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The Fine Art of Insincerity

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  457 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Three grown Southern sisters have ten marriages between them—and more loom on the horizon—when Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”: the tendency to like the casualness of courtship better than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her two sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Howard Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 07, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it
Angela Hunt's books never disappoint me. I love her style of writing. Once you start to read her books you can't seem to put them down. They just suck you in. This book is about 3 sisters who have their own set of problems and a whole lot of issues. When they go to clean out their grandmothers house after she dies, they discover who they really are and how they need to change to come to grips with their own lives. They discover why they have spoken to each other that much over the years and the ...more
Rachel Brand
Apr 13, 2011 Rachel Brand rated it really liked it
Ginger, Penny and Rosemary Lawrence are all in denial. Ginger is convinced that she knows how to make a marriage work, despite the fact that her husband of twenty-seven years has started getting changed in the closet and hasn’t kissed her goodbye in weeks. Her younger sister, Penny, believes that the perfect way to deal with the lack of romance in her life is to move on to a new man, and is on the hunt for her sixth husband. And Rose still hasn’t recovered from the loss of her unborn child two y ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Follow the link below to see my review of this fantastic book!

Jan 13, 2016 ForstRose marked it as to-read
Shelves: i-own, for-review
Although I have several of Angela's titles on my shelf, this is the first of her books I have read in a very long while. I have always considered her work exceptional and it seems it just continues to get better as time progresses. Ginger, Rosemary, and Pennyroyal apparently had a mother who favored plant names for her children. Rose and Penny have shortened their names to something a little simpler to fit a mouth around pronouncing. Though they've moved from their childhood home and lives have ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Jun 01, 2011 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt is an insightful look at the relationships that shape us especially that between sisters. Ginger, Penny, and Rose spent their childhood summers that their Grandma Lillian's cottage on St Simon's Island. Since then, they've racked up nine marriages between them, rivaling Lillian's seven marriages before her death. The three have grown apart in many ways over the years, and are forced to come together to clean out the cottage for its sale. Each woman arri ...more
Mary Ann
Jun 01, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Three sisters spend a weekend together on St. Simons Island to share the unpleasant task of emptying their late Grandmother's house. The property has been sold and each sister is eager to get the job done and claim her inheritance. While they believe it will be good to get together after such a long time... secrets, resentment, and unforgiveness threaten their already strained relationships. Unpacking the memories their Grandmother left behind, they begin to heal the hurts from the past.

I really
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Jun 01, 2011 Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf) rated it really liked it
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

These three sisters may be packing up their grandmother's life but they are unpacking all of their past sorrows and present baggage. This book tackles uncomfortable issues such as divorce, adultery, infidelity, abortion and suicide. This is not the book to pick up and relax with; instead it is a book for any woman who has struggled with her past, her relationships, or her future.

The family dynamic of this book is foreign to me, but it
May 30, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Author: Angela Hunt
Publisher: Howard Books
May 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4391-8203-1
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Three sisters need to travel to St. Simon’s Island to empty out their late grandma’s house. Ginger is struggling with a husband who is more interested in his job than his wife. Rosemary is plotting suicide, and Pennyroyal is unhappy in her marriage and enjoys the casualness of dating much more than the intimacy of marriage.

When the sisters get together t
May 31, 2011 Theresa rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:
The Fine Art of Insincerity pulls you right into the lives of Gingerbread, Pennyroyal and Rosemary -- sisters whose lives have been touched by tragedy, all trying to cope in their own unique ways. Responsible, list-making Ginger, always trying to stay in control of every situation. Restless, defensive Penny, always ready to end a relationship before she gets her heart broken. And sad, melancholic Rosemary plotting to end her own life. Right away, we learn that Rosemary is plotting he
Jun 01, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some novels are like mirrors. As you read them, you glimpse a reflection of the ugliness that sin produces in your own heart and life. That’s the affect of Angela Hunt’s latest story, The Fine Art of Insincerity.

In the novel, Penny, Rose, and Ginger—three grown Southern sisters—meet to close out “Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time. Two of the sisters seem fated to marry serially, like their seven-times wed grandmother.” And Ginger, though only married once, is having problems of h
Victor Gentile
Jun 01, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Angela Hunt in her new book, "The Fine Art Of Insincerity" published by Howard Books takes us to a cottage house on St. Simons Island.

Grandmother Lillian had a cottage house in St. Simons Island and left it to her three granddaughters, Ginger, Penny and Rose. The sisters were shipped off to stay with their grandmother during the summer months and this place is like a second home to them. However they are all feeling a financial pinch so they decide to sell it and split the profits. So all three
Jun 01, 2011 Charity rated it it was amazing
I was recently able to review a book I was overjoyed to read! Angela Hunt's book, The Fine Art of Insincerity, has just been published and released in May. I have only read one of Angela's previous books and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I have heard a lot of good things about her though:)

I have to tell you, this book was a wonderful story! I will definitely be looking for more books by Angela if they are anything like this one!! I have never read a book about just plain ole life that kep
Jun 01, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
The three Lawrence sisters were as different as night and day, but they had a few things in common, they all loved their grandmother Lillian and each have been dragging around emotional baggage for years. When Lillian dies she leaves them a tiny cottage and when it finally sells the girls go on Labor Day weekend to clean it out, so as the trio reconnects they come to realize the things and money Lillian left them aren't nearly as important as the life lessons she left behind.
Ginger is the oldest
Abbie Riddle
Jun 03, 2011 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing
hree sisters, nine husbands between them, secrets and regrets all collide in this riveting novel by Angela Hunt.

This novel deals with a myriad of issues - in fact I was surprised by how thoroughly each of the characters were developed and how vivid their issues were presented. Three sisters raised part time by a grandmother who was married numerous times come together to clean out her house. Little did any of them know that this one weekend would change their lives forever. That for the first ti
Jun 07, 2011 Jodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Ginger, Rose, and Penny are setting out to their deceased grandmother's house to clean it out and prepare it for the new owner. Between the 3 of them they have been through 9 marriages. Ginger, being the oldest feels it is her place to look after everyone and is therefore considered bossy. Everyone looks at Ginger as though she's had a "perfect" life, but it's about to take a drastic turn. Penny is the middle sister and goes through men like tissues. With the help of her sisters, she just may be ...more
Michelle Rayburn
Jun 16, 2011 Michelle Rayburn rated it really liked it
3 sisters come together for a weekend to clean out their grandmother’s beachfront house. It sounds quaint, except they barely know one another outside of their bond of growing up in a dysfunctional home. Rose and Penny have had multiple marriages and both are restless again. In contrast, Ginger’s 27-year marriage is solid…or is it?

As they sort through their grandmother’s belongings, each woman goes through her own emotional crisis and doesn’t notice how much her other sisters are hurting. Gradua
Jun 06, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
Three sisters, each in a different place in their lives, find themselves facing change. After a while on the market their grandmother's home sells and they meet for the weekend to clean out the house for the new buyer, who wants to take immediate possession.
Each sister is struggling with areas of their lives, one sister is tired of her husband, one sister is tired of life period and one sister is fixing to find out her life isn't as perfect as she thinks.
A book that will keep you interested as
Jun 06, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
I've read and enjoyed several of Angela Hunt's books in the past so I was pleased to accept a review copy of her latest, The Fine Art of Insincerity. Hunt does a great job of showing how these sisters' childhood affected their adult lives, for good and for bad. I can't say that I particularly liked any of the three, but by the end of the book I was cheering for all of them. Hunt allows them to learn the value of love between sisters and love between spouses.

I guess there is something about a de
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
I always learn something from Angela Hunt’s novels and The Fine Art of Insincerity is no exception. I’m thankful to have received a review copy of such a powerful and moving story! Once again Angela delivers an unexpected story with multi-dimensional characters that evoke a depth of thought and emotion which surprise the reader.

Three sisters come together for a weekend to clean their grandmother’s house because it’s sold. They are here to split up their grandmothers’ belongings. Each hopes to fi
Jun 22, 2011 Whitney rated it really liked it
There are a few authors that you can feel pretty safe about purchasing their work without even knowing what the book is about. Angela Hunt is one of those and she hasn’t let us down in this latest piece of fiction.

Ms. Hunt has done a fine job of breathing life into the characters. When you close the cover you will feel like you know these three sisters, because you can probably relate to one of them! Ginger is the eldest sister and has felt incredibly responsible for her two younger siblings eve
Evangeline Han
Jul 06, 2011 Evangeline Han rated it really liked it
If you are a lady with sisters, you’d definitely be able to identify with one or more of the characters in The Fine Art of Insincerity. The portrayal of the personalities of the eldest daughter, second daughter, and third daughter are very accurate. As the eldest girl in my family, I could see myself behaving the same way Ginger does. What I like about this novel is its descriptions of what the characters are doing or how they are feeling. The descriptions are good and readers can vividly pictur ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Judi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-fiction
I'm thankful for "The Fine Art of Insincerity". Often I read fiction when I need a brain break, but Angela Hunt isn't interested in distracting me from my life. She writes to make me contemplate my life.

This book masquerades as a light-hearted beach book, but the books is more than Chick-lit. Hunt explores families who sweep pain and darkness under the rug, and our tendency to by myopic about our own problems at the expense of those around us. In such a small paperback, Hunt manages to touch on
Dec 22, 2011 Haelie rated it it was amazing
Here's something new for me.

I have not yet reviewed a fiction book--until today.

And this takes place in the perfect setting for starting off my summer: a three day holiday weekend in a beach cottage.

Here is the publisher's description of the story:

The Fine Art of Insincerity features three Southern sisters with ten marriages between them and more looming on the horizon. It takes a "girls only" weekend spent closing up Grandma's treasured beach house for the sisters to really unpack their family
Nicci Williamson
Jul 19, 2012 Nicci Williamson rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this read. I was a little nervous at first because the book is advertised as "Christian fiction." As a pretty Agnostic person, I wasn't sure about reading this. However, the plot dealt primarily with morals/values that are traditionally considered Christian, not the religion. It dealt with themes of forgiveness, healing, and love.

The sisters are incredibly written, very human with flaws and strengths. The other characters aren't as complex but you don't see as much of them so I
Alycia Morales
Jul 30, 2012 Alycia Morales rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-reads
I admit I found myself a little skeptical as I dove into this novel by Angela Hunt. I've always admired her writing, her strong female characters and her settings. However, I wasn't sure I liked these women. Not until the final quarter of the novel.

We start off with Ginger, the eldest of three sisters. Happily married to Michael, she's successful at what she does. And she's a bit of a control freak.

Then we meet Rosemary, who is melancholy and pitiful. Suffering the loss of two children prior to
Sep 08, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
I give this book a 3.5. I read it because the title made it seem Southern and it took place on St. Simon's Island near where we went each summer -- Sea Island. Not good reasons to choose a book. The book is about three sisters who get together to clean out their grandmother's house. They haven't been together as sisters in a number of years. Each is at such a different place in life that one wonders how they became sisters. The eldest is a bossy, take control hand out lists sort of person. The ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Sterlingcindysu rated it liked it
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Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it really liked it
Though this book takes you through some dark places as Hunt explores infidelity in marriage and the wedges in relationships that can come through miscommunication and burying feelings, Hunt’s characters are engaging and the dialogue is stilted at times, just as it needs to be in this sort of situation. The storylines (all three of them) twist together and weave through complex emotions and heartaching situations at the same time that they pull you deeply into the lives of these women.

I loved thi
Oct 11, 2015 Jencey/ rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
The Fine Art of Insincerity is a novel by Angela Hunt. She writes Inspirational fiction. This story focuses on three sisters who couldn’t be more different in their lives and relationships. How could they possibly come together?
Ginger is putting the final touches on the sale of her grandmother’s beach house. All she needs is her sisters to come and help over the Labor Day weekend. Ginger knows what she wants and makes a list which should be easy to accomplish. Or will it once she learn
Kay M
Sep 27, 2016 Kay M rated it it was amazing
This poignant women’s fiction is a page-turner that will tug at your heartstrings. It moves along at a good clip, yet offers much “granny wisdom” to ponder. With Angela Hunt’s special touch, this novel is a keeper.
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