The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

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It’s hilarious and enchanting, but at the heart of it, real people and real issues are dealt with in a wonderful way.
-Chimneys and Magic

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From Liane Moriarty, author of #1 New York Times bestsellers The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies, comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, and lovable and eccentric characters.

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.

 

About Liane Moriarty

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Liane Moriarty is the author of two previous novels, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary, both of which have been published around the world and translated into seven languages. Also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children, she lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.
 
Published April 2, 2010 by Harper Perennial. 402 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Last Anniversary
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on May 20 2010

The old ladies are cantankerous and the younger folk are addle-brained. Sub-plots involve postpartum depression, gay relationships, mid-life crises and weight-control issues. An overstuffed tale that can’t decide if it’s a mystery or a romance.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 24 2006

Moriarty expertly handles a large cast and their relationships, keeping everyone guessing as the true story of baby Enigma—and its role in Sophie's strange inheritance—is slowly revealed. Moriarty's prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap.

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Good
Reviewed by Zoe Page on Oct 01 2014

Highly recommended, even with the age old elements of family feuds and boy-meets-girl drama, this is a brand new story you’ll never have imagined before

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Dot Scribbles

Good
on Jun 01 2015

The Last Anniversary has been a great start to my reading in the New Year. I very much enjoyed the mystery element of the book and I felt that Liane Moriarty looked at some particularly interesting and serious ideas.

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Reviewed by Jo on May 22 2010

The Last Anniversary is a delightful and heartfelt pick-me-up for women living in today’s fast-paced world.

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Chimneys and Magic

Good
Reviewed by Arielle Yeap on Feb 17 2015

It’s hilarious and enchanting, but at the heart of it, real people and real issues are dealt with in a wonderful way.

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