Book Reviews of Up Island

Up Island
Up Island
Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
ISBN-13: 9780061096990
ISBN-10: 0061096997
Publication Date: 6/1998
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
I picked this book up while on vacation a few years ago. An online buddy had suggested this author a couple of times, so when I found this title on the shelf I thought I would give it a try.
This being a new author to me, I wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed reading it, it passed the time by the pool. I loved that alot of it took place in the Atlanta area so I could actually see what the author was describing.
This story was about a woman's path to healing after finding out that her husband has been running around on her with another woman. Quite a blow to her ego and self esteem. She has to learn how to live again, how to make money, etc. I am not big on novels that deal with cheating, but this was a pretty decent read.
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Helpful Score: 6
If you enjoy reading Anne Rivers Siddons, you'll love this one about a Atlanta woman whose world crashes down upon her, yet rents a small cottage by herself on Martha's Vineyard and finds a brand new kind of family
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Helpful Score: 5
Great story, especially for anyone whose husband has decided he
wants someone else after many years of marriage and 2 children. See
how Molly handles the problem. I did find some of the language
offensive.
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Helpful Score: 4
I think this is one of the best books Siddon has written. Molly Redwine is left by her husband for a younger floozy and finds a new life away from Atlanta on Martha's Vineyard. Really good story
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Helpful Score: 4
This was a very good book! We all find out what happens when husbands walk out on their wifes for a ditz.....you go to Martha's Vineyard and get on with your life.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wonderfully touching account of a woman's recovery from a failed marriage. You almost feel like you were there. Very realistic moments and detailed descriptions of Martha Vineyard. Just a beautiful tale of the human spirit and relationships. This is one book you will not forget.
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Helpful Score: 3
I did not find this book to be a page turner
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Helpful Score: 2
Perfect beach read, especially if you love Martha's Vineyard!
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Helpful Score: 2
A great read from Anne Rivers Siddons. She creates believable characters who struggle with the things life throws their way and emerge with a clearer vision of who they are. Quoting the back of the book; "There are endings-and there are second chances"
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Helpful Score: 1
My favorite Siddons so far!
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Helpful Score: 1
Siddons leaves the coastal South for Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod, and this engaging novel lets us explore island living up north.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one novel that I am anxious to pass on to the rest of my family. I enjoyed all the characters and found them likable and admirable. Typical divorce by a much better resolution from the harmed parties. Life and death and choices of both man and swan kept my interest and I rushed to finish this one because I knew the ending would be as good as the story. It was.
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Helpful Score: 1
Found by accident in a book sore going out of business. Was surprised by how much it held my interest.
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Helpful Score: 1
Atlanta woman done wrong by her man, seeks refuge on Martha's Vineyard.
A very good story.
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Helpful Score: 1
As with all Ann Rivers Siddon's books, I didn't want it to end!
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Helpful Score: 1
I've had this book on my bookshelf for years and finally read it this past week ... loved it ... Ms Siddons brings the characters to life and makes you wish they were real people ... I loved the way she describes the Northeast coast ... somewhere I have not been yet and now I really want to go see " Up Island " for myself . I found myself laughing, crying and cheering while reading this book - a true sign of an excellent read .
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a story about a woamn who is dealing with changes in her life. I found it interesting
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Helpful Score: 1
very good read with a flavor of the South
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Helpful Score: 1
Would not take this much abuse but really enjoyed the story and her dedication to her word.
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Helpful Score: 1
I love Anne Rivers Siddons books and this one was no exception.
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Helpful Score: 1
Anne Rivers Siddons is a true Southern gem. If you have never read one of her novels, now is a good time to start. You will want to read them all!
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Helpful Score: 1
Anne River Siddons never disappoints her readers. This is a great story about changes in families.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a good book, it isn't the fastest read, but worth it.
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Helpful Score: 1
you will love this book and this author
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Helpful Score: 1
Another ARS gem.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is so heartbreakingly beautiful there were a few parts where I found myself with tears in my eyes.
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Helpful Score: 1
A great visiting book... one that you look forward to getting back to and don't want to end.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved the descriptions and the details given by the author in this book of Martha's Vineyard. It made me feel like I was there enjoying the scenery. It was an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it, but I must say I was not happy with the ending. I had hoped there would be more.
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Helpful Score: 1
A wonderful story that keeps you turning the pages. If you've ever lived in the south, this book will take you home again.
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Very good story line with excellent characters. Anne Rivers Siddons is an excellent writer. I have read and loved many of her books. This one was no exception to that.She manages to weave an interesting story and tie in many loose ends. Molly Redwine is the main character in UpIsland. I found her to be very real. I liked the way that Siddons wrote this tale as a type of metamorphosis of a woman going through a divorce and coming to terms with her relationship with her mother. It was good! I'll remember this one for quite awhile!
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From childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught "family is everything." Yet, suddenly, she discovers that family can change without warning, when her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters.

Feeling adrift and devastated, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard, a temporary respite that becomes much more. As her stay up island widens the distance between herself and the past, Molly begins to become part of a stranger new worlda world that offers healing, renewal, and an unexpected second chance at happiness.
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great read
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Intriguing story of endings and second chances. Molly Redwine loses her husband to a younger woman, her mother dies, and her world is crumbling. She retreats to Martha's Vineyard to search for new identity. This made good reading on an airplane for me.
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What a thoroughly engrossing book. She is a very good author. Keeps you totally enthralled. Almost hate to finish.
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Up Island was really inspirational. It tells you that when things are tough, there are always tougher. I love this book. An awesome read!
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Molly Bell Redwine has had the mantra 'family means everything' instilled in her from early childhood by her charismatic, demanding mother. But in what seems like a single instant, Molly's world is tilted on its axis and she is shaken to her very core by the aftermath. When her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a much younger woman, Molly's world crumbles around her. She is devastated to learn that the "Other Woman" has stepped in to Molly's life and essentially replaced her - moving into Molly's house, taking over her social position and earning the affection of Molly's son.

With the death of her domineering mother, Molly is truly set adrift in the world. Seeking refuge with a friend in Martha's Vineyard, Molly begins to search for her own identity. When her friend departs, she decides to stay in Martha's Vineyard by herself. Molly rents a small cottage, assuming the duties of caretaker for two cantankerous elderly women who share a haunting secret, the gravely ill and estranged son of one of those women, and a pair of territorial swans.

As Molly's stay on Martha's Vineyard widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she learns to let go of her outdated notions of family and becomes part of a different - but still very real - new family. As winter closes in on Martha's Vineyard, Molly struggles to nurture them and looks forward to a more hopeful future.

I really enjoyed reading Up Island. In my opinion, Anne Rivers Siddons is a truly great author - she really draws the reader into the story, and they are captured by a desire to know what happens next. I vaguely remember reading this book before several years ago, but I couldn't really remember most of the plot, so it was like reading an entirely new book for me. I give Up Island by Anne Rivers Siddons an A+! and will place it on my keeper shelf to read again.
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One of Siddons' best!
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Another Siddons book of tragic characters. The heroine triumps!
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Family- endings - second chances.
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This box has 4 cassettes in it, and the box says it is approximately 6 hours of listening time. It's the abridged copy.
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THERE ARE ENDINGS---AND THERE ARE SECOND CHANCES

"One doesn't read Anne Rivers Siddons's books; one dwells in them." --CHICAGO TRIBUNE

If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that woman was Molly Bell Redwine. From childhood, Molly was taught by her difficult, charismatic mother that "family is everything." But in what seems like an instant, Molly discovers that family can change without warning. Her husband of more than twent years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. In a heartbeat Molly is set adrift.

devasted by her crumbling world, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard where she tries to come to terms with who she really is. After the summer season, Molly decides to stay on in this very different world, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond.

As Molly's stay up island widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become part of a strange--and very real--new family. As the long Vineyard winter closes in, she braces herself for the search for renewal, identity, and strenght, until the healing spring finally comes.
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If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that woman was Molly Bell Redwine. From childhood, Molly was taught by her charismatic, demanding mother that "family is everything." But in what seems like an instant, Molly discovers that family can change without warning. Her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. In a heartbeat Molly is set adrift.

Devasting by her crumbling world, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard where she tries to come to terms with who she really is. After the summer season, Molly decides to stay on in this very different world, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond.

As Molly's stay up island widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become part of a strangeand very realnew family.As the long Vineyard winter closes in, she braces herself for the search for renewal, identity, and strength, until the healing spring finally comes.
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From back cover:
If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that woman was Molly Bell Redwine. From childhood, Molly was taught by her difficult, charismatic mother that "family is everything." But in what seems like an instant, Molly discovers that family can change without warning. Her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. In a heartbeat Molly is set adrift.
Devestated by her crumbling world, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard where she tries to come to terms with who she really is. After the summer season, Molly decides to stay on in this very different world, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond.
As Molly's stay up island widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become part of a strange--and very real--new family. As the long Vineyard winter closes in, she braces herself for the search for renewal, identity, and strength, until the healing spring finally comes.
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If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that woman was Molly Bell Redwine. From childhood, Molly was taught by her difficult, charismatic mother that "family is everything." But in what seems like an instant, Molly discovers that family can change without warning. Her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. In a heartbeat Molly is set adrift.

Devastated by her crumbling world, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard where she tries to come to terms with who she really is. After the summer season, Molly decides to stay on in this very different world, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond.

As Molly's stay up island widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become part of a strange -- and very real -- new family. As the long Vineyard winter closes in, she braces herself for the search for renewal, identity, and strength, until the healing spring finally comes.
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If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that woman was Molly Bell Redwine. From childhood, Molly was taught by her charismatic, demanding mother that "family is everything." But in what seems like an instant, Molly discovers that family can change without warning. Her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. In a heartbeat Molly is set adrift.

Devasting by her crumbling world, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard where she tries to come to terms with who she really is. After the summer season, Molly decides to stay on in this very different world, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond.

As Molly's stay up island widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become part of a strange and very real new family.As the long Vineyard winter closes in, she braces herself for the search for renewal, identity, and strength, until the healing spring finally comes.
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