It is a journey begun with tender memories and culminating in a revelation that will make Lilly re-evaluate everything she thought was true about her husband and her marriage.
©2008 Anne Rivers Siddons; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
It's a long story without irony, humor or unusual insight, and includes alpha men with either southern or downeast accents - not sure which, as the narrator doesn't seem to distinguish. Conservative, shallow, and really a romance novel.
The settings in Maine were interesting. I sort of like the humor related to the 'talking' cat.Overall the characters and their reactions to the various situations created for them were not credible at all.
I've read almost all of Anne Rivers Siddons books. This was very poor quality. She seems have joined the ranks of other commercially successful authors like John Grisham and James Patterson. Instead of thoughtfully creating interesting and creative stories they begin pushing out formulaic books where the plot is basically the same and only the names change.
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I love the way Anne Rivers Siddons writes, so I really enjoyed most of the book. The pace is relatively slow and the writing is more descriptive than in most modern best sellers. This is not an action book, and even though I'm familiar with her writing, I expected something more to happen. I ended up being disappointed with the second half of the book. If you enjoy a casual stroll through Maine and just admiring the scenery, you'll like much of the book, but if you want action sequences, you'll be disappointed.
I agree that the story was a little depressing and the ending less than optimal however I also think that ,more often than not, life is just that way. In my opinion this was a wonderfully expressed story of dealing with loss I can identify with. It has given me cause to think. I enjoyed it very much
I am grateful to Anne Rivers Siddons for writing intelligent, insightful books for and about women. This is certainly one of them. She uses language to paint pictures and express moods and emotions and she writes with the assumption that her reader is educated, traveled and well read. If you are such a woman, then this is the author and book for you. If not, perhaps you'd be happier with one of the other popular writers for women.
I enjoyed listening to the story. I felt pretty much every aspect of Lilly's life and everything she lived through. I hopped for a different ending although. The ending left me empty and depressed: a life that is gone, with a greatest disappointment at the end... and only memories left. Which are not quiet memories anymore as much as imagination and desire of impossible? Just depressing...
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