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The Last Anniversary [Paperback]

Liane Moriarty
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330463772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330463775
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear.' So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law, especially when it comes to the important things in life, like cinnamon toast and profit margins. It's been over seventy years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents. The 'Munro Baby Mystery' still hasn't been solved and tourists can visit the abandoned home, exactly as it was found in 1932. But now Connie has passed away and the island residents ponder her legacy. Sophie Honeywell is looking down the barrel of her fortieth birthday and still hoping for that fairytale ending. Her beautiful new friend Grace, the Munro Baby's granddaughter, can't tell anyone what she hopes for. It would be too shocking. Meanwhile, a frumpy housewife makes a pact with a stranger, an old lady starts making her own decisions and a family secret finally explodes on an extraordinary night of mulled wine, fire-eating and face-painting - the Last Anniversary.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and enthralling 12 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
I was captivated by this book which begins with an intriguing conversation and keeps the twists and surprises coming until the very last page. Each of the characters is well drawn and very believable. It is rare to read a book in which every detail is picked up on and becomes relevant to the overall story, but Moriarty manages that here. This book would appeal to people who are looking for a light summer read but with a more to it than a basic chick-lit or romantic saga.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to put down 16 April 2012
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Last Anniversary is the second novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty. The story starts with 39-year-old Sophie Honeywell finding out that she has inherited a house on Scribbly Gum Island on the Hawkesbury River. The house has been left to her by Connie Thrum, the Great Aunt of her ex-boyfriend, Thomas Gordon, and causes some commotion within the extended family on the island. Scribbly Gum Island is famous for the "Munro Baby Mystery", a seventy-year-old unsolved crime involving a cake, a kettle, some bloodstains and a newborn baby. Sophie takes up residence on the Island and becomes involved in the lives of its eccentric inhabitants. Sophie views her life as a romantic comedy, but soon enough she feels it turning into a sitcom, what with her attraction to a married man, icy river swims with an octogenarian, the (rather loud) ticking of her biological clock and making fairy floss for the annual Anniversary celebrations. Moriarty's characters have hidden depths and the plot has more than enough intrigue and twists to make this novel hard to put down. The wry inner monologues of some characters give the reader plenty of laughter, but there are also some thought-provoking and lump-in-the-throat moments. Moriarty manages to touch on a myriad of topical subjects: lesbianism, post-natal depression, nut allergy, parental cruelty, mothering instinct, suicide, support groups, children's fiction and bonding with newborn babies. I especially loved Sophie's thought: It doesn't seem good etiquette to help prove someone a murderer after they've left you a house.... And Grace's comment on support group philosophy "Every day is a gift, Jake. Of course sometimes it's a really horrible gift that you don't want". I was sorry to reach the end of this novel: I loved the characters and really enjoyed this read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read! 29 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. It really enthralled me and I found myself smiling throughout. She has touched on some serious issues but does so in such a human way- she clearly understands people. I will certainly read another by her- she created such likeable characters and I was delighted by this book. So much so, I have written my first review!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These books are a must 20 Oct 2010
By Brinky
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read What Alice Forgot, I immediately searched the web for more books by this author. I was lucky enough to find two, Three Wishes and the Last Anniversary and also in one book. I started the stories immediately and read them one straight after the other - and they did not disappoint. Fantastic author, extraordinary stories - loved every single word. Treat yourself! PS Has she written any more yet?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a great story 22 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of the other reviews - thank you one and all! This was the best novel I've read in ages and I've just purchased the other two books by this wonderful author.

What a treat - truly an unforgettable and un-put-down-able (word??) story. I was engrossed and children, husband, housework, everything else was set aside while I devoured this novel in one weekend.

The story line engrossed me, the characters were all believable and engaging, particularly Sophie, and the final page had me gasping in shock and delight. If you are reading these reviews trying to decide whether or not to take a chance on this book may I strongly suggest you do.

Fantastic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By RosieP
Format:Paperback
I received this book as part of a Women's Fiction Collection and thought by the description that I wouldn't enjoy it. How wrong can you be? I really enjoyed every part of it. There is a host of interesting characters, a likeable heroine, humour and some twists in the tale. It kept me guessing right until the end and I wanted to find out how all the story lines resolved. If you like humorous, easy to read, women's fiction, you'll enjoy The Last Anniversary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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the story line was a brilliant idea but could have been made more alive, 500+ pages much too long, could have been published in 300. i did persevere to the end as i wanted to know what happened.. disappointing read
More suited to 30year olds than 60+
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read! 23 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Picked this at random from a library and found it a delightful read. It was probably the first "Aussie" book I'd ever read and it was quite refreshing! She really made the main characters come alive and the image of the lovely old ladies (!) rushing around on their mobility cars was a hoot! I shall seek out more of her books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very small print
This is a tiny book and has print too small to read. I therefore have no idea whether the story is good or not. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mrs Jane E Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I love liane moriarty's books
I love liane moriarty's books. Three wishes was definitely the better of the two in my opinion - completely crazy and had me laughing out loud in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read.
I love this book. It is funny, poignant and written very well. I really couldn't put this down. Liane Moriarty is my new favourite author.
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Fantastic book, LianeMorisrty is a great author I love all her books!! I hope there is a new one coming out soon.
Published 2 months ago by Becky Eardley
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Really enjoyed this book and made me want to read others by her. Fascinating storyline and keeps you guessing until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I have loved all of Liane Moriarty's books. I enjoyed getting to know all the many characters and all the twists and turns in their lives. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story
This is a really fabulous book. Beautifully written, it is full of characters that you'll absolutely love. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully ......
Just ordered both books on the strength or What Alice Forgot and the Husbands Secret - hopefully the last anniversary and the hypnotists love story will be as equally good from... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy
all pages look good, very pleased with condition. Just need to read it now. Im sure it will be good, I love Liane Moriarty
Published 3 months ago by L B
5.0 out of 5 stars Lover her books
I loved this book, have read all Liane Moriarty and can't recommed her enough. I wish you could have gotten these two on kindle
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