Pros: Keeps you interested. Lack of cursing.
Cons: Conclusion left to reader/listener.
This is about an Irish woman's (Ria) life from her early 20's through about 40 years old. She thinks she has the perfect marriage and family life, but finds out that it may be only through her eyes. Her smooth-talking husband leaves her for a young pregnant girlfriend.
Ria gets a chance phone call (It's all about timing.) from a woman in New England who wants to spend some time alone to deal with her personal issues. The two decide to swap homes for a couple of months in the summer.
Each woman is a bit like a fish out of water in each others homes and neighborhoods, but they soon learn to fit in. In fact, they both become quite good at fitting in. They learn a lot about each other before they ever meet!
I listened to this while on my long commute to the office and back. It took great strength to refrain from taking the cassettes into the house to continue my listening! I looked forward to making the drive just to hear more. I eventually finished the last three cassettes in the house on my week off. My wife and I had just had a baby, and I was home to celebrate the big event. I had some time to listen while the family napped and I watched the newborn. :-)
While I was completely captivated by the story, I do think an ending with more of an impact would have been a wonderful way to wrap it up. However, the listener can pretty much come up with their own ending based on what they've learned about the characters and their lives.
A great audio book, and probably a very good read. I must commend the writer for abstaining from unnecessary expletives and cursing which seem to be so prevalent in other works I've read or listened to. Katherine Borowitz was fantastic as the reader.
I will definitely try more Maeve Binchy.