The Girls Of August by Anne Rivers Siddons
Maddy, Barbara, and Rachel are three of the four girls of August who used to gather one week a summer at a glorious beach house. The week would consist of much wine drinking, much giggling, and lots of catching up with one another and what was happening in each of their lives. This tradition had been going on since the girls were in their twenties, almost twenty years! Melinda was the fourth girls of August, and upon her tragic and untimely death, the other three had not felt up to carrying on the tradition.
Baby, the new (and third) wife to Teddy who had been married to Melinda, invites the girls to once again come together and bring back the girls of August. Baby desperately wants to fit in with the three friends, and after some thinking, Maddy, Barbara, and Rachel decide that maybe after the four years that have passed, it is time to gather once more for a time of coming together.
Yet things between the friends have changed as well. Each carries a secret they do not easily let go, and with this new addition to the group, the young twenty something blond perfect bodied Baby… opening up and sharing the way they once did is going to take time… when their week-long gathering turns into two weeks… that may just be enough time to deal with what is true in each of their lives.
There is soooooo much to love about this book. First and obvious for me… I love the concept of a yearly gathering at a beautiful beach house with your closest girl friends. Laying on the beach, napping in the sun, cocktails, laughing until you cry, and dancing to a camp fire all appeal to me. And as far as that goes, the book holds up to what I had hoped to find within it.
Unfortunately there are some odd scenarios that felt like a skip in a record. A few things in the book did not seem to flow with the story and while I listened to this one on audio I literally said out loud “huh?” more than once.
Basically – So much potential and then not quite reaching it. I really did enjoy most of this story that I listened to on audio. It still contains elements I enjoy including women’s friendships, and anything to do with the beach and sun. 🙂 Kate Reading’s narration was perfection and really added to my enjoyment of a book that unfortunately falls short.
People who enjoy light summer reads and stories of women’s friendships should find this one a good way to spend a day in the sun.
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- Audio CD
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (July 8, 2014)
- Language: English