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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Debra Monk Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780060879037
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Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a rich husband. If she drinks a little too much and her 20-year marriage to successful land developer, Clay, seems a little empty, well, she's doing what she was born to do: be the chatelaine of a magnificent home and hostess to her husband's friends and prospective clients.

Her numbing routine of country-club luncheons, cocktail parties, and increasing isolation is interrupted, however, when Caro finds out that her tycoon husband plans to build a resort on a beautiful untouched island in South Carolina's low country. The island is a quiet haven, rich in lowcountry history and meaningful memories from Caro's youth. But most important to her, his plans will mean the devastation of a band of wild ponies that roam freely across the island. Spurred to action and inspired with new purpose, Caro must confront the life she has been leading and reach deep within herself to save this special place out of her past and, ultimately, make a meaningful life for herself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anne Rivers Siddons’ novels are women’s stories in the best sense, pulling you into the internal landscape of her characters’ lives and holding you there.”

    People

  • “Lush, lyrical.”

    Boston Globe

  • “An Anne Rivers Siddons novel is as seductive as one of those upscale home-design magazines…The descriptions of the island, sea and sky are near perfect.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A skillful storyteller…Siddons does what she does best and delivers king-sized conflict in hypnotic surroundings.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Compelling…A book that surpasses her more recent novels…Siddons is a pro at capturing the humanity in her characters.”

    Austin American-Statesman

  • “Delicate, compelling, full of real feeling and lush description. A treat.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorie | 2/17/2014

    " I love the way Siddons can describe things - she can make them come to life. Caro, the heroine, was too mystical for me to identify with her. It made me not love the book, despite the good descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Lahey | 2/10/2014

    " Another great read by Anne Rivers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Brewer | 2/7/2014

    " I have just discovered this author and I am enjoying reading the books. Really enjoying the ones related to the local area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DobermanMomma | 2/6/2014

    " Enjoyed the book, it did take me a while to really get into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashlee | 1/21/2014

    " again an old one but quick read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/9/2014

    " I picked up this book because it is about a woman named Caroline, called Caro, and my name is Carolyn and sometimes my friends call me Caro. Also, it is set on an island off the southeastern coastline, and much of the description reminds me of St. Simons Island, off the coast of GA, where my grandmother lives and where I have visited since I was little. At first I thought the descriptions were a bit much, but the more I read the more I really got into the book and liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 1/5/2014

    " LOVED IT! Made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/5/2014

    " This is a wonderful story spun around the issue of development encroaching on natural areas and peoples. The main character deals with this on top of her personal struggles with love, loss, betrayal and artistic drive. (BOT) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Les | 12/13/2013

    " Siddons is very much like Pat Conroy. I loved it, and will definitely read more of her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/13/2013

    " I like her writing style, and found the main character compelling, but the last third of the book seemed implausible and a bit over the top. I didn't buy the whole "Luis" character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smitha | 12/9/2013

    " A so-so read. I found it a bit dragging in places. Most characters were predictable. There was nothing much memorable. Usually I love 'southern living'- but these characters were quite boring, selfish and self-absorbed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Strong | 12/8/2013

    " Beautiful, descriptive prose and a moving story about family, roots, and the long-term impact of grief and loss. I loved it and plan to read more books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 10/30/2013

    " "Enjoyable light read, a woman struggles to keep her SC island pure and untainted by progress and development, even though that is difficult for her husband. Really takes you into the low country." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Knotwell | 9/27/2013

    " Incredibly lush with descriptions...a hard slog till about the 4th chapter and then it gets a bit easier to read. Lots of regional words that I had to stop and look up. Not a book I would recommend. Not sure I'd want to read any others by this author cause it went so slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/6/2013

    " I love the low country and was looking for a book I could get lost in. I did really like this. It reminded me of Rosamund Pilcher books, only set in the South. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/18/2013

    " A little too pat, too romantic for my taste "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/16/2013

    " I listened to the unabridged version and it was nice audio for a car trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 4/29/2013

    " I liked it more than I thought I would, but I still feel like it was missing closure with characters that were built during the journey. It's a good beach read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Painter9300 | 12/7/2012

    " A little more depth than what I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Williams | 11/15/2012

    " Thoroughly developed characters. Touches the heart and reflects the spirit of the Low Country "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/13/2012

    " Going to S. Carolina for spring break so decided to re-read this one....Siddons is one of my favorite authors for her stunning descriptions of the world around her. Enjoyed it just as much as the first time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 3/19/2012

    " A great story - had to skip around the periodic foul language - but overall a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/31/2012

    " A nice read. People who read Siddons and like her will find this satisfying. Caro and her hubby have it all except when he decides to develop her island, they have to reevaluate their marriage. I like what I learned of the Gula people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 8/20/2011

    " This is a beautiful romance/woman's fiction novel that deals with an island, its people and its horses. Very touching and moving about a family and how one family struggles to keep the island intact and not changes. This was a tearjerker in some ways. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanne Williams | 8/18/2011

    " Easy reading with good characterization. I like Siddons' style because I feel transported to the about which she writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 6/1/2011

    " South Carolina, through and through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/23/2011

    " Much better than I expected. Likable characters. Author took the easy way out by killing off one of the protagonists in the end... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Inger | 5/21/2011

    " The reader was great, but the book was slow-moving schlock. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Butterfly181964 | 12/9/2010

    " Good story. I enjoy her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawne | 9/18/2010

    " This was a character driven story but I love people and this book makes you fall in love with the heroine and the Low Country she lives in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smitha | 8/20/2010

    " A so-so read. I found it a bit dragging in places. Most characters were predictable. There was nothing much memorable. Usually I love 'southern living'- but these characters were quite boring, selfish and self-absorbed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 7/20/2010

    " Beautiful, descriptive prose and a moving story about family, roots, and the long-term impact of grief and loss. I loved it and plan to read more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/5/2010

    " I like her writing style, and found the main character compelling, but the last third of the book seemed implausible and a bit over the top. I didn't buy the whole "Luis" character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stela | 1/2/2010

    " I started reading this book twice and i couldn't do it.It was boring and slow and not interesting at all.Maybe i will try again some other time i might like it then who knows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Les | 10/27/2009

    " Siddons is very much like Pat Conroy. I loved it, and will definitely read more of her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 8/20/2009

    " I always like Siddons, some more than others, but I like the way she develops her characters, and her psychological insights into what molds and drives them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 8/12/2009

    " a beautifully written book. based in a fictional resort in South Carolina, Carol must fight to save her beloved island from her developer husband. "

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