Item description for Savannah Comes Undone (Savanah Series) by Denise Hildreth Jones...
Overview Told in the wry voice of an adult child of a drama queen, Hildreth's sophomore effort is packed with humor, love, and wisdom--with a southern accent.
Seeing my mother as the lead story on the six o'clock news was no great cause for alarm...until the camera revealed her chained to a downtown monument
I thought I knew my mother-but right now I'm not sure I even know myself. I'm currently a journalist for the "Savannah Chronicle." And I don't need drama. Really, I can create my own. Who needs extra? But in spite of the mind-boggling events in Savannah this week, the truth is going to be revealed by one of its very own. I am Savannah...from Savannah.
Citations And Professional Reviews Savannah Comes Undone (Savanah Series) by Denise Hildreth Jones has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 08/01/2005 page 44
Publishers Weekly - 07/25/2005 page 48
Library Journal - 09/01/2005 page 126
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 9, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Number 2
ISBN 0849944562 ISBN13 9780849944567
Reviews - What do customers think about Savannah Comes Undone (Savanah Series)?
Oh Mother! Nov 2, 2006
Moms have a way of embarrassing us. They don't mean it of course. They just do it accidentally in public places. And from what I've heard they still do it long after you've moved out and started your own family. But we all still love them.
Savannah (from Savannah) is alarmed to hear that her mother has chained herself to the monument of the 10 commandments outside of the courthouse. She can't believe that her beauty queen mother, who always has to look perfect, is willing to sit outside in public in the same clothes for days. Thus Savannah tries to distance herself away from her mother, dealing instead with a homeless lady who keeps asking her for food, a beauty queen killing her boyfriend and a new female reporter who's caught the eye of every guy in town. Eventually, Savannah comes to realize her mother's stance and respects her.
I liked how this story had Savannah come to better terms with her mother. In the first book, the reader is shown how the two are completely different. This story had Savannah finally understanding her mom, standing up for her, and learning to be proud of her. I found the scenes with Amber funny as usual. Between her rehearsed speech on Ronald Reagan and her chasing and beating up the purse snatcher I was in stitches. The scenes with the picnic with Grant was touching because it's hard to when someone you love has moved on with another. I was also relived that Savannah has decided to cut back on the coke. It's a wonder that she doesn't suffer from caffeine overdose or stained teeth!
I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes chick lit, mother-daughter stories or Southern culture.
Must Love Fiction Aug 9, 2006
When I read Savannah from Savannah and found out there was a sequel I wondered if it was possible to keep the same wit, style, pace a beauty of characters that had so captured me in Savannah. But Undone took me to an even different place. It gave me the opportunity to dig deeper into the well of Savannah and to honestly dig deeper into myself. For all of the "politically" motivated perspectives on "The Ten Commandment" issue I found this offering to bring a refreshing approach to a very polarizing topic. If you're looking for brain science you won't get it. If you're looking for a political agenda despite some of the reviewers comments you don't get that either. What you get is a honest voice on how the Ten Commandments are broken in every day life. That I believe is at the core of this book. I have to be honest, whether, liberal or conservative, for or against, the issues of monuments being in "public" places this book just deals with the issue of our heart. If that offends people, I'm not sure that is the author who has the problem
Boring, don't waste your time Aug 5, 2006
I should have known something was amiss when the only positive reviews the publisher could drum up was an anonymous homemaker in Baton Rouge and a nameless graphic designer in California.
Don't bother reading this book if you didn't read the first installment because the author makes too many references to the events in the first book and often it was hard to figure out what she was going on about.
The author tries too hard to make the main character Savannah funny, the result is you get a lot of one-liners and not much character development. Because of the lack of character growth and development, I found it hard to empathise with or care about Savannah or any of the other characters in this book. The pace of the book is very slow, and there are many scenes where nothing happens. I skipped and skimmed over pages and was still able to follow what was going on in the story. Alot of the story seemed to be just filler material, that had nothing to do with the plot but was just a chance for the author to air her own political views-which I might add I could have done without.
If you are looking for an entertaining work of fiction you'd better look elsewhere.
Avoid my Mom, avoid myself Jul 10, 2006
In her second of the Savannah series, Denise Hildreth scores high marks once again. While the first book focused on Savannah's post college homecoming, job search and identity crisis, this book took us further along the path of a young woman who has gotten a new dream but is still struggling with putting the old dream to rest. Torn between laughter and tears the whole reading, Savannah hits home in her dealing with her mother's fanatical response to censorship by attempting pure avoidance tactics coupled with the desire to hang on to the comfortable past (even if it really is over and even if the present is SO much better).
Even though she is mortified by Victoria's behavior, deep down Savannah is really proud of her Mom. She and her Mom are enough alike and enough different that they clash. Savannah has strong opinions but expresses them very differently from Victoria, something which doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated.
My Mom and I are like Savannah and Victoria...fiercely proud of one another while clashing not so slightly from time to time. WHile this read provided so many fun visuals and hillarious situations that I had to quit drinking my Coke because I kept staining the pages of my book with my laughter induced sprays, it went a step deeper and did some "tilling" in my heart.
The leaving of a lasting impact is the mark of really great writing. Everyone should read this book for a great glimpse into the female coming of age process (especially in the South) that hooks you with laughter and keeps you with depth.
Way to go, Denise!
Savannah May 18, 2006
I read reviews here quite often and find it humorous that someone could be offended by a book. If you don't like it put it down. But I can assure you, if you aren't looking to find the answers to the theory of reletivity, or or the Earth's buoyancy ratio in relation to Mars, then you will enjoy this book. Read the free first chapter here and see what you think. If you don't consider your time to be as important as the Almighty's, then lean back and laugh a little. I know I did.