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Tara Road

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  55,954 Ratings  ·  1,575 Reviews
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New York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels. Binchy's graceful storytelling and wise compassion have earned her the devotion of fans worldwide--and made her one of the most beloved authors of our time. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel filled with
Paperback, 648 pages
Published July 18th 2000 by Dell (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
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
Oct 21, 2007 Cynthia rated it liked it
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Aug 31, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
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.
Aug 22, 2008 Suzanne rated it really liked it
My favorite Maeve Binchy story.
Aug 02, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
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
Cyndy Aleo
May 21, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it it was ok
Shelves: women-s-fiction
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
Patricia Devereux
Jun 01, 2009 Patricia Devereux rated it really liked it
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
Nov 15, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok
This...was an absolute waste of my time. When I think of the time I could've spent studying, there's a sense of emptiness in me that Maeve Binchy has stolen a day or two of my life that I will never get back. No,'s more than's like a sense of betrayal even. Maeve was supposed to be funny. She was supposed to be funny and witty, like she was when she wrote Aches and Pains. This is one of the reasons one should never go reading a book expecting anything. In retrospect, I thought ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Lizabeth rated it liked it
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
Jul 22, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
I have not read a Maeve Binchy book that I have not absolutely LOVED! She is an amazing character writer. Her characters come to life so much that they feel as though they are your friends and you are part of their circle and in the story. I often have to remind myself that they are fictitious and not real! They become so much a part of you that it is very difficult to finish one of her books and have to say goodbye to them. I even find myself thinking of them and wondering how they are doing no ...more
May 04, 2015 Morana 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...
Aug 04, 2015 Icewineanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit
Such a wonder heartwarming, addictive story. My favorite of all of the Maeve Binchy novels. 10 stars
May 16, 2008 LISA rated it did not like it
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 !
Apr 06, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2013 Teeliles rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2008 Jeanie rated it really liked it
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. :-)
Aug 25, 2015 Tara rated it liked it
While I did enjoy this book, it was too long by half. The entire first HALF of the book was spent describing the happy life of the protagonist and her husband. The second half of the book is where all the action is at. I could have understood that happy life just as easily in 100 pages rather than 300. However, I did enjoy the characters, and there are a lot of them; so many I had to think hard sometimes to remember whose head I was in (even though the name was given each time) when the POV swit ...more
Rachid Aigledesud
Jan 16, 2016 Rachid Aigledesud rated it it was amazing
great book , i like it
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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
Feb 22, 2015 Judy rated it liked it
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
Mar 18, 2012 Wfbcreeds rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 17, 2013 Marisa rated it it was amazing
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
Maria Zivalich
Jan 05, 2014 Maria Zivalich rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2010 Judy rated it it was ok
This book was really difficult for me to get through, especially in the begining. I am not a fan of the author's style of writing. It was one short blocky paragraph followed by another short blocky paragraph followed by another and so on for the whole book. The language did not flow. The descriptions were boring - the whole book was boring, what am I saying? It's all about a woman who gets divorced and the many friends that betrayed her over the course of her marriage. I guess I now know why it ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Pam rated it liked it
Maeve Binchy is a great storyteller. Her recipe for a good story often entails characters we can relate to, perhaps their morals, values, and lifestyle, along with suspense, humor, joy, sorrow, and disappointments. This story had everything we see in our human nature in our daily lives. I gave three stars because the story went longer than necessary. I would've reduced the story by 150 pages. The authour's goal is perhaps for the reader to feel and embrace EACH and EVERY characters' journey. She ...more
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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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