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Posted June 1, 2011
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 enjoyed this story. It was an easy read... only took me two days. Right from the beginning I felt as if I were just sitting and watching a movie. The story is told is first-person, moving from each sister... Ginger, the oldest... Penny, the middle child.... and Rose, the youngest. Although they are sisters, the problems they face as adults, as well as their personalities, are quite different.
I had an easy time of following each sister. Her thoughts and feeling were related very well. I could easily identify with each one... I could feel the emotion behind each of their points-of-view. I love how they come to some great conclusions about themselves... and then use them in a positive way to change the way they relate to one another. It actually made me evaluate myself a bit. I'll be keeping my eye out for the next in the series!
*Thank you, Glass Road Productions, for providing me with a copy of this book and allowing me to be a part of your review program! :)
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Posted March 19, 2012
This was a wonderful book, full of characters who became real to me. I saw myself in one of the characters and actually realized some things I had been doing that needed changing. I'm grateful for this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2011
I didn't enjoy this book at the beginning, Ginger was driving me nuts with her bossiness, Penny was trying really hard to have an affair and Rosie I didn't think was all that bright. But that is what makes the book so great, was to show that everyone has flaws, and we can love them in spite of their flaws, and maybe, until someone points them out to you, you may never know how much you bug or push certain people's buttons.
It didn't touch too much on Christianity, but I understand the author is trying to bring in and not offend other groups, and I know in other books by her, she gets into religion a lot more, and maybe this book didn't need it, cause it does show others flaws, Christian or not. I really would highly recommend to anyone.
Posted June 1, 2011
Ginger, Penny, and Rose are meeting at their Grandma Lillian's beach home, on St. Simons Island, to clean and empty her house. There are nine marriages between them, a trait they inherited from their late, seven times wed, grandma. Ginger, the oldest and most solid of the three, became the mother figure when their mother committed suicide. But Grandma Lillian was the place of refuge, full of love, wisdom, life lessons, where life was carefree.
The sisters are all harboring their own hurts, secrets, and unshared pasts. One has just discovered her husband has been unfaithful. One is contemplating leaving her husband. One is planning suicide. As they uncover grandma's past, box by box, the sisters learn much about her, and themselves. Life is not always as it seems. People are not always who you perceive them to be.
This beautifully written novel unfolds from three first-person viewpoints. This book is written using three fonts, each representing a main character, which allows the reader to quickly move from one voice to another. I have read other novels by this author, and The Fine Art of Insincerity did not disappoint. It grabbed my attention and held it until the last page by capturing the emotional family relationships that so often exist beneath the surface. I look forward to reading more from this author.
With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don't Bet Against Me, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book Don't Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela's novel The Note was filmed as the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel's history. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers' national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.
Thank you to Angela Hunt, Howard Books, and Glass Road Public Relations for my free copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted May 31, 2011
I really enjoyed this books as three sisters that led all different lives, with nine marriages among them had gotten together at their deceased grandmother's house. They had been raised most of their lives by her as their mother was dead and their dad just didn't have time for three girls. Their grandmother was something she had been married seven time, some of the husbands had died and some she had divorced. She had a daughter and a son, but the son had died young and the daughter was the mother of the girls.
They all were having problems with their own marriages and Rose (the youngest) was even ploting her death as she just could not live any longer with her past. Ginger was the eldest and had two sons and was still married to her first husband. Penny was on her forth marriage (I think, hard to keep up with) and had one son that she had not raised. But as they gathered together in the beach cottage that they now owned together to clean it out and to get what they wanted to keep for themselves, it was hard for them to get along. Ginger had always bossed them around as she had to take care of her younger sisters for a long time before their mother died and she was the one that found her mother.
Angela Hunt really knew how to put this book together and she made it come to life as the sisters spent the weekend together in the little cottage they grew up in. I think anyone would like this book that likes good clean fun, romance and family.
Thanks to the author and to Glass Roads Publishing for sending me this book free for me to enjoy and review and do this tour.
Posted May 10, 2011
Who knew unpacking family baggage and all that goes with it could be so fun! I waited in anticipation for this book to come out, and I wasn't disappointed. Angela Hunt excels at characterization and story weaving. While the issues are deep and emotional, these Southern sisters have mastered trivializing each other's problems. In showing how they know each other well and yet never know one another at all, Hunt displays her expertise as a novelist. I won't give away then ending, but Novel Journey and I give it our highest recommendation. It's a 5 star "must read."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2011
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Posted August 2, 2011
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