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Dorothea Benton Frank (1951–2019)

Author of Sullivan's Island

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About the Author

Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lowcountry Tales Series which includes the books Sullivan's Island and Plantation. Her title's have often made the Best Seller List such as: Porch Lights, The Last show more Original Wife, The Hurricane Sisters, All the Single Ladies, All Summer Long, Return to Sullivans Island, and Same Beach, Next Year. Dorothea Olivia Benton was born on Sept. 12, 1951, on Sullivan¿s Island. Her father, William, died when she was 4; her mother, Dorothea Cecilia Blanchard, was a homemaker who raised her children with the two men she married after Mr. Benton¿s death. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of America in Atlanta, she became a buyer for Kerrison¿s Department Store in Charleston and then an executive for a sportswear line in New York and San Francisco. After marrying Mr. Frank, an investment banker, in 1983, she left the fashion industry, had two children and raised money for various charities. She Shifted to writing novels because it suited her storytelling style. She was soon turning out a book a year. Dorothea Benton Frank passed away on September 2, 2019 at the age of 67. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Dorothea Benton Frank

Sullivan's Island (1999) 972 copies
Plantation (2001) 704 copies
Isle of Palms (2003) 689 copies
Pawleys Island (2005) 684 copies
Shem Creek (2004) 654 copies
Bulls Island (2008) 622 copies
Full of Grace (2006) 592 copies
The Land of Mango Sunsets (2007) 581 copies
Return to Sullivans Island (2004) 578 copies
The Hurricane Sisters (2014) 567 copies
Folly Beach (2011) 515 copies
Porch Lights (2012) 507 copies
Lowcountry Summer (2010) 503 copies
The Christmas Pearl (1672) 417 copies

Associated Works

Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank (2021) — Contributor — 96 copies


Common Knowledge



Book on CD read by Julia Gibson and Joey Collins.

From the book jacket: After twenty years, Elizabeth “Betts” McGee has finally managed to put her past behind her. She hasn’t been home to beautiful South Carolina and untouched Bulls Island since the tragic night that ended her engagement to Charleston’s golden boy, J D Langley. .. Now … Betts, a top investment bank executive, must leave her comfortable life in New York City to return to the home she thought she’d left behind forever. But spearheading the most important project of her career puts her back in contact with everything she’s tried so hard to forget: her estranged sister, her father, J.D., and her past.

My reactions
Boring melodrama, with a weak plot and unbelievable characters. Frank seemed to through in every idea from unwanted pregnancy to long-lost lovers, to alcohol and drug abuse, to environmental terrorists. Oh, and a mysterious New Jersey Mafia type she seemed to not know what to do with once she had written him into the story.

The audio performers kept me sufficiently entertained to keep listening, but it wasn't good enough to elevate the rating.
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BookConcierge | 35 other reviews | Sep 29, 2023 |
I'm so glad I read this book since she is gone now and not sure how many I haven't read that I'll read.

A good family book with two types of families. Shelby is engaged to Fred. Susan is a first class bitch who has everything in the world and Fred is from low country, SC, and his mom is so down to earth along with his Uncle Floyd and his grandmother who all live on the farm growing peaches and having a little store which sells fruit, jams, etc.

Susan gets a rude awakening that's for sure. She gets down off of her royal butt and realizes it too. Everything is chaotic in both worlds by the end of the book but then it all turns around.… (more)
sweetbabyjane58 | 17 other reviews | Sep 25, 2023 |
It was a nice story, not my genre -- and too much of a happy ending. It is a complete beach read for anyone who is interested in a story that does not take much thought.
thekellyfamily | 31 other reviews | Jul 29, 2023 |
This was an easy, breezy family tale of three generations of women in a South Carolina family, happily feuding their way through life.

Maisie, the 80-year-old matriarch, is a feisty, outspoken character who frequently clashes with her straitlaced daughter, Liz, often over Liz' daughter Ashley, a wannabe artist. Ashley falls hard for a womanizing politician at the same time Liz' marriage drifts into turbulent waters. Frank uses Ashley's romance to launch a subplot about domestic violence, and the ultimate happy-ever-after conclusion seems to come out of left field.

No brain cells were harmed in the making of this book, but it was a welcome diversion.
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LyndaInOregon | 26 other reviews | Jul 25, 2023 |



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