At Home with the Templetons: A Novel

At Home with the Templetons: A Novel

by Monica McInerney
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At Home with the Templetons: A Novel by Monica McInerney

When the Templeton family takes up residence in an imposing and long-empty manor in the countryside of Victoria, Australia, the locals begin to buzz with gossip. The seven Templetons moved from England and seem unusual, peculiar even—especially when they begin to lead tours through the stately home while dressed in period costume. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbors, single mother Nina Donovan and her son, Tom. Though they try to keep their distance from the often shocking Templeton dramas, Nina and Tom find their lives unexpectedly entwined with this enigmatic family, much to the delight of Gracie, the youngest Templeton daughter. Then one day, a tragedy tears them all apart. In the grand estate, the stage is set for years of betrayal and heartbreak, love and affection, to be revealed—and, perhaps, resolved—as the Templetons try to make amends.

At Home with the Templetons is Monica McInerney’s best book yet—a captivating and moving story that spans two decades, illuminating the perils and pleasures of love, friendship, and family.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345518644
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 490,317
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia, where her father was the railway stationmaster. She is the author of the internationally bestselling novels The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, The Faraday Girls, Upside Down Inside Out, Greetings from Somewhere Else, At Home with the Templetons, and Lola’s Secret. She now lives in Dublin with her husband.

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At Home with the Templetons 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
curlygurly More than 1 year ago
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.
bongie More than 1 year ago
Very well written and interesting story of a messed up family that goes from the children's youth to their adulthood.
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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