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Girl from the South

2.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,024 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
When Gillon comes back to her native Charleston, she has a young Englishman in tow. He has accompanied her on a lark, planning to take pictures. But he soon falls in love with the sights of South Carolina, with Gillon's family-and perhaps, with Gillon herself...From the acclaimed author of Marrying the Mistress, this is an unforgettable novel about feeling like a fish out ...more
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Published February 1st 2010 by AudioGO (first published 2002)
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Nov 12, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I bought this at the library for about 20p (I love those amazing bargain tables!) and to be honest, I'm very glad I didn't spend any serious money on it.

Even if you've never read it, you might know the (tedious love) story already. Confused girl, confused boy, confused parents wondering how they've messed up their children so badly... yawn. Two dimensional characters that you can't care tuppence about, a boring plot and a curious way of really clinging like a dog with a bone to the clash betwee
Mar 24, 2010 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-list
I'm an expat from Charleston, so in many ways this book should have touched a chord with me. It's a simple pleasure for me to be able to read about the streets of my hometown, a favorite museum, the churchyard my relatives are buried in. I enjoy reading Southernisms, and Joanna Trollope did a fairly good job of capturing them. (Though someone might have pointed out to her that there are no basements in Charleston, and is there really a wrong end to Queen Street?).

But I didn't wind up liking the
Dana Opperman
Jun 22, 2014 Dana Opperman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a long time to finish. It never "grabbed" my attention the way a good book does. I would not recommend it.
Kirsty Darbyshire

Not the best of Joanna Trollope's books.

(I seem to have thought all of the last handful of books I've read tobe not as good as others by the same author so this is quite possiblyme just not being in a good reading mode rather than all these authorsbeing not in good writing mode.)

I thought there were a lot of interesting themes and issues raisedbut none of them got explored properly and the characters weren'tfleshed out enough to make the story worth it without the themes. Thebook wasn't long en

Feb 04, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Joanna Trollope book I have ever been disappointed about.

It starts with a couple in London who have living together for a long time. One wants to move forward with more commitment; the other (Henry) may be losing interest. Then a woman (Gillon) from Charleston, South Carolina happens to meet one by accident in London, moves in as their roommate & provides a non-romantic catalyst for the man to decide to move to Charleston to further pursue his wildlife photography.

The lo
Jun 23, 2011 Hallie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be extremely boring. It's one of the few books that I can say that I've hated. There were a million plot lines, and all the characters were struggling with something different, which is normally a quality I find interesting in a book. However, in this case it was completely ineffective. No situation had enough exposition. Every person's problem seemed to come from nowhere, which made them seem unimportant. I felt like the plot was going nowhere. All of the dialogue was extre ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Juliet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff
Not up to Joanna's usual par. Seemed really disjointed, and despite what the characters said to each other, nobody really seemed to be much in love with anybody. I read in an interview with her that she said she always thought it was stronger of at least one character to decide NOT to wind up paired off. This book seems to be overly-engineered to try to get people to pair up, and then to keep anybody from staying that way. Makes me wonder if she herself is maybe toying with the idea of a divorce ...more
Cathy Austin
Jun 11, 2016 Cathy Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a good book, a thinking book, great fiction but cuts to the heart and soul of relationships, all kinds, in families, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, friends, and more than friends, lovers, and no one does it better than Trollope. A lot of partners change up in Girl from the South, some in good ways, others with much revelation as to why they hooked up in the first place or why they are still together. This book is about an era, about 20 something adults whose parents had so much f ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Maia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hoped this would be a fun, easy read but I was completely wrong. I thought the plot was boring and the whole thing tedious.Most of the characters annoyed me, in particular, Gillon and her lack of direction/ motivation. Expecting a quick, light hearted book, I instead got a story that never managed to capture my attention and that was difficult to finish.
Betty Kaye
Apr 21, 2012 Betty Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star-books
Talks about relationships - friends, family, love - British and American Southern. I liked the ending because it didn't tie all the relationships up into a "happily ever after." The author left all the relationships open to change.
Aug 18, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author, and I really enjoyed the story which was all about relationships and how each person deals with them. It takes place between London and Charleston South Carolina, and the main characters are Henry (British) and Gillon (US). It is a complicated look at how each individual in this book, Families, friends, lovers, etc. Deal with their relationships in the process of trying to "find themselves". Their backgrounds and traditions have a big roll in this. I think I learned ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was Trollope at her finest! She did her very best job at creating imperfect characters who were endearing and sympathetic. The story begins in Charleston, SC, with a 29 yr. old woman lamenting her dead end job as an art intern, her somewhat smothering upper class genteel (or so they seem) family, and her lack of romance. She heads to London, where the story really takes off. There, she encounters Tilly, a bright woman who has been dating/living with Henry, a photographer, for way too ...more
Trollope handles the demands of the story , the shifts from pathos to humor , from family harmony to crisis , thoroughly and effortlessly . Joanna Trollope's understanding of her characters is so acute that it lifts her well above the soap opera category of novelists and reminds critics of her 19 th century forebear , the great Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope . Set partlt in London and partly in South Carolina , Girl From the South follows the fortunes of a small group of the young and singl ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Gillon was born and raised into a family who have always lived in Charleston, South Carolina but, much to their dismay she, unlike her sister Ashley, refuses to bow to the lifestyle expected of her. Her mother made some attempt to break free but married her hometown boyfriend and came back. Aged 30 and still unmarried, Gillon decides to go to London to work. There she meets Tilly, who works on a magazine and has a long-term partner called Henry. Tilly and Henry share a flat with William, and occ
Apr 04, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the first novel I've read by this author and was quite taken with her ability to be humorous and to interweave her characters the way she does. It was like watching a chessmaster move pieces on the board!

From back cover:

"Gillon is an American Southerner, but definitely not a Southern belle. An art historian, she takes a job in London largely to escape the family and social pressures of her home town, Charleston, South Carolina.

Once in London, she meets Tilly, the features editor on an ar
Jeanne Jenkins
Sep 01, 2011 Jeanne Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I really liked this book. It took place in two interesting places, Charleston South Carolina and London England. Some of the characters traveled to both cities. Their lives, and the lives of their families, connected. At some place in the book, I thought that all of the characters were a bit disfuntional. It kind of made me feel better about myself. Even though everyone seemed to have issues, they all grew and changed. I was sad when the book ended, because I wanted to know more about them, and ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Louise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Average at best.

I didn't like the way the author jumped around between character and times. It felt as though there were huge gaps in the character's development.
I liked the developement of Tilly, the other individuals pretty much stayed the same and didn't really develop.
Poor ending also.
Am I getting too old, even for superior chic-lit? group of early 30s avoid choosing the safe option. Henry goes to the US meets odd girl, better than nice Tilly who's still searching. only OK
Dec 25, 2012 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book but never had the sense that it was really going anywhere. There are some great snippets in it and some good characters, whose differences and whose experiences I can relate to either directly or as a result of what I'm told about their lives and their culture through the book. But whilst it seems to draw a clear enough picture of life in the South and of a group of grown up children of divorced parents, and to spell out some truths about this generation, it never qui ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great discussion items regarding relationships among family, friends, and lovers, as well as different backgrounds and cultures. Definitely recommend.
Sheila Pritchard
Joanna Trollope is always excellent at getting inside characters. But I got a bit bored with all the indecision of most of the characters in this book1
Maggie Shanley
An enjoyable story of a Charleston girl who impulsively moves to London to escape family pressures and then returns bringing new baggage and a new boy with her.
Dec 02, 2014 Mintzis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The characters were not well differentiated and then raisin d'être not convincing. This was a case of telling rather than showing. The characters weren't organic.
Mar 06, 2013 Ariella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put four stars but am debating between 3.5 and 4. I read some other Goodreads reviews that were less favorable- mostly from people who have read other Trollope novels and felt that this was not her finest book. I have not read many of her novels, if any and I did like this book. It took some time to get into but I think that is mainly because the nature of the book was about relationships rather than anything 'happening'. I felt Trollope had a good handle on her characters, their relationships ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Keanes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
21/2 stars. Too fragmented. Henry, grandmother, and sister were good enough characters, but the writing barely skims character development.
May 11, 2014 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book, but not so much about Girl From the South as Southern Girl meets Londoner and all the psychological burdens of both societies are contemplated. ;)
Sep 08, 2009 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gillon lives with her rather suffocating family in South Carolina, and on the urging of her boss, finds an internship in England so that she can get away. She meets Tilly, who shares a house with Henry, and is invited to stay with them instead of in the rooming house she has found. When Henry feels that he needs a change, he goes to South Carolina and stays with Gillon’s family while he photographs the wild life there. Inevitably, Henry and Gillon fall in love, although there is no happy ending ...more
V.g. Lee
Girl from the South was a disappointing read. I felt that it wasn't ready to be published and that much more work needed to be done on the characterization and the English setting. The cast didn't seem real at all. I only felt I was on safe ground with the Charleston mother and grandmother. Ashley, Gillon's sister, which could have made an interesting comparison, was really just sketched in. There was much good stuff but all undermined by the inadequacy of people and plot.
Feb 01, 2016 Patti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story, but goes in circles and never goes Anywhere.
Sep 25, 2010 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I liked the idea of this plot, but the story was predictable as well as the people. I felt like a lot of the story that could have been developed more was dropped off way too soon. The dynamics of the family as a unit is always interesting to me, and this family was colorful enough that I think the author could have explored them much more. I didn't feel like it was going to end anywhere, and then I think it ended in a weird way for me. I probably would have put it down sooner if I wasn't readin ...more
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Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trol
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