The Last Anniversary
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. It's been over 70 years since Co ...more
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
So.........What happened to Jack and Alice Munro? Well, you'll have to read through "several" family related side "stories" to find out. For me, it just took too long to get to the meat of the MUNRO BABY MYSTERY, and Sophie's "story" in particular, turned out to be rather a disappointment.
I did like Margie and the outcome of her "story" but the very best part of the whole book (IMHO) was when Rose told the...more
As always I love the Aussie references throughout, it's all gold. This setting, not too far from where I live, seems like a little slice of heaven. The storyline asks us to suspend belief a little, but it's easy to do so as it's just so heart warming! The characters are self deprecating and loveable, and of co ...more
Here we are introduced to a large group of characters who have some link (la ...more
Sophie Honeywell: terrifyingly thirty-nine years old, mortifyingly single; blessed with a disorder called ‘Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema’, or ‘severe facial blushing'.
Thomas Gordon: her ex-boyfriend; Their break-up was spectacularly bad; he is part of an eccentric family living on S ...more
At first, my thoughts when starting The Last Anniversary was “there are too many characters. How am I meant to keep track of all of them?” As I kept rea ...more
I tried to read this book before, about two years ago, and didn't finish. This month, it is the BOTM in one of my favorite groups so I'd figure I would give it another shot. Again, I found the plot slow and the character development to be overkill, taking up the first half of the book just reading each character's perspective on every little thing. I remembered why I DNF'd the first time around. But, I am so glad I stuck it out because when the family dynamics and mysterious plot began to tak ...more
Liane Moriarty has women penned down perfectly. As far as I'm concerned, the wonderful thing about Moriarty's books is that all characters are very realistic. Their gripes, struggles, hang-ups, relationship issues are relatable. They're simple yet complex, they're imperfect.
My least favorite of the Moriartys. I only finished hoping for that trademark twisted surprise ending and what little there was of that disappointed. I had to resort to the Evelyn Wood approach to reading to get through this one. I'm ready for some man-lit.
Whether it's dentists, doctors, or authors, performance generally improves with experience. If we were to pay for the service of drilling a tooth, removing an appendix, or penning a novel, a seasoned hand often gives us confidence of the outcome.
That's not to say that inspired, focused debuts aren't often terrific. Here, however, this genre is way outside my circle of choice. If chick lit is not exceptionally well done by an experienced writer, it feel ...more
Like many of Moriary's books, "Anniversary" has a good plot and a terrific cast of believable characters. Much of the plot centers on relationships -- romantic, familial, platonic, etc. This one has a lighthearted "mystery" thrown in, which most readers will at least partially figure out fairly easily.
Readers who hate ambiguity may not enjoy the ending of this one.
While not as good as "The Husband's Secre ...more
The Last Anniversary is set largely on a slig ...more
This is the story of Sophie, who lives in Sydney and works in Human Resources. She is also the ex-girlfriend of Thomas. Since she broke up with Thomas three years previously, Sophie has not had a relationship and is starting to feel that she will never get married or have children. When Thomas comes to see her to tell that his Aunt Conne has left her house to her, she is surprised but moves to the house on Scribbly Gum Island wanting a fresh start. The island is famo ...more
I'm going to do something a bit different in this review than I have not done in the past. I need to quickly summarize the book (I promise no spoilers) and describe a couple of characters otherwise my comments will mean nothing to those who have not read the book. Speaking of commenting on the plot---Why do some people come here to write a review and it only consists of a book report ...more
Love is a decision.
Quite predictable, and the characters were a bit stereotypical - absolutely perfect for a beach read! And as I'm currently on holiday I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read almost all of Liane Moriarty's books (except for one) and the two best ones are What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies, but in all of them she has a unique way of saying something that you already know and believe in such a way that you go - yes, yes that's exactly what I feel. I can't wait to see what she doe ...more
I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but the app wouldn't let me. A lovely page turner with a hint of mystery. I really enjoy ...more
This is my first novel by Liane Moriarty (which feels strangely like making a confession.)
The characters made me laugh, particularly Sophie and her parents. I also found the scenes with Grace and her new baby very well done.
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Her breakout novel The Husband's Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has ...more