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. It's been over 70 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 40th birthday and still hoping for that fairytale ending. Her beautiful new friend Grace, the Munro Baby's grand daughter, 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.
©2005 Liane Moriarty 2005 (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"A stunner... Moriarty's prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap." (Publishers Weekly)
I have listened to a few by this author now and would probably suggest a new reader? She is very clear and interesting but variety might be nice too.
It's always a pleasure to read Liane Moriarty books and I love the way Caroline Lee reads them. I have read all Liane Moriarty's books and am just waiting for the release of a new one.
I liked this book. Sophie is a lovely and quite relatable character, and you go through the journey with her hoping things work out for her in the best possible way. The book addresses some relationship issues we all experience as we go through life. Enjoyed it.
Too many characters that had little to do with the plot moving forward.
Not as riveting as her other novels.
Kept tuning out and didn't bother skipped back 30 seconds as I've done with all her other books.
I was hesitant at the start, but by the end of the book the characters had won me over and I didn't want it to end. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
If you love Liane Moriarty's books you don't want to miss this one. It had everything I've come to expect. Sophie is one of my favourite characters in a long time. Well worth your credit.
The narration is first rate. The characters are rich and edgy and the storyline keeps you engaged! A very worthwhile "read"!
"So sad it’s over!"
I love this author’s books, yet I don’t quite know how to describe them… “slice of life”? I've read Little Big Lies, The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes and love them all.
I was so absorbed in this tale that I could have gone on reading it for days! I’d give it 6 out 5 if I could for the sheer entertainment it provided me - I did not want to put it down!
I did have a bit of trouble keeping track of how everyone was related to each other, but that’s typical for me; it did not ruin the story.
I can’t wait to sink my teeth into another one of her excellent stories, sadly for me there is only one left that I have not read: The Hypnotist’s Love Story.
I hope she’s busy writing more!
"the last anniversary"
I loved all of the characters and how the all linked up together, also I was on the edge throughout the book to find out what happened in the end.
The last 5 minutes.
Yes, I love listening to her.
This was a fantastic book, I have read all Liane Moriarty books and I have never been disappointed. I loved they way I was on edge through the whole book waiting to find out what happened. Sad its finished now though. Come on Liane! I'm ready for your next book
"A Brilliant Book"
The Last Anniversary is Lianne Moriarty at her best. It is a well written, humorous and entertaining novel that, whilst touching on serious issues, still keeps the reader engaged throughout.
The mystery of Enigma's parents disappearance is a little predictable but the book still has a humorous and unexpected twist.
Great characters, good twists. Was almost as good as little lies, which I loved. I also always enjoy this narrator.
"Took a while to get into but loved it"
Loved the ending
The narrator is great and kept me interested at the start when story was slow to start.
Have read a few of Lianne Moriartys books and loved them would highly recommend
"Another good yarn from Liane Moriarty"
Enjoyed this interesting and different family story. Liane Moriarty never fails to produce characters with depth and substance. The way their relationships and stories are connected is faultless.
"Another great listen"
Liane Moriarty is a superb storyteller and draws you into the lives of her cast of characters as the story unfolds
Faultless narration from Caroline Lee
A fabulous listen
No. not because I didn't enjoy it, because I really DID. I just don't see the point of reading any book a second time because part of the enjoyment is the anticipation of the outcome. If you already know it - what's the point?
I wouldn't compare it with any other book as it is unique. All of Liane Moriarty's books are completely different
There were so many outstanding scenes that I would find it hard to chose. This book was about 7 stories in 1 but they were all interlinked. The outcome of each tale as told at the end of the book was so enjoyable.
Would have if I could!!
I would definitely recommend this author to anyone. She would appeal to any age group. Her books are so enjoyable. She has a brilliant sense of humour and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. Liane Moriarty has out standing imagination, how she creates so many different personalities I just don't know. She is very talented, I just LOVE her books. I am sad that I have read them all and I hope it's not long before she finishes her next one.
"Easy enjoyable listening, great narration.."
A great listen, with the usually intriguing characters from this author.
I love Liane Moriarty!
Suspense until the end with full of life characters that we all could know.
They are all great that's what I like about Lianne Moriarty books there are so many characters!
She is perfect it is like listening to a play, I have now listened to all Liane Moriarty books that she has narrated
Looking forward to the next book!
I don't really get the mixed reviews (on various sites) from readers who say they loved Liane's other books, but this one - not so much. Some say it was necessary to suspend their disbelief at aspects of this story. Speaking as someone who has been around a while (aged 55), I didn't find this to be the case at all. If its a reference to the story of the baby and missing parents (I'll say no more to avoid spoilers), it should be born in mind that the incident took place in 1932! I didn't find anything implausible here and I loved and cared about the characters. In my opinion, this book is up to standard for Liane and I found it a very enjoyable listen.
"Fantastic! Enjoyed the characters and mystery 🍭"
A mystery with a romantic twist. I loved the characters and could imagine island life.
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