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4/5 (175 évaluations)
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461 pages
7 heures
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Apr 20, 2010
ISBN:
9780062008671
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Livre

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Sophie Honeywell has always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one that she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but after a complication of unfortunate events, Sophie broke his heart on the day he was to propose to her. After they split up, it only took Thomas a year before he married his travel agent, and Sophie has been mortifyingly single that fateful day of their departure. Sophie has done her best job trying to forget Thomas and move on, but she finds him unexpectedly back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island.

If that wasn't peculiar enough for Sophie to inherit the house, the fact that it is located on the same island that is home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery just complicates matters further. Sophie finds herself moving onto the island, and she begins her new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems like everyone is keeping a secret. Grace, a gorgeous young mother, is vehemently planning a daring escape from her perfect life, while Margie, a disgruntled housewife, has made a pact with a perfect stranger. As the secrets start to stack up, Sophie finds her life becoming increasingly complicated.

The only thing that she can be certain about is that when life gives you lemons, you stop waiting around and make your own fairy-tale ending.
Éditeur:
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Apr 20, 2010
ISBN:
9780062008671
Format:
Livre

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Liane Moriarty is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, and What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotist's Love Story, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children. www.lianemoriarty.com.au

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  • This is certainly a powerful and charming story, and the author does a wickedly delightful job at telling the story through a series of perspectives. Rather, she tells one story through the complication of many, allowing you to learn of the major plot through a series of various means, leading to you piecing it together slowly and having an "ahhhhhh ha!" moment. I have really enjoyed reading this book, and even though it is only her second book it feels like Moriarty certainly knows what she is doing. The characters are complex and compelling, and even though Sophie's pining can get a bit tedious at times, right as you really start to get annoyed with it the author switches gears and takes you on a different track. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue of the older women on the island, and feel that the difference in word choice was well done between the generations.

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  • As I experienced while reading her first novel, Moriarty does a splendidly delightful job of creating family dynamics that are both entertaining and able to capture the reader's attention with little to no effort. There is never a dull moment in this book, and although all of the characters are eccentric, they are believable and well written. Finishing this story is like leaving a conversation with friends, and I was sad to go when I finished the story because I wanted to keep chatting with my friends, keep learning unique details about their lives and being let in on their secrets. I loved the gossip that transpired over various desserts, and the fact that everyone had something to share about someone else no matter the time of day or who they were talking to. Truly drama at its finest, and portrayed in a fun instead of a destructive way.

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  • (5/5)
    As usual, just great! I love the way she deals with each and every character in this rather large collection of people and how they all interrelate. She is such a great story teller in all of her books. I am looking forward to her newest one, already out in Australia, The Husband's Secret, which I happen to have a copy of right here in my hands---happiness!!
  • (5/5)
    Very very impressed by the style of this book. Crosses quite a lot of characters and most of them manage to have some depth. This story handles an extended family and how they interact based around a single event/matirach. I really enjoyed the slow pace and the simple writing style. It was an easy read but not a pointless one. I would recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    There's always a secret-and it's not always JUST the one you were reading to discover. Delicious.
  • (4/5)
    There were some great characters in this novel - and there were some serious topics addressed as well. I felt such compassion and fear for Grace, and empathy for Sophie, and admiration for Margie. The revelation of secrets at the end of the book was satisfying without wrapping everyone up in a bow - and there was that last big surprise that Ms. Moriarty specializes in.
  • (3/5)
    I enjoyed this one on audio. The story was a little bit predictable but I still had fun listening. The characters were all a bit quirky and everything wrapped up nicely. I LOVED Heather Wilds voice as she changed from character to character. 3.5 ⭐️
  • (3/5)
    Not as snarky and funny as Moriarty's other books but still a very engaging and entertaining story.
  • (2/5)
    This book really disappointed me. I found the plot going in way too many directions...single woman wanting more, being left a home in a will from someone she barely knew, because she was so charming. Postpartum depression, lesbian, gay, "murder" mystery, sexual abuse of a minor...even nut allergies! Had it been a library book, it would have been returned unfinished. Unfortunately I purchased as a deal of the day.
  • (5/5)
    I never met a Liane Moriarty book I didn't love. The end.
  • (4/5)
    I'm going to give this one 3.5 stars actually. I have come to love Liane Moriarty books but this one isn't at the top of my favorites. It took me longer to get into this book and I kept feeling that I just wanted to be done with it. It drags a little and has too many different characters perspectives. I did enjoy the surprise at the end involving Rose, it made the read worth it!
  • (2/5)
    I liked the other two books of hers I read, but this one was HORRIBLE. I didn't care about the characters at all...
  • (4/5)
    This was a fun story. I really enjoy the way Moriarty develops her characters, as the story itself unfolds. I didn't have any real suspicions or inklings about the truth behind the Alice & Jack Monroe story.... I was pleasantly surprised by the way the whole story wrapped up.
  • (3/5)
    I somehow stumbled across this book, and picked it up to read between some other obligatory books, which were either darker, more serious, or non-fiction. This presented a good diversionary read, with characters I liked (though I kept getting the family tree all bolloxed up). So great moments/twists in the book, as characters reveal themselves, but my favorite came at the very end of the book. Can't say more without a spoiler.
  • (3/5)
    Sophie 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 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 mystery.Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, 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 decisions.As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.
  • (4/5)
    I just love Liane Moriarty's writing, she always has a little unexpected twist at the end of her stories that make me either laugh or gasp out loud, so clever! I listened to the audio version of this book and found it excellent with the Australian accent of the narrator. All the characters in this book are well developed and one can empathize with all of them. I'm a huge Liane Moriarty fan and she does not disappoint with this book. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    Love all of her books but this one wins the cake for humor. It is as usually a book full of interesting characters. A woman inherits a house on an island. She doesn't know the woman very well but she was dating the woman's grandson at one time. He is now married. His wife has a baby. The woman who inherits dates 2 men. She is in love with another married man. The island makes money by showing a house where a couple left their child 75 years before and vanished into thin air. The characters are fantastic and Sophie Honeywell (the main character) is humorous.
  • (4/5)
    What if?Sophie Honeywell lives in Sydney and is left a house on Scribbly Gum Island by the Aunt of her ex-boyfriend. Poor Sophie, almost 40, without boyfriend or child. Part murder mystery (the island shot to fame due to an abandoned child), part chick lit.The novel could have been 50+ pages shorter, however, I loved the authors snarky comments!
  • (5/5)
    Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors. This is the fourth book of hers I’ve read (although it’s the second one she’s written) and it did not disappoint. The Last Anniversary is a wonderful blend of mystery, serious issues and humor like her other books I’ve read.Sophie is thirty-nine years old and can hear her biological clock ticking quite loudly. She’s starting to wonder if she should have broken up with her almost fiancé Thomas when one day he calls her out of the blue. He tells her that his Aunt Connie, who Sophie had barely known, has died and left Sophie her house on Scribbly Gum Island to her. Scribbly Gum Island is famous for being the place where the Munroe baby was found abandoned and Sophie just happens to be a huge fan of that story. She’s excited to be moving onto the island, where the Monroe Baby, now an adult, and her family live.Sophie is welcomed by most of the family with open arms. The family members each have their own unique struggles and the narration switches back and forth between Sophie and various members of the family. I was completely drawn in to each person’s story, particularly Grace’s. Grace is a new mom who, to the reader, is obviously struggling with post-partum depression.. However, no one in the family notices and Grace just thinks she’s a horrible mother. I wanted to shake her husband for being so clueless. And her mother Laura was horrid!The Last Anniversary has it all: Well-drawn characters, a well-plotted mystery and a good dose of humor to keep it from being too heavy I’m so looking forward to completing my mission of reading her entire backlist. And eagerly awaiting her next book!
  • (4/5)
    4.25 stars“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” - George Bernard ShawWarning: Do not read this book in the vicinity of sleeping babies or people with a nervous disposition. Your frequent spontaneous peals of laughter may startle them. The Last Anniversary is not a new book, but it is presently on the New York Times Bestsellers. It was originally published in Australia in 2005. Apparently interest in it has been revived due to the huge international success of the author’s more recent books. Frankly, as much as I enjoyed her other novels, this is my favorite – so far. Sophie Honeywell is a 39-year-old Sydney, Australia resident who works in human resources. She is the only child of Hans and Gretel Honeywell, a couple with an insatiable sense of fun and bottomless love for life, each other and their daughter. Sophie is a lovely person inside and outside with a sparkling personality who inspires confidence in almost everyone she meets. Three years prior, she broke up a year-long relationship with Thomas Gordon, just seconds before he was going to whisk her away to Fiji in order to propose to her on one of the islands’ white beaches. She was puzzled to hear his voice on the phone, asking to meet for a drink after work. He would only say that someone had died and he really could not say anything further on the phone. At the hotel lounge, Thomas explained that Aunt Connie, the family matriarch, had died in her sleep the day prior. Among the very organized stack of papers she left was a letter addressed to Sophie. Aunt Connie and Sophie had only met briefly two or three times during Thomas time. Aunt Connie and the rest of Thomas’ family lived on Scribbly Gum Island, a suburb of Sydney, across the river, though Thomas himself rarely visited the place when Sophie knew him. The letter from Aunt Connie informs Sophie she is the new owner of her lovely home because she knew Sophie would love and appreciate it. She shares a special memory with Sophie from one of her visits to the island, a small moment that meant literally everything to Aunt Connie. Although Scribbly Gum Island is fictitious, scribbly gums are in fact a type of eucalyptus tree. Moriarty used the very real Parramatta River as the location for her tiny island of six homes. Aunt Connie and Aunt Rose’s grandfather had won the island in a bet with a very wealthy man in the early 20th century. During their childhood, there were two homes – one for grandfather and one for the girls and their parents. Like millions of other people around the world, the Doughty family had a tough time during the Great Depression. Then an incident occurred which was to turn around their bleak circumstances. Alice and Jack Munro had been renting grandfather’s house after he passed away and on one particular day they asked the Doughty girls, teenagers at the time, to stop by for tea. When the girls got to the house, a marble cake was cooling, the tea kettle was whistling, and the Munros were gone, save for their baby girl, nestled in her crib. The sisters took the child home with them, talked their father into letting them keep her. Thus The Munro Baby Mystery is born. Connie, the older of the sisters, had an entrepreneurial mind and a fascination with mysteries, especially the real-life mystery of the Mary Celeste. This was a boat that was found abandoned in the Atlantic, on its way from New York to Italy, all ten people who had been aboard had disappeared. No signs of struggle or violence. Connie draws an analogy between the Mary Celeste and the Munro Baby Mystery and the Munro baby, named Enigma by the Doughtys, became a regional celebrity. Her story becomes the family business, a virtual gold mine. Besides tours of the Munro Home, there are souvenirs, selling the story to the media, and an anniversary festival celebrating the date they found Enigma. By the time Sophie enters the picture, Enigma is grandmother to Thomas, his sister Veronika, and their cousin Grace. She has been a living mystery for 73 years. The emotional ramifications of Connie’s death will rock this rather dysfunctional family to its very core and make this festival marking the discovery of the Munro baby the last anniversary. It is a heck of a ride. The Last Anniversary is filled with Moriarty’s (does Sherlock Holmes pop into your mind?) trademark wit, and her profound insights into human behavior. She tackles some serious issues in this book – adultery, rape and postpartum depression. Grace is a very successful children’s book writer and illustrator who at age 33 has just given birth to 8-week-old baby Jake. She is repulsed by being a mother and by the baby himself. She is convinced that the child does not like her at all. She fears that the maternal dysfunction of her great-grandmother Munro, who abandoned her own baby is in her DNA. She sits and stares at a carton of milk on the table for two hours, unable to move. Because of Grace’s physical beauty and her own reserved personality, no one recognizes the signs and when Callum, her husband, shares with his own mother that Grace is just not herself, he is basically just shushed. Sometimes husbands don’t get enough respect. Only a writer of Moriarty’s caliber and remarkable insight into human behavior could produce novels that cover such hot-button subjects and manage to make the reader laugh, drop kick them in the heart, and yet keep turning the pages.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. Several friends have recommended Liane Moriarty to me and this was the first novel of hers that I have picked up. I didn't go into this book with any real expectations.I loved the strong sense of Australia that this book had. I love the specificity of the types of cookies they ate - the places they visited and the birds and flowers in the landscape. Never having been to Australia - I really enjoy all these details and they add so much to the telling of the book.The story was unusual and progressed in a page turning fashion. It was one part mystery and one part relationship novel - it worked and I liked the varied plot lines of the different characters. This is a great summer read - a terrific book to throw into your beach bag!
  • (3/5)
    Not as good as her later books. This was written earlier in her writing career, and I think she developed into a better writer as she went along. You can definitely see signs of her talent for character development and great dialogue. The ending was kind of anti-climactic and fizzled out, but all-in-all a worthwhile read.
  • (4/5)
    Not as good as Big Little Lies, it dragged to much at times but the last 50 or so pages redeemed the book. An entertaining quick read, from a great author.
  • (4/5)
    I've liked every book by author Liane Moriarty. Enjoyable characters and storyline about a family that lives on a small island, and the shenanigans they get up to.
  • (3/5)
    Predictable at times but love the cast of characters and getting a glimpse into their flaws, aspirations, and every day lives.
  • (4/5)
    I love everything Liane writes, there is always a little surprise at the end!
  • (3/5)
    Oh dear me. The true story only begins at the end.
  • (2/5)
    not very good, i had very high hopes (since i'm currently obsessed with liane moriarty) but this one just doesnt make the cut
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed it but wasn't thrilled about the ending at all. Would really make it 3.5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    This book was a rollercoaster from start to finish! Sometimes it's hard to follow, and it's definitely not an easy read. Nonetheless I really enjoyed it! I couldn't put it down. It made me think and I appreciate any book that sticks in your mind after you've read it!
  • (5/5)
    The Last Anniversary was a delightful novel, full of twists and turns and suspense, told in a beautifully written, humorous manner. The characters were engaging, eccentric and lovable. Highly recommended by this grateful reader!
  • (5/5)
    Hurrying to read more from this talented writer. This story was charming, intricate, and full of unexpected turns and characters who quickly became beloved, warts and all. Lovely!