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Tara Road

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  61,387 Ratings  ·  1,713 Reviews
Ria Lynch and Marilyn Vine have never met. Their lives have almost nothing in common. Ria lives in a big ramshackle house in Tara Road, Dublin, which is filled day and night with the family and friends on whom she depends. Marilyn lives in a college town in Connecticut, New England, absorbed in her career, an independent and private woman who is very much her own person.

Paperback, 639 pages
Published 1999 by McArthur & Company (first published 1998)
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Apr 09, 2007 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My mom and sister and I refer to this as the "smell the milk" book. Sometimes you open the fridge and wonder what that horrible smell is, and you open the milk bottle and nearly pass out. But it's so bad someone else HAS to experience it to, so you ask whoever's nearby to smell the milk, too.

I picked this book up in a grocery store in Shannon, Ireland. I was hoping for a fun, light read during my vacation. It *was* fun and sort of light, but not in the way I expected.

I've truly enjoyed some of M
May 02, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me in such an unusual way that it is impossible to judge its contents without noting the story. I was riding the subway to work in NYC when I was in my early twenties, when a little, old, Chinese man tapped me on the shoulder. I looked up from my book and he asked me, in broken English, if I liked to read. I was taken aback by not only being touched by a stranger on the train, a no-no for regular NYC commuters, but by his seemingly random question. I gave him a quick nod and tu ...more
Aug 31, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Binchy is one of my favorite authors and I think this is my favorite of her books. Great for a vacation read. She always wraps her stories up in nice little bows at the end, which may not generally be what would happen in reality, but I think that's why I like it - she's good at reminding people that things always work out in the end. Also, she has really strong female characters, or ones who start out weak but find strength, usually through other great women characters, which is always somethin ...more
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Dec 28, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
I have been wanting to read this book forever since this book refers to characters that are in later Binchy novels. How I wish that I had stayed away from it. This book is 656 pages. Due to a nasty cold plus fever I had the past couple of days I wondered if perhaps I was being too harsh about this book. Then I re-read some passages and decided that no I was not. I think the biggest thing for me is that I cannot believe this was once upon a time selected as book as the month by Oprah Winfrey. I a ...more
Educating Drew
I agreed to read Tara Road simply because the binding of the novel looked worn. I thought to myself, "how terrible of a book could it be if others had loved it with marked creases." As soon as I picked it up, part of me began regretting the decision. I could not find any redeeming qualities.
The novel begins with Ria, a young Irish girl talking to her sister about love and relationships. This, I imagine is used as a backdrop to illustrate the naivete of Ria (short for Maria) in the land of love.
Mar 04, 2008 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Maeve Binchy story.
Cyndy Aleo
My first introduction to he writing of Maeve Binchy was her novel Circle of Friends, after which I read The Glass Lake. When I saw that Tara Road was chosen as an Oprah selection, I thought it would be even better.

::: Girl Meets Boy :::

Ria is a pretty if unspectacular girl. She lives with her widowed mother and older sister, takes a secretarial course, and takes a position at a real estate agency, where she meets the gorgeous and ambitious Rosemary and the dashing Danny Lynch. In real life, Dann
Jul 20, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tara Rd

I enjoyed this big fat Irish family tale.

I have a paperback and this is a fat little book at 648 pages. I've had this book on my shelves for a good long time. I don't know if it was its compact but stout size that seemed daunting or the fact that I never could get a satisfactory understand of what this was about enough to press me into reading it. Maybe because there is so much to this book it may be hard to say it all but I hope to give enough facts myself to help prospective readers m
Nov 01, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-author, audio
4.5 stars. This book is big but I enjoyed every moment of it!
There's nothing new here - Maeve's style is very distinctive and always follows the same pattern - but I love that pattern!
It's an epic family drama with laughter, tears and ordinary life grow up and make choices and become adults. There are consequences and that's that.
No twists and no subterfuge so get your jammies on, light a fire and curl up with this will warm your heart.
(A small shout out to all the little
Patricia Devereux
Jun 01, 2009 Patricia Devereux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, as a book snob, I kind of look down on authors who are wildly popular. But I had heard of Binchy and, hey, "Tara Road" was in the one-for-one paperback exchange at my library's book sale, so I picked it up.

I was instantly sucked in to the characters' complex relationships, their longings, divorce and romance struggles, motivations, eforts to better themselves.

The dual stories of the two divorcees on both sides of the Atlantic who exchange homes was a great plot device. I was fa
If I could, I would give it a 3.5 stars. I liked some of the themes presented in this book: abuse, friendship, commitment, love, children. I did not like the soap opera type of story. My husband asked what I was reading and I told him confidently that it would fit right in as a Lifetime movie. I don't normally read that type of literature (or watch Lifetime movies, well, except perhaps at Christmastime!). I was drawn, however, to Binchy's writing. She writes very well and the story lines are com ...more
Aug 05, 2009 Swanbender2001 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Maeve Binchy and it will not be my last. The story starts with Ria, living in Dublin and married to the charismatic Danny Linch. She believes nothing could be better about her life except to have a third child until the time comes to discuss this possibility with her happily married husband. Only to discover he is having a third child with another woman! Ria’s life is turned inside out and upside down and so are the lives of her young son Brian and 15 year old Annie. Just when ...more
It has been quite some time since I have read a Maeve Binchy book, but I remembered her wonderful Irish stories about human relationships and emotions and the realm of goodness and the sorrow of misunderstandings. I also remembered I should have a box of tissues close by and sure enough Tara Road proved true to form.

Ria Johnson a somewhat awkward and insecure young secretary meets incredibly handsome Danny Lynch at work and they fall in love and move into their dream house on Tara Road and have
Aug 04, 2015 Icewineanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Such a wonder heartwarming, addictive story. My favorite of all of the Maeve Binchy novels. 10 stars
Nov 17, 2013 Teeliles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book over and over; Maeve Binchy -- who, I was distressed to learn, passed away earlier this year -- always gives this reader her money's worth. While I've enjoyed all of her novels, this remains my favorite. Definitely light reading, but her characters (new and recurring) are always so appealing, the plots always interesting, and her descriptions of Irish life, whether in the countryside or in Dublin, always compelling. Don't be surprised if you start asking people to "mark your ...more
Apr 08, 2008 LISA rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
OK maybe it was just my mood, but I was bored to tears ... I listened to more than half, all the while thinking "I have to stop this" but I continued hoping somehow I would even care ... I must have spent 7 hours or more listening! OMG.
I am so glad I stopped & couldn't care less what happened to thet characters. However, on a positive note, if one were really interested in Ireland, it's people and such, perhaps one could enjoy One Star's Worth here !
Morana Mazor
Apr 27, 2015 Morana Mazor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ovaj puta sam išla na sigurno sa Maeve Binchy... Volim kako ona piše, tako da tu nema nekih iznenađenja..Knjiga samo može biti više ili manje dobra.. Ova je, eto više dobra.. Mislim da vas je većina upoznata sa njezinim knjigama, a tko još, vrijeme bi bilo da se upoznate.. Kuća u Ulici Tara bila bi izvrsna za početak...
Iluzija O. Istini
A friend left me this book after she finished it while passing through the city I was living in.

About two weeks ago, since I was missing her, I decided to take it on.

Amie, girl, what the hell? XD
Oct 13, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-09
There was a time in my life I would have turned away from a book because of it's size. This one would have gotten passed because of this size. I'm glad I didn't pass it up.

Maria (Ria) is a very unselfish woman living in Ireland on Tera Road. Her life fell into her hands by the luck of her husband, Danny, and his real estate working with Barney McCarthey. This is a tale of many lies revolving around these men, with wives who turn a cheek to their indiscretions.

Ria is very social and her friends
May 23, 2016 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 11, 2008 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanie by: Emmy
Shelves: popular-fiction
Easy, light-hearted, Summer read. Kinda reminded me of the TV show Desperate Housewives. It's the story of women and their relationships (good & bad) with each other, the men in their lives, and the facade of the "Cinderella life" or "Keeping up with the Joneses."

This author also wrote Circle of Friends which was also a movie. Her books are consistent and good. They dive deep into the minds of women and what they're really thinking & what they really want or think they should want. :-)
Molly Reamon
Feb 14, 2017 Molly Reamon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely easy read. Perfect book for traveling because you can put it down and pick it up days later without feeling confused or lost! Binchy writes in a way that makes you develop an emotional attachment to the characters, which makes it sad to finish the book. Luckily, she has written an endless amount of books so I'm on to the next one (Scarlet Feather).
Jan 17, 2017 Ceren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maria Zivalich
May 12, 2013 Maria Zivalich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!I had never read anything before from Maeve Binchy and this book made me a big time fan! I had read a review of her latest book "A Week In Winter", but happened to come across Tara Road so I got it. The author just recently died sadly. Tara Road is set in Dublin Ireland. The charterers truly come to life. At first I thought it might be a bit difficult to keep track of who's who because there are quite a few characters in the story, but that was not the case at all it was quite ...more
With each new book, Maeve Binchy continues a remarkable progression of sales and audience growth, reaching fans of all ages and backgrounds with her matchless wit, warmth, and sheer storytelling magic. Tara Road, her first full-length novel sinceThe Glass Lake, again shows her incomparable understanding of the human heart in the tale of two women, one from Ireland, one from America, who switch lives, and in doing so learn much about each other, as well as much about themselves. Ria lived on Tara ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book almost compulsively readable, even though the further along I got into the story, the more flaws started jumping out at me. If you want an easy read with a fast-moving storyline and are willing to overlook the not-quite-fitting pieces, you'll enjoy the book.

Tara Road revolves around the friendships of three women, Ria, Gertie and Rosemary, who live in Dublin, and whose lives continue to intersect despite the growing disparity in their personal circumstances. Plain-Jane Ria gets
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"Never in a million years!" That was the challenge from the Reader's Services department head here at EPL. She wanted us to take a step outside our reading comfort levels to sample books we'd never consider reading. I chose a Binchy book because I'd seen the film version of her most famous novel, Circle of Friends, and thought it pretty good. And maybe I'd feel the same about this one if it had been adapted for film with such talent as screenwriter Andrew Davis, director Pat O'Connor, and actors ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Maeve Binchy is a master story teller. Never more so then in this story.
When reading this novel I found myself captivated by Danny's charms not unlike the other women in this story.
Ria started out as a "weak" woman in my opinion. She wanted to be everything to everyone. Her desire to make Danny so happy and raise her family the way her mother thought she should, falter when Hillary (her sister) would complain and be the peace maker to her thousands of friends made her be someone that I felt woul
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Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four. Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood. Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents' attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.

She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while. She also loved travelin
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