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Ladies of the Lake: A Novel

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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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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.
Arsala
Aug 16, 2010 Arsala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ivy
Oct 08, 2011 Ivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Suzanne
Jul 01, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
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!
Jennifer
This book was a pure delight! Other reviewers complain about the silliness of the plot and how unrealistic it is, but that's what I love about it. 4 grown sisters who have to spend an entire summer together in the family estate in order to earn their inheritance. Of course hilarity will ensue! I found this book to be a delightful escape from my own crazy life, & I could imagine my own sister & I in some of these situations.
Jackie Wooley
Jun 06, 2014 Jackie Wooley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Lschneier
A funny and revealing look at four sisters who grow to love each other more when spending a summer at the lake house in northern Georgia.
Janet
Feb 22, 2017 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book less than one star I would. I found the story - which was all over the place - to be insipid, trite and uninspired; the characters silly and repugnant. In spite of rolling my eyes a number of times through the ridiculous predictability of it all, I continued to give it a chance for redemption. I rarely give up on a book but I really should have made an exception in this case!
Laura Lander
Feb 08, 2017 Laura Lander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light read, with fun and meaning and sisters.
Barbara
Oct 11, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good. Kept me interested the whole time. It was a very nice story about 4 sisters that reconnect by coming to stay at their grandmother's lake house in order to get there inheritance. The oldest sister and the middle sister have a little bit of drama going on with a lot of jealousy over the fact that the grandmother only gave attention to the oldest sister. There is a little bit of a love story but a lot of sisterly bond. A must read.
Susan
Feb 19, 2017 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rebekah
Feb 15, 2017 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amusing tale of 4 southern sisters charged with the task of clearing out their grandmother's house after she passed. A giggling good read !
Kim-Lost-In-A-Book
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Jan
Feb 16, 2013 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy
May 17, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kim
Aug 29, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction


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
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Judith
Dec 06, 2012 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dorothy
Aug 17, 2012 Dorothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jodi
Nov 12, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
CMG (Mac)
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
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
Norma
Mar 01, 2012 Norma rated it it was ok  ·  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
Michele
Jan 06, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynn
Mar 12, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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
Karen
Jul 31, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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JoLene
Sep 04, 2015 JoLene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, read-2015
This was an entertaining audio --- I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it as much if I was actually reading it. The story is told from the point of view of Dahlia, the oldest sister of 4. In order to inherit their grandmother's estate, they must spend 90 days cleaning up her house and going through her things. The grandmother lived in rural GA. Various incidents/misunderstanding surface as the woman face life in the country and living in close quarters. The pacing was a bit uneven and there wer ...more
Dianna
May 26, 2012 Dianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Amy Collins
This book took me a while to read. 4 sisters have to live together in their grandmother's home for 3 months to inherit the fortune they didn't know she had. They have to overcome old grievances, and the protagonist has to overcome old hurts and betrayals to accept love with a new, basically perfect man. There were humorous elements, and universal themes that many can relate to like petty jealousies between siblings, etc. This was definitely a book that would resonate with someone looking for a C ...more
Sara
Jun 24, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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