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The Last Anniversary

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  5,316 ratings  ·  487 reviews
"'I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear.' "

So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law, especially when it comes to...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published 2005 by Pan Books (UK)
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    I actually feel jealous of all the people who still have all of Liane Moriarty's books to read, when I'm going to have to wait for her next one to come out.

    While this isn't my favorite of her books I did really like it and feel she is an incredibly talented author. Maybe her books won't win Pulitzers or whatever, but her characters have so much detail and depth that it is sheer pleasure to know them through the books.

    Sophie broke up with Thomas a few years ago, right before he was about to prop...more
    After I went crazy about Liane Moriarty's "What Alice Forgot" last month, I ordered another of her books, "The Last Anniversary." What a disappointment! I will agree with the book jacket's assessment, "her characters are eccentric." To say the least. They're actually downright weird. And quite perverse, in some cases. The storyline completely collapses and toward the end of the book you feel very frustrated that you wasted the time to read it. Do NOT bother with this one. I may have overstated m...more
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    Having read rather a good deal of chick lit this year, I’ve found that these novels tend to vary widely upon where they fall upon this rather broad genre. At one end are those novels that are a step or two away from traditional romances (with a few brand names and a bit of extra snark thrown in for good measure), while at the other are those that could fit quite snugly into the mainstream, or even literary fiction, shelves. These par...more
    The Last Anniversary is the second novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty. The story starts with 39-year-old Sophie Honeywell finding out that she has inherited a house on Scribbly Gum Island on the Hawkesbury River. The house has been left to her by Connie Thrum, the Great Aunt of her ex-boyfriend, Thomas Gordon, and causes some commotion within the extended family on the island. Scribbly Gum Island is famous for the “Munro Baby Mystery”, a seventy-year-old unsolved crime involving a cake, a...more
    This book has all the wonderful things I've come to expect from Liane Moriarty's work: an enchanting cast of distinct characters, mild plot twists that nonetheless feel delicious and exciting, a steady thrum of tension throughout that drags me through the pages sometimes even against my will, a surprising and satisfying conclusion, and a fervent wish that the book were about 300 pages longer. Or 500.

    Here's the interesting part: I didn't even like this one as much as the other two of hers I've re...more
    I have just finished this book, and I think, not sure, that I liked it better than Three Wishes, but less than What Alice Forgot and The Husband's Secret. That seems to indicate that Liane Moriarty's books are getting better and better.

    This one has some weaknesses. A bit of suspension of disbelief is necessary for everything surrounding the big mystery and people's reactions to it. Sophie was a bit of an ambiguous character for me. The author wanted us to relate to her, and at times it did not...more
    If not for my curiosity over this novel's Munro Baby Mystery, I would surely have abandoned the book. I did not enjoy getting to know any of the characters, least of all Sophie, who kept me wondering exactly what anyone could see in her. Even the more endearing characters (Connie & Rose) are disappointing by the time it's all over.
    Oct 14, 2008 Dawn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Any chic lit fans
    Shelves: chic-lit
    I loved this book!!! I couldn't put it down!!! Far better than your typical "chic lit" book! One of the best books I've read in really grow attached to each one of the characters, and I thought I had the ending figured out, but I was surprised at the end! A book I will re-read in the future! Charming!
    Disappointing Ms Moriarty. I've read some of your other books and they have been much better. Your characters in this book were either boring or ridiculous in spite of all your obvious effort in making them cute and quirky. Didn't work. You did touch upon some very important themes- loss, abandonment, motherhood, marital relationships, adultery, post partum depression, single motherhood, being single in a "married" world, spinsterhood, family relationships, friendship, the list goes on.. ( and I...more
    I gave up. Life is too short, and I was too bored.
    Am 15. Juli 1932 finden die beiden Teenager Connie und Rose Doughty das Haus ihrer Nachbarn Alice und Jack Munro verlassen vor. Das Wasser im Teekessel ist noch heiß, dem frisch gebackene Marmorkuchen auf dem Tisch fehlt nur noch die Glasur, und ein Säugling wartet darauf gefüttert zu werden. Wo sind die Eltern des Kindes geblieben? Was ist damals wirklich passiert?

    Diese Frage um das Mysterium von Scribbly Gum Island beschäftigt Sophie seit ihrer Kindheit. Sie liebt das Rätsel um Alice und Jack...more
    I loved this book! I related to so many of the characters in one way or another. The Munro baby mystery/tourist attraction was an amusing backdrop. There was a lot of relationship tension and drama, but I liked that most of the characters were really trying to do the right thing rather than just following their hearts without regard for others. They weren't perfect at it, but they tried. I was satisfied with how it all turned out in the end.
    I do like this author! This is a great story, with some lovely, likable characters. (FYI, there were a few prurient bits, the type of things that I appreciated NOT being in "What Alice Forgot".) The book is about a woman who ends up having a house left to her, a house on an island where a family has made a cottage industry out of a mysterious disappearance, turning the mystery into a tourist trap. The main character is a funny, sweet young woman who has to find her way around this new family, so...more
    Just like every other Liane Moriarty book I was addicted till this ended. I wouldn't say it was as amazing as the other ones but pretty awesome nonetheless. I just love how she develops her characters.
    Silly Funny and kept me guessing. I did have to write the character's names down tho so I could keep up:)
    Sheila DeChantal
    At first listen, I almost gave up on the audio narrated by Heather Wilds (good narration, she had many vices to keep up on!). The Last Anniversary did not jump-start right into the action as her newer titles do. About 30 minutes in, I was glad I hung in there as I could start to sense the emerging Moriarty that this author will come to be.

    The Last Anniversary has some interesting characters that I enjoyed. As we enter the story, Connie has passed away however you do get a chance to know what typ...more
    The Munro baby mystery has made Scribbly Gum Island a haven for tourists. Rose and Connie supposedly found Alice and Jack Munro's baby when they unexpectedly fled from their house during the time of the Great Depression. Fast forward some 70 or so years, and Rose and Connie are still living in Scribbly Gum with the 'Munro baby', Enigma. Enigma has two daughters, Laura and Margie, and in turn, Laura had Grace, and Margie had Veronika and Thomas. When Connie dies, Thomas's ex-girlfriend, Sophie Ho...more
    Deb Cornell
    This is my third read of Ms. Moriarity. Ms. Moriarity's stories evolve like an elaborate multi-course dinner. The diner recognizes the use of a familiar spice but in a wholly uncommon pairing --similarly Ms. Moriarity plays with the reader's presumptions to add undertones of mystery culminating in a dessert of plot twist. While her characters work together as an ensemble, each one is devised to withstand being the main course if necessary.

    The parents of the Munro baby have disappeared and two y...more
    The Last Anniversary starts with 39-year-old Sophie Honeywell finding out that she has inherited a house on Scribbly Gum Island, Australia, from the great aunt of her ex-boyfriend, Thomas Gordon. The family is famous for the “Munro Baby Mystery”, a seventy-year-old unsolved crime involving missing adults and a newborn baby.

    Sophie moves into her inherited house and becomes involved in the lives of its eccentric inhabitants. She loves her new life but is unsettled that she is in love with a marri...more
    Oh, this was a fun book! I didn't enjoy it quite as much as _Three Wishes_, but I certainly did have a good time reading it! I giggled out loud and even teared-up in a few places. My only real complaint was that Sophie's story was left a bit too open for my tastes... Still, I enjoyed the book and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any future books by this talented writer. Moriarty has a real knack for creating likable characters and entertaining (if not entirely unpredictable) situation...more
    Kenneth del Rosario
    / It was a bit of a gamble that I read this book, mainly because I have no idea who the author was. Plus I was already in love with Jane Green, so I wasn't sure if I could take on another chic lit author. But, yes, I enjoyed Liane very much. Her work is very witty, the story and subplots interesting and full of twists. I don't necessarily like some of the subplots, but I love the characters she has drawn for the book. Very relatable and likable. Definitely something I'd recommend to someone! :D
    Feb 04, 2014 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: all
    Recommended to Debbie by: love Lianne Moriarty!
    Well so far this author can do no wrong. I think What Alice Forgot is the best, but it seems to me this author ,who always uses a secret or a hidden person to promote a story, is funny creative and otherwise unexpected.Sophie is a lovable protagonist who cant help a blush so deep and biological that she gives her feelings away. She becomes part of a family who promotes the mystery of Scribbly Gum Island as its livelihood. This was a hoot and no anxiety has been provoked.
    Laura Spinella
    The Last Anniversary is a quirky energetic read with plenty of plot twists and eccentric characters. Moriarty is a deft storyteller with plenty to say, if not a tad too much at times. Set, for the most part, on Sribbly Gum Island, the Down Under island provides a singular setting for the tale of sisters Rose and Connie, who rear a child claimed to be the abandoned infant of Alice & Jack Munro, island renters during the Depression. This part of the story provides the mystery, and the fate of...more
    Excellent story. Scribbly Gum Island Mystery- two sisters who discover a way to keep a small baby from social services in Australia.
    Alice and Jack Munro leave/disappear from the island in the 1930's leaving baby Enigma or do they so goes the mystery. Connie and Rose rise the baby and make money off the island mystery until they are very rich. Years pass and Connie passes away and leaves her island house to Sophie. Sophie is not a member of the family only a friend of the family who enchanted Con...more
    This is an early work by Liane Moriarty and lacks some of the complexity and "bite" of her later novels. This is actually a fluffy concoction about Sophie Honeywell a totally likeable young lady who inherits the house of her ex-boyfriend's aunt who lives on an island that is inhabited by other members of the family. The family business is the care and tending of a decades old mystery Munro Baby mystery. The baby is now the grandmother of the clan and the family has become rich making the island...more
    Linda Bouley
    Every year there is an anniversary celebration that takes place on Scribbly Gum Island to commemorate the day that Connie & Rose Doughty found a tiny baby all alone in Jack and Alice Munro's house. The couple did not return for the child, nor were they ever found, thus beginning the Munro Baby Mystery. Rose and Connie took the child in and raised her, naming her Enigma. Over time the mystery became a lucrative family business where people came to the island to visit the house, preserved exac...more
    I think I need to add Liane Moriarty to my "read everything by this author" list. Her novels manage to be touching, tragic, and laugh out loud funny all while telling a page turning story that keeps you engaged until the last page. I also appreciated the very raw and honest depiction of post-partum (post-natal in the book) depression experienced by one of the characters.
    Jenny Gilchrist
    Um....I liked it, I loved the local Sydney feeling, (sounded a lot like Scotland Island, or Dangar Island) and I always enjoy Liane's contemporary dialogue. Normal people, not rude people or over the top, just the way regular people are.
    I enjoyed the settings and the premise of the story. I loved Sophie.
    What I found a little trying about this one was the sheer number of characters and their very, loose at first, relationships with eachother. I had to write my own family would have been...more
    I just love this author!! I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book Liane Moriarty has written. I love the way she develops the characters and there are always twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. The characters are so real, and for the most part very likeable. In The Last Anniversary, we follow the lives of several characters who are related--how they are all related is a bit confusing for at first, but eventually you figure out the family tree. One of the main characters,...more
    What I really think is that it is impossible to top What Alice Forgot. I am not really sure that this one delivers a satisfactory conclusion, for when it ended I was like, really? We get to guess what happens to Sophie's love life? I could have done that and not read the book at all!!! I enjoyed it, but it might be a stretch at four stars.
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