Maeve Binchy is a popular Irish author, known for her books about relationships and women that reach into the heart of the reader. In 1998 she published Tara Road, a rather long novel that focuses on the lives of two women: Ria from Dublin and Marilyn from Connecticut. Ria is happily married to dashing real estate agent Danny and they have two kids together. Ria’s circle of friends includes several fun characters and Ria is blissfully unaware that life could be any different until Danny announces he’s leaving Ria for his pregnant girlfriend. A chance phone call from a woman named Marilyn Vine in the United States give Ria the chance and excuse to get away from her suddenly complicated life. Marilyn is married to a college professor and has her own career but spends her time trying to keep her prying neighbors and coworkers out of her personal life, shutting her husband out in the process. In an effort to find a chance at solitude, she leaves her husband to his summer work in Hawaii, instead following up on contacting a real estate agent from a vacation to Ireland long ago. Author Binchy does not skimp on the details of each woman’s summer exchange and by then end both have made new friends and realized what’s most important in their lives. This book was made into a movie of the same name in 2005 starring Andie MacDowell, among others. And if the plot sounds familiar The Holiday, another romantic comedy movie from 2006, was released starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
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