The Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt


My apologies to Angela Hunt. I was to review this book last month and failed to do so. I am so very sorry!

This is such an interesting weaving of each sister's thoughts and how they react to the passing of their grandmother. They are certainly Southern Belles, and I relate to them on that level immediately. However, they have nine marriages among them. That is a slew of marriages to be sure.

I so much enjoyed how Angela developed each sister's personality and how they interact, how they scrape against each other, and how they are typical women trying to live their lives to the best within the circumstances they find themselves.

I do not like switching from one character to another in an abrupt manner, or being jerked from one interesting sister only to be plunked down in the middle of another sister's catastrophe. However, Angela Hunt does this in a most intriguing way you hardly notice the shift, and at least you have big letters announcing a new chapter and a different sister. That always keeps the story train from jolting to a halt.

Good story, great beach read. Spend some summer time with these sisters. I'm sure you'll recognize one of them as someone in your own family.

4 out of 5 stars

Three grown Southern sisters have ten marriages between them—and more loom on the horizon—when Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn't inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”: the tendency to like the casualness of courtship better than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her two sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George? It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time, for the sisters to really unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind . . .

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