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Frank, Dorothea Benton

Works: 99 works in 1,109 publications in 9 languages and 61,876 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Romance fiction  Christmas stories  Chick lit  Ghost stories  Novels  Humorous fiction  Sagas 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3556.R3338, 813.6
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Dorothea Benton Frank
Return to Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

43 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,961 WorldCat member 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
Lowcountry summer by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,944 WorldCat member 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 )

33 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Czech and held by 2,928 WorldCat member 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 soireš 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--̉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 )

37 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 2,894 WorldCat member 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
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

39 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,885 WorldCat member 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
Full of grace by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

41 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hilton Head, a South Carolina retirement heaven -- at least it's supposed to be, but for Big Al and Connie Russo, the move from New Jersey to this southern paradise has been fraught with just a few complications. Especially for their daughter, Grace
The land of mango sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

37 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,833 WorldCat member 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
Porch lights by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

30 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,762 WorldCat member 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
Shem Creek : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

41 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,725 WorldCat member 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
Pawleys Island : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

35 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,649 WorldCat member 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
The last original wife by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and Croatian and held by 2,628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Experience the sultry Southern atmosphere of Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry in this funny and poignant tale of one audacious woman's quest to find the love she deserves, from New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank.Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish--'til death did them part--for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor by keeping her around. She's not going to waste another minute on people she doesn't care to know. Now, she's going to take some time for herself--in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother's stately historic home, she's going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charleston's live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry's dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants. and find the life of which she's always dreamed.Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day"--
Isle of Palms : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

35 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 2,555 WorldCat member 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
All the single ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

25 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Hungarian and held by 2,517 WorldCat member 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
Same beach, next year : a novel by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

22 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 2,389 WorldCat member 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." --
All summer long by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

26 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,330 WorldCat member 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 )

30 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,219 WorldCat member 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
Sullivan's Island : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

44 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,198 WorldCat member 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
By invitation only : a novel by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

14 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 1,971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents are throwing a barbecue to celebrate her son's engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride's father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker and one of Chicago's celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. Meanwhile, mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, who dabbles in public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary Carrara marble pedestal, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons. Soon, and nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane feels the antithesis of the bright lights and super-sophisticated guests attending her son Fred's second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn't be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias' dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Frederick, aka Fred, they will not stand in her way -- although Susan does hope her friends won't think her daughter is marrying more than a few degrees beneath her socially. At the same time, Diane worries that her son will be lost to her forever. These two very different worlds -- of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray -- feature a cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are, and demonstrate what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want? What regrets do they hold? And how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?
Plantation : a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank( Book )

42 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,631 WorldCat member 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( Recording )

36 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,178 WorldCat member 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
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Lowcountry summerBulls IslandFolly BeachFull of graceThe land of mango sunsetsShem Creek : a Lowcountry talePawleys Island : a Lowcountry taleIsle of Palms : a Lowcountry tale
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Benton Frank Dorothea

Benton Frank, Dorothea, 1951-

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Frank, Dorothea Benton

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