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Ladies of the Lake | [Haywood Smith]

Ladies of the Lake

Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose - all with grown children of their own - have a complicated relationship, so when their grandmother's will requires them to spend the whole summer - without friends or family - "camping in" at her run-down lodge on re mote Lake Clare in order to inherit the valuable land, old rivalries and new understanding emerge, with plenty of laughs along the way.
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Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose - all with grown children of their own - have a complicated relationship, so when their grandmother's will requires them to spend the whole summer - without friends or family - "camping in" at her run-down lodge on re mote Lake Clare in order to inherit the valuable land, old rivalries and new understanding emerge, with plenty of laughs along the way.

Desperate to save her Buckhead home from foreclosure after being left in the lurch, recent divorcee Dahlia must complete the summer and sell her share immediately. Practical, even-tempered Violet will be no problem, but Iris has been Dahlia's nemesis since she learned to say, "no" to her big sister. And super-sweet, quirky Garage Sale Queen Rose is so "green" she'd test the patience of a saint.

As tempers flare and old secrets are revealed, four grown women discover that the past is never truly buried.

©2009 Haywood Smith; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Patricia CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-02-09
    Patricia CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-02-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Dr. Phil and Oprah has a kid."

    So if Dr. Phil and Oprah had a kid that read nothing but Grisham and wrote a Disney movie of the week...

    Broadly written characters are more caricatures than real, with an endless stream of bumper sticker catch phrases in the overwrought relationships of the sisters.

    None the less, it is an easy listen that makes the miles in a car roll by easily. The narrator is one of the best female narrators ever.

    Dont get me wrong, its not a bad book. Its just a simple read. If Gillian Flynn is a homemade cheesecake, this is jello. Good, but simple and basic.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    07-06-10
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    "Wonderful"

    Haywood Smith has the ability to make you smile,laugh out loud and cry. Her southern charactors and lyrical reader keep you listening. The best of her works yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chickenlaidee 10-24-09
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    "LADIES OF THE LAKE"

    GREAT BOOK--LOVE HAYWOOD SMITHS' SOUTHERN CHARACTERS!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 06-17-14
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    "Watch out for mispronounciations"
    If you could sum up Ladies of the Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Light-hearted entertainment


    Any additional comments?

    You should check to see how to pronounce names of cities or other critical words before producing an audible recording. i.e. Dahlonega, Georgia

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha SPENCER, IN, United States 03-12-13
    Samantha SPENCER, IN, United States 03-12-13
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    "Love this book....these women are funny and loving"
    Where does Ladies of the Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best so far some of the readers really bug me but this one is great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The women, the lake and their story really moved me. I think Haywood Smith is my favorite writer so far. I like how she made the sisters stay together and learn to love one another good bad or ugly.


    What does Cynthia Darlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is appealing to me she adds so much emotion and her voices are great.


    If you could rename Ladies of the Lake, what would you call it?

    Nothing the title is perfect for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading/listening to more Haywood Smith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Montgomery, AL, United States 12-22-12
    Dave Montgomery, AL, United States 12-22-12
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    "Haywood Smith Scores a Winner with this Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ladies of the Lake to be better than the print version?

    Cynthia Darlow does yet another excellent job in capturing your attention with her interpretation of the characters in this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dead bodies in the dancing Santa bags.


    What about Cynthia Darlow’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyed her voice as Sissy


    Who was the most memorable character of Ladies of the Lake and why?

    Sissy, she was such a sassy character and as the story line progressed you change your attitude and perception of her.


    Any additional comments?

    Write a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Austin Lawrence, KS, US 06-27-12
    Marianne Austin Lawrence, KS, US 06-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ladies of the Lake the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy this narator so that made it a good listen for me. It took some twists and turns that I did not expect. It was a sweet story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each charactor was well developed, I loved them all.


    Have you listened to any of Cynthia Darlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This performance was better than her others.


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    Christine Clayton, NC, United States 09-26-11
    Christine Clayton, NC, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved Ladies of the Lake!"

    The relationship between sisters is a complicated one - that follows you though life. Haywood Smith does a great job in writing it and the narrator - Cynthia Darlow is great to listen to. I couldn't stop listening. Keep the books coming.

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    WICKIE Goodlettsville, TN, United States 09-30-10
    WICKIE Goodlettsville, TN, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent listen!"

    As a woman over fifty, with three sisters, this was a very enjoyable listen. The narrator was spot on and the story very well written. I also appreciated the lack of profanity and Christian focus.
    Highly recommend!!

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    lucy asheville, NC, United States 09-06-10
    lucy asheville, NC, United States 09-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!!"

    A delightful southern journey with humor and feeling. Wonderful plot twists and surprises. Loved it!!

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