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“I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say: ridiculous.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I found so much about this book both bizarre and disturbing.”Lovelypenny wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Horrible. The plot was ridiculous, the heroine a nitwit, the writing overwrought, and the story line disjointed. My first and only Anne Rivers Siddons. ”cioccito wrote this review Saturday, December 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read November 2012”Judy H wrote this review Monday, November 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say: ridiculous.”Darra W wrote this review Monday, November 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Some parts were boring. Some parts were just ridiculous. If you want a good story, read this author's earlier works.”Michele S wrote this review Sunday, September 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very well-written book with characters I now feel as though I know personally. Mostly, this is a story of a quirky Southern family, and I thoroughly enjoy Southern literature. The last bit of the novel got a little crazy and went in a direction I did not expect, but still enjoyed it just the same and will seek out more novels from this author. ”Jamie wrote this review Monday, September 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons is set in modern-day Georgia and North Carolina. Like her previous best-selling novels, the book deals with themes of high society, wealth, snobbishness, love, family, tragedy, betrayal, redemption. Unlike her previous novels, the themes seem to be tired and over-used in this book.
Thayer Wentworth was a tomboy daddy’s girl, living in luxury at the school owned and run by her father. After his death when she was still a young girl, her life loses meaning until she attends summer camp. Returning as a counselor, she meets and falls in love with Nick Abrams. He leaves on a trip to Europe for a few months with his father, and Thayer suffers a personal tragedy at home with her mother and beloved grandmother. It further breaks her heart that she doesn’t get letters and calls from Nick as promised.
Years later Thayer marries Aengus, a professor of Irish folklore. His skill at story-telling turned into grand performances is popular but becomes a dangerous obsession.
The book is a disappointment for a big fan of the author's previous novels. The betrayal by her mother far overshadows the redemption at the end, which seems to have been hastily thrown together to finish the book, perhaps for a deadline.
“Hard to rate as it was a compelling story, but the heroine was an idiot. She was so predictable to either cry or throw up every other page.”lpaulson wrote this review Saturday, July 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good - Love Anne's writing - a page turner”Lori A wrote this review Monday, July 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No