublin and all their friends, joys and sorrows. Don't miss this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
A really enjoyable book. A graceful storytelling filled with warmth, humor, and a tender insight.
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Helpful Score: 1
This author can reach inside and touch your heart. I loved this book-- you feel like you know these people and want to live where they are. Any book by Maeve Binchy is going to be good and never a mistake to spend time with, but this one is excellent.
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Helpful Score: 1
I rarely read a book a second time, but I had read this years ago, then loaned it to my Mom. It took her several years to get to it, and she just returned it recently. I remembered liking the story, so I read it again. Bits and pieces of the story was familiar but I didn't remember it enough to ruin it the second time around.

I would not call it "heartwarming" as stated on the cover (New York Times), but the characters are well-developed and I felt like I knew them personally and I cared about what happened in their "lives."

Highly recommend if you like this kind of story!
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Helpful Score: 1
Exceptionally good book by the reliable Maeve Binchy. I strongly recommend this one.
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I loved this book. Wonderful story that I didn't want it to end.
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This book talks about several people who live on Tara Road . . . a very typical Maeve Binchy books so if you like the others you'll like this one!

This books details the lives of several characters who show up in some of her later books that are set in Dublin.
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Helpful Score: 1
A fantastic story where you feel emotionally attached to these characters. An excellent book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great summer read. Gossipy, meaty, somewhat predictable, but enjoyable. Not the usual Oprah Book Club quality, but I devoured it anyway. Read it just for fun!
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This is a sweet, comfy novel, just like previous books by this author.
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Wonderful book.... I loved it!
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I like that Maeve included America and the UK in this story. I love Binchy and was not disappointed with this book. I like the characters and the end was very sweet.
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Love the way Binchy tells a story.
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The heartwarming New York Times bestseller.
A tender novel of the pleasures and pitfalls of friendship, TARA ROAD is an ultramodern love story for women, about somen, between women that is sure to delight. Her best work yet...TARA ROAD is like a total immersion in a colorful new world, where the last page comes too soon.
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In Tara Road, Maeve Binchy explores every woman's fantasy - escape, into another place, another life. "What if...Binchy asks and then answers in her most astonishing novel to date.
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Loved it!!
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Another Binchy book full of wonderful character's, you won't forget. hard to put down.
A tender novel of the pleasures and pitfalls of friendship, Tara Road is a love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight.-Newsday
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Maeve Binchy writes about people and their everyday lives in Ireland in a way that makes you feel connected to them. If you enjoy her writing (her most famous is Circle of Friends) you will enjoy this book very much.
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the book was very realistic. The characters were those you could identify with.
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I enjoyed this book! It is a story about two women who know nothing about each other, live on different continents, and form a lovely bond and friendship through unexpected and heart-wrenching circumstances. These women trade homes with one another and when they finally meet in person, their lives have been changed forever.
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this is one of my all time favorite books! I just love Maeve Binchy's work!
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Love the descriptions of live in Ireland and now Connecticut. This was a wonderful book of women, friendship and life. Loved it!
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Slow starting but great book once it gets going.
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Was a long read and very involved. Starting out not wanting to read it and really didn't warm up to it because it was so well written that this story could happen in real life...my life. It really hit to close for comfort. The main character's life is shattered by infidelity on many levels but she works through it and changes the lives of everyone she encounters as a result. Great examples of worth and redemption in the end.
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This is about a woman who marries a man and then he becomes rich while she stays home and takes care of the family. Eventually she ends up finding herself along the road to self discovery. Its a heartfelt story and a good read for a friend who has just recently divorced or who is going through a rough patch (or any woman really) :)
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Way too canned
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Once you have read one of Maeve Binchy's novels you will want to read them all. Tara Road is a great place to start. You won't be able to put it down.
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A good escape novel. The storytelling is sometimes funny and sometimes touching.
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"A novel filled with warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation"
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Great book couldn't put it down.
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i LOVED this book. i really feel like i know the characters. so many good stories in the background of the main story. you will like this book!
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New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchey has captured the eharts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchey's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of havs world-wide--and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with her signature warmth, humor, and tender insight. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation, Tara Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape, into another place, another life. "What if..." Binchey asks, and answers in her most astonishing novel to date.
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An extraordinary story of long friendships, betrayals, lifestyles, endings and beginnings. A story of changes.
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Oprah's Book Club Selection!!
a Tender novel of the pleasures & pitfalls of friendship, Tara Road is an ultramodern love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight.
Engrossing!!!
An irresistible tale!!
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
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.
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This was a great book, I couldn't put it down!
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Nice book to read if you just want entertainment.
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A good family, friendship book. Another Maeve Binchy great.
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A magical story with memorable characters
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A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation. Tata Road explores every woman's fantasy: escape into another place, another life. What if....
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One of Binchy's best!
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This book 1 o 4 in a box set. Never read.
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Tara Road is an untramodern love story for women, about women, between women that is sure to delight
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Another great read by Maeve Binchy!!!
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Wonderful!!!!
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Very character driven - fun to follow these complex and interesting characters.
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Excellent - Don't want to put it down, but don't want it to end.
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Every womans fantasy....escape... to another place, another life....
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Lovely story! Easy read..
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other. Danny Lynch from the broken-down cottage in the back of beyond and Ria Johnson from the corner house in the big, shabby estate were not only living like gentry in a big Tara Road mansion, they were actually debating what style of dining table to buy." But for its various inhabitants, the street is to become a boulevard of dreams--some broken, others created anew. Maeve Binchy has long proved herself a secure hand at multiple story lines, and over the course of 500 satisfying pages she focuses on Ria; her best friend, Rosemary Ryan, a beautiful, endlessly selfish career woman; Gertie, the battered wife of a drunkard; and several other intriguing women, each of whom has secrets not to be shared. There is even an all-knowing fortune teller who early on hints that Ria will travel and start a successful business--two things she knows are definitely not in the offing.
Yet after our supposedly happy housewife and mother of two is confronted by some inexorable home truths, a chance phone call from America will change her life, forcing her to discard her illusions about men, women, and marriage and start all over again. At the same time, the Connecticut caller, Marilyn Vine, has her own lessons to learn when she and Ria swap houses for the summer. Yet there's nothing remotely preachy about this novel--even the bad guys (and yes, they're usually guys) and beautiful mistresses get to maintain some appeal. Instead, Tara Road is a stirring look at the reality behind our consuming fantasies, and a page-turner to boot.
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Excellent!
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good read. :)
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i loved this book, as all her others!
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I read everything she writes!
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Book description:
"Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other. Danny Lynch from the broken-down cottage in the back of beyond and Ria Johnson from the corner house in the big, shabby estate were not only living like gentry in a big Tara Road mansion, they were actually debating what style of dining table to buy." But for its various inhabitants, the street is to become a boulevard of dreams--some broken, others created anew. Maeve Binchy has long proved herself a secure hand at multiple story lines, and over the course of 500 satisfying pages she focuses on Ria; her best friend, Rosemary Ryan, a beautiful, endlessly selfish career woman; Gertie, the battered wife of a drunkard; and several other intriguing women, each of whom has secrets not to be shared. There is even an all-knowing fortune teller who early on hints that Ria will travel and start a successful business--two things she knows are definitely not in the offing.
Yet after our supposedly happy housewife and mother of two is confronted by some inexorable home truths, a chance phone call from America will change her life, forcing her to discard her illusions about men, women, and marriage and start all over again. At the same time, the Connecticut caller, Marilyn Vine, has her own lessons to learn when she and Ria swap houses for the summer. Yet there's nothing remotely preachy about this novel--even the bad guys (and yes, they're usually guys) and beautiful mistresses get to maintain some appeal. Instead, Tara Road is a stirring look at the reality behind our consuming fantasies, and a page-turner to boot."
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NY Times Bestseller