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I thought about giving this book no stars but figured that since one of my favorite authors spent time writing it I'd at least give her one star for the effort of producing a book, even if it was the worst book she's ever written. I can't reconcile that this is the same author who has written books I wanted to read over and over, like "Up Island". Her books typically have characters who literally spring from the page, who are so real I can see them and want to meet them. Her descriptive prose is generally so strong I feel I am at the place. I can't believe that she wrote such a piece of mindless dribble. She must have been under the gun to fulfill a contract with her publisher and decided to throw just any story line on a page. (I also can't believe I pre-ordered this and waited with such anticipation for it. Never again.) Save the 9.99 or whatever it is we pay for an ebook. Wait till the library gets it and take it out then to assuage your curiosity. This is not worth the virtual ink it was written with. If I thought I could get a refund for it after I'd read it already I would try.
Over the years I have been a huge fan of Anne Rivers Siddons and enjoyed her books immensely, sometimes reading them several times. I was so excited to see she had a new book out and bought it with expectations of it being on par with her previous works. What in incredible disappointment this book is! I kept waiting for a plot or story line to unfold and the suddenly I am at the end of the book wondering............where's the story? Even the characters lacked any real depth. It seemed so shallow, almost like someone who really had no real talent for writing hastily concocted a book that wasn't even interesting. The women in the story seem to do nothing more than drink alcohol and be bitchy, with the exception of Baby, who comes across as a mental case forever wanting to take her clothes off, spouting mindless drivel and shifting moods faster than quicksilver. Not my idea of a good book, not my idea of even a mediocre book - in essence a complete waste of money. In retrospect, I think that Burnt Mountain gave some indication that Ms. Siddons has lost her edge, and I allowed her one book that didn't meet expectations but The Girls of August is, plain and simple, a flop. I won't buy any of her future books because the past two have been huge disappointments. Don't bother with this one.................save yourself the time and expense. If you want to read Ms. Siddons at her best, try Peachtree Road, Colony, Up Island, Home Place, or The House Next Door, all of which deliver superb story lines, fascinating characters, superb prose, and keep the reader interested right up until the very end.
I've read all of Anne Rivers Siddons books with twice-read Peachtree Road being my favorite. I pre-ordered The Girls of August only to have it arrive a year late. That says something, but this really bad book says more. I can't believe ASR even wrote this short bit of nothing. I've never known her characters to be flat, but they are this time. One reason they are unbelievable is their language. Sounds like some zealous editor decided trash talk is in vogue and she should put some in the mouths of her Girls of August. I don't believe those Southern gentile ladies talk the way they do in the book and thus they become cardboard figures and not real people. The reader doesn't care for them and they do nothing to be of interest. Please, Anne, rest on your laurels and don't write any more books like this one.
I have loved most of Anne Rivers Siddons’ novels — this one is not one of her best. It felt as though she wrote the first part of a pretty good novel and then just wrote a chapter to end it all — was she tired? Tired of the story? I’m not sure, but I am so disappointed!
Like so many others I have read everything Anne Rivers Siddons has ever published. I started to worry after reading Burnt Mountain, and now I'm afraid that something has happened to my friend. I miss her and so hope she will return soon to all of us who love her. But if that is not to be, I just want her to know that I will never forget all the wonderful time I spent deeply immersed in her books. I am thankful that they are still waiting on my shelves so I can escape anytime back to the vivid worlds she has so brilliantly created. Thank you wonderful author. I will never forget you.
This book is awful! I had pre-ordered it . . . I have read all of ARS' books, and own most of them. While I often find parts of her plots / characters etc rather dark, in general the book moves along and you get to know the characters fairly well. NOT the case here! As another poster mentioned, the characters are cardboard. Their behaviors are, in my opinion, unbelievable. They are mean, self-centered and certainly do not act like women who have known and enjoyed each other's company for many years. Beyond that problem, there was literally no plot. I read this in just a bit more than an afternoon and was startled when I noticed on my Kindle that I was 90% complete! I kept waiting for things to pull together but that never happened. I don't know if it was ghost-written or the author was just up against a deadline, but regardless, it wasn't worth the price or the virtual air it was transmitted on!
Not what I expected from ARS. I had pre-ordered this book and wad very excited when it finally came available. The book was a major fail. The characters were poorly developed; shallow and predictable. The plot read like a dime store novel and then poof--the story wrapped up nicely into a perfect little package and they all lived happily ever after. If you haven't read it yet, uoh haven't missed a thing. Anne Rivers Siddons, what happened?
I thought this book was going to be a great read. I loved the plot outline I read in the description. I was really disappointed in the book. The character, Baby, was never fully developed. The reader was given some insight into the other characters, but there were holes in all of them. Then the author must have gotten to the required page limit, because the book just seemed to end. I won't read another book by Anne Rivers Siddons. The last two books I have read by her have been a let down.
These characters are self-centered, immature, sniping and not worth knowing. So sorry I wasted my time and money. Don't you do the same. I used to love this author. Why did she write this "The Real Doctors Wives of Vacation Beach Houses"? Trashy just like reality TV.