Thursday, August 6, 2020

Review: The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

The Girls of August
by Anne Rivers Siddons

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 223
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  For fifteen years, four "girls of August" would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.

The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt.

Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women uncover secrets that will change them in ways they never expected.

Kritters Thoughts:  Four friends get together every year for a girls getaway, but they end when one of the wives passes away suddenly.  A new wife enters the mix and she pushes the wives to try it again at a home that her family owns on Tiger Island, so they go and oh the drama that follows.

I love a story that revolves solely around friendship, especially female friendships.  I enjoyed the dichotomy of old friendships and new ones and how it can be hard to merge the two.  This book made me think about the females in my life and made me want to book a vacation with just some girls to get away!  

For me the book didn't end well.  I don't want to spoil, but I just didn't love how and where and when it concluded.  It felt as though it just stopped half way off a cliff and I just wanted a bit more to make it feel conclusive.  This wouldn't keep me from reading more from this author, I just hope the next one I read from her feels complete.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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