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Off Season
Off Season
Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
Acclaimed novelist Anne Rivers Siddons's new novel is a stunning tale of love and loss. For as long as she can remember, they were Cam and Lilly--happily married, totally in love with each other, parents of a beautiful family, and partners in life. Then, after decades of marriage, it ended as every great love story loss. After Cam's de...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446505482
ISBN-10: 044650548X
Publication Date: 6/3/2008
Pages: 456
Edition: Lrg
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

2.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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harmony85 avatar reviewed Off Season on + 982 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I was a bit skeptical when starting this book. I am an ardent ARS fan but have been disappointed in her last 2 or 3 books. When I first started this book, I thought it would be another book similar to her book "Colony". There are similarities, but this book turned out very different. I loved the beautiful, detailed descriptions of the land and cottage, first love, the magic of childhood, Christmas. ARS's descriptions sent me there with Lilly. This book had so much going on, and the last 10 pages or so, there seemed to be a surprise on every page, with a total shock at the end. Some people may not like the surprises and shocking end, but I loved it. Bittersweet ending-have a box of Kleenex handy if you are a sap like me! :o) IMO this book is more like the way Siddons used to write. I absolutely loved this book and gobbled it up. Definite keeper for me.
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Helpful Score: 4
I love Ann Rivers Siddons! Her books always, always, have an emotional hook that you never know is coming - until it hits you, and then you will have to catch your breath afterward. Even then, you will be so engrossed in the story you will have to go on, and you never know when another emotional hook will grab you again. If you have not read her books, you are missing out on one of the best authors ever.
astucity avatar reviewed Off Season on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is about Lilly and going through her life journey with her from 11 until death. It is a hard read to get into at first, and until page 80 or so it's a struggle, at least for me, to really feel out the characters.

Some you really never do.

Lilly lost her first love, Jon, when she was 11 due to his drastic suicide when he found out through a girl jealous of Lilly and Jon's relationship what Jon's father had hid from him all these years, he was part Jewish decent, which back in those times just a few years after WWII was I guess, reason for suicide.

You move with Lilly into the death of her mother from breast cancer, and through her marriage with Cam, which you come to find out something wretched about him, though not directly stated, was fairly obvious that he was guilty of the ultimate crime a spouse could commit against the other.

The character I fell in love with the most was Kitty, someone Cam had grown up with and grew to be Lilly's best friend after her and Cam were married. She's independent, wild, and plays by her own rules which this book severely lacked in other places, save for Lilly's mother.

If you enjoy a read blue-blooded society around the era of JFK, and a little before you'll get into this book, however, I just found it sort of an offbeat VC Andrews type read without the your husband is really your first cousin or brother type of feel to it.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was not what the back cover described - the very end, very little of the book was. The "secrets" were not elaborated on and were disappointing. I did not like the end either. The story was good until the last bit.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not my favorite Anne Rivers Siddons, probably because it's set in Maine, not South Carolina. But, as usual, her descriptive passages are lovely-she has a way of talking about the light in particular and nature in general that I always enjoy. This novel spends a great deal of time on the "growing-up" of the main characters, instead of using the events of their adult lives to move the dramatic action along and I guess I missed the adult dialogue that is usually the focus of her stories. It was a good read and I'd recommend it for any ARS fan, but I'm going back to re-read some of the SC books and maybe a Pat Conroy or two!
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I will be passing this book along to a couple of friends befor posting it. This is the type of book that book clubs were made for! I can just hear the discussions!The worst part was finishing the book. I did shed a tear quietly. My husband tends to look at me strange when I'm reading and crying!
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Anne River Siddons is one of my favorite authors because, though she's written well over a dozen books (and I've read them all), she doesn't fall into a writing formula. Each book is different. The locations range up and down the eastern seaboard, take place in different time spans and have varying character relationships. I love them all.
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Anne Rivers Siddons is one of my favorite authors of all time and this book doesn't disappoint. As with most of her books this is set primarily in Maine. The story weaves back and forth from present day to the past and is totally enthralling. If you like her other books you will also be a fan of Off Season.
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Love Anne Siddons-------------Loved this book
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Anne Rivers Siddons has been one of my favorite authors for many years, and this lastest book did not disappoint. I have to say that it took me awhile to get into the characters and the story, but once I did, I had a hard time putting it down. As a cat lover, I absolutely adored Silas! Another great read by Ms. Siddons.
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Absolutely great book. Well written story and loved the ending. I will definitely read this one again.
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Siddons describes her locations and sites so can see, hear, taste and experience the world as she saw it. Interesting ending.