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Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales, Bk 4)
Shem Creek - Lowcountry Tales, Bk 4
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters -- one of whom is headed off to college. Between that and the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet, and her ex-husband who marries a beautiful, successful woman ten years younger than she is -- let's just say, Linda has seen enough to fill a thousand pages. No...  more
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425203873
ISBN-10: 0425203875
Publication Date: 5/3/2005
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 148 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales, Bk 4) on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
This book had a lot of comedy, suspense and of course romance. The characters in the book come alive on each page.
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Helpful Score: 7
What a delightful book! Funny and heartwarming!
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Helpful Score: 6
This book was my first of Frank's lowcountry books and sent me to all the others that I could find. It's a good book about finding one's self in the chaos of life.
reviewed Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales, Bk 4) on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Good reading. I give it 4 stars. North and South come together and form a happy union.
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Helpful Score: 4
Ms. Frank has a unique writing style that I have come to love. This was a nice story. It wasn't exceptional. A bit boring I might add, but the language and the phrasing and the conversations were witty and humorous. The story is about Linda and her 2 girls who come down to Shem creek after Linda decides she needs a new start especially for her wild teenager Gracie. Linda applies for a job at this restaurant owned by Brad. She gets the job because Brad takes an instant liking to her, even if she doesn't have experience in a restaurant. The story goes on with life that is intermingled between Brad and his son Alex, Linda and the girls and the restaurant employees that have become like family. Ms. Frank has a way with her descriptions of the atmosphere and the food so it's almost like being there. She is not Anne Rivers Siddons but she is pretty good in her own way.
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reviewed Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales, Bk 4) on + 38 more book reviews
Have recently discovered Dorothea Benton Frank's books, and this is my favorite so far.
Love the characters, and those of you who have gone through the heart-rending empty-nest time of your teenagers growing into adulthood, will appreciate her take on how hard it is to be supportive and yet to let your children fly on their own wings, whether ready or not.
Then throw those teenagers into even greater changes as their mother plans a family move to a different part of the country, finds a new job and a new relationship for herself, and you'll see a mom who's going through a true balancing act in her life.
This book is a somewhat restful change from the fast-paced sexually-charged relationships in many of the current love stories out right now.
But there IS a love story, and it is tempered with the whole family dynamics going through major change as the mom tries to find them a new home with a promise of community, friendship and work in a totally new field for herself.
Anybody out there raising older teenagers? Anybody out there rash enough to try to relocate them at that stage in their life? Whee-uuu...
Every step the mom takes is carefully thought out (which may read as "slow" to some readers), but to me, it's comforting to read about functional family and love relationships, among characters who care about each other.
Like a good stew, the book is well-seasoned with the regionalism with which Dorothea Frank is known, so we get a good sense of the South and the area known as Lowcountry. And yes, it makes me want to go there!
Her descriptions of the countryside are a joy and her characters, funny, poignant and real. Go, Dorothea!
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I really enjoy all of this author's books. Most of them are set in the South, (South Carolina, I believe) and I just love reading about the Southern culture, me being from the Northwest! Great character development, loved the storyline.
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Just finished reading this book. Had me up till 2AM one night. Really enjoyed it!!

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