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10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

an entertaining southern drama

In Atlanta, seventeen year old Thayer Wentworth is pregnant, but prenatal tests show that her unborn is severely malformed. Though she is heartbroken, she chooses an abortion. Thayer goes on to college where she meets and is attracted to extroverted storyteller Dr. Ae...
In Atlanta, seventeen year old Thayer Wentworth is pregnant, but prenatal tests show that her unborn is severely malformed. Though she is heartbroken, she chooses an abortion. Thayer goes on to college where she meets and is attracted to extroverted storyteller Dr. Aengus O'Neill. They marry.

When Thayer's affluent grandmother dies, she inherits her incredible Atlanta home not far from Burnt Mountain's Camp Edgewood where her father died in a car accident. She and Aengus take up residence in the luxurious mansion. However, he begins to recall upsetting memories from his childhood in Ireland that disturbs Thayer who fears her husband is losing his mind. At the same time she looks into has past at her mom and her first love Nick Abrams who broke her heart at Camp Sherwood Forest in North Carolina.

Burnt Mountain is an entertaining southern drama that fans of the author will enjoy. Thayer is an intriguing individual facing relationship issues. The story line is at its best when the focus is entirely on the heroine's inner turmoil although too many subplots are left dangling. Still she has decisions to make even if happenchance assists her on the most critical. Although not Anne Rivers Siddons's best work, readers will still appreciate touring the North Carolina Mountains with Thayer as their guide.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 29, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Burnt Out?

Let me begin by saying I am a major fan of Ms. Siddons, having read every one of her novels. And while I looked forward to reading this her latest book, I must admit it was a disappointment. While the writing is classic Siddons, the plot is anything but. The beginning i...
Let me begin by saying I am a major fan of Ms. Siddons, having read every one of her novels. And while I looked forward to reading this her latest book, I must admit it was a disappointment. While the writing is classic Siddons, the plot is anything but. The beginning is believable, if only predictable, but when it gets into Celtic mysticism the story becomes derailed. The character change in Aengus was so weird that it was not plausible and what precipitated it was not really explained, leaving too many questions unanswered. Due out last year, the publishing date was postponed many months so my assumption is that Siddons herself, struggled with this one. I won't go into any more details so as not to spoil it for other readers. I only hope that this is just a temporary slump & Siddons will be back in form with her next book.

posted by llamamia on July 22, 2011

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