When Thayer Wentworth and her Irish professor husband are invited to Camp Greyledge, she has reason to be pleased in a nostalgic way. It was in that summer resort on Georgia's Burnt Mountain that, decades ago, she met the first love. The area has other, less fortunate associations as well: It was on a nearby road that her father met his death in a car accident. Now it is n...more
I couldn't even place what period of time in which this book was occurring since the author can't seem to get her history straight. Okay, so Thayer goes to summer camp and meets her first love, but her Southern Genteel Mother is concerned about the social fallout of a Jewish boyfriend within the family, even if he is from the wealthiest family in town. Her grandmother has African-Americans servants that the characters ref...more
Then I kept listening to it b/c I couldn't believe how bad it was, it was like a soap opera script, a bad one.
The characters were 2 dimensional, the main character was immature and a cry baby. At first I thought I couldn't relate to this book b/c everyone was so wealthy but no, it's just...more
Chapters 1-12 were delightful in the southern novel sense. Tragedy, yes. Pillared mansions, yes. Silver tea services and old money, yes. A domineering grandmama, yes. Still, that cocoon was comfortable. And the story, as Thayer tells it, is a fine example of that wa...more
The high school summer boy friend goes to Yale, becomes an architect, becomes a significant architect, has a wife and kids and divorce in the same four years as our little heroine goes through college. In a matter of one summer the heroine marries, moves to a new home with hubby, he writes a book, finds a camp to entertain, learns the local law enforcement structure...more
I see from other reviews that I wasn't the only one having difficulty with the timeline - it made no sense. We seem to have jumped from the 1960...more
Based on this one book, which is not fair and I'm sure would be inaccurate, but anyway based on this one book I perceive the author to be a terrible person! (Yes - EXCLAMATION POINT!)
This was one of those books you churn through quickly, sort-of skim-reading as you search for any substance. You think, well there are some starts here and there that could turn interesting. Nope. They just turn dumb and offensive/gross. *SPOILER ALERT* The ARTIST tur...more
I was okay with the beginning. I liked Caroline and dislike...more
Sweet Mickey Mouse on a cracker. I don't even know where to start. This book is a mind-hump of crazy. Foreal.
incorrect use of the word "literally"
+ her endless descriptions of furniture and lawns (if I wanted that kind of shite, I'd be reading Better Homes and Gardens -- there is actually a full paragraph plus dialogue dedicated to a pot of fake flowers in a fireplace)
+ her inability to tell freaking TIME (head's up, old girl -- the Olympics were in 1995, so the...more
It is truly difficult now that I live so far away from the South to read some authors. Pat Conroy and Anne Rivers Siddons are two that come readily to mind. Anne’s South is often Georgia of the Fifties through the Seventies. I moved to Atlanta in the Early eighties and much of my heart is still there. This book is set right before the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta – but looks back to Atlanta at the earlier times. Reading this book I could place or remember so ma...more
The book reads as an awkward pastiche of many of Siddons' earlier works--people die by driving their cars off a steep mountain cliff. There's an overly...more
I'm not sure if the editor actually read the whole book or if they just didn't have the heart to make Ms. Siddons pick a story and stick with it. When reading the book, it feels as if the...more
Thayer Wentworth's life was constantly altered by Burnt Mountain. It was there that her father and grandfather died. It was there that she discovered a new happiness and escape from her overbearing mother. It was there she found her first love and her first heartbreak. It...more
The Prologue revolves around Thayer Wentworth and her husband, Dr. Aengus O...more
The first 250 pages or so are fine. I was enjoying the story, relating to the jealous, distant mother and the tomboy who was her daughter. Young summer love and the unfortunate chain of events that followed, had my complete attention. The maturing college student falling in love with an eccentric Irishman, was a fine progression in the story. THE...more
Sadly, this title does not reach the level of her earlier books. There is the dysfunctional relationship between Thayer and her beautiful mother. The mother, Crystal, wants desperately to belong to Atlanta society, much like Lila in Conroy's "Prince of Tides."...more
Thayer Wentworth's life starts fairy-tale like; beloved father and grandmother, rich family, idyllic-southern childhood, until her father dies in a terrible accident on Burnt Mountain. She discovers her first love at camp and loses him due to her mother's betrayal. She later finds solace in her Irish Professor at college, marrying him in spite of her mother. Thayer eventually abandons her husband...more