"Wonderful characters who spout witty dialogue, the luscious South Carolina setting she is famous for, and hefty helpings of the food and manners bred as only the South can breed, make this latest offering from Dot Frank a true gem for lazy summer days.
Even if you're not reading it on the beach, you will smell the salt air and experience the sand between your toes. The author puts you there as she has in her four previous books because she does local color better than most anyone writing today.
But it is the wonderful characters that will stay with you long after the last page is turned." amazon
Another great book. Loved the characters of this book. Abigail is one tough lady, one not to be dealt with lightly. Rebecca is soft in the beginning, but she toughens up and Huey, what can I say, he is a character.
I tried, but never really liked this book. The characters are shallow, predictable and stereotypical. It's very politically correct (to the point of being annoying), but at the same time the "help" are all black ... just didn't like it.
I felt like I was back in Charleston. This is a woman's book. It is not chick-lit, and it is not a romance novel. It is just a nice story about four people. Bring this book to the beach, or take it on a plane. It is just a fun book.
I am a mystery fan, but I liked this book. It takes place in the Low Country on the coast of South Carolina, so the setting was new to me. I liked the characters and the plot, but I felt that all of the main characters were too smart, too beautiful, too rich, too priveleged to be true. You knew that things would work out well for them and they would be redeemed. On the other hand, the villians were too stupid, ignorant, sloppy, etc. It was kind of like a Lifetime TV movie. As I looked at the descriptions of the author's other books, it seemed more of the same on a different SC island, so I passed on them. It's a good "quick read" for the beach or an airplane ride, so enjoy it for what it is.
I enjoyed the author's lush descriptions of "arrogantly shabby" Pawley's Island as well as her interesting characters -- their quirks, friendships, & spiritual journeys. And the best part is bad guy gets his just desserts!
Usually, I do not have much to say about Dot Franks books. They start out pretty good but the endings are horrible. This is one of her better books. I truly enjoyed it. It was a story about a lawyer who was living on the island for a few years after the deaths of her husband and son. She is a good friend of Huey who owns an art gallery. He introduces Abigail to Rebecca, an artist. There is something about Abigail they like and they become friends. They discover Rebecca is estranged from her slime ball husband and 2 children. The divorce gave custody to the father unfairly. So Abigail decides to help Rebecca win her kids back as well as some compensation from her loser husband. There is a happiness and sadness and a revealed secret at the end. And for once the ending had closure and it made sense. The only part that didnt seem real to me was Abigail who didnt seem as devastated as one would be after losing their son and husband. Not to mention, she gets involved with the man who she had an affair with which contributed to the death of her husband. So, I am giving this a 4. I liked the characters and the story and it was by far the best Low Country tale I have read so far
If you are looking for Pawley's Island, then you are probably already a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank ... so, simply put, this book doesn't disappoint. Frank is excellent at capturing the flavor of the Deep South - it's characters, it's settings, it's conflicts. Add that to a well-developed plot & you have a great story!
If you aren't already familiar with Ms. Franks work, do a little investigating, read some reviews & see if she is an author you would enjoy. I know I do & my mother and I eagerly await each of her new books!
Bestseller Frank's fifth Lowcountry Tale is a lively story about friendship and family, Southern-style. On the small South Carolina barrier island that gives the book its title, semiretired attorney Abigail Thurmond spends most of her days playing golf and gossiping with her best friend, the portly, lovably aristocratic Huey Valentine. But their comfortable lives of leisure are turned upside-down with the arrival of one diminutive Rebecca Sims. Becca's obvious artistic talent and poise make it easy for Huey to show her art and hire her to manage his art gallery, but when his 86-year-old mother unearths Becca's tragic past, Huey can't help sticking his aquiline nose in her business. Once an attentive wife and loving mother of two in Charleston, Becca became the victim of her abusive husband, who turned her children against her and then filed for divorce. Abigail and Huey must help their new friend, of course, and as they draw closer to one another through Becca's tribulations, Abigail is finally able to examine the ghosts that have haunted her for years, and Huey gets to reveal a (pretty unsurprising) secret of his own. Frank's absorbing narrative manages to feel both authentically Southern and universally empathetic.
I love visiting the Lowcountry of Frank's books. I wish that I could smell the sea, eat the seafood, walk on the beaches and live in the communities she writes of. There are always problems to be solved, just like real life; and there is always a growth and freeing of the real person who inhabits the books.
Catapulted from her hom, her marriage and her children, artist rebecca simms has come to pawleys island to hide from herself. little does she know that in this place she will encounter three people who will chance her life, a wonderful story of getting on with your life and at a beautiful place.
The author's voice was a turn off for me but I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Once I got used to the voice I got into the audio book. Over 12 hours of story telling that developed in funny and often surprising discoveries. Good friends supported the damsel in distress and gave Pawleys Islanders a memorable moment to revelle in success. Huey, Abigail, Miss Olivia see to it that Rebecca stays true to the Island unity and justice
Catapulted from her home, her marriage and her children, artist Rebecca Simms has come to Pawleys Island to hide from herself. Little does she know taht on this arrogantly shabby family playground, she'll encouter three people who will pry her secrets from her; a gallery owner who caters to intrior decorators and heaven save us tourists; a retired attorney from Columbia who's complacent in her fat and sassy life until Rebecca's stormy advent.
Catapulted from her home, her marriage, and her children, artist Rebecca Simms has come to Pawleys Island to hide from herself. Little does she know that on this arrogantly shabby family playground, she'll encounter three people who will change her life.