The Terminal Diner

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"Men like pie." Elaina Brady's mother shared that bit of wisdom with her shortly before hitching a ride West with a trucker from Missoula. Elaina takes on her mother's job making pies at the family diner—a dull existence. Then on the eve of Sept. 11, people she meets expand her horizons, inspiring her to be impulsive like her mother. Will she survive the consequences of her actions? More
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About Mary Pat Hyland

Mary Pat Hyland is an award-winning former newspaper journalist and Amazon Top 100 Bestseller. She writes novels and short stories set in the scenic Finger Lakes wine country and Southern Tier region of New York State. Hyland's characters reflect her own Irish American heritage and her story lines often stray into magical realism.
Her latest novel, The Water Mystic of Woodland Springs, is the second book in the Caviston Sisters Mystery series, preceded by The Curse of the Strawberry Moon. She is the author of the best-selling novel, The House With the Wraparound Porch, a family saga spanning four generations. Her other works include The Maeve Kenny series: The Cyber Miracles (Book 1), A Sudden Gift of Fate (Book 2), and A Wisdom of Owls (Book 3); 3/17 (an Irish trad music parody of Dante's Inferno); The Terminal Diner (a suspense novel); and In the Shadows of the Onion Domes (collected short stories).

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S. Tallman reviewed on June 6, 2020

Just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it! Had a bit of everything in it - bit of drama, bit of mystery and intrigue, bit of romance and a bit of humour. It kept me up till the early hours of the morning as I couldn't put it down! You must give it a read you'll love it too.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Lindsay Edmunds reviewed on Aug. 30, 2011

The Terminal Diner has a small town setting that feels real and a likable main character, Elaina, whose dull life is stirred up in the wake of 9/11 (the shock and mourning of the town residents are beautifully and believably described by Hyland). Elaina makes an impulsive leap -- which does change her life, but not in the way she thought it would.

Elaina bakes great pie. This talent turns out to be as important as her mother said it was before her mother ran off with a trucker from Missoula, Montana.

The novel also contains a couple of mysteries, only one of which is solved. But the unsolved one is even more satisfying than the one that is eventually explained.

The Terminal Diner delivers reading pleasure and leaves you feeling hopeful. A winner.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Tima Murrell reviewed on Aug. 24, 2011
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Elaina's mother left when she was sixteen. Her only advice - "Men like pies." So Elaina has spent the past twelve years working in the family diner making the best pies in the state. Her sister has a life, her friends have a life, but her life is the diner and making pies that men love. Then 9-11 happens and her life (and the lives of many others) will never be the same.

For some reason I started reading this book expecting a murder mystery. There is murder and a bit of mystery, but I would classify this as more of a romance than a murder mystery. The story centers around a group of people and a diner located close to the airport (hence the name of the diner).

I'll be honest, for the first several chapters of this book I was very bored. I know that the author had to lay some groundwork for the story to make sense, but the story just plodded along. Then, all of the sudden, it picked up and I couldn't put the book down. There were a couple of characters that could have been developed a bit more to help with the story line, but for the most part I enjoyed the book once I made it past those first few chapters. I will definitely be checking out her other books.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Caitlin Tompkins reviewed on Aug. 19, 2011

As soon as I got the book put onto my Kobo and started reading, I couldn't put the book down! I was completely drawn into the story. I love the characters, they're very well developed and I can relate to them easily. Their reactions to situations are believable, I've found some authors whose characters are too ready to accept weird things happening, but I never saw that in The Terminal Diner. Having grown up in the area where the story takes place makes this book have a deeper meaning to me. I know the places she describes well, especially the airport having just come home from Florida two days ago. Seeing the name of the area where I've grown was thoroughly exciting and added an extra sense of attachment to the story. Mary Pat Hyland is an AMAZING writer, her characters come alive and interact well with each other. If you want to read a book, I would highly recommend this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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