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Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a rich husband--and a predictable routine of country-club luncheons and cocktail parties. Caroline is the chatelaine of a magnificent home, hostess to her husband's wealthy friends and prospective clients, and the official "one-woman welcome wagon" for young, eager talent that her husband, ClaCaroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a rich husband--and a predictable routine of country-club luncheons and cocktail parties. Caroline is the chatelaine of a magnificent home, hostess to her husband's wealthy friends and prospective clients, and the official "one-woman welcome wagon" for young, eager talent that her husband, Clay, imports to their corner of South Carolina to work for the family company--a vastly successful land-developing conglomerate. If Caro drinks a little too much for Clay's liking, he knows the reason why, and he takes comfort in the fact that she can escape to the island in the Lowcountry that her beloved Granddaddy left her. Wild and seemingly timeless, the island is a place of incomparable, breathtaking beauty--and it is the one place where Caroline can lose herself and simply forget.Roaming the island is a band of wild ponies, whose freedom and spirit have captivated Caro since she was a child. When she learns that her husband must either develop the island or lose the company that he spent his whole life building, she is devastated. The Lowcountry is Caroline's heritage--the one constant she believed would never change. A resort would not only tame (and therefore destroy) the island she loves--but what will happen to the wild ponies? Spurred to action and inspired with new purpose, Caroline must confront the part of herself that she has numbed with alcohol and careful avoidance, and she must reconsider her priorities--what is important that she would die for it? In fighting to save the island--her island--Caroline draws on an inner strength that forces her to reconsider her role in society, her marriage, and, ultimately, herself. Low Country is a story of personal renewal and transformation --one woman's proper Old South upbringing and expectations colliding with the new South's runaway prosperity. It is magnificently told, and it is Anne Rivers Siddons at her absolute best....

Title : Low Country
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Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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Low Country Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2018-09-25 10:45

    Onvan : Low Country - Nevisande : Anne Rivers Siddons - ISBN : 61093327 - ISBN13 : 9780061093326 - Dar 480 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998

  • Kshydog
    2018-09-12 15:38

    Reading this while on Kiawah Island which is off the coast of SC made the descriptions so right on about this island resort area and nearby Charleston. The main character, Caro, describes living in these surroundings in such a way that I felt like she could have been someone here. Unfortunately the way she dealt with the death of her daughter and her husband's attitude toward her love of her island became more unrealistic as the story progressed.

  • Kathy Ellner
    2018-09-01 13:37

    I love all of Anne River Siddons books. She has a way of drawing you right into the page you are reading. I see myself sitting on the porch looking out at the marshes, hearing all the sounds of the Lowcountry!

  • Syl
    2018-09-17 14:36

    A so-so read. I found it a bit dragging in places. Most characters were predictable. There was nothing much memorable. Usually I love 'southern living'- but these characters were quite boring, selfish and self-absorbed.

  • Alice
    2018-09-19 16:53

    Ugh. Dreadful book. The protagonist is boring, pretentious, spoiled, & self absorbed. made myself finish it just for completion's sake

  • Carol Mcdonnell
    2018-09-09 09:49

    Nicely evoked low country atmosphere. However, more self absorbed whining and crying than any other book I can remember.

  • Bev Sturgis
    2018-09-25 15:52

    This was just the book that I needed at just this time. Caro is a privileged South Carolinian, living in a big house in a upscale development built by her husband. Five years earlier, their 10 year old daughter had died in a boating accident and Caro has never really come to terms with it. She has drunk her grief away in the old cabin on the property that belonged to her beloved grandfather. An old black settlement is also on the property, the people living there are descendants of slaves and the land by all rights belongs to them. Clay's (Caro's husband) development business in in deep trouble and his solution is to develop the land that grandpa's cabin and the settlement is on. In dealing with all of this, Caro comes to grips with her daughter's death and the need/ability to care for a five year old child with ties to the settlement who has lost everyone in her life. Of course, for me this is a story of how to accept Katy's death and the little girl in the story resembles Amelia so much. Lots of tears reading this and so many thoughts of how to move forward with my own life. The author had so much insight into the feelings of a grieving parent, that I was surprised to find that she had not lost a child. Thank you for this book Anne Siddons!

  • Melanie Griffin
    2018-09-22 12:53

    This book is so well done - I'd give it 5 stars but for one important turn at the end that I really didn't care for. Won't say more on that. Otherwise, the writing is beautiful and the story is engaging with wonderful twists & even a few breathtaking moments. She uses the most lovely lyrical language without being showy about it or overdoing it. I feel as if I've spent a few weeks on the marshy islands off of South Carolina. She makes you see it, smell it, taste it - remarkable. Her themes of love, loss, loyalty, and ecology/environment are some of my favorites and she treats each one with the depth and seriousness that they deserve. I highly recommend it!

  • Vicki Moutoux
    2018-08-30 12:31

    An intriguing story of a woman whose family has owned land on one of the barrier islands in the Atlantic and how her husband's business troubles almost result in her losing the property and everything that makes it special to her. It also details how her relationship with her husband is threatened by the property struggle, and how the loss of her daughter years earlier figures into the story.

  • Debbie Campbell
    2018-09-24 08:53

    I love a book that gets me invested in the all the characters and their lives. This book describes the country and characters without being flowery. A story of love and loss and life struggles. I was sorry to end it at 2:00 in the morning.

  • Rebecca Secrest
    2018-09-05 10:57

    So HumanSiddons' characters are so full of emotion, and they draw from her readers feelings that probably seldom see light. She expresses those emotions in words that, for most people, are difficult to find. Reading her books is cathartic and educational.

  • Barbara Baroni
    2018-09-12 12:41

    Terrifically emotional. Be prepared for tears. Captures the true low country life you can feel every emotion and picture each person and placeuntrySee above notes. These are the back roads of south Carolina. Take them when you visit. So worth it. Stop and visit

  • Wendy
    2018-09-13 16:48

    I liked this much better than her other books. There were some nice twists and I was satisfied with the conclusion.

  • AGilden
    2018-09-25 11:29

    2 is too low, 3 too high. I couldn't really connect with it, but the plot is OK. Maybe if it had been written differently?

  • Lori Gronewold
    2018-09-10 10:40

    To long in some parts and I didn't like how it ended abruptly.

  • Lenny Husen
    2018-09-01 10:48

    I read this maybe 10 years ago. All her books are the same. Very readable, lots of Woman Drama, and semi-evil villains, and somehow you forget them very quickly.

  • Angela
    2018-08-26 12:40

    An excellent voice in Southern literature.

  • Saadia
    2018-09-19 12:33

    I read this after reading "Up Island" by Anne Rivers Siddons and I wanted to read another story by the same author.ARS writes very expansively about an area's environmental setting: this one is a fictional "low country" island, Peacock Island, near the Charleston shores. Her "southern writer's voice" means a keen sense of dialogue and timing and setting in a South Carolina indigenous locale. Through the eyes of Caroline Venable, a young woman with blood and heart ties to the area, the author describes the idyllic landscape of ocean and marshes and the indigenous African-American community of "Gullah" people, descendants of former slaves, and the "marsh tackies", local wild ponies. Life gets in the way, obviously. Things do not stay the same, as much as one might wish.Caroline first met her husband when he visited the area and fell in love with the island himself. Their personal relationship is tied to their shared love for the island. As a visionary architect and developer, he was able to create a resort development from the island and other ones through the country, creating a life of luxury and security for their family and the other executive staffers. She lives a pampered life as a corporate executive wife on the land of her heart's desire. The only heartache is the sudden drowning death of their adored 10-yr old daughter five years ago, the child of her heart. Caroline finds solace on the most secluded and primitive part of their island (a symbol of our deepest self), where she paints in her grandfather's old homestead and maintains contact with the old timer African American locals (her way to renew her soul).The development corporation is experiencing financial threats of collapse and Caroline discovers that her husband is planning to develop her island retreat, against her express wishes ~ traumatized collapse of her external world and maybe even her internal compass! Her tribulations and discoveries include meeting other characters: a young African American executive female with a small boy who rediscovers her own roots with the local Gullah community; a Cuban exile man with a traumatized grand-daughter (Lita) who values the environment and the horses; her husband's best friend and right-hand man, Hayes (?), a lawyer who handles many details of the corporate affairs. Revelations show that he oversteps his ethical and professional bounds in several underhanded and unethical maneuvers, all in the best interests of the company!Ultimately, Caroline comes to grips with the death of her beloved child and makes the choice to preserve the island instead of supporting the corporate takeover plans, at the risk of destroying her husband's business dreams and her own marriage. The author brings closure to this story: She and her husband have a traumatic long-needed meeting of the mind and the heart... ARS describes the development of this character through her internal tribulations, not sparing the pain of loss and betrayal, and her struggle to find her internal lodestone. Who am I? What do I want? What is my purpose? An eternal human quest which is answered in this particular story. Well done!

  • deLille
    2018-09-11 11:56

    A good summer read, particularly if you are visiting the low country of South Carolina. However, I have to admit that I would not have even looked twice at this book had I not enjoyed "Peachtree Road" so much. "Peachtree Road" is by far a deeper, more complex book, and overall, better literature. For me, "Low Country" does not sound like it was written by the same author; rather, it sounds more like it was written by an aspiring writer, someone who has not yet completely honed the art of descriptive writing without sounding overwrought and melodramatic.Still, I would recommend this book for anyone who has ever suffered a great loss -- of either a child, spouse or homeplace. I think Siddons nails it when describing the feelings of loss and/or being out of control. However, these feelings are described by her protagonist, Caroline -- a self-absorbed, wealthy, emptynester who has no responsibilities in life. "Caro" spends her days wandering around the islands, visiting the locals, sleeping a great deal, drinking bourbon mid-day, and painting pictures that she never seems to get around to selling. It is very hard for the reader to identify with such a self-indulgent creature, which makes her feelings less tangible. I watched her cry but couldn't cry with her.The end of the book left me feeling a bit disgusted with Caro... I do not want to spoil the ending but I thought her initial reaction to a tragic situation towards the end of the book was completely inappropriate and self-centered. There was someone who needed her immediately, but she took the mantra of "taking time for me" to an extreme before reaching out to the one who needed her. Sometimes in life you've got to stand strong and be the hero even when you're falling apart on the inside. Caroline seemed utterly incapable of dealing with anyone else's emotions before she had dealt with her own.

  • Teresa
    2018-09-21 09:30

    Caro and Clay Venable mostly have it all...a successful property development corporation with holdings all over the country, several homes in the beautiful Lowcountry area of South Carolina, a long and relatively happy marriage, and ownership of an entire island which has been in Caro's family for decades. Unfortunately they are still dealing with the grief and loss of their young daughter who died in a tragic accident five years ago.While the majority of their island has been developed to include environmentally friendly and extremely upscale residences including their own fabulous home, one portion remains in it's original raw condition. The small house where Caro's grandfather lived and where Caro grew up still stands and serves as Caro's retreat. It is here where Caro goes to paint and to remember...both her lost daughter and her dead grandfather. Sharing this part of the island are a group of Gullahs...mostly older people who have lived here and scraped out a meager but content existence going back nearly a century. Legally Caro owns the land they live on but it has always been her belief and intention that they have control over their land and homes and feel free to live as they always have.When their business unexpectedly faces huge losses and possible closure, Caro and her husband face hard choices - both personal and corporate. Suddenly all bets are off and lies and betrayals threaten everything.Anne Rivers Siddons demonstrates yet again her enormous talent for getting to the core of a woman...her frailties & strengths, her loyalties, her fears....If you are also a fan of books with a beach setting, no one does it better than Siddons. Her descriptions literally capture your senses and allow you to be just a breath away from the ocean.

  • Dyana
    2018-09-08 15:29

    The author is amazing at painting pictures with words, and it is a good book for a snowy cold day (as opposed to a beach read). Caroline Venable and her husband, Clay, live in the low country of South Carolina on Peacock's Island. He makes his money as the owner of a property development corporation. His master plans include environmentally friendly practices in planned communities in a resort like atmosphere. His first, called Peacock Island Plantation, is where they live. Caro (Caroline) besides planning corporation events and playing the southern belle is a painter who owns a small cabin in the undeveloped back third of the Island that her grandfather left her. Near the cabin is a small settlement of descendants of slaves called Gullah's. It is mostly made up of old people who still practice the old ways of life. They share this area with a small band of wild horses. Caro is still grieving the loss of her daughter, Kylie, who died five years previously. She drinks a little too much and often retreats to the cabin to paint and remember (or not) her daughter. She soon discovers that her husband must develop the area around where the Gullah's live, displace the horses, and change forever her inner sanctum to avoid financial ruin. Caro must rise above her grief, her husband's betrayal, and her drinking to fight for the survival of the Gullahs and the horses whom Kylie befriended. A compelling book full of complex characters, "a full palette of local color", and terrific story-telling.

  • Virginia
    2018-09-07 15:30

    I have reviewed many novels by Anne Rivers Siddons. I have read many more. Ms. Siddons novels are, almost exclusively, about place - the pull of place, the safety that some places can provide and the comfort of familiar places. Indeed, the titles of her novels are places - Downtown, Colony, Burnt Mountain, Peachtree Road. This novel is also one about a place, a place which is home, provides security and must be saved from unscrupulous liars looking to profit. In that respect, it is no different from the far-superior Colony, my favorite book.Low Country takes place on the fictional Peacock Island, near Charleston. Caro grew up there with her grandfather among the locals in the Gullah Village. Caro believes she owns the island so when plans emerge to develop it into a plantation much like Sea Pines on Hilton Head, but with a tacky theme-park feel, she refuses to give the developer, her husband, the rights.Caro is a pathetic character. She cannot get past the accidental death of her daughter five years ago. Her death controls her life. She falls apart at the least provocation. It is this part of the story which ruins this novel. Instead of being a tough cookie in the fight against her husband, she is weak and lets others take on the batlle.It is terrible? No. I leave that term for Peachtree Road which I could not finish. If you have never read Ms. Siddons, start with Colony or Nora, Nora. Do not start here.

  • Mary
    2018-09-21 10:28

    Caroline Venable is the quintessential Southern Belle. Her southern heritage has also afforded her money, prestige, a powerful husband - and a predictable routine of country club luncheons, cocktail parties and dinners hosting her husband's wealthy friends, clients and associates in his successful land-developing conglomerate.To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is found in Peacock's Island - the Lowcountry island her beloved Grandaddy left her - an oasis of breathtaking beauty that is home to a herd of wild ponies. When Caro learns that her husband must develop the island or lose his business, she is devastated. Peacock's Island and the Lowcountry is Caro's heritage - and what will happen to the ponies whose wild spirit and freedom have captivated her since childhood?Saving the island could cost Caroline more than she ever imagined. To succeed, she must confront the part of herself numbed by alcohol and careful avoidance - and shatter long-held ideals about her role in society, her marriage, and ultimately, herself.I have to say that while I did enjoy reading this book, it was not really as captivating as I hoped that it might be for me. I thought that the plot was a little too contrived for my liking. I still enjoyed this book enough to give it an A!

  • Judy
    2018-09-13 12:39

    A little slow at beginning, but it paid off with wonderful characters. The ending was not what I was thinking, and may have been a bit of a cop out, but all in all a great read. I needed to come back to this review after visiting Hilton Head. When I read the book I focused on the characters, but after visiting Hilton Head, I now can understand better the author's take on land development. It now is obvious to me that she was influenced by the development on Hilton Head (and I verified this with a google search). Hilton Head is beautiful, but there is a piece of me that would have loved to have seen it "wild". The planned communities and the perfectly blended fast food restaurants are very pleasing for out of town vacationers, but left the island with very little "personality". The Gullah population is left as a tour with the local cultural discovery center...just as was proposed in the novel. I suppose development is inevitable, and if it must be done the tasteful way it is done on Hilton Head is probably best, but it just left me feeling like I was not in a real place. The novel highlights these struggles, and I'm not sure answers the questions totally, but definitely seems to question the concept of developing these island communities.

  • Pat
    2018-09-11 16:44

    I've always enjoyed Siddons, although my last one,"The House Next Door," one of her first, was terrible.Once again, we see the (autobiographical?) story of a lower-class Southern beauty "marrying up" to a professional-class man, and the resulting complications.Caro is a complex character, conflicted by her twin desires to save Granddad's idyllic island, with its Gullah Never-neverland, and her husband. She is damaged by the death of her beloved daughter, and drinks to forget. Along comes the likely savior, Luis, and his equally traumatized granddaughter, with whom Caro bonds, as with the dead girl. We are lead to believe that Caro will sleep with the reprobate Luis--which a lesser author would have them do--but we are mistaken. The Sophia Bridges character, with a foot each in the black and white worlds, is well-drawn.By the time the Big Betrayal is revealed. we already know what it it. Caro stands by her chastened man when the entire development scheme unravels. I was fascinated by the lore about the Gullah, and their dialect and dignity are well-captured, without patronization. I want to visit south Carolina's Low Country now!

  • Emily
    2018-09-10 11:29

    Good storytelling wrapped up in prose that plopped me right in the middle of South Carolina's coastal marshlands. Granted, the plot stretched the bounds of credibility in more than one spot (*spoiler* any CEO/President/owner worth anything knows his company down to the detail, regardless of what the hourly employee might suppose - a bust in Puerto Rico should not surprise Clay Venable. And the ponies...that two small girls on separate occasions could fearlessly get astride a wild pony, let alone catch it...And some of the components of the island itself, and the life and death of Luis Cassels, etc).Also, I felt for much of the story that the heroine was a twit. A sympathetic one, but a twit nonetheless. Still, I liked the ending a great deal, minus the fresh trauma sustained by poor Lita and the New Agey psychedelia/reincarnation insinuations with the dead daughter.Good read, better even than Islands, and I hope to read more of Siddons' work.

  • Tom Hooker
    2018-09-07 08:42

    Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a powerful husband--and a predictable routine of country-club luncheons, cocktail parties, and dinners hosting her husband's wealthy friends, clients, and associates in his successful land-developing conglomerate.To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is the Lowcountry island her beloved Granddaddy left her--an oasis of breathtaking beauty that is home to a band of wild ponies. When Caro learns that her husband must develop the island or lose the business, she is devastated. The Lowcountry is her heritage--and what will happen to the ponies whose spirit and freedom have captivated her since childhood?Saving the island could cost Caroline more than she ever imagined. To succeed, she must confront the part of herself numbed by alcohol and careful avoidance--and shatter long-held ideals about her role in society, her marriage, and ultimately, herself.

  • Joanne
    2018-09-21 08:37

    My first read by this popular author – not sure I would go out of my way to read something else by her. While the storyline outlined inside the book jacket sounded interested, I felt the story dragged on with descriptive language that really didn’t add to the narrative. Sometimes characters and situations just seemed to pop up without any prelude – like her and Luis being best friends after one encounter (I realize there was some interest there, but a woman of her standing normally would have been more discrete). While I understand Caro’s plight of her lost child and trying to maintain her heritage land, I found it odd she was so self sufficient and out of touch with her husband. Everyone sleeping for days when problems existed – not real life - Yawn! Think I could have easily passed on this book and not missed anything. Happy it was a library book!

  • Margaret
    2018-09-22 09:55

    From the back of the book: Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a powerful husband - and a predictable round of country club luncheons, cocktail parties and dinners. To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is the Lowcountry island her beloved granddaddy left her. When Caro learns that her husband must develop the island or lose the business, she is devastated. Saving the island could cost Caro more than she ever imagined. To succeed, she must confront the part of herself numbed by alcohol and careful avoidance ....Enjoyed this book - all the characters were rich with emotion and less than perfect (in otherwords, human & believable!) :)

  • Mer929
    2018-09-22 10:32

    Ok, having now read two of Siddons books, I am beginning to think she is just not my new favorite author. Having read a half dozen books that are set in Charleston, I have become accustomed to some of the southern expressions found in many books. But some of her dialog was just cliche and repetitive. Again, Siddons characters are deep and well developed, but just a bit dark for my taste. Her descriptions of the wildlife and scenery are wonderfully crafted, but just not enough to make me fall in love with the story. Though I liked this better than her later "Off Season" I cannot say this is my new favorite.