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Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
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Apr 07, 12

Read in January, 2011

Tara Road is an excellent read on how a marriage can fall apart when one isn't paying attention to whom the center of your relationship SHOULD be..your spouse. Kids, home, and friends are all integral parts of our lives, but our spouse should be our number one priority.

In Tara Road, Ria Lynch is a woman who means well and does well by her children and friends, but doesn't pay attention to the big picture and her whole life falls apart when her husband, Danny, divulges his identity as a runaround.

A sublying theme is her so-called glamorous friend, Ella, who shows utter disdain for anything domestic, kid-oriented, and earthy. She pretends to be Ria's good friend, but in reality, she is condescending towards her and cannot believe how 'dowdy' Rian has become. She gets caught up in a liaison with Danny, Ria's husband. Ella is the self-centered, glamour puss that readers love to hate in this story.

In the background as well is Colm, Ria's friend who operates a restaurant on the lauded Tara Road. He needs to deal with his sister, who is involved with a gangster husband. His sister works for him in the restaurant. There is also a drunk friend of Colm's, Olna, who causes quite the scene when she works in the restaurant 'drunk as a skunk (pardon the slang).

Ria connects with an American woman and trades places with her (homes). Each finds out what each is missing in their lives over the span of a summer.

This is a depth-filled book, which Maeve does well at!
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