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Tara Road

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Twists and Turns on Tara Road!

Maeve Binchy sure knows how to hold your attention. This book is fast pace and keeps you guessing. The ending came up too quickly, and now what happens to Ria, and Annie, and Brian??? A sequel would be great.

posted by Anonymous on January 8, 2000

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Most Helpful Critical Review

16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

You can't please everyone ...

I feel very alone in my opinion on this book... so many people seem to have loved it. I am the kind of person who feels that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it... but I rely so heavily on these reviews when purchasing a book so I felt it necessary to...
I feel very alone in my opinion on this book... so many people seem to have loved it. I am the kind of person who feels that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it... but I rely so heavily on these reviews when purchasing a book so I felt it necessary to voice my opinion. Although the book was engaging and hard to put down, I realized that I felt this way out of sheer amazement that all of the characters could be so unlikeable and the situations so unbelieveable. I could not relate to one character... throughout most of the book, I felt myself wanting to slap half of them and say "snap out of it" - especially, the main character, Ria. I will give the author credit for her style and I would agree that the book was well written. She did a nice job at foreshadowing many of the situations with the whole side plot of the fortune teller, however, it was not an enjoyable read for me. It felt like too much drama and not enought heartwarming. I finished it only to be able to make a sound assessment. I guess it just comes down to the fact that you can't please everyone. I know that this is a loved book by many. I just felt absolutely no connection whatsoever to this book, nor would I consider reading another by the author... just not my style.

posted by 30yearoldavidreader on February 24, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    I was really eager to start this book and found very entertaining - till the end - there wasn't any ending, it just stopped! The story was great, I loved all the characters, but I wanted to know what happenned in their lives after Ria decided to go it on her own (I think) and what every happenned to the Danny/Ria. and Lady Ryan love triangle? Too many question left unanswered.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 1999

    Fun... however???

    I really enjoyed this book, yet I disliked it in the same breath. When I read a book I want the author to move me, create an escape, and lead me into another world away from the one I live in daily. This book didn't pull that off, but it was trivial and interesting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. One of the problems I had, though, i

    I really enjoyed this book. One of the problems I had, though, is that it took forever and a day to get to the actual storyline having to do with Marilyn and Ria switching houses. I also wish there were more divisional chapters instead of ten enormous ones. Also, I agree that most of the characters were highly unlikable... I tended to want to roll my eyes at them instead of feeling sorry for them. However, I did enjoy it and will keep it to read again, because it was so well written. I will also be looking into more of her work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Doesn't seem like a sequel

    I looked up Quentin's. It doesn't seem like the same characters are involved in that story line...just the same location.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Eye Candy.

    Easy to read. This is a 'vacation' book when you're not in the mood for anything heavy. I found the American and Irish characters too homogenous. Except for a few colloquialisms here and there, the Ireland part of the story could have happened in Anytown, USA. Also, the American dialogue was not 'right on.' For example, Americans do not 'sign on' for classes, they 'sign up' for classes. But overall, the characters were likable and engaging. I've read better, but enjoyed this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    Two Books In One

    The book didn't start to take off until half way through. Was really disappointed until I got to the second half! What a change! I couldn't put it down from that moment on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    Good/Bad

    I enjoyed the book, but it seemed to last forever. If you don't mind long books, then it's great, but if you want to be done with it soon, it's not that good. I liked the plot, but didn't really like the ending. It was overall an ok book.

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