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Colony (original 1992; edition 1993)

by Anne Rivers Siddons

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Title:Colony
Authors:Anne Rivers Siddons
Info:HarperTorch (1993), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 640 pages
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A woman from Charleston marries into a New England family that spends at least part of each summer at a colony in Maine called the Retreat. The story follows her from the time she first visits the Retreat until it will be up to her granddaughter to keep the colony safe from those who might destroy what it means to those who have spent time there. While the novel was well-written, I just didn't really care for the characters. Most of them were spoiled rotten and couldn't get along with each other, and I just failed to connect with them. Siddons does a good job depicting the area and portrays that social class well. Book is a bit long to keep most readers interested with the slow pacing of the novel. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jun 28, 2013 |
This was just okay when I read it years ago but after reading this and a few more of Siddens books I found them lacking after reading her masterpiece Peachtree Road. ( )
  shesinplainview | Nov 25, 2012 |
Beautifully written, great characters, wonderful settings, wonderfully described and an engrossing story. I loved it. Now I'm off to get more of Siddons books. ( )
  alisonb60 | Nov 9, 2012 |
When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband's aristocratic family, she is a nineteen year old fresh faced bride direct from South Carolina convinced that she will never fit in with everyone. Everyone believes the same, until she begins to make friends. As time goes by, Maude falls in love with the colony and the people who live there.

There is Maude's husband, Peter, consumed with a darkness of spirit; her adored but dangerously fragile children; her domineering mother-in-law, who teaches Maude that it is the women of the colony who possess the strength to keep it intact and Micah Willis, a Maine native who turns out to be Maude's truest friend.

I loved this story and give it an A+! I don't usually read long books, but this book just drew me in and flew by for me. I didn't want it to ever end. ( )
1 vote moonshineandrosefire | Feb 6, 2012 |
Maude Chambliss, ninety-year-old doyenne of Retreat, a summer colony in Maine, is waiting for her granddaughter to arrive and take her home at the close of the season. As she waits, she looks back on her rich life, from the day she arrived at Retreat as a nineteen-year-old bride, fresh from Charleston and clearly out of place in this enclave of aristocratic Bostonians, through all the summers she spent there and the love and tragedy, happiness and sorrow, friendship and enmity she experienced.
  DunnFunKat | Sep 12, 2007 |
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An unforgettable story of love, acceptance, and tradition.

When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband's aristocratic family, she is a nineteen-year-old bride fresh from South Carolina's Low Country. Among the patrician men and women who reside in the summer colony on the coast of Maine, her gypsy-like beauty and impulsive behavior immediately brand her an outsider. She, as well as everyone else, is certain she will never fit in. And of course, she doesn't...at first.

But over the many summers she spends there, Maude comes to cherish life in the colony, as she does the people who share it with her. There is her husband Peter, consumed with a darkness of spirit; her adored but dangerously fragile children; her domineering mother-in-law, who teaches her that it is the women who posses the strength to keep the colony intact; and Maine native Micah Willis, who is ultimately Maude's truest friend.

This brilliant novel, rich with emotion, is filled with appealing, intense, and indomitable characters. Anne Rivers Siddons paints a portrait of a woman determined to preserve the spirit of past generations--and the future of aplaice where she became who she is...a place called Colony.

"An outstanding multigenerational novel...We are hooked from the moment we meet Maude."
The New York Times

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When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband's aristocratic Yankee family, she is a young bride as lush and wild as the South Carolina Low Country from where she comes. Among the patrician men and women who reside in the summer colony on the coast of Maine, she is an outsider, certain, it seems, never to fit in. But over the course of many summers, Maude comes to love the colony. It is here, along the rocky coastline, that she ultimately will find herself ... and her destiny.… (more)

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