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
The group vows that they will love and care for each other forever. Through the various tragedies and stages of their...more
I liked this comfortable book and enjoyed the people and the setting. I know them well, and the places well.
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
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!
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
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
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
Like Outer Bank, too, this is a story of false friendships and terrible jealously, but to say more would give away the story. Any Butler is a social worker, of sorts, a nurturing person who becomes a much-younger outsider in a group of die-hard Charleston s...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
She didn't make me long for a beach house in the Low Country or even to want to visit- the descriptions of dirty, dusty, leaky, musty, salty, smell shirts and blankets; bugs, mosquitos, crocs, gators,heat humidty, sweaty didn't do much for me. I r...more
While Anne's prose makes for an easy read, some of her repeated use of rare words was distracting. It was a clever turn of phrase the first time -- poor editing the 4th.
The actual story? It was closer to a weird murder mystery than a novel -- but it pretended to be a novel for a long time. She spends forever telling you how tightly knit these characters are, but never ma...more
cents was masterful. She handily covered a dozen characters with unique voices which was a treat to listen to, even if the plot was bugging me.
I used to be a big ARS fan, and even had...more
I liked the beginning of the story. I loved hearing how Anny (yes that is the correct spelling) met her husband and I also enjoyed learning about his friends. She fit into their group easily and the characters were good.
But then the story seemed to fizzle. There is a death in the group and after the chapt...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