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Low Country

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,386 Ratings  ·  148 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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Kshydog
Mar 18, 2013 Kshydog rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pat
Jan 04, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathy Ellner
Mar 06, 2014 Kathy Ellner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Alice
Apr 08, 2014 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Dreadful book. The protagonist is boring, pretentious, spoiled, & self absorbed. made myself finish it just for completion's sake
Teresa
Nov 27, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful. A very descriptive story that wrapped you into a lovely island with amazing characters. A story about harsh realities and moving forward through it all. My only issue with it was that it was too wordy, I found my self skimming near the end because I found a lot of the writing redundant and not relevant. I believe the author wanted us to truly connect with the main character so she kept diving deep into her thoughts, but after a while that was distracting. Otherwise thoug ...more
Dyana
Dec 12, 2013 Dyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Teresa
May 10, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-fiction
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
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deLille
Mar 12, 2012 deLille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern
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
Mary
Nov 29, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Judy
Apr 06, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Saadia
Mar 18, 2013 Saadia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Virginia
Jan 05, 2014 Virginia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again, 2014
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
Marvin Soroos
Siddons is one of my favorite novelists and this one was not a disappointment. She is a master at developing characters and engaging plots. This novel tells the story of a woman who tries to save a favorite island once owned by her grandfather (and a long-standing community of African Americans that resides there) from her husband's desperate development plans. Siddons does a marvelous job of describing the environment and climate of the low country off the coast of South Carolina.
Tom
Dec 12, 2009 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joanne
Oct 17, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie Meyers Helms
Never had an interest in this writer until I learned she is a sister Tri Delta. As good a reason as any other to start reading an author's works.
Low Coubtry kept my interest for 4 hours straight in the hot sun on the beach. I got a sunburn because I had to finish before I went inside. Interesting story. Not the most suspenseful, but interesting nonetheless.
Rita
Sep 19, 2015 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the books by Anne Rivers Siddons. Some of them seem really similar, but Ms. Siddons gift for turning a phrase or describing a swamp (!) bring individuality to each. One page, I wanted to copy and show someone-please take me there. Please!! Alas, too late. This was one of her best!
Dianne
Feb 16, 2016 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Deane
Feb 05, 2015 Deane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
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.
Annie
Aug 28, 2014 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bryn
Jul 21, 2015 Bryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to get into this book, I really did. I read over 100 pages and just couldn't take any more. Not only is there no discernible plot, but the world of a very strange, privileged community of wealthy couples holds no appeal to me.
Bleh. No thanks.
Margaret
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
Jeanne
Jul 01, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim Hampton
May 07, 2016 Kim Hampton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally couldn't put this book down once I started it. The characters were so real that I felt like I had known them all my life. I laughed with them, cried with them, got angry with them....and when the book was over I was emotionally spent.
Chande
Feb 13, 2016 Chande rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author but I am sure it want be the last. It starts out a little slow but moves on once you get to reading . It would be a good book to read on vacation on the coast.
Pat
Feb 13, 2014 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert Hays
Jan 30, 2016 Robert Hays rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her coastal Carolina settings always ring true. I liked this story, but her characters might have had a bit more in-depth development. But still a very good read.
Jennifer
Mar 31, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2015 Megann Zeigler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
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
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