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Uma Casa na Irlanda

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Ria e Marylin não se conhecem - vivem a milhares de quilómetros de distância, separadas pelo oceano Atlântico: um numa grande e acolhedora casa vitoriana em Tara Road, Dublin, a outra numa casa moderna em Nova Inglaterra. Seria difícil encontrar duas mulheres mais diferentes; a vida de Ria centra-se na sua família e nos seus amigos, enquanto a de Marylin conheceu muito sof ...more
783 pages
Published January 2009 by 11x17 (first published 1998)
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May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2007 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
Ria lives in Dublin, Ireland, in a beautiful, Victorian house surrounded by loving family and friends. She has great kinds and is happily married -or at least she thinks so- to hotshot estate agent, Danny Lynch. But the day comes when Danny suddenly drops a bomb onto Ria's happily-ever-after. He is leaving her for a young girl, whom he also got pregnant. Ria's world is completely shattered and she does not really know how to cope with it all, when a chance phone call from America starts her on a ...more
Aug 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
I have been wanting to read this book forever since this book refers to characters that are in later Binchy novels. How I wish that I had stayed away from it. This book is 656 pages. Due to a nasty cold plus fever I had the past couple of days I wondered if perhaps I was being too harsh about this book. Then I re-read some passages and decided that no I was not. I think the biggest thing for me is that I cannot believe this was once upon a time selected as book as the month by Oprah Winfrey. I a ...more
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Maeve Binchy story.
Educating Drew
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.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-author, audio
4.5 stars. This book is big but I enjoyed every moment of it!
There's nothing new here - Maeve's style is very distinctive and always follows the same pattern - but I love that pattern!
It's an epic family drama with laughter, tears and ordinary life grow up and make choices and become adults. There are consequences and that's that.
No twists and no subterfuge so get your jammies on, light a fire and curl up with this will warm your heart.
(A small shout out to all the little
Cyndy Aleo
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2009 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
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
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Morana Mazor
Apr 27, 2015 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Such a wonder heartwarming, addictive story. My favorite of all of the Maeve Binchy novels. 10 stars
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 !
Iluzija O. Istini
A friend left me this book after she finished it while passing through the city I was living in.

About two weeks ago, since I was missing her, I decided to take it on.

Amie, girl, what the hell? XD
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :-)
L.  (My Woes, My Woes, They Continue To Grows)
I gave it the old 50 Pages try and that's all I'm giving this book. Nothing happened for those fifty pages. Absolutely nothing. The fortune in your cookie has more emotional impact. Donald Trump's tweets have more narrative. The list of side effects for Humira are more riveting.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Ne vem, kaj naj si točno mislim.
Cláudia Santos
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Há muito tempo que não lia um livro deste tipo. É o que considero livro de família. São livros que nos trazem a história de uma família, que nos vão mostrando a forma como a dinâmica da família se desenrola ao longo do tempo.

Neste caso a história está mais focada em Ria e é através da sua história que as histórias da sua família e dos seus amigos serão narradas. A Marylin aparece já a metade do livro passou. A história da Ria foi-nos contada e estamos no momento presente. É aí que a Marylin apar
Ibrahim Aylak
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Berbat. Ama yetişkin bir çomar için mükemmel bir başlangıç.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable 'summer book'. Not too heavy, but not a mindless waste of time either. Her mastery as a storyteller is obvious.
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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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