November 23rd, 2010
Do you ever get in the mood to read something quiet and soothing–sort of a palate cleanser of a book? Tara Road is one of these. I am in no way demeaning Ms. Binchy, who writes lovely stories of Irish people and their friends and extended families. I find her work very undemanding to read, yet so enjoyable that I sometimes pick her books up for the sheer relaxation of them.
Tara Road is an older title, published in 1998 and it features one particular family living on Tara Road in Dublin. Ria Lynch has it all. She’s got a beautiful house she and her husband lovingly restored, a successful and devoted husband who makes good money in real estate, two charming children, and a world of friends who come and go through Ria’s busy kitchen. In a way, she is the center of their small world, and in another, she’s not really part of it at all. Ria is deceived by many along the way including those she trusts the most. When she has an opportunity to exchange houses for the summer with a woman from the U.S., Ria jumps at the chance and even though she’s never met Marilyn, who will be living in her home, she finds a true friend in her.
Binchy writes charming stories and though they’re lengthy, you’ll find yourself wanting her books to go on and on. If you read Binchy and enjoy her, you may also enjoy Adriana Trigiani who writes similar stories featuring Italian-American families.
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