Ladies of the Lake: A Novel

Ladies of the Lake: A Novel

by Haywood Smith
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Ladies of the Lake: A Novel by Haywood Smith

From Haywood Smith, the New York Times bestselling author of THE RED HAT CLUB novels comes a pitch perfect story of four sisters who are forced to come together after years of silence

Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose—all with grown children of their own—have a complicated relationship, so when their grandmother'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 along the way.

Desperate to save her Buckhead home from foreclosure after being left in the lurch, recent divorcee Dahlia must complete the summer and sell her share immediately. Practical, even-tempered Violet will be no problem, but Iris has been Dahlia's nemesis since she learned to say, "no" to her big sister. And super-sweet, quirky Garage Sale Queen Rose is so "green" she'd test the patience of a saint.

As tempers flare and old secrets are revealed, four grown women discover that the past is never truly buried, in Haywood Smith's Ladies of the Lake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429930567
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 230,910
File size: 430 KB

About the Author

Haywood Smith is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Wedding Belles, Red Hat Club and The Red Hat Club Rides Again.

Haywood Smith is the author of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch, The Red Hat Club, and Red Hat Club Rides Again. She lives in Buford, Georgia.


Buford, Georgia

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1949

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, Georgia


One year of college and several professional real estate degrees and appraisal certifications

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Ladies of the Lake 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With the death of the family matriarch Cissy, her granddaughters (Dahlia, Rose, Violet and Iris) must follow her stipulation in her will to inherit. The late former dancer demands the four sisters move from their respective Atlanta homes to her lakefront estate in the Georgia Mountains for 90 days. The siblings agree on cleaning up the hazardous to your health house so that in three months they place it on the market to sell. They fail to comprehend that their late grandma wanted one last connection to her beloved ones even if that is from the grave. Cissy hoped they would understand how she lived her life and how she wants them to do likewise. From the Hazmat cleaning debate to the sibling squabbles to the legal legacy, LADIES OF THE LAKE is an amusing poignant sisters' drama that reminds readers of the importance of making quality and quantity time for loved ones. The four sisters, their late grandma and a catalyst hunk come across as full blooded especially the siblings when they mix war and love with each other. Although a romance with the key male outsider never quite gels, Haywood Smith leaves the red hats safely stored for another day as she provides a jocular yet profound family drama. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the middle age characters in the book, I was " piddling" my pants by the fourth page from laughing so hard! These southern females are so true to life and Haywood Smith relates realistically to the women of this age group as well as educating to the southern culture.
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I found this book a chore to finish. Main character, Dahlia is impossible to like. She is awful to her sisters and full of boring health issues. It drags on and on about a neighbor who has had a crush on her since she was young. Predictable and unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I am only half way through this read it has been fabulous - this would make a great Hallmark Channel movie!
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LuckyPatty More than 1 year ago
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 locale is also familiar to me so mention of areas and streets made the writing more realistic. The storyline is steeped in Southern tradition and idiosynchrysies that just seem somewhat unbelievable at times. Sometimes I even laughed out loud at the high jinks these ladies were up to. Sometimes I wanted to drop kick one or two for their actions. The love story is somewhat weak, but overall an enjoyable read. I have to say that this book makes me want to read more from this author
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Niesa Wilhelm More than 1 year ago
Great book.