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Off Season Hardcover – August 13, 2008
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On the other hand, I read the book on my Kindle in two days, not able to put it down, which says something for Siddons and her compelling writing.
But this is no "Peachtree Road," which to me is by far her best work.
I, personally, was not happy with the ending which I thought could have been developed better which is the reason I did not rate this novel 5 stars. However, all in all it is a fine novel and a credit to Ms. Siddons.
It's a nicely written book overall. But I agree with some reviewers that the kitty was a bit much.
Also, writerly tics are setting in -- why does every ARS book seem to have a white-blond dreamboat and scads of redheads? An irrepressibly, pointlessly evil woman? A supposedly loving but unfaithful husband? Blacks who talk like Mammy in "Gone With The Wind"? Down-Easters who sound as though they just crawled out of some Stephen King trailer park but nonetheless say "you-all" like Southerners? Endless references to BO and other malodorous emissions? And why does the present lead character have a name straight out of "Colony" but seems unrelated to those particular Potters and Constables?
These are the things that mystify me. Too bad because otherwise, the lady can certainly write!
If Mrs. Siddons had taken the time to develop the storyline and the rest of the characters as much as she did Lilly's in childhood, the book would have been excellent. Almost as though the author was rushed to print rather than finish the book properly.
Editing was abysmal! There are lots and lots and lots of mistakes. "She puts the cat and his sweater on the sofa. Then only 2 or 3 sentences later, the cat glares at her until she puts the sweater on the sofa. The urn looks well on the mantle. That urn should be looking good...All this on the first couple of pages - very distracting. Plot mistakes and character errors very evident throughout the book. Intro to Jon has him older than 12, but the ending has him 12.
Even through all that, my reaction to the book as a whole was the same as when I read As I Lay Dying at the age of 15. WHAT??? They went through all that for this ending??? Siddens is still a great read. And I am still thinking and talking about this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another wonderful book by Anne Rivers Siddons. Character interactions are as usual unique. Surprising twists throughout the story.Published 1 month ago by Darlene
Gripping. Don't put it down! Fantastic! Never, ever, ever read the ending first, as some wierd people do. It is a spellbinder and I highly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Deborah B. Kyle
Offensive sexual content spoils an otherwise well-written book highly rated by reviewers/Published 2 months ago by Ruth S. Palmer
I love Anne Rivers Siddons. I've read every one of her books, this one twice! I read it some time ago and had rather vague memories of the plot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Disappointed. I kept reading and waiting for this story to get off the ground. Sorry I wasted my money and most importantly my time.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book, however, I thought the ending was disappointing and needed more realism mixed in. But I did enjoy it and would recommend to my friends to read it.Published 5 months ago by Harriet Thomas