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Savannah (Savannah Quartet #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,264 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Few writers have earned a place in readers' hearts as dear as Eugenia Price. Her novels entice us into a vanished world, peopled by characters who immediacy makes their joy, sorrow, heartbreak, and soaring love something we can share and savor. Eugenia Price chose Savannah, Georgia as one of the most fascinating cities of the South, as the setting of a quartet of novels th
Paperback, 608 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1983)
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Where I got the book: review copy supplied by the publisher. My feature article on the Savannah Quartet appears on the Historical Novel Society website.

On the eve of the War of 1812, Mark Browning moves to Savannah. On the way he meets Robert Mackay, a successful Savannah merchant, and the two hit it off so well that Mackay invites Mark to stay in his home, thus leading to a lifelong friendship. Against the background of the war, Mark discovers his past and his future.

I’m going to stop here and
Susannah Sanford mcdaniel
I read this book at the request of my mother: we're visiting Savannah in June and she wants to see some of the places in this series of books. Mother-daughter bonding over books!

Honestly, I didn't think I would like this book. The narrative voice is very calm and peaceful (in a bit of a woman-of-a-certain-age style...if that makes sense), and a little on the flowery side, but without being obnoxious. When I first started reading it, I thought it would be one of those books where the writing sty
Kimberly Lewis
An old-fashioned sweeping saga of the Old South. Took a little while to get into it, but I liked the combination of historical and architectural appreciation, woven into a story of family dysfunction and resolution. Refreshing that love was represented without sordid sexual scenes- that topic was treated with respect, which I'd love to see more often in novels.
I did like the exploration of the good and bad coexisting within a person- with some people leaning more in one direction or the other. A
Price, Eugenia. 1983. Savannah.

First sentence: Hands gripping the rail of the plunging schooner Eliza, young Mark Browning, his well-tailored clothes wet and rumpled, stood on deck alone, determined not to be sick.

Eugenia Price, along with Margaret Mitchell, was one of the primary reasons I first fell in love with historical fiction. (Or perhaps I should say historical fiction with more than a couple of splashes of romance added into the mix.) (I honestly can't remember if this series "found" me
I am only 100 pages into this and am reading it the same time as Dragonfly in Amber. Am I a sucker for punishment or what, reading two huge books at the same time. Anyway, what I have to say about this book is that if the author tells me one more time how nobel, without guile, beautiful etc. the main character, Mark, is I am going to scream. Nobody is that terrific. I am going to keep reading but as I do I can't help but keep scoffing at his noble self.

I finally finished this book and although i
I absolutely love the Savannah quartet. I just re-read these 4 books and I forgot how much I loved them. The history from the quartet is AMAZING, and as a history teacher seeing personal reactions to the events that unfold from 1812-1865 is one of my favorite parts. And what I love best about Eugenia Price novels is that many of the characters are real! While Mark and his family is fictional the McKay family is real, and the research that went into these books is meticulous. While at times they ...more
I have just finished the third book, Before the Darkness Falls, in the Eugenia Price Savannah Quartet. I have the fourth and final book loaded on my Kindle and will start it later today. I am looking forward to reading Stranger in Savannah, but am saddened to know I will soon leave these wonderful families portrayed, who have become like family and friends to me. I can’t say enough about Eugenia Price’s writing. She weaves fiction with fact in a most amazing way and makes her characters come to ...more
Much better than the cover describes... learned a good deal about pre-civil war deep South. Writing style a bit goody-two-shoes and the principal character annoying at times, but the history is sound and if you've been to Savannah, the name-dropping and situations are amusing.
This was a great story that took a long time to get to where it was going. It was truely a southern novel as it was paced just about the same as a walk on a hot day.
Twenty year old orphan Mark Browning books passage from Philadelphia to Savannah in 1812 in search of a new life. During the voyage, he becomes friends with another passenger, Robert Mackay. Mackay is so impressed by Mark that he invites him to stay with his family once they arrive in Savannah. It becomes a life-long friendship. Mark knew that his father spoke often of Savannah and his travels there but Mark didn't know about his family roots. It becomes a time of self identity and he forges hi ...more
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Savannah is on the cusp of war with Britain. Mark Browning is attempting to find his way in the city of his mother?s birth. Secrets are in the air. The truth may cleanse the soul and destroy the heart.

Mark loves a woman whom he will never tell. Another one loves him. Her family has a terrible secret. The secrets of Savannah eventually come to light. It is explosive enough to rock Mark and all he knows.

Past and present are about to collide. Mark is standing in the middle. The revelations separate
Well, this was definitely an interesting book, but I just didn't care about all the characters quite as much as I did the characters in Gone With the Wind (which the back cover compares it to).

I almost wish we had met Aunt Nassie, who had already passed away when the story started. She seemed like she might have been a more interesting character than some in the book. . .

I never did fully understand the whole point of Mark's wanting his family name to be kept secret. I get the whole "I want t
Beth Strand
‘Savannah” Left Me a Bit Cold
“Savannah” by Eugenia Price details the story of recently orphaned Mark Browning as he leaves his position as a wealthy Philadelphian and begins life anew in the city of Savannah in 1812. Fueled only by his father’s effusive stories of Savannah and the knowledge that his father met his mother in Savannah, Mark boards a ship to begin a new life. Literally by accident, he is befriended by Robert Mackay who insists that he start his life in Savannah in the Mackay home.
Carolyn Russett
an older book and long. first in a series of 4. A young man of 20 if orphaned and decides to give up his fortune and move to Savannah, his mothers home town (takes place in early 1800's. He is befriended and mentored by a shipping owner....finds himself in love with the man's wife (altho he knows he can never say so) AND in love with a young girl. the way conversations are written seemed a bit stilted to me; the way the characters make decisions and act seem a little off. I did finish the book a ...more
Price's work is extremely popular in Georgia. I found her historical novels entertaining and informative, since I had a pretty cursory view of Georgia history, more informed by Gone With the Wind than anything else. Plus, my Granny read similar works about NC history, so there's kind of a nostalgic appeal for me.
I read this once when growing up and a recent trip to Savannah made me recall the book and so I re-read it. I liked how well the author knew the city and it tracked well with my visit. However, I couldn't stand the preponderance of dashes as punctuation! And the plot was less riveting than it was when I was thirteen. Still, a pleasant and quick read through memory lane.
i wish i could better type the sound "muhnuhhh". that's how i feel after reading this book. i bought this book at a rummage sale 5 years ago whilst i was living in savannah. the historical aspects and descriptions are interesting and spot on, the story is just so-so. i feel like the jacket description(which i never read prior) was WAY off. that was just a bump on a very long log. while i am aware of my bias, the comparison to Gone With The Wind was only true in that both books take place in Geor ...more
This is a pretty long book, but I liked it so much I read it in two days. It’s the first book of the Savannah Quartet by Eugenia Price. The setting in this book really hit home for me. I have family in Savannah, so that’s what initially drew me to this intriguing piece of historical fiction. Eugenia Price described the Savannah I know, from an “Old South” perspective that was new to me. Also I found the main character particularly balanced, and it was easy for me to identify with him. He was aro ...more
Kari Behune
I started reading this book and lost interest about half way through. It seemed to drag on in detail. It was nicely written and if I didn't have other books I wanted to read, I would have probably finished it.
Mar 27, 2015 Lee marked it as to-read
I haven't finished this book yet, I'm only on page 128. But I'm surprised no one that I can see has mentioned Mark's strange obsession with Eliza. It's weird. He's going to a ball where there are a lot of interested single women, and yet the only person he's thinking about as he's getting ready is his friend's wife? And he's obsessed with having a dance with her. Very bizarre to me. I know that Mark is supposed to be fabulously wonderful and sweet, but at this point I find him creepy. I'll see w ...more
Checked out because of St. Patrick’s Day trip to Savannah. Goes from 1812-1825. It is the first in a trilogy, I believe. Was so-so, in terms of writing. Interesting to read of things that had happened in the city – some before the book was set (and we saw many reminders of these in Savannah on our visit), some during (a great fire that burned down much of the housing in the areas Jim and I had walked). But the characters were a little too storybook, not horribly real. Apparently several were act ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Alicia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Perhaps anyone who likes historical stories--see review
Recommended to Alicia by: No one
ISBN: 0-385-15274-4 1983
5 volumes/58 chapters/497pp

Review to come
Friedhelm Illian
Loved reading every word!!!
Leslie Roarty
Awesome historical novel

I was enthralled by every word I read and can not wait to be in Savannah to walk the streets and truly feel the history in which I read.
You can tell that for Eugenia Price this book was a labor of love to write. The characters pulled me in from the start. If I had not already loved Savannah as a city, I would have by the end of this book. I love that some of her characters were bases on people who actually lived and that you can go to Savannah and walk the streets and see where their house actually stood at one point. And she also tells you where they are buried. Love this book and can not wait to read the next.
I have read and enjoyed all the Eugenia Price books about the families who lived in Savannah, St Simons Island and other surrounding areas. I enjoyed the fact that they wove a story about families and their struggles. We visited St Simons Island and Christ Church. The names in the cemetery seemed like old friends. I was really sad when she stopped writing these series.
Love Savannah and loved the history in this book. Apparently almost all are real people. Liked it even more knowing that!
Believe it or not this author was recommended by a tour guide in St. Augustine Fl. This author writes a series of historical fiction mostly about the south. I did like this book and will at some time continue reading the rest of the series. I also want to read the books that were set in Florida.
My favorite book!!!!! Every time I run out of books I pick up this one. Eugenia Price was the queen of Georgia historical novels....and I have read all of her books. When she passed away I called every one I know who'd read and treasured her books. And Savannah is a great place to visit.
Eugenia Price's St. Simon's Trilogy, The George and Florida trilogies and the Savannah Quartet are based on the Civil War ear of these areas. Savannah may be her signature novel. All wonderfully easy reads while learning a bit of history thru very interesting characters.
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Price was born into a middle class family in Charleston, West Virginia. Her father, Walter Price, was a dentist. At the age of ten Eugenia decided that she wanted to be a writer, an ambition encouraged by her mother Anna. She submitted a poem to her school's literary magazine. In 1932 she graduated from high school, declared herself an atheist and decided to pursue a career in dentistry instead of ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Savannah Quartet (4 books)
  • To See Your Face Again (Savannah Quartet, #2)
  • Before the Darkness Falls (Savannah Quartet, #3)
  • Stranger in Savannah (Savannah Quartet, #4)
Lighthouse (St. Simons Trilogy, #1) The Beloved Invader (St. Simons Trilogy, #3) To See Your Face Again (Savannah Quartet, #2) New Moon Rising (St. Simons Trilogy, #2) Before the Darkness Falls (Savannah Quartet, #3)

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