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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,529 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Being a good mother is doing the right thing. But sometimes the right thing is not so clear.

When Alice's husband Ben dies suddenly, her world falls apart. They shared twenty years and two daughters and life without him is unimaginable.

Having lost her parents while young, Alice understands her girls' pain. At fifteen, Jools is at that awkward age and only Ben could get thro
Paperback, 434 pages
Published July 29th 2015 by Penguin
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Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Sinéad Moriarty is one of my favourite authors who I have come to eagerly await her 'next book'. Oftentimes they are written around family, dysfunctional or otherwise and this one is written in a way that it could happen to you, to someone you know or someone who knows someone.

Its realistic in its entirely and the characters become fixtures in your head.

Everything that could be said about what the book is about has already been covered by a lot of other reviewers and for me to add more will just
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read six of this author's books, but the previous one was years ago. I thought the subject matter was very interesting, and I liked that there were a few different issues that were addressed throughout. I can not imagine how it must feel when your supposedly dead husband arrives back on the scene just as you've moved on with your life. Jools and Kevin are great characters, and helped lighten the mood throughout. I just wished I felt more while reading this story, but even though some of the ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is my first read by this author and it certainly won't be the last as I loved this story.

This story is based on Alice, her husband Ben and her two daughters Jools and Holly. When Ben dies Alice's life falls apart. Everything she knows is gone but she must keep going for her daughters. After struggling she finds love again and moves on with the blessings of her daughter. However a phone call pulls her into turmoil again. Can she survive?

I would have liked to have read more about the self har
Margaret Madden
This is bestselling author, Sinéad Moriarty's eleventh novel and a new release from her is always something to looks forward to. A talented women's fiction writer, who always manages to get right into the minds of her fictional characters, giving the readers the chance to escape into an embracing atmosphere, a bit like a favourite reading nook. This novel takes things a little further than her previous ones, as it has a dual location, and an unusual storyline...

Alice, Ben and their two daughters
Samantha March
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read Sinead Moriarty in the past, and I knew I was settling in with a good women’s fiction read when opening The Way We Were. I closed the book knowing I had just read a great women’s fiction novel. This truly is a gripping family drama, and one that I could not put down. Everything changes for Alice when she finds out her husband Ben was killed in Africa. Not only is her world shattered, but they have two young daughters Ben also left behind. Alice tries to be a good mother while working ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Sinead Moriarty. I've read and enjoyed all her books and this one was no exception. It's a very easy reading but very enjoyable book. I really liked the chapters where the younger daughter Holly was speaking in. ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Great idea, lack lustre delivery. I've read some beautiful writing in my time so I'm afraid I'm judging Moriarty by rather high standards but this book could have done with so much more editing. Far fetched, unrealistic dialogue. ...more
Tracy Fenton
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and emotional story about family, love and grief.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sinead Moriarty first book The Baby Trail was published in 2004, since then Sinead has published many novels. The new novel The Way We Were will be published in March 2016. I am so pleased for Sinead Moriarty that she won the Irish Book Award for popular fiction with The Way We Were.

The new novel is a page turner with a family that has everything and makes you think what can possibly happen. Alice and Ben are a happy married couple who have shared twenty two years together with two daughters.

Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: irish-chic-lit
always love this author but this I 5hink is my favourite. my only negative would be I felt the issue on self harm could have been dealt with better. great characters great story
Emma Crowley
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Incredibly The Way We Were is the eleventh full length novel from Sinead Moriarty and unquestionably it is her best, it simply blew everything else she has written out of the water. I have loved Sinead's books right from the very beginning when she released The Baby Trail. You can really see with this new book how much her writing has matured, it seems to have moved up a whole new gear. Judging from the cover I was expecting a nice easy read about relationships etc. Instead I got a gripping, at ...more
Lisa Aiello
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

Imagine you are in a happy, albeit a bit stale, marriage. You have two children, a well-established career, but your husband is going through a bit of a mid-life crisis and decides he needs a new challenge. And that challenge comes in the form of him taking his less than happy ass to Africa to do some medical work. You don't want him to go...but he's going. You have words with him, he leaves, and a little while later you learn
Sep 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Cristina Manzano
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok, but not gripping. It was really light reading.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc copy if this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. What an amazing book. Alice is married to Ben and they have two daughters. Alice receives word that Ben was killed on a trip that she begged him not to go on. She is devastated and goes through two years of grieving and finally meets someone new and is ready to start a new life with him when she gets a call that her husband did not die.
Anjana Avinash
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

The Way We Were is the first book of Sinead Moriarty’s that I’m reading and after I started I came to know that she’s an award-winning, very popular Irish author and this is her 11th novel. This book leaves us in no doubt why she’s so popular. Sinead has a firm grasp on the story and that’s reflected in the seamless way it moves forward. The basic storyline is something that I’ve encountered many times before – a mid-life crisis faced by the man of the house and how it affects the rest of the fa
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I am a huge fan of Sinéad Moriarty and have loved almost everyone I have read. I don't always read the synopsis of the book when I see she is the author because I figure I'm going to like it. So I started this book not really knowing what it was about. The book definitely didn't disappoint. It was a little predictable, but I can overlook that part.

Alice and Ben are both doctors raising two daughters. Holly and Jools. Jools is almost sixteen and has all the attitude of a typical teenage plus a l
Namrata Ganti
The Way We Were, is the story of a mother, a wife, a woman, as she strives to make everyone around her happy, to do the right thing as she sees it. Alice, our protagonist is juggling life as a General Practitioner and a mother. She has the support of her brother and throughout the book, it is wonderful to see how close the siblings are. Her relationship with Ben is just normal, the way most couples are, until it seems as though Ben is going through a mid-life crisis.

The author starts off by intr
geovana siqueira
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sally Coles
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alice and Ben seem to have it all, he is a surgeon and she is a gp and they have two beautiful daughters Jools and Holly. There are the normal family niggles, Jools is a hormonal teenager and needs constant supervision over her homework and Ben is never around - if he is not a work he is out on his bike and appears to be having a midlife crisis.

When he gets offered a one off job for a week in Eritrea Ben jumps at the chance but Alice is not happy, her parents were killed in a car crash and she l
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Never having read anything by this author meant I really wasn't sure what I'd find when I started this book. I found a brilliantly written book about life, love and finding out what you really want.

Ben and Alice along with their two girls Jools and Holly are a happy family. Ben is a surgeon and Alice a GP. They have a good solid life except for the fact that Ben is running headlong into a midlife crisis. Everything is so safe and boring and he needs something extra, a thrill.
That thrill costs th
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of Moriarty's, having read some of her previous works. But for her newest publication, I can't quite put my finger to it but there's something which felt off. The idea was great but the execution could be better...? Alice's relationship with Dan felt bizarre; it's like the author decided to use Dan as a filler before Alice had the second shock of her life.

But I am not put off from reading Moriarty's subsequent works though! I love her acerbic humour reflected in her writings. :)
Abby Lewis
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads win.

What a brilliant book! I'm glad I won it.
Told from different characters in third and first person.
I would have loved Jools part of the story as well... But seeing her in other people's eyes is just as good.
Would recommend this book to anyone, a bit of a romance, but with realism and heartbreak and drama too!

Loved it!
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sinéad Moriarty was described to me once as the Irish female version of Nicholas Sparks and I’d have to say that seems fairly accurate as she has this ability to write novels centered on love, family and relationships that pull at the heartstrings.

This one was broken up into multiple parts with chapters from different characters point of views and although that sounds as if it could be confusing and take away from the story how she handled it actually made the story very easy to follow.

Stacey Houllis
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-romance, family
I picked up this book from my local library and began reading it. As I began to read the story of Alice, her husband Ben, daughters Jools 15 years old and Holly 11 years living in London. Alice is a GP and Ben a surgeon. They have been married 22 years when Ben dies in Africa and Alice has to pick up her life and start again. Alice tries to be a good mother to her daughters Jools struggles at school and Ben was the only one who had the patience to sit with her. Holly is bright intelligent for he ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sinéad Moriarty has done it once again with her novel, The Way We Were. This is an author that perfectly, and often painfully, tells a story about the ups and downs of everyday life. Her stories are always realistic, and are often heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The focus of The Way We Were is family, marriage, and all that entails.

Ben and Alice live in London, and have two teenage daughters, Jools and Holly. They have a marriage like many others...they go to work (both are doc
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2016-releases

The storyline of "The Way We Were" is a little unusual, and I haven't expected it at all (no, I haven't read synopsis. It is Sinead Moriarty's book - I don't need to read synopsis to know that I am for a real treat, no matter what the book is about!). Why unusual, you may ask? Well, it has a dual location, and the second of them is in Eritrea - I haven't read any books set in Eritrea before. What took the characters there? Well, Alice and Ben are married, both doctors, Alice a GP and Ben a surge
Beth H
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me and I was happy to get an advanced copy to read.

Alice & Ben have a typical marriage with two teenage girls when Ben decides to up the adventure in his life and spend a week in Eritrea performing a surgery and training other doctors. Alice and her girls find their lives shattered when Ben is killed in a land mine explosion. They struggle through their grief, and Alice eventually finds love again. However, she is shocked to learn shortly after her engagement that Ben is
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a happy family: Alice, her husband Ben, and their daughters Jools and Holly. They have a great life until Ben unexpectedly dies, leaving the family devastated, however things aren't all as they seem.

This book is about love, motherhood, family and bereavement, along with a number of twists and turns, as the family members try to cope with their situations (I won't give any spoilers). I really like that it has sections written from the perspectives of each of the main characte
Lori Boyd
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Penguin/Net Galley for this book for me to review and offer my honest review.

First book I've read by this author ... won't be my last. A modern day story about Alice and Ben, happily married doctors. One is totally content with their life the way it is, one craving a little adventure. This story follow the adventure of one that turns into a nightmare for all. Loved the cast of characters, and the story being told by different characters. All characters are totally relatable, and situat
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Sinéad was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.

After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while wo

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