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THE FINE ART OF INSINCERITY
By Angela Hunt
Published by Howard Books
ISBN# 978-1-4391-8203-1
308 Pages

Back Cover; 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-time 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.

Review: I always learn something from Angela Hunt’s novels and The Fine Art of Insincerity is no exception. I’m thankful to have received a review copy of such a powerful and moving story! Once again Angela delivers an unexpected story with multi-dimensional characters that evoke a depth of thought and emotion which surprise the reader.

Three sisters come together for a weekend to clean their grandmother’s house because it’s sold. They are here to split up their grandmothers’ belongings. Each hopes to find that special something of hers to keep their memory of her alive. Being together in this house they once had called home, reminded them of precious times with their grandmother and each other.

Angela Hunt quotes this scripture 1 Cor 13:3 …”So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” (The Message)

Love, the topic of the weekend, each saw the depths of their grandmothers’ love. Love! Ginger didn’t think her sisters knew what that was. They’d been married so many times - Love hung in there when the times were tough, right? Ginger and Michael were married 25 years. Marriage took time and hard work. She felt her sisters just needed to work a little harder at their relationships before they called it quits.

In the middle of it all these sisters see, “People aren’t really free to love someone until they know us, warts and all – and then the warts don’t matter because it’s so freeing to be loved completely! The truth will set you free – free from bondage and vows we made as children. When we are free it allows us to begin to love like Jesus.”

Angela captures the camaraderie, love and joy sisters share as they play the role each learned to play in their family of origin. I could relate to this because of what I’ve experienced this with my three sisters. I appreciate these sisters’ relationships and how they challenged and loved each other through thick and thin.

Can these sisters get the house clean, reminisce about the past, remember the special times, the sadness and still love each other at the end of the weekend? Could they trust each other with their heart ache, and their mistakes?

Angela Hunt is a brilliant, thought provoking writer who talks about unusual and interesting subjects in her books that grip the readers’ heart, mind and emotions. Angela has the gift of writing a novel you think you have figured out – then she comes up with a few surprises that are a shock to her characters and also the reader. I love that.

Looking for a great summer read that will stir your heart, make you laugh and cry? You’ll definitely want to read this one. Angela will get you looking at relationships, love and marriage in a whole new light….especially the intricate relationship between sisters. Thanks Angela for another entertaining surprising ride through time, relationships and life. It’s definitely made me think about loving others in an honest, practical way. This is a rich story with loving colorful characters that won’t disappoint.

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org

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