By Anne Rivers Siddons
- Release Date: 2011-07-19
- Genre: Literary
Burnt Mountain Anne Rivers Siddons Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
From one of our most acclaimed writers comes this dramatic tale of a well-born Southern woman whose life is forever changed by the betrayal of her mother and by the man she loves.
Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak. Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta, only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets-about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.
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The Good Part is Missing
Some of Rivers Siddons books are among my favorite and her voice comes through often in this interesting story. However, it feels a little like she cheated by skipping to an epilogue like when a mom skips the good part of a bedtime story because it is late...and they all lived happily ever after.
By Longie, but goodie,
Sorry to say, but this book misses the mark. The story line doesn't flow or connect us to the characters. One minute the author describes grandmother's wedding/honeymoon as reviewed by her granddaughter and the reader can not tell if she is writing a book about it or complaining. The mother and daughter relationship falls short every time. Thayer's sister really plays no significant roll in the story. Too much about the red hair and references to,"flames, fire and heat.". The author doesn't even give a reason why the husband goes off the deep end. The guy had a pretty nice life, wife, job, FREE HOME and her grandmother's money. That's just CRAZY GOOD, Not Bad! Try again. Enjoy all the Irish poetry in the world, it won't make you NUTS...bored maybe, but hardly Nuts.
By Sweet Syd
Really stupid book.
I have read all of Siddons books. . . I love her writing, but this book was a huge disappointment - undeveloped characters and sadly lacking story line. I won't be recommending this for book club or passing it on to anyone to read - Big waste of time.
A good story that went off the tracks
The first two thirds of the book is a compelling, well-written story. The ending is a completely bizarre twist that has little to do with the rest of the book. It feels as though the author didn't know how to end the story, so she threw in an odd, disjointed ending. Disappointing.
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