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Colony Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2002
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About the Author
Anne Rivers Siddons's bestselling novels include Nora, Nora; Sweetwater Creek; Islands; and Fox's Earth. She is also the author of the nonfiction work John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband divide their time between Charleston, South Carolina, and Brooklin, Maine.
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The main characters in the book are so vivid, I still visualize and think about them. The descriptions of Maine were lush and beautiful; I was able to escape the cold of winter and be in this wonderful place!
My only complaint was that some minor characters that were introduced seemed unessential and their narratives not followed through satisfactorily . But that is only a small issue in a book that was, on the whole, well-written and thoroughly enjoyable.
Siddons introduces the protagonist Maude as a young girl on the edge of womanhood, in the coastline area where she was raised, in the Carolina Low Country. The unique aspects of that region, as well as the unusual circumstances of Maude's young life, were less connected to the main story than I would have liked. I found myself wondering what was happening back there as Maude's married life unfolded with her husband in Brookline, Massachusetts, and in the summer colony in Maine where he spend his boyhood and where Maude would have to make her own way during her summers. Once past the disjointedness of the introduction and the falling away of her father and brother, I found myself engrossed in the character of Maude. Seeing the colony through an outsider's eyes, Maude chose to navigate past other peoples' flaws, thereby forming relationships and earning a respect that allowed her to be uncompromising where it mattered.