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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  13,905 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage had promised. If Caro drinks a little too much, at least she can escape to the island in the Low Country her Granddaddy left her. Wild and timeless, it is the one place where she can lose herself and forget her meaningless life for awhile. When she learns that her husband must either develop the island or lose the compa ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 511 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Reading this while on Kiawah Island which is off the coast of SC made the descriptions so right on about this island resort area and nearby Charleston. The main character, Caro, describes living in these surroundings in such a way that I felt like she could have been someone here. Unfortunately the way she dealt with the death of her daughter and her husband's attitude toward her love of her island became more unrealistic as the story progressed.
I've always enjoyed Siddons, although my last one,"The House Next Door," one of her first, was terrible.
Once again, we see the (autobiographical?) story of a lower-class Southern beauty "marrying up" to a professional-class man, and the resulting complications.
Caro is a complex character, conflicted by her twin desires to save Granddad's idyllic island, with its Gullah Never-neverland, and her husband. She is damaged by the death of her beloved daughter, and drinks to forget. Along comes the lik
Kathy Ellner
I love all of Anne River Siddons books. She has a way of drawing you right into the page you are reading. I see myself sitting on the porch looking out at the marshes, hearing all the sounds of the Lowcountry!
The author is amazing at painting pictures with words, and it is a good book for a snowy cold day (as opposed to a beach read). Caroline Venable and her husband, Clay, live in the low country of South Carolina on Peacock's Island. He makes his money as the owner of a property development corporation. His master plans include environmentally friendly practices in planned communities in a resort like atmosphere. His first, called Peacock Island Plantation, is where they live. Caro (Caroline) besid ...more
Caro and Clay Venable mostly have it all...a successful property development corporation with holdings all over the country, several homes in the beautiful Lowcountry area of South Carolina, a long and relatively happy marriage, and ownership of an entire island which has been in Caro's family for decades. Unfortunately they are still dealing with the grief and loss of their young daughter who died in a tragic accident five years ago.

While the majority of their island has been developed to inclu
A good summer read, particularly if you are visiting the low country of South Carolina. However, I have to admit that I would not have even looked twice at this book had I not enjoyed "Peachtree Road" so much. "Peachtree Road" is by far a deeper, more complex book, and overall, better literature. For me, "Low Country" does not sound like it was written by the same author; rather, it sounds more like it was written by an aspiring writer, someone who has not yet completely honed the art of descrip ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Caroline Venable is the quintessential Southern Belle. Her southern heritage has also afforded her money, prestige, a powerful husband - and a predictable routine of country club luncheons, cocktail parties and dinners hosting her husband's wealthy friends, clients and associates in his successful land-developing conglomerate.

To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is found in Peacock's Island - the Lowcountry island her beloved Grandaddy left her - an
A little slow at beginning, but it paid off with wonderful characters. The ending was not what I was thinking, and may have been a bit of a cop out, but all in all a great read.

I needed to come back to this review after visiting Hilton Head. When I read the book I focused on the characters, but after visiting Hilton Head, I now can understand better the author's take on land development. It now is obvious to me that she was influenced by the development on Hilton Head (and I verified this with
I read this after reading "Up Island" by Anne Rivers Siddons and I wanted to read another story by the same author.

ARS writes very expansively about an area's environmental setting: this one is a fictional "low country" island, Peacock Island, near the Charleston shores. Her "southern writer's voice" means a keen sense of dialogue and timing and setting in a South Carolina indigenous locale. Through the eyes of Caroline Venable, a young woman with blood and heart ties to the area, the author des
I have reviewed many novels by Anne Rivers Siddons. I have read many more. Ms. Siddons novels are, almost exclusively, about place - the pull of place, the safety that some places can provide and the comfort of familiar places. Indeed, the titles of her novels are places - Downtown, Colony, Burnt Mountain, Peachtree Road. This novel is also one about a place, a place which is home, provides security and must be saved from unscrupulous liars looking to profit. In that respect, it is no different ...more
Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a powerful husband--and a predictable routine of country-club luncheons, cocktail parties, and dinners hosting her husband's wealthy friends, clients, and associates in his successful land-developing conglomerate.

To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is the Lowcountry island her beloved Granddaddy left her--an oasis of breathtaking beauty that is home to a band of wild po
My first read by this popular author – not sure I would go out of my way to read something else by her. While the storyline outlined inside the book jacket sounded interested, I felt the story dragged on with descriptive language that really didn’t add to the narrative. Sometimes characters and situations just seemed to pop up without any prelude – like her and Luis being best friends after one encounter (I realize there was some interest there, but a woman of her standing normally would have be ...more
I always enjoy Siddons' books about the 'South' ...mainly the Carolinas and the outer islands....she is very descriptive and makes it easy to 'see' the area she is writing about...its beauty, its mystery and the personalities of the local folks...this time the Gullahs of the Low Country.
Rena Sherwood
Began well and then went downhill from there. This is a tangled story that is so sublte as to be almost non-existent. Nice mention about Gullah and the marsh tackies but centers on a romance. At least, I think it centers on a romance. I'm not quite sure what was going here.
The story and characters are interesting, but not well written. The descriptions are good, the transitions are not. The diction seems out of place, at times, and there didn't seem to be extensive consistency. I was glad to have finished the book, but I would not recommend it.
From the back of the book: Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a powerful husband - and a predictable round of country club luncheons, cocktail parties and dinners. To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is the Lowcountry island her beloved granddaddy left her. When Caro learns that her husband must develop the island or lose the business, she is devastated. Saving the island could cost Caro more than she ev ...more
I'm just a sucker for anything that takes place in the low country and this book was no exception. I liked the characters although I would have liked to more of where Caro and Clay came from before they met and married. I would say the book was a 4.5, an I loved it.
Caroline Venable so blindly follows her husband in 90% of the book and it made me crazy.
Key event death of 10 year old daughter.
Environment, Gullah, deceit.
Nicely woven together.
Well written.
I loved this book - and I cheated. I didn't actually read it, I listened to it on tape. I listen to this every spring, when the sun is warmer and I start dreaming of the future. ARS does a wonderful job describing the south with an amazing vocabulary that engages the reader. Her characters are people you want to grab and hold close to you and invite to dinners you don't have to throw but want to because the company is so wonderful. You can almost smell the salty marshes and the ponies and the na ...more
Megann Zeigler
I love Anne's books. They give you so much hope and she paints a picture that is so clear in your mind you think you are there. This book really inspired me.
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Ugh. Dreadful book. The protagonist is boring, pretentious, spoiled, & self absorbed. made myself finish it just for completion's sake
Patti from Charlotte
What began as just a simple 'beach read' (What better place to read about South Carolina's Low Country than while vacationing on the Coast?) turned into much more than just that. Anne Rivers Siddons' tale of the opulence of resort-life contrasted magnificently with the historically-based Gullah life on the fictitious Peacock Island over the span of these quick-paced 460 pages. More than just relying on colorful descriptions of the land and the culture of the South, Siddons drew her reader in wit ...more
Did not like where this stopped. Should have been a few more pages to resolve the ending. Other than that, lovely story.
Ok, having now read two of Siddons books, I am beginning to think she is just not my new favorite author. Having read a half dozen books that are set in Charleston, I have become accustomed to some of the southern expressions found in many books. But some of her dialog was just cliche and repetitive.

Again, Siddons characters are deep and well developed, but just a bit dark for my taste. Her descriptions of the wildlife and scenery are wonderfully crafted, but just not enough to make me fall in
Sarah Pongracz
A beautiful description of the barrier islands south of Charleston, South Carolina. It captures the environment of the marshlands, the Gullah people and their heritage, and the marsh tackys, the wild ponies that roam the islands.
Catherine Sandy
One of my favorite authors. I thought I had read this book, but I hadn't. Really good.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Like all Anee River Siddons book this is an comfortable but rewarding read.
Muriel McLemore
What a wonderfully written and interesting novel about the islands off the South Carolina coast, not far from Charleston. We have travelled there often and love that part of the country. The characters are so believable and the storyline so relevant with the constant attacks on unspoiled land. The heroine is a woman who has had hard knocks in life and the assault on her island and the native gullahs who occupy part of island and have for a hundred years by someone she loves is just too much. We ...more
Loved it -- makes me want to travel in Eastern US -- the Carolinas and the islands.
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Born Sybil Anne Rivers in Atlanta, Georgia, she was raised in Fairburn, Georgia, and attended Auburn University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
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