Ria and Marilyn have never met – they live thousands of miles apart, separated by the Atlantic Ocean: one in a big, warm, Victorian house in Tara Road, Dublin, the other in a modern, open-plan house in New England.
Two more unlikely friends would be hard to find: Ria’s life revolves around her family and friends, while Marilyn’s reserve is born of grief. But when each needs a place to escape to, a house exchange seems the ideal solution.
Along with the borrowed houses come neighbours and friends, gossip and speculation as Ria and Marilyn swap lives for the summer…
A nice departure from the usual Binchy, the house exchange was a breath of fresh air. But, don’t worry; we’re not totally off the expected path- there are plenty of infidelities to go around.
While Ria’s placid acceptance of everything around her drove me crazy, I’ll take that over Rosemary’s calculated, duplicitous nature any day. Marilyn was probably my favourite – unforgiving but kind and incredibly strong. Like most of Binchy’s men, Danny is smarmy and obvious, thinking only of himself.
Every mention of Quentin’s makes me so happy because it puts me in familiar Binchy territory. I’m looking forward to Scarlet Feather and Quentins. Colm seems familiar as well, but I’m not sure if I’m imagining that or not…
Tara Road continues the good feelings from Evening Class and reminds me of the Binchy I was expecting when I started this massive undertaking. It’s a little on the long side, and not enough happens to really justify the 600+ pages (did she have an editor?), but I enjoyed the read.