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At Home with the Templetons

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    I loved this book.

    If you enjoy Maive Binchy you will really enjoy Monica McInerney. She creates such complex characters and adds comedy, tragedy and lots of emotion. I loved these characters. I want to read all of her book now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Like taking a vaction to Australia and staying in a particularly charming and odd bed and breakfast.

    At Home with the Templetons is a Romeo and Juliet like story set in a stately old home in Victoria, Australia. The Templetons are a large, noisy, weird family that move into a long empty, neglected mansion in the country. The town is abuzz with gossip about them, but their closest neighbor, Nina Donovan learns the real story is far different then everyone thinks. At first wary, Nina and her son Tom soon become entangled with the Templetons despite their frequent bizarre dramas. When the Templetons suddenly disappear Nina and Tom are left to pick up the pieces and to wonder what was ever real about the Templeton household. When Tom encounters the family years later in London a whole new, tragic story will unfold.

    I always love Monica Mcinerney's novels and At Home with the Templetons was no exception. She creates wonderful characters that I can relate to, quirky enough to be interesting, but real enough to be believable. Her stories have a lot of heart and you can count on a happy ending. Tom Donovan and Gracie Templeton felt like good friends by the end and I couldn't help but root for them. Nina, with all her faults, the charming and deceitful Henry Templeton, and the despicable Hope all add some spice to the otherwise sweet story. While At Home with the Templetons may not be my favorite book by Monica Mcinerney, it is an entertaining, easy read. Reading it feels like taking a vaction to Australia and staying in a particularly charming and odd bed and breakfast.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    This is an engaging look over sixteen years at a family

    In 1993, the magnificent seven of the Templeton clan move from England to Victorian Goldfields, Australia. They take residence in Templeton Hall, a manor unused for years. The locals are taken aback by the brood and the youngest daughter eleven years old Gracie soon learns not everyone is welcoming of her and her family.

    The patriarch Henry hopes to make money off the estate by providing period piece (in full costume and décor) to tourists of the stately manor house. Eleanor the matriarch struggles with controlling her husband's zaniest money making schemes as they never work. She also needs to keep their five children actively involved or Henry's latest plan will join the boondoggle failure pile. Their neighbors, single mother artist Nina Donovan and her son Tom, rent a nearby farmhouse; both are fascinated with the Templeton family. A tragedy splits the clan apart as culpability is everywhere and nowhere as over the next decade an a half, the Templeton kids make their own way in the world.

    This is an engaging look over sixteen years at a family, in which each goes their separate way down paths of success, failure, love and betrayal. The key to this family epic is that each Templeton and the Donovan diet come across as different people with strengths and weaknesses as the viewpoint changes amongst them. Fans of family drama will enjoy reading At Home With The Templetons.

    Harriet Klausner

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