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Hill Towns
Anne Rivers Siddons
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Hill Towns

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,774 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Siddons takes listeners on holiday through the hill towns of Italy with an American couple whose marriage rests on a dangerous precipice.
Audio, Abridged, 0 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1993)
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Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The older I get, the less tolerance I have for the overblown prose that Siddons sometimes gets caught up in while describing her characters. This one was definitely NOT among her best efforts; if you want to read vintage Siddons, I much preferred Colony. On the other hand, I must admit that if you would like to read some beautiful descriptions of Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena, it's clear that Siddons has not only visited these places, but has a true appreciation for them. For that, I'll give ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found myself speaking outloud to the characters (i.e. "Don't do it, Cat!") which means that the plot is certainly strong enough for me to really get into it. However, I too, was very unimpressed the language. There simply was no need for the foul words that Siddons appeared to enjoy throwing in seemingly on a whim. Also, I believe that I have a pretty broad vocabulary, but Siddons really stretched the limits of every day speech in this book! Words such as "fecundity", "scurrilious", "ennui", e ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's currently a commercial about chaise lounges on tv. The husband pronounces them "chase" and his wife pronounces them "chaaaze". I felt as if I have been languidly sprawled out on a chaise lounge while reading this book. It was wonderful. Ms. Siddons strings words together like multi-dimensional figures on a strand of holiday ornaments. The settings are the hills of Tennessee and the major cities of Italy. The lighting, the feeling, the emotions, the bourbon.....this book is so good! I rea ...more
Barbara Mitchell
This novel is a book sale find from several years ago. I finished reading it yesterday and still cannot really make up my mind about it.

My main problem with it is that I didn't like one single character in the book. The protagonist, Catherine (Cat) Compton Gaillard, lives on a mountain in Tennessee near famed Trinity College. Her father is a teacher there and her mother is from a poor family, and they are killed in a grotesque accident on a bridge down off the mountain. Five-year-old Cat is slee
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you ever wanted to, have already, or want to relive a trip to Italy, especially Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena, and Tuscany then this is the book for you. The descriptions are vivid, detailed, and picturesque of the people, places, the hot sensual scorching weather, and the emotions generated by being there. This is also a book where it is handy to have a dictionary nearby because the prose is overblown with words not in everyday use.

As a five year old child Cat Gaillard was traumatized by the
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Anne Rivers Siddons, and this is my favorite. This is another novel I read over and over. It's funny, heartbreaking, and most importantly, fabulously romantic without being cliche or fluffy. The author draws you so much into the setting, Italy in this case, that you'll feel like your sitting at a table on the Roman terrace watching the characters interact and you'll swear you can smell the garlic and the sweat. I liked this even more the Eat, Love, Pray.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this book was absolutely amazing and enthralling. Cat, the main character, has never once left her home town on The Mountain in TN, until she and her husband decide to take a life-changing trip to Italy. Siddons' descriptions of the people and places encountered along the way are so vivid that I could "see" very detailed pictures of them all in my mind. Now I not only want to learn to speak Italian, I want to go there too.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad this was audio because I'd not gotten through the roller coaster ride of relationships and the unnecessary bad lanquage. The characters were professors and other professionals-so didn't expect the gutter mouths. The story seemed very tedious and depressing. I'm going between murders gore and now downer relationships. I'm in need of a funny light easy read.
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hills Towns was an enjoyable read. The book started in Tennessee and ended in Italy. Everyone seemed to change in Italy, and most of the characters would never be the same again. It has beautiful settings and vivid characters.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read any of Siddons books, skip this one and read one of her low-country books. They're much better. This missed the mark.
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