When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband's aristocratic family, she is a nineteen-year-old bride fresh from South Carolina's Low Country. Among the patrician men and women who reside in the summer colony on the coast of Maine, her gypsy-like beauty and impulsive behavior imme...more
I am a beach baby, having spent my first few years of life playing at the beach. I love the sea and she captures it so vividly - the smell, the quality of the light on the water, the sounds, and th ...more
This book is rich with memorable characters as they s ...more
Siddons has had many successes at writing the nuance of relationships, but for me ...more
A very sheltered, naive-to-the-ways-of-the- world young bride of the South Carolina Low Country is brought home to her in-laws'family clan, near Boston. Soon after arriving, she finds out what she is "up against": This colony is a society unto itself; a family where rules are unspoken, and the roles clearly established through the matriarchs who are deferre ...more
The beginning of this 600 page book is hard to get into at first. The beginning doesn't even particularly make sense (and can't, really. Siddons is doing this on purp ...more
Once it starts getting soapy, though, it's hard to put down; it's a nearly perfect beach read. So much drama for one family! Ultimately all those descriptions pai ...more
I've read on my Nook for years, but I have a hard cover copy of this book and I honestly think there is no better way to read Anne Rivers Siddons than an actual physical book with yellowed pages and a glass of Merlot.. or two.. or hell, an entire bottle... ;)
This is a long one, but definitely my favorite ARS to date, and I've read, and loved, quite a few.
I find it hard to articulate exactly what I like so much about Anne Rivers Siddons, and Colony in particular, but I do know it all ha ...more
Overall, Anne Rivers Siddons' Colony is a book I enjoyed. The colony of the title is a summer retreat for the rich, and we follow its history and its people from about 1920 to 1990 ...more
But over the many summers she spends there, Maude ...more
Perfectly wonderful book. Easy to fall into like a pool book except this is absolutely literature.
Thank goodness this was abridged! So melodramatic. And the granddaughter Darcy, why give it up when she knows what horrible things will happen? So therefore, I thought at the end of the book, "They're all screwed." Not a nice way to think of what is going to happen next. 2-1/2 stars
|Did anyone else think Maude was wrong to keep her family in Retreat?||2||16||Oct 19, 2014 08:08AM|
While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration. The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered natio ...more