Anny Butler is a caretaker, a nurturer, first for her own brothers and sisters, and then as a director of an agency devoted to the welfare of children. What she has never had is a real family. That changes when she meets and marries Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon fifteen years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family—not a traditional one, but a group of C...more
I closed the book when I was finished thinking - nope - there wasn't a reason. People must have bought it for the author's name.
This is the second Siddons book I've read. I wasn't pleased with the first either. When the story started out in "Islands" I thought it had potential. I was in the world of Charleston and I learned a few things ...more
I have had this book for years now and kept reading the story synopsis then would put it back on the bookshelf, finally I was all out of other books so read this. Wow did I ever waste time waiting! This book was great, such a journey through life with all the characters. Never thought the ending would be so twisted but clever and it also answered questions u had throughout the story. What a wonderful book, tears and laughter, I really became invested in the characters! Loved it!
The group vows that they will love and care for each other forever. Through the various tragedies and stages of their ...more
When they marry, Anny finds her family - not a traditional one, but a group of childhood friends from Charleston who are inseparable; who are one another's surrogate fa ...more
But still, its great. If you don't want to read it, at least read about Gladys' epiphany (page 233 in my copy) and the arrival of Gaynelle on the scene (p. 284). Wonde ...more
That being said...this was my first experience with Anne Siddons and so I didn't know what to expect. I enjoyed her descriptions of th ...more
The main character, Anny Butler is the director of a Charleston children's welfare agency. While bringing a child to the clinic she meets her future husband. The author in introducing Lewis Aiken, described him as a womanizer. Anny and Lewis start dating and eventually get ...more
It takes a lot to ruffle Henry. She can do it, though. I always wondered, in a way, why he married her, aside from the fact that he’s crazy about her, of course. Henry needs a safe, sheltered harbor more than anybody else I know. He hasn’t had a whole lot of that with Fairlie. Of course, he’d never say so, but I’ve known him all my life. I know when he needs his home port.
And as the slow days burned toward October, Henry seemed to me to have achieved a fragile peace that I thought might ...more
This novel had lots of beautiful imagery in it. The downside was that the first 250 pages was basically backstory for the last 100 or so pages. I think she could have edited a lot more, retained the feeling of it, without having to tell us what happened over the past 20 years in slow progression. I kept waiting for "something" to happen, even ...more
Thanks to my librarian sister who helped me download this debut.
This was an enjoyable story. Reminded me of a long beach vacation with
friends. Everything seemed perfect on the outside. The descriptions of
the beach area and Charlestown were very poetic and could have been overly
busy if I “read” this book.
The Scrubs– a group of Charlestown acquaintances mostly doctors who have
been friends forever and share a beach cottage ...more
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