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Frank, Dorothea Benton

Works: 105 works in 985 publications in 6 languages and 59,511 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Romance fiction  Christmas stories  Chick lit  Ghost stories  Humorous fiction  Sagas 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3556.R3338, 813.6
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Publications about Dorothea Benton Frank
Publications by Dorothea Benton Frank
Most widely held works by Dorothea Benton Frank
The hurricane sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
24 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 2,749 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" --
Bulls Island by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
31 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 2,748 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: returning her to the bosom of her estranged family and, worse, uniting her with her ex-flame J.D
Full of grace by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
37 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,740 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-one-year-old single, Catholic woman struggling for independence
The land of mango sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
34 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,736 libraries worldwide
When Miriam Elizabeth Swanson's husband leaves her for a very young lingerie model, and her new tenant, Liz comes with troubles of her own. Miriam also meets a man who makes her laugh, cry and feel like a brand new woman. It is too much for Miriam to handle - so off to the enchanted and mysterious land of Sullivans Island, deep in the low country of South Carolina, where she can get her head on straight. And perhaps figure out that pride is not what's going to keep warm at night
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
39 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,722 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
Lowcountry summer by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
26 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,674 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
Shem Creek : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
40 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,658 libraries worldwide
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 married a beautiful, successful woman ten years younger than she is -- let's just say Linda has seen enough to fill a thousand pages. Now, she's bound for Mount Pleasant, SC, the magical landscape of her ancestors. Welcomed by the help of her advice-dispensing sister and an intriguing ex-investment banker turned restaurant owner, Linda slowly begins to find her way and realize that she, too, is entitled to a second chance
Pawleys Island : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
32 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,593 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
Porch lights by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
27 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,553 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. Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Captivated by the island's alluring natural charms and inspired by colorful Lowcountry lore, mother, daughter, and grandson will share a memorable, illuminating summer
The last original wife by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
21 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and Croatian and held by 2,451 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"--
All the single ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
25 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,329 libraries worldwide
In this charming, evocative, soul-touching novel, Dorothea Benton Frank once again takes us deep into the heart of the magical Lowcountry where three amazing middle aged women are bonded by another amazing woman's death. Through their shared loss they forge a deep friendship, asking critical questions. Who was their friend and what did her life mean? Are they living the lives they imagined for themselves? Will they ever be able to afford to retire? How will they maximize their happiness? Security? Health? And ultimately, their own legacies?
All summer long by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
22 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,168 libraries worldwide
"Dorothea Benton Frank novels are filled with smart and witty fiction that every reader wants on their bookshelf: soulful, edgy stories about realistic characters familiar to us all that explore the most deeply felt moments of life with wry humor and heart. All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple - prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, an English professor and true southern gentleman. They are seemingly polar opposites, yet magnetically drawn together and in love for more than fourteen years. As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, S.C., Olivia, the ultimate New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace and downsizing. Nick is ecstatic. Olivia is not. She can't let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought. Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivans Island needs too much work. Thank God, for her assistant, Roni Larini, her right (and sometimes left) hand. As they find themselves pondering the next step of their lives, Olivia and Nick travel with her billionaire clients and their friends and are swept up into the world of the ultra-rich and explore the globe with a cast of zany eccentrics over one tumultuous, hot summer. All as Olivia grapples with what lies ahead for her and Nick. This is a story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are still looking for something more. Even the most successful people can often struggle to keep things together. All Summer Long asks the ultimate question: can money buy happiness? From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to Nantucket to the beaches of Southern Spain, we'll come to recognize the many faces of true love, love that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes everything"--
The Christmas pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
26 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 2,115 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
Same beach, next year : a novel by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
12 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 2,085 libraries worldwide
"A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms, one of Charleston's most stunning barrier islands, brings former sweethearts Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship--and flirt with an unexpected attraction--of their own. Year after year, Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl eagerly await their reunion at Wild Dunes, a condominium complex at the island's tip end, where they grow closer with each passing day, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak. The devotion and love they share will help them weather the vagaries of time and enrich their lives as circumstances change, their children grow up and leave home, and their twilight years approach." --
Sullivan's Island : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
33 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,544 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
Plantation : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
37 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,522 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 )
36 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 1,197 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
Return to Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
32 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 882 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
L'île aux palmiers by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Follows the fortunes of the dysfunctional Abbot family. Looking to set her life aright, Anna Lutz Abbot returns to her South Carolina lowcountry hometown. And as she attempts to right past wrongs, Anna receives help and support from a quirky cast of lovable locals
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Alternative Names
Benton Frank Dorothea
Benton Frank, Dorothea, 1951-
בנטון פרנק, דורותיה
פרנק, דורותיאה בנטון. לוינסון, נורית
フランク, ドロシア・ベントン
English (491)
Polish (22)
French (8)
Spanish (3)
Hungarian (1)
Croatian (1)
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