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Return to Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales, Bk 6)
Return to Sullivan's Island - Lowcountry Tales, Bk 6 Author:Dorothea Benton Frank Whether you were away from the Lowcountry for a week or for years, it was impossible to remember how gorgeous it was. It never changed and everyone depended on that. — Newly graduated from college and an aspiring writer, Beth Hayes craves independence and has a world to conquer. But her notions of travel, graduate study, and writing the great Ame... more »rican novel will have to be postponed. With her mother, Susan, leaving to fulfill her own dreams in Paris and her Aunt Maggie, Uncle Grant, and stepfather, Simon, moving to California, Beth is elected by her elders to house-sit the Island Gamble. Surrounded by the shimmering blue waters of the Atlantic, the white clapboards, silver tin roof, and confessional porch have seen and heard the stories of generations of Hamiltons. But will the ghosts of the Island Gamble be watching over Beth?
Buoyed by sentimental memories of growing up on this tiny sandbar that seems to be untouched by time, Beth vows to give herself over to the Lowcountry force and discover the wisdom it holds. She will rest, rejuvenate, and then reenter the outside world. Just as she vows she will never give into the delusional world of white picket fences, minivans, and eternal love, she meets Max Mitchell. And all her convictions and plans begin to unravel with lightning speed.
There is so much about life and her family's past that she does not know. Her ignorance and naivete nearly cost her both her inheritance and her family's respect. But Beth finds unexpected friends to help her through the disaster she faces: her wise and charming Aunt Sophie; Cecily Singleton, the granddaughter of Livvie Singleton; and Woody Morrison, the solid young investment banker.
This wonderful ensemble of characters could be your own family, but watch what unfolds as they succumb to the island's spell. If everything happens for a reason, then Beth's return to Sullivans Island teaches her that betrayal and tragedy are most easily handled when you surround yourself with loyal family and friends in a magical place that loves you so much that it wants to claim you as its own.« less
Very disappointing, especially since "Sullivan's Island" is my favourite book by this author. Slow to get going -- I read 3/4 of the book before I finally just put it down because I was so bored. Way below this author's normal standards. Give this book a miss.
Blah, blah, blah. I thought that I would bang my head against the wall by the time I reached page 20. I love Dorothea Benton Frank, but this book was awful. Boring and idiotic main character, haunted house, ghosts and foolish choices. None of it interesting. A major disappointment. What happened? I hope that she recovers with her next book. Not recommended.
Not recommended. I wanted to poke my eyes out after the first 10 pages. This was the most unlikeable main character I have encountered in a long time. Completely unable to relate to the characters, who seemed like completely different people from the first book. You wouldn't recognize the whiney, simpering, idiot that is Beth. I usually enjoy DBF for what her work is, quick, light and easy to read. But this was unpolished, the dialogue was ridiculous and disjointed.
I agree with the other reviewers that this was definitely not up to the normal D. B. Frank standard. I read it all the way through, but only because I hate to stop reading a book once I start. Enjoyed the characters of Susan and Maggie (loved them in the original book) and Cecily, but wouldn't give two cents for the rest.