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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,808 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9780060879297
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When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband's aristocratic family, she is a nineteen-year-old bride fresh from South Carolina's Low Country. Among the patrician men and women who reside in the summer colony on the coast of Maine, her gypsy-like beauty and impulsive behavior immediately brand her an outsider. She, as well as everyone else, is certain she will never fit in. And of course, she doesn't ... at first.

But over the many summers she spends there, Maude comes to cherish life in the colony, as she does the people who share it with her. There is her husband Peter, consumed with a darkness of spirit; her adored but dangerously fragile children; her domineering mother-in-law, who teaches her that it is the women who possess the strength to keep the colony intact; and Maine native Micah Willis, who is ultimately Maude's truest friend.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An outstanding multigenerational novel…We are hooked from the moment we meet Maude.”

    The New York Times

  • “Highly engaging…Excellent writing…A powerfully good read.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “If it’s gothic, Siddons can do it…Fans will be doing cartwheels, and others will queue up.”

    Kirkus

  • “Siddons is at her best in describing the place…Her rich florid prose and peaceful southern cadences create their impact.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2014

    " This was a perfect airline/beach/traveling book. Interesting story, interesting characters but no trauma inflicted on the reader! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn Anderson | 2/18/2014

    " This is a very emotional and powerful book. Siddons is a wonderful author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 2/17/2014

    " This is a wonderful novel in which the protagonist really captures the reader's sympathy and interest. The story development is wonderful. A real page turner that will carry you through to the very end. Great story telling! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin Denault | 2/7/2014

    " Just fluffy, smutty goodness. Take with on your next trip to the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valaroaol.com | 1/30/2014

    " One of my all time favorites, it SO reminds me of the place in Maine where I spend the summers of my life! It also made for a great book club discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/27/2014

    " First book I had ever read of hers and it still sticks with me a one of my most recommended reads. Some of her other books are good. But this was her best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace Kinas | 1/24/2014

    " Second time reading this book and it's just as odd as the first time... but I just can't seem to put the dang thing down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolineb | 1/23/2014

    " One of her best books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/19/2014

    " I kept getting the feeling I'd read it before, but it's a good family drama that plays out over the years. Not very realistic, IMO, but I'm sure there are people who summer in places like this. A nice, engaging read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kwoomac | 1/18/2014

    " Colony follows the life of one woman, Maude, and her husband's family each summer that they spend at their summer retreat in Maine.the whole point of the story seemed to be that women need to be strong because men mess up. Super annoying ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghana Lakshman | 12/20/2013

    " A great vacation read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/12/2013

    " I really loved this book. It is a slow-paced family drama. Long book. Worth the time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 12/3/2013

    " Might be my favorite Anne Rivers Siddons book so far. Multigenerational story explores the complex relationships within families, between friends, and within communities. Beautifully drawn characters, well paced plot, and surprise ending make it a winner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luci Brehm | 11/22/2013

    " Amazing story, kept me hooked til the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 8/4/2013

    " Great summer read....light vacation read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/26/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. I spent a few summers in Maine near to where this book is set, but really, it makes me think of my own long family history in Cape Cod. It's a must-read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 1/9/2013

    " A multi-generational saga that went on and on. Too many unanswered plot questions for me in this one. It was long and I can't believe I hung in and finished it. Also, it's pretty explicit which surprised me because the author is an old lady! (ick!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria Wright | 1/4/2013

    " Probably my favorite of all her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Fallon | 10/5/2012

    " Again not great literature, just a wonderful story. And as a lover of Maine, I enjoyed it's setting and characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/25/2012

    " Same review for all of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/26/2012

    " This sooooo reminded me of many situations I found myself in in the past and would find myself in in the future. It is about love and acceptance and I should read it again. For me, it is her best book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 4/24/2012

    " This was the first of Anne Rivers Siddons novels I read years ago and I enjoyed it just as much this time....maybe more. She is a fabulous author...and on to another! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 3/16/2012

    " I liked this book a lot. Takes place on coast in Maine. A saga, you feel like you know these people since it takes place over a woman's lifetime and you follow her life from the time she is a newly wed to the time of her death when she's in her 80s. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 1/12/2012

    " I can't even believe I finished this train wreck of a book. I think after the first then second stupid thing happened I wanted to see how ridiculous it could get. Weak men, heartbreak and pain at the summer house yet everyone keeps coming back for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Hatter | 12/17/2011

    " I loved this book. Have re-read at least 5 times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 12/16/2011

    " First ARS I ever read and I recall it being one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathywalter | 7/9/2011

    " Read every year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/13/2011

    " As I recall, this book kept me interested in the characters. I was also partial to the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2011

    " I kept getting the feeling I'd read it before, but it's a good family drama that plays out over the years. Not very realistic, IMO, but I'm sure there are people who summer in places like this. A nice, engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kittyfritter | 1/9/2011

    " Siddons is one of my favorite authors and this is one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 12/30/2010

    " Read this book in 2008. Good page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 9/27/2010

    " Might be my favorite Anne Rivers Siddons book so far. Multigenerational story explores the complex relationships within families, between friends, and within communities. Beautifully drawn characters, well paced plot, and surprise ending make it a winner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 9/8/2010

    " another book I have been carrying around and now it can go.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kwoomac | 8/3/2010

    " Colony follows the life of one woman, Maude, and her husband's family each summer that they spend at their summer retreat in Maine.the whole point of the story seemed to be that women need to be strong because men mess up. Super annoying ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 7/24/2010

    " This was a generational saga set in the south and focused on a relationship between a wife and her dysfunctional matriarchal mother in law. The story had enjoyable complexities. I usually don't read books of this type, but I am so glad I did. This was my first Siddons book, and I am a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 6/12/2010

    " This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it! A great three generation family saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/23/2010

    " Not my favorite, but love her writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 2/13/2010

    " Ready for some "lighter fare" I pulled out this chestnut. After I started it I remember that I had read it probably 15 years ago and liked it, but couldn't remember many details, so I read it again. I classify it as a "chick book" and put it in the beach bag. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rivers Siddons

Anne Rivers Siddons is a New York Times bestselling author who she has written works such as Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King’s Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox’s Earth, and Heartbreak Hotel. Her novel The House Next Door was made into a made-for-television movie starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Colin Ferguson, and Lara Flynn Boyle. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their homes in South Carolina and Maine.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace. Her audiobook narrations have won her five AudioFile Earphones Awards.