Anny Butler is a caretaker, 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 changed when she met and married Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon fifteen years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family -- a group of Charleston childhood friends who are inseparable, who are one another's surrogate family. They are called the Scrubs, andthey all, in some way, have the common cord of family.Upon meeting them at the old beach house on Sullivans Island, which they co-own, Anny knows that she has found a home. They vow, when the time comes, to find a place where they can live together by the sea.
When bad things begin to happen -- a hurricane, a fire -- the remaining Scrubs cling together. They are watched over and bolstered by Camilla Curry, the heart and core of their group. Annyherself allows Camilla to enfold and to care for her. It is the first time she has felt this kind of love and support. They move to a newisland retreat, the beginning of their long-awaited life together, andAnny must learn that some loves carry a secret and terrible price.
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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.From AudioFile:
Narrator Dana Ivey is perfectly suited for this novel set in Charleston. Ivey reads the narrative passages in an authentic, understated Southern accent and is masterful in her vocalization of "the Scrubs," a group of lifelong friends. Her depiction of the group's informal leader, Camilla, puts the listener right in the seat of a horse-drawn carriage on Charleston's Battery. The "other" Charleston is personified in Camilla's unlikely assistant, Gaynelle, a motorcycle-riding country girl, for whom Ivey applies a nonaristocratic Low Country tone. Told from the viewpoint of Scrubs newcomer, Anny, the story takes a turn when the group must face some startling truths as their idyllic lives turn sour. J.J.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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