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Cuando la familia Templeton, oriunda de Inglaterra, se muda a una mansión colonial en Australia, despierta la curiosidad y las habladurías de los lugareños..., y con razón. A simple vista, los siete Templeton parecen algo excéntricos, y nadie siente más curiosidad por ellos que su vecina, Nina Donovan, una madre soltera, y su hijo, Tom. A lo largo de los siguientes años, lCuando la familia Templeton, oriunda de Inglaterra, se muda a una mansión colonial en Australia, despierta la curiosidad y las habladurías de los lugareños..., y con razón. A simple vista, los siete Templeton parecen algo excéntricos, y nadie siente más curiosidad por ellos que su vecina, Nina Donovan, una madre soltera, y su hijo, Tom. A lo largo de los siguientes años, la relación entre los Templeton y los Donovan tomarán rumbos imprevisibles, hasta que un hecho trágico hará que sus caminos se separen, quizá para siempre.De la mano de una de las novelistas australianas de mayor éxito, nos llega una historia maravillosa y emotiva sobre los peligros y los placeres del amor, de la amistad y de la familia....

Title : En casa de los Templeton
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ISBN : 9788415420286
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Number of Pages : 608 Pages
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En casa de los Templeton Reviews

  • Jenny
    2019-02-02 18:37

    At almost 600 pages, this book is 200-300 words too long. In part 1 I was rather enjoying the languid walk through the lives of the Templetons and Nina and her son Tom. By part 2 my interest was on the wane, but I forged on. Almost 400 pages in (alright, 390-something) I thought, good god, this is getting a bit much. From there I skimmed. Honestly, this would have been far better if it wasn't so long-winded. Then again, the actual plot, buried as it was in all those words, wasn't really anything to write home about. Won't be reading any more of McInerney's titles. She has an annoyi8ng habit, among others, of writing lengthy passages of exposition. Frankly, life's too short for books like this.

  • MaryG2E
    2019-01-27 20:26

    4.5★sA really well written novel about families, friendship, truth and lies, with a lovely romantic theme as well.I greatly enjoyed this novel, and have become quite the Monica McInerney fan. I have previously read Family Baggage and Hello From The Gillespies and consider this one the best yet.Firstly, McInerney writes well. Her novels are well structured and the narratives flow well. Her writing style is easy to read but her prose is not dumbed down. She demonstrates great skill as an experienced writer in her genre.Secondly, I think McInerney's greatest strength is her talent for characterisation. Her characters are well-drawn, cleverly nuanced personalities. None of her characters are absolutely perfect - they all have flaws or quirks, which make them seem real to this reader. In At Home we see how apparently confident and competent people have hidden insecurities which influence their behaviours and decision-making, often causing great harm to themselves or others. McInerney's ability to explore the inner workings of family dynamics, and her gentle expose' of human frailties makes for convincing story-telling.

  • Cassandra Kay Silva
    2019-02-06 20:41

    Interesting writing style. The authors real gift is connecting you to characters and connecting characters to each other. These characters really don't fall flat in any way, they are multidimensional, you get to see them from not only their own vantage point but also that of friends and family,they are relatable, they are humorous, some are introspective, some are not but they are all so viably human that it really draws you into the story and gives you a deep connection with their lives and the storyline. That being said, I think the letters were perhaps not my favorite approach to reconnecting these lives after they displaced from each other. I felt some of that brilliance in writing was lost in the letters, it became extremely long winded and in the final portion of the book it just became almost as a sighing heave. It was too predictable, for such an obvious set of circumstances towards the end we really didn't need so many words to get us to this point. We didn't have to see it from EVERY angle possible, we didn't have to draw that out so much. I think it tired me as an audience member. It made me feel bored with it all. I would have loved it if she would have ended a bit more poignantly and left it to the reader? Perhaps at the bit where Gracie blows the whistle near the water when she goes back, Have Tom come up at her from behind, get to see that real spark and chemistry between those two and then leave it to our juicy imaginations where it went from there? I'm not saying she had to leave loose ends I am just saying that she needed less words and more emotional charge to really bring it all to a close. By the end the emotional charge had run out for me, it got lost somewhere in all of that writing, which was too bad because there were so many connecting moments and I just adored all of these characters, even Henry and Charlotte in their own ways. It was a completely human piece and all that being said, a really great one just to pick up and go with.

  • Charlie
    2019-02-17 18:25

    This book gets off to a slow start because the set up is under the constraint of depicting the life, circumstances and background for the characters. At times it gets a little tedious being stuck in everyday life but if the reader sticks with it they'll eventually see the necessity of the journey. This becomes evident around chapter seventeen (roughly 250 pages in). It is here, that emotional attachment grows especially for the characters Gracie and Tom, which magnetically become the driving force of the story's continuation. The shift in focus is essential to the understanding and growth of the couple because ultimately the story becomes about them, their sorrows, future and ends with a difficult decision. Each character has contributed to the complexity and demonstrates how bad decisions, impulses and choices tangle with other fate even when we don't mean for it to occur. Everything touches everyone. The drawback is the length and build up. Some readers might not have the patience and lose interest before the seventeenth chapter. Also, near the ending a repetition of perspective of events is shown/told from multiple characters. I felt this was redundant and wasn't absolutely certain why it was necessary. I typically do not like this approach in any book because personally I do not want to read the same scene over and over. It is done well, but contributes to the overall extended length of the book. *This review is based on the advanced reader copy provided by the Amazon Vine program.

  • Shauna
    2019-01-24 13:20

    This was more of a 1.5 star book. I wanted to hurl this book across the room at several points while yelling "Just get ON with it, people!"If it had been about 150 pages shorter, I would have liked it, I think. It certainly makes me want to move to Australia.

  • Helen McKenna
    2019-02-02 13:34

    The Templeton family live in a stately home near the Victorian city of Castlemaine. While the other kids get to have fun on the weekends, the Templetons have to dress up in period costume and run tours of their home (Templeton Hall) - which prove to be a surprise hit with tourists. Having only recently arrived from England, they keep very much to themselves. At first their neighbour Nina is happy to maintain a distance. But then, their lives become interlinked and she finds herself drawn into their family and all its dramas, not entirely willingly.The story is told in Monica McInerney's usual warm and engaging prose and you find yourself immediately involved with the characters and their individual struggles. You can't help but like Grace, the youngest daughter and the only child who is really committed to the whole business of running Templeton Hall. I also really liked the character of Spencer (as a child), as there was a real devil-may-care attitude about him that was quite amusing.The first part of the story is quite detailed and covers a relativly short space of time, while the later chapters are spread over a bigger span of years. While the earlier part was slower moving, I enjoyed it more as I felt the later part skipped over details a bit, in the interests of moving the story to its conclusion.As usual Monica McInerney really gets the settings right, you can feel yourself in the Victorian countryside and later in London and Paris, when the story moves there. She also covers the theme of family relationships and all their complexities that begin in childhood and carry through until adulthood - sometimes never being resolved fully.An enjoyable, engaging read that kept me involved right until the end.

  • Sharon Siepel
    2019-02-22 14:28

    Part One (the first sixteen chapters) of At Home with The Templetons is absolutely delightful. Can you imagine any family trying to maintain a normal life in a home where they have to dress in period costumes and tourist parade through your living space? Now imagine a family with issues...major issues. It is funny, charming, and a little sad.The pace in Part Two slows down a great deal as it is mostly done through letters that cover eight years. It is a clever way to keep the reader apprised of the important details that occur over almost a decade, but I really missed the character interactions that made Part One so very interesting.The narrative picks back up in Part Three and at this point the book becomes less quirky and a lot more predictable. Tragedy strikes this tragic family and it is the fate of two of the more empathetic characters the compelled me to finish this novel.The first part of this book reminded me of Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank E. Gilbrith, but the rest of the book is more like The Promise: A Novel, by Danielle SteelMonica McIneney's interesting cast of characters make this a novel worth reading.

  • Tonya
    2019-02-17 14:44

    What a book! Monica knocked my socks off! This was my first book but it won't be my last by a long shot! The Templetons are a big imposing bunch, each with a big personality! We start out with Gracie arriving at what we know at the end to be "Templeton Hall", with some dark, curly, handsome stranger greeting her. Who was he? Then we go back to what happened to get to that moment.Eleanor, the mother of the crew, she was an iffy character, didn't hate her but didn't care for her either. Too wishy-washy for me. Stand up for yourself love! The dad, good ole liar himself, Henry -- he is a liar, but a smooth character, a ladies man I suppose eh. Then we have the children. The oldest is Charlotte, who went to boarding school and eventually threatens to not come home until they make Aunt Hope go away --- which I think she just used as an excuse. Then we have Audrey, who is a theatrical girl. She gets a part in a play, then comes the big day. She gets up there, oh darn, stage fright! From that day on she doesn't speak to anyone. Falls in love with a therapist. Find out what happens to her...We have one of the best characters in my opinion, Gracie next. Gracie is the most lovable, easiest to get along with character. Even Tom thinks so! Speaking of Tom, you will meet Tom and his mom Nina along the way too. Nina is another one that you will either come to understand or hate. I think there is no middle road.One character I think we can all hate is Hope. At one teeny tiny point I thought there might be hope for Hope, but alas she ruined that one. Hope is detestable. But she makes the book enjoyable and keeps you guessing the whole entire book, highly entertaining!And last but not least we have the youngest, the spoiled brat Spencer, who a lot of things wouldn't have happened without him. You either love him or hate him too. He didn't have many goals in life, maybe that is what being the youngest and hanging around Hope did for him.Monica knows what readers want, and she gave it. I can't wait to get my hands on her other books. I will recommend this book to everyone! Perfect book to take to the beach, makes you forget all your own drama for a day!

  • Sam Still Reading
    2019-02-22 17:39

    Monica McInerney writes good, solid books usually combining families in various locations with a bit of romance and drama. In this, At Home With the Templetons doesn’t fail to disappoint. It’s a good book recommendation for your grandmother, mother or sister.The Templetons arrive from England to country Victoria, Australia and take up residence at the family ‘colonial mansion’. Each weekend, the family dresses up in period costume and opens the house to strangers to relive the gold rush era. There are just a few problems with this:- Most of the Templeton children don’t want to do the tours- Their aunt is an alcoholic and often insults the visitors- The kids do some wacky things (such as underage driving)- The fellow townspeople think they are attention seekersThe book follows the four children (Charlotte, Audrey, Spencer and in particular, Gracie) as they grow up in this environment. Spencer befriends Tom Donovan and Gracie her mother Nina. Nina is wary of getting involved with the Templetons but their paths meet consistently. So when the Templetons must return to England, Nina takes over as caretaker of Templeton Hall.Many years are then covered in a series of letters, faxes and emails. Gracie grows up and the Templetons and Donovans are entwined again, with dramatic results, arguments and dramas. Will it have a happy ending? I’ll let you work that one out.I found the character of Hope (the alcoholic aunt) quite annoying due to her drunken stupidity, but fortunately she is less involved in the later sections of the book. I also thought it was a bit strange for Gracie to lose her drive completely after the Event and be so directionless for years after, but I suppose that’s what gave the book its last 200 pages.The book is well written and an easy read, good for summer holidays.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-02-01 17:29

    An English family settles in a stately home in Castlemaine, Australia and conducts tours all dressed in appropriate period costume for the public. Nearby lives widowed, Nina Donovan and her young son, Tom. Nina's initial reaction towards the Templetons is negative. I thought it should have stayed that way. Recently Bette and I were talking about the skill need by an author when writing about unlikable character. I have to say I felt that with this Monica McInerney book. With the exception of Gracie, all of the Templetons were selfish and manipulative and they didn’t care who they hurt along the way to achieving their own ends. I failed to understand why Nina had such a fascination with them and was drawn into their lives. From when the reader first meets Gracie as a child, Gracie is a breath of fresh air. She was probably the main reason I kept reading this long novel, which seemed like it could have been much shorter. I sympathised with Nina Donovan, mother of young Tom for a time but even lost sympathy for her along the way. It is Gracie and Tom who carry this story and hold the reader’s attention and I found the parts relating their stories most interesting. I usually like Monica Mc Inerney’s books but this is not my favourite, largely due to the characters. Other people may react differently than I did though.I probably wouldn't have kept reading except it was Monica McInerney, so I knew I would get something out of it.

  • Alison
    2019-01-28 15:19

    A slow start as we are introduced to the characters and their world but it pulled me in enough to read on. In a way, though, the prologue snatched some of the tension away - we knew the lost lovers would meet again. When the Gracie/Tom story took the centre of the narration, I enjoyed it. At last we had some deep emotion, some 'zing' and I found myself holding my breath at some tense moments in their relationship. The remaining characters were unsympathetic. I rated Eleanor next most engaging after Gracie - her story is not uncommon. Henry was intriguing, but a typical charming chancer although he redeemed himself to some extent by working to pay off the family debt. The strength of the book is that everything and everybody's actions and decisions interweave - something that help keep the reader's attention. But the plot lines were a little boring.The book is a pleasant read, but it is far too long, something that isn't helped by pages of recap towards the end. I itched to have my writer's red pen in my hand!

  • Bells
    2019-02-10 14:35

    Not entirely sure why I stuck with this book. Perhaps just through sheer bloody mindedness that I had a)previously enjoyed some of her work and b)I paid for it.It was full of so much cliche. Some of the most predictable writing I've ever read. The characters were ALL irritating, especially Gracie who I suspect was supposed to be the one we loved and cared about the most. She was just whiney and silly. The Templetons themselves were cardboard cut out "posh" types who had absolutely no redeeming features. Every time Hope was on the page, I wanted to hurl the book in disgust. Yes she was supposed to be unlikeable, but even unlikeable characters can be interesting to read when well written.The ending was heralded about three quarters of the way through. I just stuck with it to see just how right I was. Awful.

  • Bethany
    2019-01-26 20:34

    The first Monica McInerney book I read, Greetings from Somewhere Else, I adored. As such, I keep reading her books, but none of them have been quite up to par. **Slight, vague references to spoilers**At Home with the Templetons was probably my least favorite. The themes and "morals" seemed cliche, and the book seemed to drag on quite a bit. I kept thinking, isn't it over yet? I guessed the climax's resolution long before it happened and was disappointed in the characters' reactions to that. Why couldn't they figure it out when that character had done that before?

  • Jill
    2019-02-17 14:32

    Another good story written by Monica mcinerney. It was nice to know that there are other families just as weird as ours. Also, towns that were mentioned in the book both in Australia and the United Kingdom are places that I have visited and could relate to the surroundings.

  • Deborah
    2019-01-30 19:35

    Loved, loved loved this story!

  • Cristina
    2019-01-28 20:22

    En casa de los Templeton explora las relaciones familiares de las personas cuyas vidas y creencias se han basado en la mentira hasta encontrar las decepciones. Mónica McInerney ha escrito una excelente novela que centra la atención del lector en la reacción y el impacto al conocer la verdad de cada uno de los personajes involucrados.Gracie Templeton, el personaje central, se introduce en el prólogo a los 27 años, ella se prepara para regresar a Australia desde su casa en Londres. Sin embargo, la historia retrocede a un período anterior de su vida, cuando tiene once años. Período cuando la familia Templeton vivía en Australia, en una mansión colonial que propiciaba visitas turísticas mientras cada miembro familiar se disfrazaba con trajes de época para hacer el recorrido. Esto será visto por los habitantes del pueblo como una excentricidad por parte de la familia y una manera de mostrar una superioridad social de clases que los habitantes del pueblo rechazarán y darán pie al más puro cotilleo.Los vecinos más cercanos a esta familia tan peculiar son una joven viuda, Nina Donovan y su hijo Tom, quienes desempeñarán un papel fundamental en las vidas de cada uno de los Templeton, pero sobre todo en la de Gracie. Nina, como los Templeton, guarda secretos de su pasado que afectarán las relaciones con sus amigos y la familia. Sólo al regreso de Gracie a Australia y la revelación definitiva de la verdad de cada personaje es cuando cada uno de ellos encontrará la estabilidad emocional perdida y la paz que necesitan para comenzar el proceso de curación.Mónica McInerney es una escritora habilidosa. Su caracterización de los personajes es bastante sólida y cada individuo se distingue fácilmente de los otros. Gracie es una niña luchadora, precoz, mucho más madura que otros miembros de su familia. Cuando Gracie alcanza la madurez, su personaje se vuelve menos atractivo y parece caer en el molde de una persona emocionalmente dañada sin salvación alguna a menos que sea solo por amor. Charlotte, la hermana mayor de Gracie, es ambiciosa y pronto las puertas del éxito se abren para ella, es quien dicta las reglas y no tiene espacio en su vida para aquellos que son menos inhibidos. Audrey, la segunda hermana, es una persona introvertida que choca en su adolescencia con el primer muro de no aceptación social y pronto se esconde del mundo para protegerse, solamente cuando se reconoce como una persona común y corriente, capaz de cometer errores es que acepta la verdad sobre sí misma y sus talentos. Spencer, el hermano menor de Gracie, es un niño travieso que nunca parece aceptar la responsabilidad por sus acciones o la de reconocer el efecto de estas en los demás.Los padres, Henry y Eleanor, han construido sus vidas y las de su familia en la negación de las circunstancias y de sus sentimientos. Henry es un charlatán y un estafador. Eleanor, una facilitadora, el comodín ideal que un hombre como Henry necesita para crear un mundo diseñado a sus anchas. Hope, la hermana de Leonor, completa la familia, su alcoholismo y adicción a las drogas podrían hacernos sentir compasión por ella, excepto que sus acciones afectarán a todo el elenco de los personajes y no será agradable leer las palabras cínicas de una persona consumida por la amargura.Y por último tenemos a Tom. Tom es un niño que ha crecido solo junto a su madre (Nina). La muerte de su padre justo antes de su nacimiento será el factor desencadenante de una serie de secretos que su madre ocultará hasta llegar al punto de no retorno en el afecto entre ambos. Su amistad con los Templeton creará un vínculo muy estrecho y es después de conocer el éxito en su carrera deportista y la caída de la misma, que los malos entendidos y la mentira por otros, lo separará de esta familia y en concreto de Gracie. Después de las mentiras y los secretos, vendrá la decepción y solo con la vuelta de Gracie a Australia es que ambos personajes logran estabilizar sus emociones y conocer el porqué de la razón que los mantuvo separados tantos años.He disfrutado con el libro, aunque reconozco que hubo momentos en los que no me mantuvo en vilo y deseaba un poco más de desarrollo en la trama en lugar de descripciones individuales de cada personaje, pero en la mitad de la lectura ocurrió el gancho y pronto la historia pasó a tener más interés. La autora tiene una gran pericia para escribir sobre la familia y los individuos disfuncionales, así como los efectos que sus acciones causan en sus más allegados. Cualquiera que disfrute de una historia sobre las relaciones familiares disfrutará de este libro y se verá sentado imaginariamente en la terraza de una mansión colonial australiana.

  • Arlene
    2019-01-24 16:20

    My first time to read a Monica McInerney book. One of the book reviews says she is the Maeve Binchy of Australia. I just love the story although it was quite a long read.

  • Laura
    2019-01-25 15:20

    It actually took me awhile to really get into this book. I still read it just as fast as any other book but to be honest it just wasn't grabbing me. And then about half way through i realised that i found it quite depressing. Not so much the storyline, just the general feel of the book and the characters. I remember putting the book down for the night and turning to my husband saying `I feel quite depressed from reading this book. I can't put my finger on what it is exactly, just the mood of the book or something'.I think another reason why i found this book harder to get into was because i didn't feel any attachment to any of the characters so frankly i didn't care what happened to them. I'm not sure why, maybe it was because i found most of them quite selfish and shallow. This however, did change. At the twist. I started really caring about some of the characters then.The twist happened just at the right moment when i was wondering what could tie everything together to end the book. OH MY GOSH. I wanted to stab that woman. Rip her eyeballs out for the rest of her life. I can't believe she did that! Who does that? I won't give away who because i HATE spoilers (every time something happens now you're going to think it was that but believe me you will know what i am talking about when you read it). Far out. I was SO MAD. I wanted to rip the book in half. I don't think i have ever hated a character more! Not even an evil, evil villain.I enjoyed the ending although it was more a relief that it was over (not because it was terrible but because my nerves were worse than Mrs Bennet's from Pride and Prejudice by the end). I even had to go for an hour walk with my iPod to release all the emotion when I'd finished reading it.I'm not sure what genre to put this book in. I thought at first it was a family saga but I'm not so sure because it only follows the same generation. I guess though it is a family and boy is it a dramatic saga!I'm not sure how Monica was feeling when she wrote this book but i don't think I've ever been on such an emotional roller coaster from a book before. So if that is what you like to read, then this book is definitely for you! I don't think i would read it again

  • Maria Grazia
    2019-01-30 19:18

    Another Australian writer, a best-selling author, I've come to read thanks to my very active blogger life. Thanks a lot to the web and the Internet for the incredible richness and variety of contacts I've got so far, and especially, to Monica McInerney's publicist who thought I would like this novel and sent it to me. I did!The main characters of this gripping novel are numerous and skillfully characterized but the real protagonist is a stately mansion in Australia , which I imagine as enchanting, mesmerizing, impressive: Templeton Hall. Everything is not as it seems in this entertaining exploration of family links and relationships, with romance and turmoil, and you need to get as far as the epilogue, through its 471 pages, to get hold of every hidden detail of the story you were told before.A warm and captivating family saga that spans about twenty years - from 1993 to 2009 - and three continents in which the main theme explored is: how the things we do to protect our children may really just protect ourselves - with unintended and potentially devastating consequences. Other themes are redemption and forgiveness. Difficult to say which the lesson here is ultimately. Certainly, more than one. What is extraordinary is how deeply you get to know each one of the many characters. My favourite one is Gracie. Impossible not to love such a strong, sensitive, intelligent, precocious and earnest young girl. Especially in the first part of the novel.The novel is actually divided in three parts characterized by a different narrative technique - 1.third person narration mostly from Gracie's point of view 2. letters and third person narration, again mostly from Gracie's point of view 3. third person narration fragmented among several points of views, sort of indirect interior monologue. Such a richness gives the reader a real in-depth look into the characters as well as into the plot itself. Nothing remains unexplained.Have a look at my complete review at

  • Denise
    2019-02-05 18:43

    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.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-05 12:28

    There is a comfortable strangeness that wraps you even from the first page. However, it was Juniper who really made my skin crawl. The secretive and mysterious way that Kate described Juniper was enthralling. There were many times when I thought I had figured out what had happened to these characters, but with every twist and turn, you understand that you were either wrong or there is much more involved than you first predicted. I haven't read any of Kate's earlier books, but I am definitely keen to. She really is a distinctive writer and by the sounds of it, not one to ensure an easy read either! I enjoy those the most!

  • Carol
    2019-02-17 13:38

    The blurb on the back of the latest Monice McInerney says she is Australia's Maeve Binchy. I think that is a great comparison. I love her modern family sagas set mostly in Australia also in England, Ireland, even some of New Zealand for this one. It is a bit of a long book, but most of the time it didn't feel long. I enjoyed the message of this one that no family is perfect and forgiveness can go a long way. Young Gracie is such a cutie.

  • Kirsten
    2019-02-19 14:26

    I've always found monica mcInerney's books great page turners, perhaps not overly substantial but very enjoyable in a gobble up quickly kind of way. This is the first I've read of hers since her public announcement of her battles with depression, which definitely through a different perspective on the reading experience. A few of the characters do suffer, but it is ultimately a warm story with the plot driven by various family dramas. I'm glad mm continues to write.

  • Aileen
    2019-01-28 16:18

    This is the second book, I have read by this Author, I was slightly disappointed as it is very slow to begin with but after the first part, it was really good, I couldn’t put it down, it was funny in some parts and sad at times in other parts, and there is a very happy ending, be patient with this book and you will love it as much as I did. I would definitely recommend. The book is told in 3 parts.

  • Betty
    2019-01-26 20:25

    An interesting read with a variety of characters and plot twists. Enjoyed listening to it as an audio book - well read.

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  • Helena Wildsmith
    2019-02-06 14:27

    It never ceases to amaze me how Monica McInerney makes her characters feel so real, and this book is no exception. Loved it from its start to its perfect ending!

  • Bookish Enchantment
    2019-02-01 19:21

    Familes are so complicated. This book is entertaining yet it will ring true the complexities of individuals in family units. I loved this book.

  • Corinna
    2019-02-13 18:22

    One of those books you read when you have a bit of time to spare and find the theme intriguing, but not particularly memorable. Having said that, I have retained most of the story in my head, so that says something about it. We know people lie, and we know there are people who are so good at it that they live the lie and in doing so everyone associated with them are taken in completely and also live the lie. Many of these are grandiose in nature, and such is the lie in this book. I guess that is a bit of a spoiler, but it is interesting to follow the complicated family in this book, as well as a neighbour who is drawn in. Set in Australia, telling about a family who live in a big house that is rather like an old mansion, and their lives built around it, even back to the UK where they eventually return, the lie/s following them, and how these affect each member of the family, as well as friends and relatives, differently, the story shows how families interact and weave their own stories.

  • Luann
    2019-02-09 13:17

    This was another of my drive time reads. I pulled the audiobook off the library shelf with no prior knowledge, no expectation one way or the other.I am not sure I could have waded through it on my own. However, listening to the tale unfold was a different story; I got hooked. I am not going to lie. At times I wanted to scream, "Get on with it! I can only handle so much detail about these self possessed characters." But I stayed with it to discover whether there was any measure of triumph for the central character.I probably would not have chosen to read this book had I known all that was coming in the twists and turns of the plot. The author and I clearly disagree in regards to the sanctity of marriage.Nevertheless, the author must be commended for her ability to hold my interest in spite of my personal sensibilities.