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The Last Will of Moira Leahy: A Novel

6 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Therese Walsh

Walsh's satisfying novel follows Maeve Leahy, a brilliant young professor, in her pursuit for answers about her family and herself. When she impulsively bids on a keris—an ancient Javanese dagger—at an auction house, Maeve's orderly life … see full wiki

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Author: Therese Walsh
Publisher: Crown
6 reviews about The Last Will of Moira Leahy: A Novel
review by . March 02, 2010
Maeve Leahy is haunted - by the past and by the present. She has given up most of her dreams, and is fast losing the one remaining - the man that she loves. Her sister is dead, her mother refuses to speak to her and her life holds no promise that anything will improve. Until she finds the keris - an ancient dagger that reminds her of one she and her sister lost when they were young. The keris begins to occupy Maeve's every waking thought - and with it comes the certainty that she is slowly going …
review by . December 22, 2009
This moving story of twin sisters Moira and Maeve and the ties that bind them together is an excellent debut novel. The story blends seamlessly Maeve's present-day quest to learn more about an antique knife that drew her at a local auction with her memories of sharing a colorful Maine childhood with her twin sister Moira. As Maeve unravels the mystery of the keris so does the reader unravel the truth of what happened between Moira and Maeve, a mystery so devastating it led Maeve to try to suppress …
review by . December 16, 2009
For some reason I assumed that this book was some kind of British type novel set in the past. The cover, the name of the character, and even the author's name made my mind leap to those conclusions. But I was wrong.    How to describe this novel? It's set in the present-day, with flashbacks to twin Moira and Maeve's childhood and teen years in Maine. The flashbacks help advance the story about the riff between Maeve and her family, and the reasons that Maeve is so reluctant to …
review by . November 25, 2009
Therese Walsh's debut novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, opens with Maeve Leahy remembering losing her twin "on a harsh November nine years ago." This November, she does something differentl On a whim, she attends an auction to bid on a keris, a Javanese-style dagger that launches her extraordinary journey where her past and present collide.    Though Maeve becomes a successful professor of languages at a university in Bethany, New York; it's no surprise that she feels incomplete …
review by . October 30, 2009
Although this story has elements of mystery, a challenging personal drama and the consequences of miscommunication, it is at heart a romance. In spite of the tragedy and drama that has filled Maeve Leahy's twenty-five years of life, she is moving steadily towards acceptance of her feelings for a childhood friend, Noel Ryan. Ryan is in Paris, ostensibly searching for his mother, so when Maeve travels to Rome unexpectedly to research an item she has purchased at a New York auction, the pair is destined …
review by . October 26, 2009
Moira and Maeve are twin sisters. Moira's life is taken in a tragic accident and it seems that a piece of Maeve has died with her. Maeve purchases a dagger that reminds her of the time she spent playing with her beloved sister. Maeve decides that it's time to start anew and moves into a new apartment. The dagger holds more power than Maeve could have ever imagined. She soon learns that there are secrets revolving around her sisters death and it's up to her to find the truth.    This …
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