Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

     This is the story of four women who decided to do a beach vacation while their husbands and boyfriends continued their residency. After the first year they began to make a tradition of it. Each year they would choose a new house. The only two requirements were that it be on a beach and that it be isolated. For many years they carry on this ritual and are able to rekindle and strengthen their friendships. All is well until one of the four tragically dies in a car accident. They drift apart and no longer go on their vacation.
    After a number of years a new marriage brings "Baby". In the opinion of the remaining friends, Baby has a long way to go to fill the shoes of the lost friend. So develops a beach vacation that brings out several discoveries, both pleasant and unpleasant. The women find the testing of their friendship changes them in many ways they never expected. The story is true to how life delivers us both good and bad things. Every person is touched by others and how we relate to each other can make all the difference.

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