At Home with the Templetons
By Monica Mcinerney
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345518651, 496pp.)
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
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When the Templeton family takes up residence in an imposing and long-empty manor in the countryside of Victoria, Australia, the locals begin to buzz with gossip. The seven Templetons moved from England and seem unusual, peculiar even—especially when they begin to lead tours through the stately home while dressed in period costume. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbors, single mother Nina Donovan and her son, Tom. Though they try to keep their distance from the often shocking Templeton dramas, Nina and Tom find their lives unexpectedly entwined with this enigmatic family, much to the delight of Gracie, the youngest Templeton daughter. Then one day, a tragedy tears them all apart. In the grand estate, the stage is set for years of betrayal and heartbreak, love and affection, to be revealed—and, perhaps, resolved—as the Templetons try to make amends.
At Home with the Templetons is Monica McInerney’s best book yet—a captivating and moving story that spans two decades, illuminating the perils and pleasures of love, friendship, and family.
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Praise for Monica McInerney
“[Monica] McInerney is Australia’s answer to Maeve Binchy, a modern-day Jane Austen.”
—The Sun-Herald (Australia)
“A heartfelt, hilarious tale [that] gathers insight, humor, true love and family honor, arranging them like a fragrant bouquet in the perfect vase.”
—Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas), on Greetings from Somewhere Else
“McInerney writes books that you want to read by the fire on a cold winter’s day, or read in a hammock on a hot one.”
—San Jose Mercury News, on The Faraday Girls