Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their 20s and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
©2014 Anne Rivers Siddons (P)2014 Hachette Audio
"One doesn't read Anne Rivers Siddons's books, one dwells in them." (Chicago Tribune
"Bravura writing...This is Siddons's best, maybe the book she was born to write." (Stephen King)
Did I read the categories wrong? Pre-teen would work except for the sexual references. Young adult doesn't fit; I don't know any young adult who is immature enough for this book. Adult? None of them to be found among the "girls". I don't suppose there is a category for soppy, silly, poorly read books. Dumb is the kindest word I can find for this one.
Not after reading this book! I was so looking forward to reading a new book by Anne Rivers Siddons because I hadn't read a book of hers for a while and used to REALLY love her books. It was almost as if this was written by a different author. I was so disappointed......
The characters were flat.....lifeless....people you didn't really care about as there was no substance to them....nothing to interest you in them or their lives. It was a huge non-story. The ending was absolutely ridiculous. I'm not happy that I wasted one of my credits on this book. But, I did read it to the end just to see if it got any better. It only got worse. Bad characters, bad storyline and unnecessary bad language.
The narration was terrible....especially Baby! Just awful!
All of them!
There was no plot and the characters drew very little interest for me. The story went nowhere!!!
All the voices sounded the same, except Baby's and the narrator whined all the way through
I was very disappointed in this Anne River Siddons novel. In the past I have enjoyed her fiction, but I kept listening for some plot and story and there was none.
I would be interested to see what other readers say about this book
I came across Ms. Siddons many years ago and loved her work from the the first chapter I read. I have all of her books and read them all at least twice. I grew up in Mountain Brook,Al., a suburb of Birmingham. Her voice is so familiar to me. She truly evokes the voice of the South that I connect with. I really enjoyed this book. She gave me insight into several characters. I hope she will give us another book. I know time is catching up with her and writing is a very difficult process, but I can hope!
Also, so many of her books are abridged in Audible. Wish Audible would see if any unabridged copies of these books are out there.
The women in this story are mean hearted and vindictive. The reconciling at the end does not justify 7 hours of listening to these horrible women abuse the only character worthy of empathy in the whole story. I used to love Anne Rivers Siddons. For her sake, I hope this is not autobiographical. I will not read another book by her.
Financial Analyst; happily married; proud Mom and Gigi! Native Atlanta, GA; BA Auburn U; MBA Kennesaw State U.
It was a pretty good story, but I got sick of the language used.
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