Islands by Anne Rivers Siddons

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Anny Butler is a caretaker, a nurturer, first for her own brothers and sisters, and then as a director of an agency devoted to the welfare of children. What she has never had is a real family. That changes when she meets and marries Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon fifteen years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family—not a traditional one, but a group of Charleston childhood friends who are inseparable, who are one another's surrogate family. They are called the Scrubs, and they all, in some way, have the common cord of family.

Instantly upon meeting them at the old beach house on Sullivan's Island, which they co-own, Anny knows that she has found home and family. They vow that, when the time comes, they will find a place where they can live together by the sea.

Bad things begin to happen—a hurricane, a fire, deaths—but still the remaining Scrubs cling together. They are watched over and bolstered by Camilla Curry, the heart and core of their group, always the healer. Anny herself allows Camilla to enfold and to care for her. It is the first time she has felt this kind of love and support.


About Anne Rivers Siddons

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OFF SEASON is Anne Rivers Siddons's 17th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 496 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Old South sensibilities, sparkling Charleston, and a group of aging socialites—all merge with an unshakable love for the land.

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Gaynelle also sees things about the group that those in it are oblivious to and she eventually reveals a plot twist that will surprise many and send the reader flipping back through the book for missed clues.

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Anny eventually marries Lewis, and their union is a happy and fulfilling one, but it is being accepted into the "Scrubs," a group of childhood friends (all of whom became involved in the medical industry in some way hence the name "Scrubs") and their spouses who share a beach house on idyllic Sul...

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