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Pawleys Island : a Lowcountry tale (edition 2005)

by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Title:Pawleys Island : a Lowcountry tale
Authors:Dorothea Benton Frank
Info:New York : Berkley Books, 2005.
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Tags:rbcl, Charleston, South Carolina, Pawley's Island, Lowcountry, southern author, romance, friendship, relationships, Lowcountry Tales, kdr

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Here is a book that I was not sure about before I started reading it but I became totally immersed in it before it was through and wanted it to continue. Different people, well sketched out even to their flaws, make up this book. Naturally they live and work around Pawleys Island. The plot is interesting and it captivates you as you go through. Well done Dorthea.

J. Robert Ewbank author “John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms” “Wesley’s Wars” “To Whom It May Concern” and “Tell Me About the United Methodist Church” ( )
  whoizme8 | May 12, 2016 |
Pawleys Island, on the most basic level, is a feel good story about how relationships shape our lives. Rebecca is an aspiring artist adrift after an abusive husband turns her children against her and sends her packing. She comes to Pawleys Island to regroup. Once there she meets 3 people who will help change her life and give her the courage to fight for her children. ( )
  purpledog | Mar 4, 2016 |
The southern belles offer you laughs in the Low Country. Rebecca is down and out and leaves Charleston after her husband has taken her two kids and her life. She lands at a local art gallery in Pawley’s island to sell some of her work where she meets Huey which hires her to work at the art gallery and the nosey Abigail (retired attorney), steps in to help the underdog under covering mischief to help Rebecca. A light humorous read.. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 26, 2014 |
I think of Dorothea Benton Frank as the little sister of Anne Rivers Siddons and Pat Conroy, my two favorite SC low country writers. Frank's books are more chick lit and less emotional baggage, more beach read and less "serious literature." Still, her stories usually keep me entertained. She has a feel for the dialogue and dialect of the South, and spins comfortable tales with happy endings.

In Pawleys Island we meet "matrimonial lawyer" Abigail Thurmond, who has given up her law practice and moved back to her childhood home on Pawleys Island to deal with the grief of losing her son and husband in a short period of time. Her best friend is Huey Valentine, a gay man who runs the local art gallery. Both Huey and Abigail come from money, inherited money, and earn plenty of money, and between them they don't even have a goldfish to demand that they spend their money on anything but themselves.

Along comes Rebecca Simms, who has escaped to Pawleys Island after losing her home and children to her cad of a husband. Abigail and Huey fly to the rescue. Huey gives Rebecca a job and Abigail swings back into attorney mode to represent Rebecca pro bono and give the scallywag of a husband the licking he deserves.

There is little drama in the story. No surprise skeletons in Rebecca's closet. No heinously unjust court ruling. Just the story of how the friends rally around Rebecca and set her world right.

I don't think I was in the mood to read about people who never have to worry about money. Even Rebecca, who had been tossed out of her own home, ends up with a fat bank account. I know wealthy people can have heartache and troubles too, but if you took Rebecca's plight and added the likely more realistic plot point of having no money and no fairy godmother of a lawyer, it would be a very different story.

This one was readable and the characters were likeable, but there was no depth to character or plot. Nice weekend beach read but not Frank's best and certainly not on par with even Siddons's worst. ( )
  glade1 | Apr 26, 2014 |
Wonderful! Dorothea is a terrific story teller. I just recently relocated to the "Lowcountry" from Northern Virginia and was introduced to her books. No matter where you live, her stories are a must read. I am on a quest to read them all. ( )
  ava-st-claire | Feb 21, 2014 |
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We return to hear the waves
rolling onto the beach
one after the other
connecting us like blood.

We were listening long
before we came here,
remembering wind
spinning salt
through interrupted sunlight.

This is a place
where dreams return
as fish bones
tangled in seaweed.

Whatever sorrows come
are folded into the sea,
rinsed clean and kept--
unbearable secrets.

--Marjory Heath Wentworth
South Carolina Poet Laureate
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With characteristic humor and a full cast of eccentric and wonderfully lovable characters, Dorothea Benton Frank delivers a refreshingly honest and funny novel about an artist who suddenly enters the complacent lives of several Lowcountry locals - and turns them upside down. It's a twist-filled tale of friendship, family, and finding happiness by becoming who you are meant to be.

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Hoping to sell some of her watercolors, Becca Sims wanders into the seaside Gallery Valentine, never expecting that her life will be transformed by the gallery owner and his best friend, in a novel set in small-town South Carolina.

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