Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Book Review: The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt

The Fine Art of Insincerity: A NovelThe Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt
Publisher: Howard Books
Publish Date: May 3, 2011
Paperback, 320 pages 
Fiction, Women's Fiction, Southern Fiction

 ISBN: 978-1439182031

My Review:
Why I read this: I love novels centered in the south, throw in three sisters meeting for the weekend and working through things while cleaning out their eccentric grandmother's cottage and I had to read it.

My thoughts:  A touching book that centers on three sisters, two who have several marriages between them and one who has been married for 27 years.  But they all have questions about their lives and these questions come to a head when they meet one weekend to go through their grandmother's house before it's sold.

As the book goes between the three sisters you learn about their lives through their point-of-view and also from each of the other sister's point-of-view.  Ginger seems to be the lead character in the book as the oldest sister, but Penny and Rose are important as well.  All three have heartbreak in their lives and through this weekend start to finally learn to lean on each other.  It truly reads as three stories, but I like how Ms. Hunt weaves the three together by the end of the book.  By slowly learning about each sister I really felt I got to know each one and I enjoyed knowing them.  They were very different, but I liked the lessons they learned and the growing they did.

The scenery is secondary, but I love books set in the south.  You get the wonderful beach cottage feel in this book and that makes it enjoyable, but the scenery never really develops as it's own character.  The characters themselves are the main focus of this book.

An engaging beach read, wonderful, thought-provoking, yet light and easy to read on an afternoon on the beach, by the lake or near your backyard sprinkler.  It's the perfect summer book.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
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 . . .

About the Author: 
With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don’t Bet Against Me, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book Don’t Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela’s novel The Note (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel’s history. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers’ national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.


FTC Information: I received this book through Glass Road PR for the blog tour and an honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks! for the great review, this is something I would love to read.

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