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The Last Anniversary: A Novel
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The Last Anniversary: A Novel

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by Liane Moriarty

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From Liane Moriarty, author of #1 New York Times bestsellers The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies, comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, and lovable and eccentric characters.

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect


From Liane Moriarty, author of #1 New York Times bestsellers The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies, comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, and lovable and eccentric characters.

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island—home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery.

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

Editorial Reviews

Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Moriarty has taken chick lit to a new level with her clever, engrossing THE LAST ANNIVERSARY.”
Publishers Weekly
Moriarty (Three Wishes) presents a stunner several shades darker than typical chick lit, about a family and the outsider who inherits a house on Scribbly Gum, their (fictional) Australian island and a popular tourist destination. Sophie Honeywell hasn't heard from ex-boyfriend Thomas Gordon since she broke his heart three years ago. He's since married and fathered a child, while Sophie remains single, pining for a baby. When Thomas's Aunt Connie leaves her house on Scribbly Gum Island to Sophie, the family is largely nonplussed-but then, they're used to mysteries. The famous 1932 discovery of baby Enigma by Connie and her sister, Rose Doughty, led to the successful "Munro Baby Mystery" tour that kept the sisters afloat for years. Among the large, eccentric family, Sophie starts a new life, befriending Thomas's cousin Grace, who is suffering through postpartum depression; finding a dangerous mutual attraction with Grace's husband, Callum; and dealing with bitter, intense Veronika, Thomas's sister, who covets Connie's house. Moriarty expertly handles a large cast and their relationships, keeping everyone guessing as the true story of baby Enigma-and its role in Sophie's strange inheritance-is slowly revealed. Moriarty's prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Moriarty's second novel follows the Doughty clan as they fight to protect family secrets. The Doughtys became famous more than 70 years ago when Connie and Rose Doughty found a baby on their island home, Scribbly Gum. The baby's parents, Alice and Jack Munro, vanished, leaving few clues to their whereabouts. The circumstances around the abandonment created a national media sensation. Dubbed "The Baby Munro Mystery," the case captivated Australians and turned sleepy Scribbly Gum Island into a tourist destination. Connie and Rose jumped at this chance to make money. They offered tours and concessions based on the Munro's disappearance. Their schemes created a financial windfall for the Doughty family. As the business grew, Connie and Rose managed to keep the younger generations of Doughtys on a tight leash by controlling the purse strings. After setting up this bleak bit of history, Moriarty focuses on the island's current residents. The Doughty grandchildren and great-grandchildren seem to have prospered in their pristine surroundings, but in reality they are a tortured bunch. The family's troubles surface when the matriarch, Connie, dies. Infighting breaks out among the relatives, and the careful fabric that bound the family together for years starts to unravel. The comparatively sane and notably saucy Sophie Honeywell is thrown into this den of nutcases-Sophie had only met the dowager a handful of times, when she was dating one of the Scribbly Gum natives, but apparently Sophie made such an impression that Connie bequeathed to her her home. Eager to toss aside Sydney's stale singles scene for the opportunity to live rent-free on the picturesque island, Sophie joins the fray. Moriarty(Three Wishes, 2004) presents far too many characters (five generations are accounted for), and none of them are likable. The old ladies are cantankerous and the younger folk are addle-brained. Sub-plots involve postpartum depression, gay relationships, mid-life crises and weight-control issues. An overstuffed tale that can't decide if it's a mystery or a romance.

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The Last Anniversary

By Liane Moriarty

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Liane Moriarty
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060890681

Chapter One

'Do you really think we can get away with it?' 'If I didn't think so, I wouldn't be suggesting it, would I?'

'We could go to jail. That's my third worst fear. First funnel-webs, then childbirth, then jail.'

'Neither of us is going to jail, you ninny. One day we'll be sweet little old ladies and we'll probably forget that it didn't happen the way we said it did.'

'I can't imagine us as sweet little old ladies.'

'It does seem unlikely.'

Chapter Two

'A marriage is hard work and sometimes it's a bit of a bore. It's like housework. It's never finished. You've just got to grit your teeth and keep working away at it, day after day. Of course, the men don't work as hard at it as we do, but that's men for you, isn't it? They're not much good at housework either. Well, they weren't in my day. Of course, these days they cook, vacuum, change nappies -- the lot! Still don't get equal pay in the workforce, though, do you? You've got a long way to go, you girls. Not doing much about it, though, are you?'

'Yes, OK, Aunt Connie, but the thing is I'm not interested in marriage in general. I'm interested in Alice and Jack's marriage. How would you describe it? Ordinary? Extraordinary? Cast your mind back!Even the tiniest detail would be helpful. Did they love each other, do you think?'

'Love! Pfff! I'll tell you something, something important. Write this down. You ready?' 'Yes, yes, I'm ready.'

'Love is a decision.'

'Love is a decision?'

'That's right. A decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear. Now, turn that silly tape-recorder off and I'll make you some cinnamon toast.'

'I'm stuffed full of food, Aunt Connie. Really. Look, I have to say you haven't been at all helpful. See, the Munro Baby Mystery is like a jigsaw puzzle. You're a piece of the puzzle. If I found all the pieces I could actually solve it. Imagine that! After all this time. Wouldn't you like that? Wouldn't that be fascinating?'

'Oh, Veronika, love, why don't you just get a job? A good steady job in a bank, perhaps.'


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Meet the Author

Liane Moriarty is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, and What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotist's Love StoryThree WishesThe Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children. www.lianemoriarty.com.au

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was devastated when it ended! The characters are so unique and heart-warming that you feel as though you just lost close friends when you close the book. Moriarty's writing style can make you both laugh and cry. She knows how to write in a way that all her audience can relate too. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone; one of the best I've ever read.
beh88 More than 1 year ago
Great story by a great author...I've now read  four of her novels and the fifth is on my nightstand...can't wait to get started
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is very different from great many books I read. As soon as you get to know who is who in this book, you just read and enjoy. Nicely written, great characters and interesting story. Highly recommend this one. I now got her only other book she has written 'Three Wishes' and can't wait to read it.
MrsO More than 1 year ago
This is my second book by this author, and I am starting a third tonight.  Characters were all likeable, and the story could one minute be very drama filled while the next was so clever and funny.  What a great ending.  I could just picture all of the goings on as they were happening!                
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books loving each and every complex character. I like the way the author, Liane Moriaty, hops around with the story line and would recommend reading this book as well as another one of her novels, Three Wishes, to anyone from young adult to senior citizen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1932 Scribbly Gum Island, Australians Alice and Jack Munro vanish without a trace leaving behind their infant daughter found by Connie and Rose Doughty. The case became internationally known as 'The Baby Munro Mystery' and soon led to the tiny island becoming a tourist spot especially due to the efforts of the sisters.----------------- Over the next seven decades the Doughty family has made a fortune off the Enigma of the Baby Munro Mystery. However, now the matriarch Connie dies ending her iron control of the purse strings. The family members quickly war with one another ending the fragile peace that Connie fostered on everyone. Rose may still be alive, but is too much the romantic dreamer to enforce a code of ethics on the family. Though she only met Aunt Connie a few times, Sophie Honeywell, who ended her relationship with Scribbly Gum native Thomas Gordon, inherits her home. Sophie moves to escape Sydney though she fears that seeing Thomas will remind her that she let go of her probable soulmate, but instead deals with five generations of eccentric acrimonious kin.--------------------- Though Liane Moriarty endows her vast cast with varying personalities and physical traits readers will need a scorecard to keep track of who¿s who, which can become overwhelming. Still this is a rich complex tale containing numerous well written subplots involving aging, financial dictatorship, postpartum depression, hetero and homo sexual relationships, amidst many others as each player has a major issue. The tie that brings everyone and all the subplots together remains the Enigma baby abandonment that will have the audience hooked wondering what happened in 1932 that still impacts everyone today.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a let down after reading "What Alice Forgot" and "Husband's Secret". I didn't have the enthusiasm to finish it.
lorrdel More than 1 year ago
The story was very strange to say the least. But I continued to read the book, and became interested in the plot, only to be very disappointed by the ending.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Loveable characters, a terrible family secret, and great writing!
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I have adored all her books but this one needed a better ending. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved loved loved it!
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While reading this book, I felt like I was there with the characters! I found myself crying when they are sad and laughing with them when the are telling jokes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner, just like all her others
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Bounces around too much to keep things straight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The characters were delightful and the story line had one surprise after another. The author skillfully creates such empathy for all the characters that I found myself laughing, crying and cheering for them all. I plan to read more of Liane Moriarty's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out great, got boring and the ending was a disappoint .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book with a good multi-faceted plot and well-developed characters. But it's not my favorite of the author's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to put down; I love this author!!
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