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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.

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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.

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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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