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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,575 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Marcia Gay Harden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A single event in her childhood irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard -- and made it impossible for her to leave her cloistered mountaintop town in Tennessee for the next thirty years. But her devotion to her husband, Joe, and her desire to forever put the incident behind her propel Cat on a life-changing trip to Italy.

Making their way across the countryside of Tuscany with two other couples, Cat and Joe soon feel themselves pulled in different directions, and the fabric of their marriage begins to unravel. Expanding beyond the bounds of a carefree trip, their journey takes them deep into the heart of their relationship...and becomes the ultimate test of their love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning.”

    Washington Post

  • “All that intense sensuality in the intense Italian sun keeps you turning the pages and—as the last chapter looms—wishing you could go on and on from town to town with these charming, brilliant, out-of-control people.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Anne Rivers Siddons’ vibrant, compassionate tone captures Italy’s powerful effect on the timid, and even the frightened Catherine becomes compelling.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Hill Towns is an exploration of a mature relationship, but it’s also an effective travelogue. Read it and see if you don’t start to crave caffé granita on the piazza.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Siddons artfully conjures a violently seductive, sensual world peopled by characters boiling with elemental emotions: fear, lust, aching love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/19/2014

    " The older I get, the less tolerance I have for the overblown prose that Siddons sometimes gets caught up in while describing her characters. This one was definitely NOT among her best efforts; if you want to read vintage Siddons, I much preferred Colony. On the other hand, I must admit that if you would like to read some beautiful descriptions of Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena, it's clear that Siddons has not only visited these places, but has a true appreciation for them. For that, I'll give Hill Towns three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " A bit more sensual than I expected. Not bad, but more discussion of sex than I expected! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by S | 2/17/2014

    " I found this story very tedious and depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan | 2/11/2014

    " This book is infamous for being dropped in the tub (and borrowed from the UD library). Ended up having to pay for damages. "

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