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From Liane Moriarty author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit page turning storyline and lovable and eccentric charactersSophie 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. I actually feel jealous of all the people who still have all of Liane Moriarty's books to read when I'm going to have to wait for her next one to come out While this isn't my favorite of her books I did really like it and feel she is an incredibly talented author Maybe her books won't win Pulitzers or whatever but her characters have so much detail and depth that it is sheer pleasure to know them through the booksSophie broke up with Thomas a few years ago right before he was about to propose She broke his heart She wonders if she has made a mistake as she is still single and childless and is approaching 40 like a steam engine full speed ahead Thomas' family are considered somewhat of a celebrity family in Australia as Thomas' grandmother great aunt can't remember found and adopted the Munro baby daughter of Alice and Jack Munro who mysteriously disappeared one day leaving a cooling marble cake and a half finished crossword puzzle along with a newborn baby Connie passes away and shockingly leaves her house to Sophie Along the way Sophie will discover the truth about the Munro baby fall in love meet old friends and make new and will still hate the fact that she has a blushing disorderSophie is the main character but one of my favorite characters in this book is Margie Thomas' Mom Margie is a overweight motherly type whose husband Ron is always making fun of her and treating her as if she's a lesser person Margie starts going to Weight Watchers and begins losing weight beginning a new adventure with surprising discoveries about herself and Ron along the way We get narration from nearly all of the characters Ron Enigma Rose Sophie Callum Grace I thought all the characters worked well together and I loved the tight knit family vibe while still having issues as all families do Sophie fits right in and is loved by all Now to wait until Moriarty's next book comes out

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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 mysterySophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems everyone has a secret Grace. In The Last Anniversary Sophie inherits a house on Scribbly Gum Island the site of a mystery when her ex boyfriend's aunt passes away She moves there and is soon swept along in the drama of everyone who lives on the island There promises to be intrigue everywhere as it seems each person is hiding somethingHonestly the secrets were over hyped There wasn't much to them even though the book seems to make a big deal out of them This is definitely of a family drama and I found the first half of the book to be a bit dull It took uite a while for Sophie to even move into the house and then once there the same part of the plot is told repeatedly from different people's perspectives making it feel repetitive and slow I also had trouble keeping track of the relations between family members and had to draw myself a family tree to keep it all straightThankfully the second half of the book picks up and the last 100 pages positively flew by The ending was fun and wrapped everything up with satisfaction even adding in a little twist I didn't see coming While the first half of this book was a little boring the second half made up for it turning this into a fun and enjoyable read overall And I continue to appreciate Moriarty's writing style She sprinkles her typical wit and sharp observations throughout which never fails to get a few good chuckles out of me

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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 decisionsAs Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around and come up with your own fairy tale endin. Another longish book by Liane Moriarty but this time it didn't bother me as it was the case with Truly Madly Guilty because I enjoyed the time spent in the company of several very interesting yet ordinary charactersLiane Moriarty has women penned down perfectly As far as I'm concerned the wonderful thing about Moriarty's books is that all characters are very realistic Their gripes struggles hang ups relationship issues are relatable They're simple yet complex they're imperfectWhile this novel didn't have the big dramatic reveal it was a very enjoyable book well worth listening to for 15 hours Caroline Lee the narrator of this book and of all Moriarty audiobooks was again excellent This books goes towards Aussie Author Challenge on Die Ermordung einer Butterblume und andere Erzählungen up with your own fairy tale endin. Another longish book by Liane Moriarty but this time it didn't bother me as it was the case with Truly Madly Guilty because I enjoyed the time spent in the company of several very interesting yet ordinary charactersLiane Moriarty has women penned down perfectly As far as I'm concerned the wonderful thing about Moriarty's books is that all characters are very realistic Their gripes struggles hang Ludwigs Zimmer ups relationship issues are relatable They're simple yet complex they're imperfectWhile this novel didn't have the big dramatic reveal it was a very enjoyable book well worth listening to for 15 hours Caroline Lee the narrator of this book and of all Moriarty audiobooks was again excellent This books goes towards Aussie Author Challenge on


10 thoughts on “The Last Anniversary

  1. says:

    I actually feel jealous of all the people who still have all of Liane Moriarty's books to read when I'm going to have to wait for her next one to come out While this isn't my favorite of her books I did really like it and feel she is an incredibly talented author Maybe her books won't win Pulitzers or whatever but her characters have so much detail and depth that it is sheer pleasure to know them through the booksSophie broke up with Thomas a few years ago right before he was about to propose She broke his heart She wonders if she has made a mistake as she is still single and childless and is approaching 40 like a steam engine full speed ahead Thomas' family are considered somewhat of a celebrity family in Australia as Thomas' grandmother? great aunt? can't remember found and adopted the Munro baby daughter of Alice and Jack Munro who mysteriously disappeared one day leaving a cooling marble cake and a half finished crossword puzzle along with a newborn baby Connie passes away and shockingly leaves her house to Sophie Along the way Sophie will discover the truth about the Munro baby fall in love meet old friends and make new and will still hate the fact that she has a blushing disorderSophie is the main character but one of my favorite characters in this book is Margie Thomas' Mom Margie is a overweight motherly type whose husband Ron is always making fun of her and treating her as if she's a lesser person Margie starts going to Weight Watchers and begins losing weight beginning a new adventure with surprising discoveries about herself and Ron along the way We get narration from nearly all of the characters Ron Enigma Rose Sophie Callum Grace I thought all the characters worked well together and I loved the tight knit family vibe while still having issues as all families do Sophie fits right in and is loved by all Now to wait until Moriarty's next book comes out


  2. says:

    Not my favorite Liane Moriarty read by any means but an interesting mystery just the sameSoWhat happened to Jack and Alice Munro? Well you'll have to read through several family related side stories to find out For me it just took too long to get to the meat of the MUNRO BABY MYSTERY and Sophie's story in particular turned out to be rather a disappointmentI did like Margie and the outcome of her story but the very best part of the whole book IMHO was when Rose told the Mr Egghead story uncovering the BREADBOARD MURDER MYSTERY view spoiler that doesn't happen until the very end of the book hide spoiler


  3. says:

    This woman tells a wicked story This is Liane Moriarty's second book and I have read most of them and all out of order as well Her first two are just as good as the rest in my opinion As always I love the Aussie references throughout it's all gold This setting not too far from where I live seems like a little slice of heaven The storyline asks us to suspend belief a little but it's easy to do so as it's just so heart warming The characters are self deprecating and loveable and of course very charmingly AussieContemporary issues here are important ones post natal depression 'late' motherhood and the tick tock of the clock stale marriages and women's insecurities These stories tie in with realness and nuances captured with each situation Grace is a character that was portrayed with an honesty that was very clear and real the author captured this struggle elouently This topic of PND and the struggle for a mum to bond with her mum is shied away from sometimes but not here at all A cosy family mystery has become local folk lore after a new born is left by a young couple abandoned in their house with a cake cooling on the table blood stains and mysterious facts abound The gorgeous mostly female members of this family are the only residents on this little island of Scribbly Gum Eva Cassidy is mentioned in this book so I have to say Liane you are amazing Also and so not important al all but these are the things I love who knew the plural of beau was beaux?Worldwide fame has found this author deservedly so Love that her first works are as good as her new


  4. says:

    I liked Little Lies so much I’ve been working my way back through the author’s back catalogue This is one of her early works and it’s easy to see that by the time she got around to writing LL she’d honed her craft and worked out how to extract the best from her particular way of telling a story That’s not to suggest that this book doesn't have any merit – it does – but I do think it lacks the polish of her later workHere we are introduced to a large group of characters who have some link largely familial to two sisters who grew up on a small privately owned island close to Sydney The sisters became local celebrities after finding an unattended baby in one of the homes on the island The parents were missing never to be found Many years later one of the sisters has died and this is the point we pick up the tale Except that’s not uite how Moriarty shapes her stories I’ve learnt that we tend to start close to the end with a mystery to be resolved and then delve back into the past before working our way forward to the final solution The main plot line is actually a bit thin here The mystery of the baby and the circumstances surrounding its discovery is an ever present and is only resolved uite late on – but there are signals throughout and I’d expect most readers will have worked it all out well before then What kept me interested were the sub plots involving the wider cast Grace is beautiful but depressed a mother who can’t uite bring herself to like let alone love her new baby; Veronika is aggressive and mixed up and decidedly unhappy with the terms of the will left by the recently deceased sister; Sophie is attractive and career successful but lacking a man in her life and keenly wanting to settle down and have babies And there’s loads If all this sounds a bit chic lit well that’s because it is a bit And chic lit is not my thing But what saves it for me is the darker undertones that always inhabit Moriarty's books She has a great way of delving into the underbelly of life and drawing out some of the unpleasant characteristics of her players The tensions we’ve all experienced in life and particularly in family interactions are here writ large Conseuently the individual smaller stories are much interesting than the ‘big’ mysteryIt’s an entertaining yarn and I really enjoyed elements of it The downsides for me were that it was too long and drawn out particularly towards the end I think it could have been wrapped up in about two thirds the length Also although most of the female characters were very well drawn this couldn’t really be said of the male participants who mostly seemed to be archetypal Aussie blokes who with one exception had few redeeming features Overall it’s a decent story with a good dose of humour and enough tension to keep it all rattling along I’ll certainly be looking out for her next offering


  5. says:

    Give Liane Moriarty her due Nobody can introduce a story uite like her Immediate smart funny upbeat energetic Throw in the characters one by one and soon the reader is on a fast boat to an exciting thrill Sophie Honeywell terrifyingly thirty nine years old mortifyingly single; blessed with a disorder called ‘Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema’ or ‘severe facial blushing'Thomas Gordon her ex boyfriend; Their break up was spectacularly bad; he is part of an eccentric family living on Scribbly Gum Island where everyone hid a secret of their own It all started in 1882 when the great grandfather won the island in a cricket bet For the first time since the game became popular Australia beat the English on English turf Nobody ever expected that to happen Hence it became the family's property ever since It would also become the place where two of the descendants Connie and Rose Doughty would cook up the mystery of the Munro Baby in 1932 which for the next seventy three years would make them secretly independent well to do women with good husbands Well sort of Jimmy Thrum wrote the scoop which introduced the Munro Baby Mystery to the world; Callum Tidyman whistled Mozart's Violin Concerto No 2 to baby Jake Ron Gordon discovered the secret behind listening to his wife for the very first time But despite it all their involvement in the family did not guarantee them happiness as they thought it should beWhen Connie passes away a surprising inheritance brings Sophie back to the island against the wishes of Thomas's sister who despised Sophie for what she did to Thomas the night he proposed four years earlier As the drama unfolds with Connie ruling from the grave; Grace suffering from postnatal depression; grandma Rose becoming slightly forgetful especially when at the age of eighty eight years old she constantly forgets to keep a secret; Margie Gordon is losing than two stones of weight while attending Weight Watchers meetings and spreading her wings at the age of fifty five; Veronika the blabbermouth goes through a relationship metamorphosis; and the men on the island become mere shadows of the female rulers Sophie learns how to make her own fairy tale happen the night of the last anniversary Connie always maintained that love was not a feeling it was a decisionOnce again a family entertain and capture the reader's attention the Moriarty style Never a dull moment And everybody is eccentric but good And once again I feel like closing a book on a likable group of people I would rather be part of forever I would love to enjoy their conversations while they dish up Thomas's marzipan tart; or Margie's almond cake; or Sophie's coffee and walnut liueur cake or the most famous of all Connie's marble cake For each of the cakes a recipe was needed but a different story was baked into it The marble cake had the most important story to tell A relaxing feel good wonderful read


  6. says:

    In The Last Anniversary Sophie inherits a house on Scribbly Gum Island the site of a mystery when her ex boyfriend's aunt passes away She moves there and is soon swept along in the drama of everyone who lives on the island There promises to be intrigue everywhere as it seems each person is hiding somethingHonestly the secrets were over hyped There wasn't much to them even though the book seems to make a big deal out of them This is definitely of a family drama and I found the first half of the book to be a bit dull It took uite a while for Sophie to even move into the house and then once there the same part of the plot is told repeatedly from different people's perspectives making it feel repetitive and slow I also had trouble keeping track of the relations between family members and had to draw myself a family tree to keep it all straightThankfully the second half of the book picks up and the last 100 pages positively flew by The ending was fun and wrapped everything up with satisfaction even adding in a little twist I didn't see coming While the first half of this book was a little boring the second half made up for it turning this into a fun and enjoyable read overall And I continue to appreciate Moriarty's writing style She sprinkles her typical wit and sharp observations throughout which never fails to get a few good chuckles out of me


  7. says:

    Another entertaining and totally charming book from Liane Moriarty I loved all the characters I loved the setting which was actually not far from where I live And I loved the way the uirky and the funny was mixed with serious issues like post natal depression and anaphylaxis The final revelation about who the Munro baby actually was came as a delightful surprise and then right at the very end Rose has one final little shock for the reader All written in this author's very readable style I believe I have now read all her books so I will look forward to what she publishes next


  8. says:

    After I went crazy about Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot last month I ordered another of her books The Last Anniversary What a disappointment I will agree with the book jacket's assessment her characters are eccentric To say the least They're actually downright weird And uite perverse in some cases The storyline completely collapses and toward the end of the book you feel very frustrated that you wasted the time to read it Do NOT bother with this one I may have overstated my praise for What Alice Forgot when I compare it to books like Ahab's Wife for example but let me just say that based on this experience if you're going to read Liane Moriarty read What Alice Forgot and check out the others at your own risk


  9. says:

    Another longish book by Liane Moriarty but this time it didn't bother me as it was the case with Truly Madly Guilty because I enjoyed the time spent in the company of several very interesting yet ordinary charactersLiane Moriarty has women penned down perfectly As far as I'm concerned the wonderful thing about Moriarty's books is that all characters are very realistic Their gripes struggles hang ups relationship issues are relatable They're simple yet complex they're imperfectWhile this novel didn't have the big dramatic reveal it was a very enjoyable book well worth listening to for 15 hours Caroline Lee the narrator of this book and of all Moriarty audiobooks was again excellent This books goes towards Aussie Author Challenge on


  10. says:

    Typically when reading a good book I think of “the story” in terms of a character I’m usually reading about “their” story This is the first time where “the story” AKA “the secret” felt like an entity of its own with the characters circling around it each adding to the overall greatness I was reading if that even makes ANY sense at allAt first my thoughts when starting The Last Anniversary was “there are too many characters How am I meant to keep track of all of them?” As I kept reading though I realized how each of them was enriching the overall plot in such a way that I couldn’t stop readingSo what was this story about? I really like Liane Moriarty’s storytelling so I didn’t even read what this was about going in The book description is just one part of this story Ultimately The Last Anniversary was about a close kept secret and the uirky family that held it And what a uirky set of characters it was Everyone who visited Scribbly Gum Island wanted to know what happened to Jack and Alice Munro after their mysterious disappearance so many years agoWhile enjoying all that was Scribbly Gum Island I spent the entire book trying to guess the secret It wasn’t really a hard secret to guess but it was so much fun having the secret unfold through Sophie Grace Connie Rose and the rest of the Doughty clan's point of view I got so emotionally involved while racing towards the end and I was almost completely satisfied view spoilerOnly Sophie’s ending didn’t work 100% for me I felt a bit cheated on her behalf even though she was playing with fire falling in love with a married man hide spoiler


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