Monday, March 7, 2011

The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton

Spending three days at Chawterely House was going to be memory-filled, fun, and somewhat painful for Betts, Ginger, Laney, and Mia.  They were going to spend some time together while Betts waits for the confirmation of her appointment to the Supreme Court.

The house was only accessible by boat, the girls had spent many summers and spring breaks there, and it hadn't been lived in since Ginger's mother, Faith, had died.  The description of the house and its many rooms made you envious of all the parties and family gatherings that most likely had taken place there.  Their first night was spent reminiscing and getting reacquainted for what in all likelihood was the last time they would see each other for a while.

The following morning a news article appeared in the paper that possibly would have an impact on Betts' nomination.  Everyone realizes what might happen because of the article, and they go to the lighthouse to re-live the first spring break they spent on the island and trust that reporters don't make their way to the remote island.
The reporters do make it to the island, things get a little tense among friends, and secrets become revealed after 30 years of keeping them hidden from each other.
The book really didn't get interesting until a little over half way into the was about lasting friendships and how friends overlook each other's faults sometimes for a good reason and sometimes not.

Even though Clayton had a clever idea of having flashbacks of a scene that panned to the same scene happening in the present, the book was very confusing and wasn't easy to follow.   I found myself having to keep checking back to see who was talking and what was actually taking place. It seemed as if there were some kind of inside secret that wasn't being revealed to the reader.  I really enjoyed THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS, and was expecting the same in this book.  3/5.


  1. Thanks for stopping to read my review.

  2. I really enjoyed your review and have put this on my TBR pile for April. Unfortunately March is completely filled. Happy Reading.


  3. I'm sorry to see this didn't live up to your expectations.

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  5. If it didn't get interesting untill half way through, I don't think I would read it. I don't have that kind of patience when reading. It has to grab me from the commencement.