Book Review

‘The Last Anniversary’ by Liane Moriarty

tla lmSTORY: Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was 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.

As she so adroitly did in her smashing debut novel, Three Wishes, the incomparable Liane Moriarty once again combines sharp wit, lovable and eccentric characters, and a page-turning story for an unforgettable Last Anniversary.

REVIEW: Sophie Honeywell is the successful head of Human Resources for a large firm and lives a happy life but for one thing.  She is single and 39-years-old.  Her biological clock is nearly up and she’s really concerned that she still has not found that special guy to marry and have children with.  She and her last boyfriend, Thomas, have broken up because she knows they will not work.  During their time together, she became acquainted with his unusual family many of whom live on Scribbly Gum Island in Australia.

This island gained notoriety back in the 1930s when residents, Alice and Jack Munro, simply vanished leaving behind a two-week-old baby girl.  The child was found by other island residents, Connie and Rose.  They kept the little girl and named her Enigma. Thus, the Munro Baby Mystery has brought many visitors to the island where people tour the Munro house, enjoy treats at Connie’s Cafe, get their face painted by Rose and generally explore the island.  It has been a booming business for them resulting in making them quite rich.
When Sophie inherits Connie’s home, the family members are shocked that an outsider would get the home and many of them are not at all happy about it.  However, Sophie is ready for a change to her life and fits right into the island life.
The novel introduces the reader to the individual family members all with some sort of secret.  Learning about their lives and how everyone interacts with each other is completely mesmerizing and draws the reader right in.
I loved all of the stories of the family members.  Some are sad and some are downright hilarious.  When the mystery is solved for readers, I bet you will be as surprised as I was.
This author has a way of intertwining the lives of different people and the difficult times they are facing without making it depressing.  She always has some sort of secret that gets solved in the book which is another thing that really keeps you reading.
I love Laine Moriarty’s books and look forward to reading more.
Connie for b2b

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