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The story could have been written without chapter seven. It seems like it was added after the last chapter to tie things up in the story. It was more of an anticlimactic chapter, than the final one. I didn't like the main character in the first chapter. I thought she was shallow and naive. If her husband really wanted children, they had the means of getting them. The next chapter, softened her a little. What bothered me was the excessive alcohol. Especially when it seemed like she might be pregnant, or it was her liver, screaming about the excess. The friendship dynamic was interesting, even I some of their adventures were far fetched. For the scenery alone, it was a good escape read.
It was wonderful! Took me back, as I knew it would, to these gals at middle age, trying to get along and accept each other after several years apart, and with each pursuing her own path. A new character is introduced and their reactions are as human as you can get. You can smell the ocean, feel the sand, and feel their feelings. This is a book to curl up with when you know you won't be ripped from its fabric right in the middle.
I believe I have read every novel Anne Rivers Siddons has had published, and she always tells a good story. Her characters are interesting and carefully drawn, and dialogue is authentic. Especially wonderful in this book are the relationships between and among the women. I found myself thinking that I knew them, and that I wish I had known them in life, both at the same time. An excellent read!
I got this book from the library after reading the mixed reviews here on Amazon. I read it a single sitting (shorter isn't always bad) and decided I would want to read it again and again, so I bought the Kindle. Who else could think of these things? I hope Siddons keeps writing - and, if she sees fit, maybe she will taken on a younger colleague to lessen the load.
If you have enjoyed annual girlfriend getaways over the years, this book will make you re-live so many of the happy, silly and sad times you had. I don't know what the people who wrote such negative reviews were hoping to find in this book, but for me it was a nostalgic walk through some of the best times of my life.
I agree with most of the other 4 and 5 star reviewers. I really don't see where the criticism is coming from. It's not Colony or Peachtree Road, but it's still leaps and bounds ahead of a lot of what's out there. It's not only a great story, the use of vocabulary and the way she strings words together is almost poetry. I will always buy and read her books.
Anne Rivers Siddons never disappoints with her lush, picture-perfect writing style. This was not my favorite of her books (and I have read them all)-- but it holds up and entertains quite well. I always recommend her and eagerly await her next new offering!