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Frank, Dorothea Benton

Overview
Works: 64 works in 626 publications in 6 languages and 52,125 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Chick lit  Love stories  Christmas stories  Sagas  Romance fiction  Anecdotes  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: PS3556.R3338,
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Publications about Dorothea Benton Frank
Publications by Dorothea Benton Frank
Most widely held works by Dorothea Benton Frank
Return to Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
27 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 2,776 libraries worldwide
Newly graduated from college and an aspiring writer, Beth Hayes craves independence and has a world to conquer. But notions of travel, graduate study, and writing the great American novel will have to be postponed. 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 generations of Hamiltons. But will ghosts of the Island Gamble be watching over Beth?--From publisher description
The land of mango sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
23 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 2,773 libraries worldwide
Having left behind the island family cottage of her youth, a soul-weary woman struggles to come to terms with questionable choices from her past while endeavoring to remember life lessons about love and magic
Shem Creek : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
30 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 2,754 libraries worldwide
Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters. The oldest, Lindsey, who always held her younger sister in check, is leaving for college. And Gracie, her Tasmanian devil, is giving her nightmares. Linda's personal life? Well, between 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. As the story opens, she is barreling down Interstate 95, bound for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the land of her ancestors. Welcomed by the generous heart of her advice-dispensing sister, Mimi, Linda and her daughters slowly begin to find their way and discover a sweeter rhythm of life. And then there's Brad Jackson, a former investment banker of Atlanta, Georgia who hires her to run his restaurant on Shem Creek. Like everyone else, Brad's got a story of his own - namely an almost ex-wife, Loretta who is the kind of gal who gives women a bad name. The real protagonist of this story is the Lowcountry itself. The magical waters of Shem Creek, the abundant wildlife and the astounding power of nature give this tiny corner of the planet its infallible reputation as a place for introspection, contemplation and healing. As in all her previous work, you'll find Shem Creek to be compulsively readable, irreverent but warm and blazingly authentic - and you'll dread reaching the last page. It is her vivid writing, colorful characters and rich narrative that have made Dorothea Benton Frank one of our nation's greatest storytellers. Shem Creek is a triumphant novel that proves we are all entitled to a second chance. The challenge is to learn how to recognize it when it comes and to know which chance to take
Bulls Island by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
28 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 2,737 libraries worldwide
Betts hasn't been back to Bulls Island since the tragic night that ended her engagement to Charleston's golden boy. Twenty years later, she leaves her comfortable life and is back in contact with everything she's tried to hard to forget
Full of grace by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
26 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 2,732 libraries worldwide
For Big Al and Connie, their move from New Jersey to Hilton Head, South Carolina, has been fraught with complications, especially for their daughter Grace, a thirty-two-year-old single, Catholic woman struggling for independence
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
22 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 2,669 libraries worldwide
Returning to Folly Beach, her childhood home, newly widowed Cate Cooper, whose late husband's financial exploits have left her homeless and broke, discovers that it is possible to go home again and discover the person she was meant to become
Pawleys Island : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
25 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 2,655 libraries worldwide
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
Lowcountry summer by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 2,648 libraries worldwide
When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation, she never expected to make peace with long-buried truths about herself and her family
The hurricane sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
17 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 2,553 libraries worldwide
"Best friends since the first day of classes at The College of Charleston, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe, now 23 years old, live in Ashley's parents' beach house rent-free. Ashley is a gallery assistant who aspires to become an artist. Mary Beth, a gifted cook from Tennessee, works for a caterer while searching for a good teaching job. Though they both know what they want out of life, their parents barely support their dreams and worry for their precarious finances. While they don't make much money, the girls do have a million-dollar view that comes with living in that fabulous house on Sullivans Island. Sipping wine on the porch and watching a blood-red sunset, Ashley and Mary Beth hit on a brilliant and lucrative idea. With a new coat of paint, the first floor would be a perfect place for soireés for paying guests. Knowing her parents would be horrified at the idea of common strangers trampling through their home, Ashley won't tell them. Besides, Clayton and Liz Waters have enough problems of their own. A successful investment banker, Clayton is too often found in his pied-à-terre in Manhattan--which Liz is sure he uses to have an affair. And when will Ashley and her brother, Ivy, a gay man with a very wealthy and very Asian life partner--ever grow up? Then there is Maisie, Liz's mother, the family matriarch who has just turned eighty, who never lets Liz forget that she's not her perfect dead sister, Juliet. For these Lowcountry women, an emotional hurricane is about to blow through their lives, wreaking havoc that will test them in unexpected ways, ultimately transforming the bonds they share"--
Isle of Palms : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
33 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,547 libraries worldwide
Anna Lutz Abbot finds her life turned upside down when her much-changed daughter arrives home from college, her wild and sexy ex-husband comes for a visit, her best friend takes up with her father, and Anna herself is enjoying a fling
Porch lights by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
20 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 2,462 libraries worldwide
When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island. Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic--lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds
The last original wife by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
12 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 2,357 libraries worldwide
"Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband's group of cronies. They've all traded in for younger... blonder... more enhanced models. But she is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn't quite there the way it once was. And it would be nicer if her husband paid a bit more attention to her desires but there's something to be said for a comfortable relationship. Or at least she thinks so until one day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she falls into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she's gone. With her eyes finally open to what her perfect life has truly become, Leslie must trust in the healing powers of South Carolina's lush beaches, beautiful sunsets, and feisty residents. The Last Original Wife is a classic tale of friendship and love dipped in the salty waters of a South Carolina summer"--
Sullivan's Island : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
39 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,120 libraries worldwide
In alternating chapters telling of her life in the 1960s on Sullivan's Island and in downtown Charleston in the 1990s, Susan Hayes deals with her incredible island family, her job at the Charleston County Library, and her life as a single mother
The Christmas pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
22 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 2,091 libraries worldwide
The matriarch of a family of belligerent idiots, Theodora finds her efforts at bringing them together for a South Carolina Christmas reunion have gone badly awry, until a very special someone uses Gullah magic and common sense to bring about a miracle
All the single ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,051 libraries worldwide
Lisa St. Clair knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A dedicated nurse with a healthy sense of humor, she single-handedly raised her truculent daughter, Marianne, after her ex walked out on them twenty-four years ago, sending them a lottery ticket once a year as support. One day he reappeared and lured their daughter into a dubious but lucrative venture in Colorado. Now mother and daughter aren't speaking. So when Kathy Harper, Lisa's favorite patient, loses her battle with cancer, Lisa finds herself drawing closer to Carrie and Suzanne, the devoted friends who were always by Kathy's side. As these three women's lives inevitably connect, they share their concerns about men, getting older, and the horrors of maintaining financial stability. Suzanne's ninety-nine-year-old grandmother, a former chanteuse, offers unexpected perspectives on the mores of the day. Carrie's greedy ex-stepchildren are a chorus of cackling crows. And Lisa's mother just can't help herself as she henpecks her to distraction. Somehow their conversations always return to the enigma of Kathy. Who was she? What did her short life mean? Lisa, Carrie, and Suzanne power walk the beaches of the Isle of Palms with Pickle, Lisa's adorable Westie. Gradually they uncover the truth of Kathy's life and unfurl plans to secure their own futures, as fate steps in to help them discover that being single doesn't have to mean being alone
Plantation : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
31 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,551 libraries worldwide
Carolina Wimbley Levine had always sworn she'd never go home again, but when she must return to "see about Mother," she learns that Miss Lavinia, the Queen of Tall Pines Plantation, is filled with secrets and as maddeningly eccentric as ever
Folly beach [a lowcountry tale] by Dorothea Benton Frank( Sound Recording )
21 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 1,193 libraries worldwide
To many, Folly Beach is one of the most beautiful and idyllic of places. But to Cate Cooper, it is the place that harbors many bad memories from the past. She never planned on coming back, but her late husband has left her both penniless and without a home. As Cate takes inventory of her life, she looks to Folly Beach's history for answers to her future
The hurricane sisters a novel by Dorothea Benton Frank( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 949 libraries worldwide
"Best friends since the first day of classes at The College of Charleston, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe, now 23 years old, live in Ashley's parents' beach house rent-free. Ashley is a gallery assistant who aspires to become an artist. Mary Beth, a gifted cook from Tennessee, works for a caterer while searching for a good teaching job. Though they both know what they want out of life, their parents barely support their dreams and worry for their precarious finances. While they don't make much money, the girls do have a million-dollar view that comes with living in that fabulous house on Sullivans Island. Sipping wine on the porch and watching a blood-red sunset, Ashley and Mary Beth hit on a brilliant and lucrative idea. With a new coat of paint, the first floor would be a perfect place for soireés for paying guests. Knowing her parents would be horrified at the idea of common strangers trampling through their home, Ashley won't tell them. Besides, Clayton and Liz Waters have enough problems of their own. A successful investment banker, Clayton is too often found in his pied-à-terre in Manhattan--which Liz is sure he uses to have an affair. And when will Ashley and her brother, Ivy, a gay man with a very wealthy and very Asian life partner--ever grow up? Then there is Maisie, Liz's mother, the family matriarch who has just turned eighty, who never lets Liz forget that she's not her perfect dead sister, Juliet. For these Lowcountry women, an emotional hurricane is about to blow through their lives, wreaking havoc that will test them in unexpected ways, ultimately transforming the bonds they share" --
Porch lights by Dorothea Benton Frank( Sound Recording )
14 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 932 libraries worldwide
As a nurse serving in Iraq, TK has seen tragedy and hope, pain and miracles. But not even the terror and hardship of war can prepare her for the challenges that face her when she learns that her husband was killed in a car accident. Lost and directionless, floating on a sea of grief and unable to care for her son alone, she returns to the South Carolina Lowcountry of her youth, to Sullivan's Island
Bulls island by Dorothea Benton Frank( Sound Recording )
12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 844 libraries worldwide
The blue-blooded Langley family and the new-money Barretts are at odds over the impending wedding of JD and Betts. And then a shocking event on the night of their engagement changes everything
 
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Alternative Names
Benton Frank Dorothea
פרנק, דורותיאה בנטון. לוינסון, נורית
フランク, ドロシア・ベントン
Languages
English (394)
Polish (27)
French (17)
Hebrew (3)
Spanish (2)
Japanese (1)
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