This was a better-than-average attempt at a sequel, and considering that it was not written by the author of the original, it's pretty good. However, it does not rise to the level of the original. Gone With the Wind is true literature - wonderful, readable literature, but literature nonetheless. This book is ... not. Few sequels can stand up to the original, and this one is no exception. It's a fun read, but it doesn't have the depth and breadth of the original.
Everyone told me not to bother with this book but I found it at the thrift store for a quarter and figured, what the heck. I completely loved it. It was Scarlett to a T. It had adventures and predicaments and Scarlett being Scarlett. Since I didn't expect much I didn't mind that Rhett isn't around in most of the book. Besides, when he is there, it's him to a T and he's wonderful. This book is about Scarlett growing up. I highly recommend it.
I so loved GWTW as a young adult. I really looked forward to reading this when I first heard about it. It was written more like a tacky romance (that goes on & on) than a novel. The characters of Scarlett & Rhett are completely unrecognizable. Don't waste your money or your credits on this one!
For anyone whoever read the first and original" Gone With The Wind" I am sure that they found this book a big disappointment as much as I did. The movie for this book was a joke too. I do not recommend it at all.
Gone with the wind did not deserve a sequel in this matter. Was extremely disappointed , as I am sure everyone was as well. We expected Margaret Mitchell, and friends, she is dead. A book as great as Gone with the Wind could never have a sequel that lives up to the original. 2-3 stars. A nice try, but, not really lived up to the expectations of all the Gone With the Wind fans.
I did not like this book. I do not believe that the story followed the original GWTW at all. The character of Scarlet was completely changed, and did things I do not believe Scarlet would have done. Would she ever give up her precious Tara, after all she went through to keep it? Tara was one of the the most important parts of GWTW and helped define Scarlet's character.
Perhaps the author did not read GWTW?
I was a little skeptical at first when I realized that this book was written by another author other then Margaret Mitchell, but as I read I was amazed. This book is almost as good or equal to Gone With the Wind. I love it!
It's an interesting read and not a terrible book on its own however, it definitely did not do GWTW justice and I'd only recommend it if you can disconnect it from it's predecessor. I often found myself thinking "Would Scarlett really do that?" or same for Rhett. To its credit, I don't necessarily believe any sequel could've stood up to the original. Read at your own risk!
Joyce J. (tobelkd) reviewed Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind on
It was a good book but I wasn't as impressed like I was with the original. Somehow it didn't feel right reading the sequel written by a different writer. Don't get me wrong because it still is a well written book and should still be enjoyed.
I used to wonder (even worry about) what became of Scarlett O'Hara - Butler until I read this book. Ripley takes the heroine back to Tara - to her roots - and shows us how resiliant a true Southern Belle is. Written about a woman by a woman, I thought this sequel to Gone With The Wind was wonderful.
From the Publisher
The timeless tale continues...
The most popular and beloved American historical novel
ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is
unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once
larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now bestselling
writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and
reintroduces us to the characters we remember so well:
Rhett, Ashley, Mammy, Suellen, Aunt Pittypat, and, of
As the classic story, first told over half a century ago,
moves forward, the greatest love affair in all fiction is
reignited; amidst heartbreak and joy, the endless,
consuming passion between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett
Butler reaches its startling culmination. Rich with
surprises at every turn and new emotional, breathtaking
adventures, Scarlett satisfies our longing to reenter the
world of Gone With the Wind, and like its predecessor,
Scarlett will find an eternal place in our hearts.
Come back to Tara... to Scarlett and Rhett... and to the greatest love story in all fiction. This is the book whose initial publication was an instant sensation: selling out immediately, setting new records, and enthralling readers all over the world. This is the book everyone wants to read, savor, and enjoy.
The sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind.
I never read gone with the wind but have read this one many times. Scarlett is in true form in this book. her antics that she pulls to get her man. it also clues you into stuff that the last book and movie left out. All southern women should read thius book.