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Ladies of the Lake

By: Haywood Smith
Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Haywood Smith (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Dr. Phil and Oprah has a kid.

So if Dr. Phil and Oprah had a kid that read nothing but Grisham and wrote a Disney movie of the week...

Broadly written characters are more caricatures than real, with an endless stream of bumper sticker catch phrases in the overwrought relationships of the sisters.

None the less, it is an easy listen that makes the miles in a car roll by easily. The narrator is one of the best female narrators ever.

Dont get me wrong, its not a bad book. Its just a simple read. If Gillian Flynn is a homemade cheesecake, this is jello. Good, but simple and basic.


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Great Book!

This book was really Fun read! I laughed so hard I cried and believe me that does not happen too often!

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Excellent!!!

What a joy it was to listen to this book. I laughed out loud and cried as the narrator made me feel the emotions through her performance!!! Do yourself a favor and get this book!!!!

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Wonderful

Haywood Smith has the ability to make you smile,laugh out loud and cry. Her southern charactors and lyrical reader keep you listening. The best of her works yet.

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LADIES OF THE LAKE

GREAT BOOK--LOVE HAYWOOD SMITHS' SOUTHERN CHARACTERS!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I found myself laughing out loud because the narrator made me feel like I was right there on the Lake with the sisters. I was even surprised to find myself tearing up. It touched on the humanity within all of us, especially sisters, which is a unique dynamic in itself. I could not stop listening. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Sisters, tension and love - what's not to love?

Haywood Smith does it again! Love her use of known places in Georgia
to bring the reader into the lives of her characters. This was a strong story
of reconciliation and loss. Hated to finish!!

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Wonderful wonderful book

Exceptional story. I would give this 10 stars if o could. Sweet, funny, lovely book.

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Slow and pointless. The description is inaccurate

The author has many good ideas, but doesn't develop any. The "happy ending" is forced on many unclarified situations just put together at the last minute. The central part is ripetitive and boring. Though it seems to be a family story from the description, it is a very soft love story. The sisters' involvement is nearly absent in half book. The reader is passable. It isn't worth a credit at all.

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Wonderful Story

I loved loved loved everything about this book!! It will not disappoint you trust me!