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By Anne Rivers Siddons

An unforgettable tale of affection, reputation, and tradition.

while Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal domestic of her husband's aristocratic family members, she is a nineteen-year-old bride clean from South Carolina's Low kingdom. one of the patrician women and men who live in the summertime colony at the coast of Maine, her gypsy-like attractiveness and impulsive habit instantly model her an intruder. She, in addition to every person else, is bound she is going to by no means slot in. and naturally, she doesn't...at first.

yet over the various summers she spends there, Maude involves cherish existence within the colony, as she does the folk who percentage it together with her. there's her husband Peter, ate up with a darkness of spirit; her cherished yet dangerously fragile childrens; her domineering partner's mother, who teaches her that it's the girls who posses the power to maintain the colony intact; and Maine local Micah Willis, who's finally Maude's truest good friend.

This superb novel, wealthy with emotion, is full of beautiful, severe, and indomitable characters. Anne Rivers Siddons paints a portrait of a lady decided to maintain the spirit of prior generations--and the way forward for aplaice the place she grew to become who she is...a position known as Colony.

"An extraordinary multigenerational novel...We are hooked from the instant we meet Maude."
The ny Times

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No…you’re no longer one in all us. yet you've been. That’s the variation. you continue to struggle it, all this, don’t you? Lord, I odor the smoke of your battles forever. You’re a few fierce, Maude Chambliss. ” “Thank you,” I stated, smiling a watery smile at him. He grinned in go back, unwillingly. “It wasn’t a praise. ” “Thanks, anyway…Micah. ” “You’re welcome…Maude,” he acknowledged, and left back, this time for stable. After that, issues have been nearly as they'd regularly been within the summers, if no longer really. Our hallowed workouts of morning, afternoon, and night nonetheless held, as they might on Judgment Day, i presumed, and mirrored back how absolutely enduring used to be the glue that held Retreat jointly, and the way absolutely the made of shape and customized. yet this time i used to be blissful of it. It gave me a course again to normalcy, and that i felt all of us wanted that greater than something. Oh, mom Hannah used to be cooler than ordinary to me for a number of weeks, and extra far away, yet i'll not often count number that an damage. And Christina used to be maybe a piece quieter in her kitchen, and didn't so frequently sing as she rolled piecrust or washed china, and Micah didn't come so usually with clean wooden or paint or the shears. yet they did come, and neither pointed out that lousy afternoon, then or ever. I had now not suggestion they'd. After one anguished apology from Amy, to which i wouldn't hear, hugging her fiercely, we didn't converse of Parker or the scene within the cottage back. Helen Potter despatched a very good armful of iris from Braebonnie’s gardens, yet no word got here with them, and as for Parker, not anyone observed him for a whole ten days after that afternoon. He used to be, Peter acknowledged grimly, off at the Circe for a longer travel round the yacht golf equipment and harbors of the Penobscot. “I advised him if he got here again earlier than every week, no less than, I’d beat the shit out of him myself,” Peter stated. “He promised he wouldn’t. stated he used to be going to gap up over at Northeast Harbor with the Fitzwilliams, or some other person over there, and get himself sober. I don’t find out about the sober, yet I’m beautiful certain approximately Northeast Harbor. I listen he’s acquired a girl good friend staying over there with pals. ” “Oh, God,” I stated in utter disgust. “There’s simply no finish to it, is there? I don’t see how Amy remains with him. ” “What are her suggestions? ” Peter acknowledged, and that i didn't answer. there has been not anything to claim. however the truth remained that with out Parker Potter the colony progressively drifted its long ago into the previous, lazy shoals of past due June. at the first of July, he got here again, bronzed, cleareyed, kilos thinner, and extra subdued than I had ever obvious him. He got here immediately from the Circe to Liberty, crisp in white geese and boat footwear, his crimson hair nonetheless damp and comb-tracked. He introduced with him a big field of sweets, which he stated he had stored packed in ice all of the means from Northeast Harbor, for mom Hannah, a track field that performed “London Bridge is Falling Down” for Petie, and a case of extravagantly dear Bor-deaux for Peter. He had not anything for me, he acknowledged, simply because he didn't desire to insult me with provides while he knew how i have to suppose approximately him, yet I did have his solemn promise that he wouldn't abuse the remainder of the colony’s friendship back.

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