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Savannah (Savannah Quartet #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,488 Ratings  ·  91 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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Terri Hurst I found the historical information to be well-researched and accurate. Price wove all the stories together so well that even her fictional characters…moreI found the historical information to be well-researched and accurate. Price wove all the stories together so well that even her fictional characters seemed as real as those who actually existed. It seemed obvious to me that she loved the Mackays, and the way she wrote about them made me want to know them. I think it would be neat to read the books if you're descended from some of the main characters. I've always enjoyed historical fiction, and was living in Georgia when I first read her books; I've read them several times over the years and really enjoy visiting Savannah and seeing the homes and parks that played such a prominent part in her stories, not to mention the people. (less)

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May 25, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2010 Beth rated it it was ok
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
Kimberly Lewis
Apr 07, 2009 Kimberly Lewis rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2014 Lyn rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2015 Kclark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2010 Hmo rated it liked it
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.
Mar 31, 2010 Cindy rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 08, 2015 Keri rated it liked it
I read this book for a reading challenge for the category "A book your mom loves." It definitely was not a genre I tend to enjoy and it didn't look that interesting to me, but it's the book my Mom says she loves, so I read it. While I would not say I loved it, I did enjoy the book and my favorite part about it was the natural way the author talked about God and the characters relationship with God and dependence on God. That is what will stick with me the most after reading this very long book, ...more
Nancy Ellis
Jul 17, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this much more than I expected I would...always a nice surprise when that happens! I got caught up in the story and found myself really wanting to know what happened to the people, hoping they wouldn't turn out to be total idiots. Fortunately, they didn't, thanks to the talented author. Based on historical fact, the story takes us from Savannah in 1812 all the way through the 1820s, following the Mackays and Mark Browning, with many delightful characters along the way. I'm looking forw ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
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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Nov 25, 2013 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2013 Beth Strand rated it liked it
‘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
Apr 17, 2015 Carolyn Russett rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 14, 2014 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wendy Clare
Oct 25, 2015 Wendy Clare rated it it was ok
Ugh. How much this book disappointed me. I was hoping for sweeping descriptions of kitschy, yet charming southern life, filled with flawed but relatable characters. All I got was bland, vanilla descriptions of the city and it's way-too-perfect inhabitants. The characters were lackluster and yawn-worthy. I won't be reading the rest of this series.
Jul 09, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok
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
Sep 21, 2010 Nicolas rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Oct 21, 2014 Kari Behune rated it it was ok
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
Nov 03, 2007 Hilary rated it liked it
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
Paula Bothwell
Feb 22, 2016 Paula Bothwell rated it liked it
I'm not going to read the other books. Nice story, romantic, not in the least smutty.
Nancy Ciaio
May 27, 2016 Nancy Ciaio rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I read 300 of the 600 pages and couldn't read any more. It was too long, too many words, and much like a romance novel.
Diane Wachter
PB-B @ 1984, 8/90. Book 1 in Savannah Quartet. Shipping heir comes to Savannah Georgia to make his fortune.
Sep 29, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  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
Apr 03, 2015 Friedhelm Illian rated it it was amazing
Loved reading every word!!!
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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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Savannah Quartet (4 books)
  • To See Your Face Again (Savannah Quartet, #2)
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