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The Tavern on Maple Street

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  992 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
This is the third novel from bestselling Irish author Sharon Owens, following The Tea House On Mulberry Street and The Ballroom On Magnolia Street.
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Published February 1st 2006 by Listen & Live Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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Janel
Aug 16, 2012 Janel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good companion to me over the past several days...It got me through the waiting room at the Dr.'s office, kept me occupied when I got a flat tire on the expressway and had to wait for my husband to rescue me, and helped pass the time while I waited for my highlights to develop at the hairdressers...It was a sweet, witty book that felt like a friend. The story takes place in Belfast, Ireland and follows the lives of the people that inhabit the Tavern on Maple Street. Lily and Jack ...more
Ape
Feb 20, 2011 Ape rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My 2010 bookcrossing review:
This one has been sitting around a while. So I thought I would finally get it read and picked it up late this afternoon. I've now read the first four chapters and I honestly don't care what happens to the characters, whether they manage to save the pub or not, or what the mystery the back blurb refers to is. This is polite, wooden writing with two-dimensional, stereotyped characters and a non thrilling plot. I am getting more picky in more old age. A few years ago I w
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Amy
Dec 21, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was cute..it reminded me of Maeve Binchy- in a way! It does take place in Ireland, which I like! Cute story!
Jennifer
Nov 27, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this five stars, not because it's a literary masterpiece or tackled difficult subject matter. I didn't cry, or hold my breath in suspense. But I did smile - a lot. This was a comforting, gentle read, which I desperately needed right now. It reminds me of the Maeve Binchy books I used to read. I was completely transported into another country and another life for a few days. I'll definitely read this again the next time I need a cozy read.
Michelle Hofacker
I love stories set in Ireland! This one was so nice all the way through. I could do without the language, alcohol, and immorality; but the story itself was nice and entertaining.
Rachelle Wallace
Even better than the Cafe! I hope this author has written more.
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tavern on Maple Street by Sharon Owens was very charming and like her other novels, heart-warming.

I started out not enjoying the book very much. The first couple chapters were like plowing through drudgery and read quite slow. However, after those first few chapters, the plot started picking up and interesting characters were added to the mix. Like Owen's other novels, everything turned out all right in the end.

The main couple of the story, Jack and Lily Beaumont are the owners of the tavern
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Julianne
Dec 22, 2016 Julianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A witty story of two people falling in love, becoming owners of a tavern and years later, having their world turned upside down. A flowing read that makes you laugh and keeps you turning the pages.
Ellen
Mar 19, 2016 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise for this book is what attracted me. A 200 year old pub on a quiet cobbled street in Belfast is in danger of being demolished because the city fathers and a rapacious real estate developer decide that a modern glass enclosed mall is what this neighborhood needs. Jack and Lily, the owners decide to fight back and save their wonderful antique filled cozy pub. They begin by hiring 4 bar maids , and a band to make Beaumont's a pub people will want to visit. So begins the "Irish Soap Opera ...more
Sally
Oct 04, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Since I enjoy stories set in Scotland, Wales, and England, I thought I'd try this one set in Belfast, Ireland. I had come across reviews of the book that made it sound interesting. It was an engaging tale, with none of the Irish "politics" I feared it might explore. It centered around a tavern that was about to be bought and demolished to make way for a modern mall/office complex, the married couple who owned it, and the staff of young ladies they hired to work for them. The events, as they prog ...more
Nicola Mcfall
Sep 03, 2011 Nicola Mcfall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book I felt slightly disappointed. It didn’t feel like a Sharon Owen book and when I read that the Tavern faced closure I expected to read about protests and legal battles – something that really didn’t interest me. I set the book that first night not honestly knowing if I would pick it up again. The next day however I was felling under the weather and very upset by some stuff that has been going on in my life so picked it up and started reading again and I just could ...more
Jen
The third and final Sharon Owens book I bought long ago and had not listened to. This was not my favorite (I preferred The Ballroom on Magnolia Street), but it was pleasant enough. In this book, a husband and wife try to save their ancient tavern from being knocked down for a new shopping mall. In the process, they decide they need to make more money over the upcoming Christmas holidays in case they need to support themselves elsewhere if they lose the battle, so they hire four young ladies to h ...more
June Louise
"The tavern was situated right in the heart of the city of Belfast, down at the end of a narrow, cobbled alley off Royal Avenue. This particular alley was closed to traffic because it was a dead-end and there was not enough room even to turn a small car around...."

This is the story of Lily and Jack Beaumont who have lived in a small tavern in Maple Street for twenty years. Threatened with closure by millionaire property developer Vincent Halloran, the Beaumonts go to all lengths to try and keep
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Rianna Rowsell
An easy and pleasant read, there are plot twists and likeable characters, but it's not particularly involving. Good relaxation material.
Lorraine
Sep 03, 2010 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, audio-book, 2010
Set in Belfast in the weeks before Christmas 2005, this is a very good book about Jack and Lily Beaumont who run a small, quiet little tavern, and who are shocked to learn that it will be torn down in the new year to build a shopping mall. Lily devises a plan to build up the business so much that they may become a valuable presence in the community and may be able to keep it open. They hire 4 barmaids, a couple of singers, and start selling meals and hiring out for Christmas parties. The fun beg ...more
Chana
This is a sweet feel-good story about a couple who own a tavern in Belfast, a very quiet tavern mostly frequented by 3 old men. Everyone is happy with this arrangement, but then a developer hatches a plan to build a big shopping mall on that block. Every other business owner on the block sells. What will Lily and Jack, the owners of the tavern, do?
Lily decides she is going to save the tavern somehow. She hires 4 barmaids and gets busy advertising.
The story has a happy ending for all but one cha
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Almira
Jul 07, 2008 Almira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to my journal, I read this in 2006




Untouched by the modern world, the quaint Victorian pub is a much loved place, by the locals and owners, Jack and Lily Beaumont. Not just a business, a family tradition to all who work or enjoy "the stout". However, bad times appear to be coming, as a property developer has hopes of demolishing the tavern to build a MALL - woe is me! - this event thrusts Jack and Lily into the limelight. The countdown continues to D-Day (demolish day), UNTIL, yes, UNTI
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Cara
Feb 14, 2009 Cara rated it liked it
This was a fun listen, not as engaging as the Teahouse on Mulberry Street, but it kept me awake while driving to Pittsburgh, so it served its purpose. The Irish accent in my head has mostly worn off now, but it was unstoppable for the first 24 hours or so. That was kind of a fun novelty.

I'm not sure if I liked this one less than The Teahouse on Mulberry Street because the characters weren't as engaging, or if it's just because I listened to it all in a row while driving and exhausted. I do plan
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Becky
Oct 20, 2007 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book doesn't have much that is unique to it, it nevertheless is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I love Owens's characters and conflicts, and I am never disappointed. While reading this novel, I did feel that it began to lag in the middle, but then I realized that this was a necessary part of the development of the characters' relationships. Otherwise, the closeness of the variety of characters would have seemed contrived. If you like Maeve Binchy's novels, Sharon Owens has a similar ...more
Maureen
Apr 22, 2014 Maureen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
Did not care for this author's writing style. The story was a little too "sweet" for my taste. I think the general plot for the book would have been far more interesting if not for the stereotypical characters and what seemed to me, silly outcomes. Having read many books set in Ireland, I was hoping that this would be an interesting read. It was not. I got so bored with it that I just started skimming the last third of the book and fell asleep before I reached the end and realized I didn't reall ...more
Sheri
Jan 18, 2011 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book set in a little Irish pub. Jack and Lily own a little hole in the wall and aren't very busy or successful, as far as money goes. But they are happy and in love and have enjoyed their life for the past 20 years. Then they hear a developer wants to buy their little piece of heaven and change the neighborhood into a chrome and glass horror.
Well, then the story takes off. We meet a bunch of interesting characters and it makes for a very fun read. I have read her 2 previous books a
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Cathy Lambert
Good story of love, romances, and friendships that takes place in modern day Ireland. I liked the descriptions of decor, clothing, and food/recipes that added to the texture of the story for me. The young women that worked for Jack and Lilly in the tavern and some of the characters that frequented the bar were a little too sexually active for my taste, but over all a pretty entertaining read. Not literary by any means, but good escape reading. I would recommend it to almost anyone without reserv ...more
Henni
Endnu en fremragende bog fra den irske Sharon Owens, en af de bøger man "forsvinder" ind i og tiden forsvinder.
Bogen foregår ligesom Sharon Owens'm andre i Irland og følger flere personers liv over en periode i de hyggeligt beskrevne omgivelser.
Igennem bogen er der også flere beskrivelser af lækre retter, der bliver serveret i pubben, så bliver du let lækkersulten er det en god ide med lidt snacks indenfor rækkevidde.

Genlæst 2017:
Desværre lever bogen ikke op til mine egne forventninger - ved and
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Sarah
Pleasant tale that's similar to a Maeve Binchy novel about a slow-moving tavern in Belfast City Center. When a shopping mall developer wants to take it over, Lily and Jack try to improve things--hiring staff, developing a catering service, and hiring live music. But it's a far cry from the quiet pub they are used to managing. The people all become entangled with each other and everything is peachy by the end, of course.

I was looking forward to the Irish accents, but a few of them really threw m
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Katie
Apr 04, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a contrast to read The Tavern on Maple Street right after finishing John Conroy's [stark, heavy, well-written] Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life. The Tavern on Maple Street is a light, sweet escape that takes place in present-day(ish) Belfast. I wondered if it would veer too far into Rosamund Pilcher or Maeve Binchy territory, not that there's anything wrong with that. Instead, this book is a thoughtful meditation on how people make community in the city.
Sharon A.
Jul 06, 2011 Sharon A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-fiction
I really enjoyed this book, and will be looking for more from this author. I hesitate to compare her to Maeve Binchy, since so many other reviewers do, and that just doesn't really seem fair. Owens creates an interesting mix of characters, some sympathetic and some not. The story moves along quickly, and I got the nice, happy ending that the residents of the Tavern on Maple Street richly deserved.
Ruth Ropper
Feb 03, 2016 Ruth Ropper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this was a fairly simple storyline, I enjoyed the way it went from a basic story and gradually brought in more characters and became more fun. I loved the three old men who frequented the tavern and the four different bar maids who ended up working there. The main character Lily grew and became more likeable as the book went on. It is a gentle read that you can pick up easily but keeps you wanting to find out how it will end.
Amy
Dec 05, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Amy by: found on goodreads.com
Shelves: series
Sharon Owens is a Maeve Binchy wannabe. Unfortunately, she has not achieved that goal in this book. I became apprehensive in the first 5 minutes when one of the female characters was described as having "a haunting beauty." The reader, Carolyn Winterson, does nothing to redeem the poor writing with her monotone rendition. I didn't finish this book.
Shadoshard
The book is about a tea shop and the lives that revolve around it. These lives are not world shakers and I wouldn't call the writing poetry, but that's it's charm. It's like a warm cup of tea on a hot day; soothing and relaxing. It is a simple and charming read and to be honest, a nice way to spend your night after going to a St. Patrick's day parade and celebrating with your kids.
Jess
Sep 15, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very charming! The thing that I like most is the way Owens gives each character enough attention and backstory for you to get to know each of the taverngoers--it was almost like reading a series of short stories that coincidentally (and pleasantly!) connected with one another. Everyone has a story, a personality, and a reason for you to root for them along the way. A happy, light read :)
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