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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Dana Ivey Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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Anny Butler is a caretaker, a nurturer, first for her own brothers and sisters, and then as a director of an agency devoted to the welfare of children. What she has never had is a real family. That changes when she meets and marries Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon 15 years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family: not a traditional one, but a group of Charleston childhood friends who are inseparable, who are one another's surrogate family. They are called the Scrubs, and they all, in some way, have the common cord of family.

Instantly upon meeting them at the old beach house on Sullivan's Island, which they co-own, Anny knows that she has found home and family. They vow that, when the time comes, they will find a place where they can live together by the sea.

Bad things begin to happen, a hurricane, a fire, deaths, but still the remaining Scrubs cling together. They are watched over and bolstered by Camilla Curry, the heart and core of their group, always the healer. Anny herself allows Camilla to enfold and to care for her. It is the first time she has felt this kind of love and support.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/9/2014

    " Really, really enjoyed this book,I read it in a day and a half. I can't wait to start on another of Anne Rivers Siddons novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed this book because of the struggles the lady was going through with a separation of family, children growing up and leaving and a husband who was unfaithful...most might not enjoy it as much as I did, I just related with the character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lillian | 1/17/2014

    " i cared more about the swans than i did the characters. not too sure WHY i made myself finish it? guess i kept waiting for that A-ha moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Schanck | 1/16/2014

    " This was not your typical love story, if it can be considered that. But I found it to be a interesting read. I wish she would write a sequal to it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/16/2014

    " Actually, more of a 2.5. Didn't care for her writing style, but story was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 linnea | 1/14/2014

    " I would have given this three stars for being a perfectly serviceable Anne Rivers Siddons book, but then it just ends! With nothing resolved! And a very pat "realization" by the main character. It really reads like she just got tired of writing it. That said, I enjoyed the characters and setting very much, and mostly just wish she'd given them the endings they deserved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marybeth | 12/19/2013

    " Kind of a weird book: the first half had me totally hooked when it focused on the Bitchy Housewives of Coca Cola (which will probably be turned into the next reality tv show!), and then the second half took a whole other turn into a different, more middle-of-the-road chick book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crestina | 12/15/2013

    " A surprisingly good read. I did not expect to read it in just three days considering that the author is not familiar to me. I like the dialogue and the flow of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Krizan | 7/12/2013

    " Loved this story. I still think back on the time with the swans. Good narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erma Aker | 3/7/2013

    " Excellent writer. Very evocative of human nature, wants and needs, and the struggle to overcome our basic dichotomy-the balance of autonomy and independence vs our need for human connection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 2/26/2013

    " A beautifully written story that includes swans, Portugese women, a one-legged schoolteacher and the backdrop of Martha's Vineyard. I've never been there, but I could almost believe I had after reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 8/8/2012

    " Really enjoyed the book, made me want to visit Martha's Vineyard... but disappointed with the ending... left me wanting more... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kori Crane | 3/6/2012

    " My favorite Ann River Siddons book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie Jones | 1/4/2012

    " My first time to read this author and loved the book. Just when I thought I had figured out the story, something new was introduced. Not what I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 10/17/2011

    " this book almost mirrors my own life and its recent changes - I saw myself and my life in every page of this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 2/23/2011

    " one of my all time favorite books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/4/2010

    " My first Siddons book; I liked the plot and the characters but my Lord she is wordy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 8/8/2009

    " Maybe I was at a time of flux when I read this but it inspired me. A wonderful escape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Martin | 2/14/2009

    " The start is very powerful (I cried 3x by page 102) and then it gets kind of predictable, but Siddons is a good writer, not full of cliches or things that make me roll my eyes. Good beach/poolside reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/26/2007

    " Well written and enjoyable. Gives you something to think about after reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 2/24/2007

    " I thought the main character was a bit mopey and overly depressed, I kept thinking "get over it already" to myself. Still not a bad story and I enjoy the author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilyn | 10/12/2006

    " hideous.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 8/16/2006

    " Anne Rivers Siddons' books remind me somewhat of Dorothea B Franks'. I have enjoyed every book I have read by this author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shellie | 4/1/2006

    " I just seriously don't get why so many women read romance novels. I'm sorry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/6/2006

    " Author sets all these books in the Carolina Low Country, my favorite place on earth. I can hear the slow drawl of this part of the south and smell the ocean as I read her books. "

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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

Dana Ivey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then received a Fulbright grant to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority at Rollins College. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters) from Rollins College in February 2008. She made her Broadway debut playing two small roles in a 1981 production of Macbeth. She has appeared in many film and television roles. Recently Ivey was in the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell.