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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: Dana Ivey Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged 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.

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

    " i grabbed this one at my book club's book swap ... and enjoyed it. nice easy reading which was exactly what i needed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tysheena | 1/22/2014

    " I took this book off the book shelf at the train station. I needed something to read since I recenlty finished Wench. It is holding my attention so far. Her style of writing is different from what I'm use to. I like it. At times the author can be too descriptive, but overall the point is conveyed. This is mainly about an introverted 12 year old girl understanding herself, her family and all the wonderful and tragic truths within it as she approaches turning 13 and blossoming into a mature young lady. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/20/2014

    " This story was a bit of a downer for me. I didn't like waiting for the fall to come and when it did, it was just like I expected. I'll keep reading the author because I hear she's great, but not an impressive start for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/18/2014

    " Want to read her other books. One before this one is Islands (I think). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 1/1/2014

    " Read for Southern Voices Book Club 1/2007 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Creswick | 12/24/2013

    " pleasently surprised "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 12/13/2013

    " After about 50 pages I realized that I had read this book before. I didn't just buy it but found it on my book shelve. I haven't given it away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 12/10/2013

    " Decent summer read from the steamy southern heat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 12/6/2013

    " Yuck! Could not get through the first 50 pages, and I like dogs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 11/18/2013

    " The rating would be much higher if the book had a more solid ending . . . and Lulu's issue was kinda lame. I know I sound like a horrible person saying that, but seriously, go to a counselor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 11/11/2013

    " Similar to others by Siddons. Not bad for a vacation book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/8/2013

    " Great summer vacation book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 8/31/2013

    " Infused w/magic that I wish we all could experience more. I got pulled into the mood of this story. I liked it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 3/18/2013

    " Good story, well-developed main character, beautiful descriptions of the South Carolina lowcountry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 3/4/2013

    " 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 Marilyn | 2/14/2013

    " I read the hardcover version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/12/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KarenC | 1/11/2013

    " Not one of her best, but I enjoy Siddons' descriptions of the area in this & her other books. Read only if you can deal with feeling sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 1/3/2013

    " Great read from one who has become a favorite author. This is an intricately woven coming of age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana Chehadeh | 9/24/2012

    " Great storyy loveddd ittt (so many details)butt it is amazingggggg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa Lusk | 6/11/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Sohl | 5/28/2012

    " Love Anne Rivers Siddons. Can't wait for her new book, maybe around January 2009. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline LaBella | 1/27/2012

    " 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 Danielle Taylor | 11/5/2011

    " It was okay. Good overall story and the writer created a place I could see and feel. I cared enough about the protagonist that I wanted to shake her a few times. But mainly I wanted to get out of the oppressive heat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 6/29/2011

    " Nothing extraordinary but a good solid story full of relatable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/28/2011

    " Light and easy read but very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald | 2/19/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/5/2011

    " Very good read. Moving. Love the dogs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 2/2/2011

    " Here is exhibit B of slightly smutty regional interest novels. Now I think I'm ready to move up in the world; the next one is by Kaye Gibbons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirstine | 1/17/2011

    " I am actually listening to this book. Kind of slow to start and around chapter seven it dropped the F bomb which is always disappointing. Would not really recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitron | 1/11/2011

    " Why do I keep picking these "coming of age" books? They are just not my stlye. That beign siad, this one was pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/6/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/1/2011

    " 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 Sheila | 12/29/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredi | 12/12/2010

    " Well-written, and certainly a classic reflection of southern society. Perhaps a bit light on an accurate reflection of emotional/social understanding and developmental stages of the protagonist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 10/10/2010

    " Details, details. Lots and lots of details with little story development - or character development for that matter. This book had so much potential for a rich story, but I'm sorry to say it fell terribly flat. "

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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.