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Sweetwater Creek

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  8,111 Ratings  ·  387 Reviews
From best-selling author Anne Rivers Siddons comes a bittersweet and finely wrought story of friendship, family, and Charleston society.

At twelve, Emily Parmenter is left mostly to herself after her mother disappears and her beloved older brother dies. Emily has built a life around the faded plantation where her remote father and hunting-obsessed brothers raise hunting spa
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Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This is a southern coming of age story. It had all the potholes this type of book needs....alcohol, neglect, abandonment, abuse, being misunderstood, the help with shoulders to cry on and so on. Emily was a young girl trying to find her place in a man's world until a socialite comes to live in the barn.

Overall, I liked this, but I feel I've read it all before. I did like the element of breeding dogs though. That was new. So 3 stars.
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-fiction
This book moved really slow….rambling on and on and never really getting anywhere. A story of Emily, a 12 year old who lives on a plantation home situated in the Lowcountry, and her friendship with a poor little rich society girl. Emily’s mother abandons the family, leaving Emily with her father, brothers and the hunting dogs that she trains and raises. Emily prefers working with the dogs and immersing herself in her surroundings, but her father wants her to be a society girl and go to Charlotte ...more
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Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read Anne Rivers Siddons' latest novel "Burnt Mountain" I was in a mood to revisit some of her other recent novels, including this one, "Sweetwater Creek".

The creases on the spine of my paperback copy indicated I had certainly read it, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember anything about it.

Which, as it turned out, was wonderful, because it was like coming to it for the first time all over again. But, what on earth pre-occupied me so much the first time around that I couldn
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siddons has long been one of my favorite authors - the way she describes the nature of the area she's writing about is so lush and lavish....has always made me want to explore the Outer Islands area. The nuances of relationships are captured by her way with words and makes me really care about what happens to them.
Ok book. Regarding a girl coming of age in the South. Messed up life with a mother that leaves, the death of a brother and a wacked out girl that comes to stay at her home and takes on a role of "big sister" but lacks the morality needed to direct a young girl. Sorry but not good with crazies!!
Jun 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crap
Why I even bothered is a mystery that shall forever haunt me.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Loved this book! I put off reading it because I was afraid something would happen to one of the puppies! ...I'm a big baby like that! Kill all the people but God forgive us if something happens to an a I'm. Weird.. I know! Well if anyone else has this same problem, don't hesitate! Read and enjoy! 5 star read for me!
This was a sweet and enjoyable coming of age tale set in the Carolina’s low-country.

Emily Parmenter is twelve years old, living on her family’s plantation with her distant father and two older brothers. Her mother disappeared while Emily was a toddler and her adored older brother Buddy committed suicide, leaving her bereft and lonely. Her only salvation comes from training the family’s well known Boykin hunter spaniels. Emily seems to have an innate talent for this and her life is in a simple p
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some books I just don't finish, because at this point in my life I'm reading for enjoyment. If I feel I HAVE to finish a book.... well, that just doesn't make sense - to have to force myself to finish (that was during the English major days). This book I just got to a point where I didn't find the characters "attachable" enough for me to get involved in the book. (And I was about 3/4 through, where Emily has to help in a situation.) I didn't care. So I quit reading it. To me, it's sad when that ...more
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