Aug 21, 2011

Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons

Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.

Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta, only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets-about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.

BURNT MOUNTAIN is Anne Rivers Siddons's 18th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Off Season, Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit

Anne Rivers Siddons is a "new-to-me" author, and I have read awesome reviews of some of her earlier books. I was really looking forward to her latest title Burnt Mountain.

The story moved very slowly, but I was persistent. I was anticipating that it would eventually get better, but unfortunately the story did not capture my interest. Depressing and somewhat disturbing are the words that come to mind.

I honestly can't recommend this one. Others may enjoy it, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

Disclosure: Audio book received through Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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