• by Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Narrated by Judith Ivey
  • 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband's aristocratic family, she is a 19-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 possess the strength to keep the colony intact; and Maine native Micah Willis, who is ultimately Maude's truest friend.


What the Critics Say

"Siddons gets the melodrama balance just right and shows she's as much at home in Maine as she was in Georgia." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Abridged books should be outlawed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?


Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Rivers Siddons again?

Yes, I love her books.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She got her dialects mixed up at times.

Any additional comments?

This book was so hacked up I couldn't follow the story.

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- Cynthia

So much was left out! !

I have read the book and there were huge chunks missing. it changed the whole plot and ending. basically ruined the whole thing!
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- Elizabeth L. Pryor "Rocknrolla"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio