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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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From best-selling author Anne Rivers Siddons comes a bittersweet and finely wrought story of friendship, family, and Charleston society.

At 12, Emily Parmenter is left mostly to herself after her mother disappears and her beloved older brother dies. Emily has built a life around the faded plantation where her remote father and hunting-obsessed brothers raise hunting spaniels. It is a meager, masculine world, but to Emily it has magic.

And then comes Lulu Foxworth, troubled daughter of a truly grand plantation, who has run away from her hectic Charleston debutante season. Where Emily's father sees Lulu as an entree to society, Emily is threatened and mystified. Lulu has a powerful enchantment of her own, and this, along with the dark, crippling secret she brings with her, will inevitably blow Emily's world apart and let the real one in, but at a terrible price. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arbkdbarb | 2/18/2014

    " A touching story of a young girl looking for her place in life, living with her brothers and her father. A rich young girl comes to live with them to get her life squared away, and the girl comes into her own by befriending her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald Lewis | 2/3/2014

    " One of our producers at The Bold and the Beautiful turned me on to Ann Rivers Siddons years ago. I keep buying and thoroughly enjoying her books. "

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

    " Breezed through this one in about 48 hours - so an enjoyable read that kept my attention, but overall didn't wow. Having read Edgar Sawtelle earlier this year, I saw many similarities (although this was published before Sawtelle), mostly in the canine/human relations and the abundance of inner monologue. Love the literary and poetic references in this book, as well as the loving description of Carolina low country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Evans | 1/16/2014

    " A good book to travel with--we enjoyed listening to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 1/12/2014

    " This book was really good but a lot different than her others. I wish we had found out what happened to Emily's moter. Also it would have been nice to get some closure with Lola. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/6/2014

    " A very thought provoking, coming of age book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Searby | 1/5/2014

    " The setting for this book is the coastal area of South Carolina and it is a glimpse into the culture and society life of the south. The contemporary family in the book lives on an old plantation and raises hunting dogs. They take in a troubled college age girl from a wealthy family to live with them for the summer and the book is largely about her friendship with the junior high age tomboy daughter of the family. I was looking for a book to read on the plane on a recent trip and as I read the back cover of this book, I found that the main character's last name was Parmenter....my maiden name! So that intriqued me enough to buy it. It was a great read, but I hated the ending...too realistic...I like all things to end happily!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa Lusk | 1/4/2014

    " I was waiting for some great crescendo for the climax but the storyline peaked and then ebbed out to the end. The beginning and middle kept me enthralled, until the last quarter or so of the book. I was a little confused and let down, but all in all I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/3/2014

    " I liked this book. It was told from the perspective of a 12 year old girl. It left me wondering what happened to one of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline LaBella | 11/16/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but feel like all of her books follow the same recipe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Marie Nelson | 11/3/2013

    " Listened on tape. Slow at first. Enjoyable, but not special. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marisol | 9/21/2013

    " It was so boring.. I kept falling sleep. There was way too much detail in the surroundings and I had to keep skipping through most of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope Leeper | 8/11/2013

    " Although it actually has very deep subject matter, the book was a light read. Perhaps the beautiful descriptions of the South Caroline Low country and the river culture offset the depth of the storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raina | 6/28/2013

    " Ok, not superb, but fun to read a story set in one of my favorite environments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Waugh | 4/28/2013

    " Sweet indeed. Love ARS and have read most of her other books. She has a really great talent for painting a sense of place and drawing compelling characters. Though she continues to be overly fond of the word "limn" ... Now looking forward to reading the newest one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/22/2013

    " I read the hardcover version. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susanne | 12/13/2012

    " Very cliched, predictable Southern book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 10/4/2012

    " Time to revisit an old favorite author! Not my favorite but an enjoyable read, especially for the dog lover! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merelyn | 9/21/2012

    " Not up to Siddons usual books, but a fair coming of age story. Conveys the south quiet well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 9/7/2012

    " I love Southern historical fiction.....and there are some beautifully descriptive passages that really make you feel like you are right there on the plantation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/16/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. The end left me without as much closure as I typically like in a book, but all in all a good read. Very hard to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 6/21/2012

    " disappointing, not her usual style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel-Rain | 4/14/2012

    " It has been awhile, but I recall enjoying it, as I do all of Anne River Siddons' books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/5/2012

    " We were traveling (on our sailboat) through the South Carolina Lowcountry while I read the book. Very good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 3/15/2012

    " Read for Southern Voices Book Club 1/2007 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/26/2011

    " I am listening to this on CD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 9/23/2011

    " this is a wonderful book about people- mainly a girl... it has to do with the complications of life, the magic of relationships with friends and animals :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Frances | 6/29/2011

    " This book is gorgeously written - it reads like poetry and paints a fabulous picture of a woman and her feelings. The only downside is it's not a particularly happy book. Tears came more than a few times and you're left wondering whether her life was happy or not. Odd, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CC | 6/25/2011

    " Started off extremely slow, but I stayed with it because my sister recommended it. It was a good read, but the ending was a bit strange. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 6/23/2011

    " I just loved this book from cover to cover. ARS is one of
    my favorite authors. savored the last 50 or so pages
    because i didn't want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 6/21/2011

    " Depressing, but beautiful description of Maine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/14/2011

    " This was an excellent book...until the last chapter! I was so angry at the author and the characters that every time I think of this book I get annoyed. I'd recommend it and if you read it let me know what your reaction was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/10/2011

    " got to the second chapter and lost all interest. The story line became
    very strange and outlandish. Got too many books to read to waste my time on
    uninteresting byline.



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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angierob19 | 6/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I became very attached to the main character and loved how the author followed her life. However, I wasn't happy with the ending. It was a bit of a twist, but it saddened me. Don't want to give too much away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B.d. | 5/25/2011

    " This was a good story about flawed characters, love, and hate. I was mad when it was finished and I won't tell you why, but the story kept me turning the pages. I loved the main character, Lilly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 5/14/2011

    " READ MANY OF ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS BOOKS, ALTHOUGH THIS STORY TAKES PLACE IN MAINE, IT WAS NOT MY FAVORITE STORY LINE, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M-J | 5/9/2011

    " Just a beautifully told story you can dive right into and delight as Lilly gives you a very private and honest look at her life as she reflects upon it after the death of her husband. I totally enjoyed every page and the ending was the best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 5/5/2011

    " Good book, waxed a little poetical for me in descriptions and emotional states, but still enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Beth | 5/5/2011

    " I listened to this book as I drove to and from the beach. I liked learning about the coast of Maine. I didn't care for the book, but it may be because of the voice of the reader. Or maybe the book really is tookie. "

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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

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.