From Publishers Weekly
No one does coastal melodrama like veteran Siddons (Homeplace). Lilly Constable McCall, 53, has led an enviable life—marriage and children with a successful architect, her own success as a sculptor—but husband Cam's death sends her spiraling. She returns to the coastal family cottage in Edgewater, Maine, where she spent her childhood, and where Cam died. There, she recalls the summer of 1962, and the arrival in town of new girl Peaches Davenport, who envies all Lilly has. That includes the attentions of attractive older boy Jon Lowell, who awakens grown-up feelings in Lilly's 11-year-old heart. But it's Lilly's place as the daughter of a Washington, D.C., professor and the sporadically successful painter and activist Elizabeth Constable—that makes Lilly's childhood most attractive to Peaches, and to readers. Jon may have shared her first kiss, and Cam her home and children, but it's the changing relationship between Lilly and the elusive, enigmatic Elizabeth that makes this story fresh. (Aug.)
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I love Anne Rivers Siddons’ books; I have read all of them.
I really liked this book, Off Season,
but I did not love it. I loved the way she developed the characters and the descriptions, as one reviewer said the location was as much a character in the book as the people. Her descriptions of the ocean, the wild life were wonderful. I loved the first part (actually all but the last 2 or 3 pages).
I hated the end, I wasn’t sure what happened, it was very confusing. There were several loose ends, and as one review said it ended “abruptly and left the reader slightly out of kilter” The end alone is enough for a book discussion group. Then again as much as I disliked the end, I am still trying to figure it out 3 days later. If you like, southern authors, chick lit, and a good light summer read, try this book then let me know what you think.