I have never rolled my eyes so much while reading a book. It's filled with sappy prose and a main character that is not even likable. I wanted to barf on several occasions, except the Coke bottle incident with the main characters brother. That was at least a bit humorous.
Loved the book. Loved the characters. Loved the relationships. Sometimes you just need to retreat to a peaceful little island and contemplate who you are.
I didn't care for the Mermaid Chair. But I loved the Secret Life of bees.
Not as good as Secret Life of Bees, but I love the imagery and "southerness" of the book.
I don't like it. I keep going to sleep each time I pick it up. Great for insomnia.
Of course it is totally up to you, but it is not at all as good as The Secret Life of Bees. Sad!
I enjoyed it, although it was not as good as Secret...
Liked Secret much better.... it bothered me that Jessie didn't seem to learn much by her choices.
I wouldn't guess that this is from the same author as "Secret Life of Bees." Enjoyable, but not as good as Bees.
A sophomore slump if ever. Here's hoping she captures some of the magic of her debut novel for her third, assuming there will be a third.
I've been told that this book kind of follows a 3 book pattern of...A Doll's House, The Awakening, The Mermaid Chair. A Doll's House being the first when a young woman realizes she has to live on her own two feet, then The Awakening (I am about to read it) being a more 'middle aged' woman, then The Mermaid Chair being a woman finally finding her place in her world. Agree or Disagree?
I read this book as part of a book club choice. I was so disappointed by the punch-line. It seemed so dumb. I love drama and family dysfunction, but this was just dumb. I do not recommend this book.
I agree it is very different from the Secret Life, but is good.
While I was reading it I got caught up in the story, but by the end I realized I was very disappointed and found it somewhat offensive. It seemed to me that we were to think it was okay that the main character had an affair and changed a person's life because she was having her own version of a mid-life crisis and/or was bored. I wouldn't find that okay regardless of whether the character was a man or a woman.
I agree that it's never OK to justify a mid-life crisis with an extra-marital affair. I was really into the book up to that point.
Great book... Secret Life was better for me, though.
You should watch the Kim Basinger movie based on this book if you enjoyed it.