Friday, July 1, 2011


Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons

In stores July 19

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.

I was totally gobsmacked by Off Season and am looking forward to Burnt Mountain.  With a main character named Aengus who tells old Irish tales, I'm hoping for allusions either to The Song of Wandering Aegnus (Wm. Butler Yeats--sigh...) or Tir na nog, the mythical Land of the Young. Hoping usually doesn't get me anywhere, but maybe this time....

August 7 Update:  Just finished Burnt Mountain and while the hoped for allusions were all there, the book was a bit of a disappointment for me.

1 comment:

Les said...

I haven't found a book by Siddons as good as Colony, but I'm willing to try Off Season. As a matter of fact, I have a copy on my nightstand and hope to get to it in the coming weeks. Another gorgeous cover, don't you think?