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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  752 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose—all with grown children of their own—have a complicated relationship, so when their grand - mother’s will requires them to spend the whole summer—without friends or family—“camping in” at her run-down lodge on re mote Lake Clare in order to inherit the valuable land, old rivalries and new understanding emerge, with plenty of laughs al...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2009)
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Arsala
So I think I read a book that was targeted to the "senior" crowd. No offense to anyone out there but for some reason when I picked up this book, I thought this was about women in their mid 20's-30's. Turns out they're all above 50! LOL. Oops.

Either way, it was a nice read. A little slow in some parts and a little awkward (how do you feel when you read about a 60 yr old woman giving herself orgasms? *shudders*) but it was a book I could finish without giving up on it. I do think the author straye...more
Jackie Wooley
Is there a rating less than one star?I would have abandoned the book, but it was our book club selection. We had good laughs at our discussion meeting.Come on, could so much happen to one person in a summer? Chiggers, rabies, bodies in the basement,and this perfect man in her life that almost gets away. Every circumstance bordered on the ridiculous.
Ivy
This book started out really slow then picked up during the second half. Sometimes I found it to be a little rediculous and dumb. Like why was she always stripping down naked to swim only to be caught by the guy she liked. I would also like to know how someone so susceptible to sickness managed to be a professional ballarina. There were other things that bothered me but I don't want to list them all.
I also found this book to be a little preachy when it came to being green and eating organic. W...more
Sandy
listed to it on audio. being from the atlanta/n. georgia area, i absolutely loved it! the narration was excellent...reminded me a lot of the golden girls. will look for more from this author and narrator.
Vickie
I don't mind that the characters were older, but it was just beyond silly. Started skimming parts...rolling my eyes...you get the picture. Not my favorite but, hey, I started and finished it.
CMac G
Fun read but as my Aunty would say, REEE-DIK-YOU-LUSS. The plot is extremely silly and unrealistic. Wait til the bit about the racoon. It is a romance novel combined with a sister angst book. As someone from Atlanta, enjoyed the local references. Could have done without the main character's detailed allergies. I listened on audio; great narrator but can someone tell her how to pronounce Dahlonega? I also disliked the "cliff hangers" at the end of the chapters saying "it was only going to get wor...more
Kim N - Lost-In-A-Book
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Jan
AFTER GIVING UP ON "The Last Time I Saw You," I DECIDED I SHOULD START THIS ONE AND EITHER FINISH IT. ABOUT 1/4 OF THE WAY INTO THE BOOK I FOUND THE CHARACTERS INTERESTING AND THE SITUATION - THAT THESE 4 SISTERS HAVE TO STAY FOR 90 CONSECUTIVE DAYS TOGETHER AT THEIR GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE TO INHERIT THE ESTATE - INTERESTING IN ITSELF AND MADE MORE SO BECAUSE OF THE SETTING (SEMI-RURAL GEORGIA), AND THE PEOPLE. HOWEVER, THE BOOK WAS VERY UNEVEN - SOME OF THE SITUATIONS WERE EXTREMELY CONTRIVED AND...more
Suzanne
I loved this book. Reviews were sketchy, but I do not care that these characters are 50-60 year-old women! Why is it that Nicholas Sparks can write about older women in love and get away with it, but this author cannot? Is it the spiritual aspect of these women that people really object to? I do not know, but this is a story of family, sisters, secrets, and love. To me that equals good story, especially when the characters are as unique as these four sisters!
Judith
This was an entertaining read about four very different sisters, who as adults, were forced to spend the summer together at the family lake house. They all agreed in order to gain their grandmother's inheritance. Siblings will be siblings will be siblings no matter what age they become and the dynamics during their stay certainly demonstrated that. What was disappointing was that the story spent much time on the budding romance of the divorced sister, Dahlia, who was there to gain her inheritanc...more
Kim


It was okay. My friend that recommended this to me fit this book to a tee! It isn't however very up my alley! I loved Clete! Unfortunately the rest didn't do it for me. I would be a sister short in my family if one of them acted like one of the characters in this book. I wouldn't have put up with her crappy behavior. Then I wouldn't have wasted time on her son and I would have made myself happy then told the son if he wanted a relationship with me to straighten up and act like an adult and I wo...more
Nancy
From the Hazmat cleaning debate to the sibling squabbles to the legal legacy, LADIES OF THE LAKE is an amusing poignant sisters' drama The obvious subliminal message of this novel reminds readers of the importance of making quality and quantity time for loved ones.

My first book to read from Haywood Smith and I found this book to be most entertaining, especially because the majority of characters were around my age. . The storyline is steeped in Southern tradition and idiosynchrysies that just se...more
Dorothy
My first Audio Book in a long time. Picked it for the Summer 8in8 Challenge.

Interesting premise of 4 grown sisters having to spend the summer together to inherit their grandmother's property, but everything was dealt with much too neatly, and without a healthy dose of reality (for example, how could these women be away from their families for several months? Or their jobs?). The romantic storyline for one of the sisters was very trite.

Plus the cover description focused on the sisters improving...more
Jodi
This was a very pleasant read about 4 sisters, in their 50s and 60s, who must spend 90 consecutive days in their grandmother's house by the lake to fulfill the conditions of her will. To Dahlia, the money means everything. The millions that will come to her will help her save her own home since her husband did a cash-out refi of their house and cashed out of the country. As the oldest of the 4 sisters, Dahlia had the closest relationship with their grandmother, or so she thought. The 90 days tes...more
Lynn
Haywood Smith does a fantastic job of depicting the inner emotions and outward behaviors of woman interacting among themselves. I felt as though Dahlia, Violet, Rose, and Iris were MY sisters by the book's end! Her characters are always well defined and rather intense, and they're always struggling with the same relationship issues as we all do every day. I initially downgraded this book to four stars, only due to the fact that for me, the storyline was a bit too "romancy," in that it felt too m...more
Norma
Apr 16, 2012 Norma rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no
Recommended to Norma by: no one
It was a story about four sister growing up with their parents and an eccentric grand mother that favored one grand daughter which was the main character,which left the other sisters feeling left out. The main character was a ballerina and than later became an instructor, which was what the grandmother was as well. When their grandmother died she left them an inheritance with the condition they all live together for 4 months. There were some funny parts, and some interesting family secrets and o...more
Cindy
I thought the story started out a little slow but picked up after about 100 pages. The premise sounded really good. Four sisters have to spend a summer together before they can inherit their grandmother's land and cottage. Initially I thought the "ladies" were in their 30's but then discovered they were all in their 50's! And nothing against that age but I was getting kinda bored with hearing about all their age-related ailments and aggravated with Iris, the second oldest sister. I think this no...more
Michele
What a delightful book about four sisters brought together (physically & emotionally) by the death of their grandmother. The author did a wonderful job of creating a story that was at times comical, at times thought-provoking & at times slightly sad -- although the latter didn't last very long. In the beginning, the alternating between the present & the past was a bit tedious but as the story progressed, it became more & more engrossing. As someone who does not have sister but wo...more
Mimi
This is a summer read. There were no surprises, and you pretty much figured out how it was going to end by the second chapter. However- it is a charming romp and I really enjoyed reading it.
Valerie Prosser
Not sure if the abridgement made it hard to follow or the writing itself, but I found myself wondering what happened at a few different parts of the story. It made it more annoying than anything else, though I did laugh out loud a couple of times.
Dianna
When four sisters - Dahlia, Violet, Rose and Iris - find out their Grandmother (Cissy - for Narcissus) died, they are summoned to her lake house for the reading of the will. With their complicated relationship, the sisters all balk at the idea that Cissy insisted they spend 3 months together in the house before they can receive any inheritance. They all spent summers growing up and have fond (or not so fond) memories, but to spend 90 continuous days living together? That seemed impossible. But t...more
Sara
In the preface the author mentions that the book is loosely based on people she knows, but that most of the events in the book are too "crazy" for the people she knows to ever have actually done. Well, she probably should have made up even "crazier" events because despite her fabrications the book was still pretty dull. There were points in the book where the author foreshadowed something ominous happening, but the foreshadowing happened so far in advance that I forgot to be concerned as I read...more
Jill
When I picked up this book, it wasn't what I expected at all. Enjoyed the read, liked the relationships between the sisters.
Amie Firavich
Picked this book off a loaner shelf. I enjoyed it. It wasn't my favorite Haywood Smith book - but it was entertaining.
Karen
I liked this book and would probably give it 3 1/2 stars if I could, but I didn't "really like it" so it didn't quite make 4 stars on my rating! :o)

The underlying story-line about the 4 sisters is good and realistic, however some of the things they did were very unrealistic. The characters are quirky and the story has some very fun moments. The fact that the main character has "old-fashioned" Christian values was a wonderful surprise and I was thrilled that she stayed true to her values through...more
Linda
A good, old fashioned yarn with a bit of mystery, romance and family dynamics in the mix. Part of the plot is a bit too bizarre to accept but, all in all, a fine way to escape vicariously to a beautiful mountain lakeside and forget the snow outside.
Susan
You can't criticize an author for what you wish she'd written, but this did not have as strong a mystery element as I'd expected. Four sisters must spend 90 days together to get their grandmother's inheritance. Oldest sister Dahlia, her favorite, really needs the money, and convinces the others--especially resentful Iris, to stay. As Dahlia, who has many health problems, looks at the relationship and their past, she realizes what she's really done with their lives. The women uncover family secre...more
Alicia Davidson
Loved it! Funny and a really nice happy read!
Lisa Neal
I enjoy books about strong, quirky Southern women so I did enjoy the story. It could have been better, but it definitely could have been worse. I'd consider this a good summer read by the pool or on the beach.
Lorraine
Review reflects the abridged version!

I was expecting a Ya-Ya Sisterhood kind of story about four sisters forced to spend 3 months together at the family cottage. It started out that way, then suddenly became a cheesy romance. Horrible abridgement: for most of the middle the sisters are barely mentioned as the plot focusses on the romance (that had no real surprises). Characters had conflicting characteristics, random events (like finding two dead bodies and moving them to a park???). It started...more
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