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. Now, fifty years after the baby was found, the sisters and baby Enigma are all grown up with children and grandchildren of their own. The mystery started with sisters Rose and Connie finding a baby girl alone in a home one morning. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. I was proven wrong on the first page. That can be confusing at times especially when the book doesn’t clarify who is speaking. But, what happened to the baby’s parents? Everything that happens has something to do with that one mystery. 3 out of 5 … Tags: Big Little Lies, Hawkesbury River, Liane Moriarty, Munro Baby Mystery, The Last Anniversary. When it was in Grace’s (possession #1) perspective, the tone was dark and sad. Characters: 65. I was able to learn about a country and life within it. As for the setting being in Australia, I had to look up maps and pictures of Sydney, Australia. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Visitors, who come annually to the tiny island of Scribbly Gum for a tour of the house, are informed by a colour brochure that it is the site of ‘The Munro Baby Mystery, ’ the home of Alice and Jack Munro, not altered since a July day in 1932, when teenage sisters Connie and Rose Doughty stopped by for tea with their neighbours and found “the kettle about to boil, a freshly baked marble cake waiting to be iced, and … 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. The two sisters named the child 'Enigma' and raised her in their large loving family. 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. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Those hints, kept me wanting to read more. Jen : A soccer player. 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. In 1932 sisters Connie and Rose found the Munro baby at … Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. With Sophie joining the family, she is to find out the truth in less than a year. New mother Grace, can’t (contraction) find love in her heart for her new baby boy. Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. I would recommend any young adult or adult to read this book, specifically women. A wonderful story of secrets, families, hope, regret, relationships and the way in which the actions of past can impinge upon the present from Liane Moriarty. Rose more than anything wants to tell the world the truth so she can live her life as a free woman. The baby’s parents, Alice and Jack Munro, vanished, leaving few clues to their whereabouts. The Last Anniversary follows the lives of many characters. The Last Anniversary included many characters in its plot. In this one chapter you have mystery, danger, humor and friendship. This novel surprised me as I expected it to be a fiction story with a happy ending. Scribbly Gum Island is famous for the “Munro Baby Mystery”, a seventy-year-old unsolved crime involving a cake, a The story starts with 39-year-old Sophie Honeywell finding out that she has inherited a house on Scribbly Gum Island on the Hawkesbury River. 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. Looking at The Last Anniversary as a whole, I really liked reading it. Secrets and lies engulf the island leaving Sophie in the middle of this vibrant family and the mystery they are hiding. Every person that reads this book can relate to at least one character. In 1932 little Baby Munro was found in her home, unattended, by sisters Connie and Rose Doughty. The owners of the island, Connie and Rose Doughty, took the baby in, named her Enigma, and brought her up as their own child. Set on an island (Scribbly Gum) in the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia, it centres around Sophie Honeywell, a sweet-natured woman who reflects upon her life and decides that because she is in her late thirties, single and childless, she may have made some huge mistakes, including letting the man who asked her to marry him, Thomas Gordon, get away years earlier. I picked up The Last Anniversary off my mom’s bedside table. It leads you to have to figure out who is talking for yourself. Among Liane Moriarty great creations of novels, this one is one of her best. Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. A single mystery is subtly placed throughout the book. In no way is this a creepy or scary book. I was able to know what every character was thinking about a certain topic even though that chapter was specifically about another character. The Last Anniversary contains many themes throughout the novel. The circumstances around the abandonment created a national media sensation. 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. As a child Sophie heard tales of the Munro Baby Mystery which took place on Scribbly Gum Island. 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. She as an author is fantastic. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. 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. I love reading mystery books and this book pleasantly surprised me with a mystery. Sophie struggles with finding love in her life, which she discovers that “sometimes you have to stop waiting around-and come up with your own fairytale ending” (Moriarty 380). Set on an island (Scribbly Gum) in the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia, it centres around Sophie Honeywell, a sweet-natured woman who reflects upon her life and decides that because she is in her late thirties, single and childless, she may have made some huge mistakes, including letting the man who asked her to marry him, Thomas Gordon, get away years earlier. Shari : A woman who was married to a paramedic. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island—home … As an American, a book taken place in another country can be confusing with a different language and writing techniques. That line begins with introducing the mysterious side of the novel. 12: Jake : Grace's son. It seems that back in the thirties, in a place called Scribbly Gum Island, Jack and Alice Munro, the parents of the Munro baby, disappeared without a trace. Each character was unique in their own way allowing you to follow along if you know the characters. 13: Al : Owner of a sandwich shop. 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. The longer Sophie stays, the more she begins to understand herself, what she wants from life and the “enigma” that is the Munro mystery. Even though I wasn’t sure if I would like it, I continued to read. As the book went on I enjoyed the fact that the book is based in a different country than my own. The baby- later named Enigma- was the daughter of island residents Jack and Alice Munro who dissapeared one day and have never been seen since. The young sisters decided to take that baby in as their own naming the baby Enigma. The author threw those small conversations in to tease the reader into wanting to know what the truth really is. The Last Anniversary. Another good read from a simply fabulous writer. The Last Anniversary begins in 1932 on Scribbly Gum Island when sisters Connie and Rose find a baby left alone in a desserted house. The novel centers around a mysterious (fake) island called Scribbly Gum Island where in 1932, during the depression, a baby is found alone in a house with a kettle boiling on the stove and a marble cake sitting out. With both parents vanished without a trace, Rose and Connie made the decision to take the baby in as their own. This one centers around the family that lives on Scribbly Gum Island (sadly a fictional place). For me, I could follow along because the personalities of characters varied greatly and were easily detected. The 'Munro baby mystery' still hasn't been solved. Shirley : Excitable bunch of women in their fifties. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it … The novel included 388 pages of an engaging story. 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. While this book doesn’t quite have the sophisticated plot and characterisation of Big Little Lies, it is a delightful, light-hearted examination of people and the way we form and maintain or break relationships as well as how decisions made on the spur of the moment can have a huge impact upon the future. I read this while on holidays and reluctantly tore myself from it. Scribbly Gum Island is a tiny, family-owned piece of land that is the setting for the "Munro Baby Mystery" in 1932. The famous 1932 discovery of baby Enigma by Connie and her sister, Rose Doughty, led to the successful "Munro Baby Mystery" tour that kept the sisters afloat for … Baby Munro's parents were missing from the home and were never seen or heard from again. The first line of the book is “Do you think we can get away with it” (Moriarty 1)? Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it … Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. When Thomas's Aunt Connie leaves her house on Scribbly Gum Island to Sophie, the family is largely nonplussed but then, they're used to mysteries. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. For example, Sophie is a very sophisticated, well rounded, polished woman and when it was in her perspective, you could tell it was clear through that(parallelism rule #2). She perfectly created a fiction story including love and friendship, all while incorporating a subtle mystery and darkness throughout the entire novel. Thomas told her that his Aunt Connie had passed away and left her house to Sophie. Connie and Rose Doughty found the tiny infant alone in a house on the island but the little girl's parents were nowhere to be found. Dubbed “The Baby Munro Mystery,” the case captivated Australians and turned sleepy Scribbly Gum Island into a tourist destination. Where did they go? When Thomas's Aunt Connie leaves her house on Scribbly Gum Island to Sophie, the family is largely nonplussed but then, they're used to mysteries. 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. Having to patiently wait for the end to learn everything was hard, but it was well worth the wait. Secrets and lies engulf the island leaving Sophie in the middle of this vibrant family and the mystery they are hiding. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. The parents of the baby, Alice and Jack Munro, are missing. Those are just a few themes found in the novel. 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. Moriarty adds humor and danger all together to create a piece of writing that keeps you wanting more. Each character has a different life lesson that they learn. When she is left an extraordinary bequest by Thomas’ Aunt Connie, one that sees her relocating to Scribbly Gum Island and becoming part of the commercial enterprise that is the Munro Baby mystery – a mystery that harkens back to the 1930s when two residents of the island, Alice and Jack Munro dramatically disappeared, leaving behind a baby which the then island residents, Alice and Connie, raised as their own – she is flung back into Thomas’ life and that of his rather eccentric family. The famous 1932 discovery of baby Enigma by Connie and her sister, Rose Doughty, led to the successful "Munro Baby Mystery" tour that kept the sisters afloat for … Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. 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. Often funny, moving and with a serious side, it’s an easy read and a great way to pass the time. Looking at the cover, I assumed the book to be a lighthearted read. Adding different characters with different problems in their life allows readers to better connect with the characters. On their fortieth birthday, a member of the family gets to learn the truth. She grows depressed and uncertain on how to live her life as a mother. Moriarty paints the characters so well, even the minor ones are three-dimensional and, just like real people, can be alternately annoying, fascinating and adorable. 3 out of 5 … Throughout the entire book, the perspective changed between different people. One year after breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Thomas, she receives a call from him. In this one chapter you have mystery, danger, humor and friendship. Most of the different terminology I was able to understand what Moriarty was saying and as the book went on I thought nothing of the differences in the writing. AbeBooks.com: Last Anniversary (9781405918510) by Liane Moriarty and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices. Being in third person allowed me as a reader to better understand each character and let me see inside each character’s mind. Show more Seventy-three years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie found an abandoned baby in the only other house on their little island, Scribbly Gum. “Some of Moriarty’s novels deal with the darker side of family life, such as abuse and bullying”(Moriarty). Former owner of the Scribbly Gum Island. They have turned the island from a desolate place not too far from Sydney into a sort of theme park centered around the mystery of the Munro Baby. Author Liane Moriarty is Austrailian, therefore the setting of the book is in Australia. Although, I think the novel should be closer to the mystery shelf. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems everyone has a secret. 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. It's been over 70 years since Connie and her sister visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents. Throughout the book, short conversations are shared in private among Rose and Enigma about the truth but, they never tell the audience what that truth is. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it … Scribbly Gum is the home of the famous Murano Baby Mystery. When she is left an extraordinary bequest by Thomas’ Aunt Connie, one that sees her relocating to Scribbly Gum Island and becoming part of the commercial enterprise that is the Munro Baby mystery – a mystery that harkens back to the 1930s when two … When Thomas's Aunt Connie leaves her house on Scribbly Gum Island to Sophie, the family is largely nonplussed—but then, they're used to mysteries. Callahan: A science teacher. The famous 1932 discovery of baby Enigma by Connie and her sister, Rose Doughty, led to the successful "Munro Baby Mystery" tour that kept the sisters afloat for … 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. Why did they just leave their little girl? Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. 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. While some of the narrative is predictable, there is a marvellous twist at the end that I never saw coming and found eminently satisfying. 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. Liane Moriarty creates the type of book that I enjoy reading. I typically enjoy reading books written in first person. Befriending them all over again, Sophie is forced to reassess her life and her opinions of those who both seek to include her in the Munro baby enterprise but also those who feel that as an outsider, she has no right to be on the island and upsetting the status quo. No, this book contains a mystery within a story about family dynamics. The farther I got in the book, the more I surprised myself. http://lianemoriarty.com.au/Book/the-last-anniversary-us/, John Clare Country: Bucolic landscape of the most English famous poet you have never heard of, A Brief Late-Stage Capitalism Reading List, 8 Books That Accurately Depict Mental Illness, The Madness of Writers, №6: Ntozake Shange. When I started the novel, I was taken back when I realized it was written in third person. Confused on why she got the house, Sophie embarks to the home of dear Aunt Connie on Scribbly Gum Island. I wanted to know so bad what really happened with baby Enigma. And since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought them fame and fortune. Secrets that the three of them share are destined to come out. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. 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