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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Julia Gibson, Joey Collins Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780061582875
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After twenty years, Elizabeth “Betts” McGee has finally managed to put her past behind her. She hasn’t been home to beautiful South Carolina and untouched Bulls Island since the tragic night that ended her engagement to Charleston’s golden boy, J. D. Langley.

And why is that? Really, this is the story of two old Southern families. The Langley family has more money than the Morgan Stanley Bank—and they think they have more class. The Barrett family made their nineteenth-century fortune in a less distinguished manner—corner grocery stores and liquor stores. It’s no surprise that when J. D. and Betts fall in love and decide to marry their parents are none too pleased. And when the love affair comes to an end, everyone is ready to place blame.

Now twenty years have gone by, and Betts, a top investment bank executive, must leave her comfortable life in New York City to return to the home she thought she’d left behind forever. But spearheading the most important project of her career puts her back in contact with everything she’s tried so hard to forget: her estranged sister, her father, J. D., and her past.

Once she’s home, can Betts keep the secret that threatens all she holds dear, or will her fear of the past wreck her future happiness? And what about that crazy gator? All will be revealed on Bulls Island.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Frank has penned another winner that’s engaging from page one. Her latest has it all—feuds, secrets, and lost loves. The dialogue is crisp and authentic to South Carolina dialect. Pass this one on to a friend.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “[A] spirited tale…Frank steers through several terrains with great aplomb as the story unfolds from both Betts’ and J. D.’s points of view. Frank shines as Betts finds out if there’s really no place like home.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerianne Hannibal | 2/20/2014

    " forgettable; a summer beach read that is predictable if mildly enjoyable. previous book i read by this author much more enjoyable - shem creek i think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 2/19/2014

    " I would probably give this 1 1/2 stars because it was mildly entertaining and absorbing. As usual with this sort of "beach read" or chick lit novel, I found it to be overwrought and melodramatic. The ending was tied up too nicely with a pretty bow and seemed rushed and quite frankly, ridiculous. The whole Vinny character seemed extraneous to me, as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/12/2014

    " This book was good and I got into the story, but if feel the ending was very rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mmk4 Koenen | 2/9/2014

    " I listened to this book. The narrators were not as good as the other book. The story line was interesting..and pretty predictable. The main characters, Betts McKey and TJ Lang were likeable enough. It is a good on to listen to when you go up and down the NJ Turnpike. Made me want to visit the "low country" like the last book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/8/2014

    " Good story -- would like to see a sequel.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 2/2/2014

    " This is not the best from Dorothea Benton Frank. I like to read about South Carolina, especially places I have visited. However, I just don't like the main character. She's very self centered. When her mother dies, she flees to the north, not getting in touch with her father for 20 years! He just lost his wife and his oldest daughter abandons him. Now she's helping to develop a beautiful, wild island off the coast. She does not care about the planet. And, she is lying to the men in her life she says she loves best. I will finish it because I hate to give up on a book but it is not a favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy | 1/29/2014

    " I'm surprised I didn't like this more as I have read other books by Frank and really enjoyed them. I thought the dialogue in this book was trite - who really talks this way? My other dislike was that it wrapped-up far too quickly. As I said, I've enjoyed other her other books immensely, so I'll read more, but if this were my first from this author, I wouldn't be back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/23/2014

    " I am only on the 2nd chapter of this book. I wanted to read it because we went to Bulls Island last spring and it was absolutely beautiful. I have read most of this author's books too but none has been as appealing to me as the first, "Sullivan's Island." I Ms. Frank speak this past week here in town and she said she is now working on a sequel to "Sullivan's Island." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjohnson329 | 1/14/2014

    " A very well written book so very in-depth characters and plot. Frank is a great storyteller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/14/2014

    " Quite a cast of characters. Betts McGee, J.D., Miss Louisa, Joanie, and who can forget Vinny. They all made me laugh out loud. For me, this book was sheer entertainment....a light, fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 1/4/2014

    " This is one of Frank's best or maybe I just really needed to spend some time in the Charleston zone, but either way I really enjoyed this one. There is mystery, romance, and Charleston, need I say more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Niemeyer | 12/26/2013

    " I love all books written by Dorothea Benton Frank and this was no exception. Charleston has always been a special place for me and this book reminded me of that wonderful place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/20/2013

    " I was able to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. It was an enjoyable read, although I think the end wrapped up waaaay too quickly and neatly. Also, I expected to get a lot more feel for the South Carolina low country, but this was just about the character's relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Durrell | 12/15/2013

    " I love all of DBF's books - this one hooked me right away and I was loving Betts and the whole story. However I agree that it felt rushed at the end. As rushed as it felt it didn't feel like it was "done" either. I enjoyed the first 3/4's so much though that I give it 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/23/2013

    " Interesting, but not her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Reardon | 11/2/2013

    " A great lake read. DBF does not disappoint. I love these books because they are set in and around Charleston SC which is one of my favorite places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle Brookman | 8/22/2013

    " Listened to this book in the car while traveling. It was good and kept me coming back for more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 7/9/2013

    " It was a Beach Read...not her best book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 7/6/2013

    " I've been reading some of Frank's novels lately. They take place in South Carolina's Low Country. Just nice, enjoyable stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellyn | 6/13/2013

    " A romantic tale about honor and star crossed love set in the Charleston area. The setting and story were very enjoyable without being too sudsy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/26/2013

    " Decent read but nothing to get excited about. What they do to Bulls Island is not my idea of environmentalism. Story was predictable and wrapped up too neatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 4/13/2013

    " I love this ladys books, always a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zimmermc | 3/27/2013

    " Seemed more of a romance book than typical Dorthea Benton Frank. Still enjoyable, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/26/2013

    " Always love Dorothea Benton Frank for summer time reads! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/15/2013

    " One more...I am loving these books. Thinking about really traveling south to one of these islands! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 10/3/2012

    " Easy read and enjoyable. The ending did feel a bit hurried but the plot was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 8/26/2012

    " not as good as her others, a financial expert is sent to her hometown to work on a project with her ex-fiance to develop a former wildlife refuge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/13/2012

    " Loved it... but I love all her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/8/2012

    " This was a pretty predictable book but it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 4/23/2011

    " This one way okay, but not my favorite of Frank's books. Kind of perdictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/29/2011

    " This was okay, but I felt it was hurried at the end. There was two much back story left out. In my opinion it would have been better as a larger book or a series. Still like this author overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 2/20/2011

    " If you like the south, family drama, a little suspense and you like Frank's books, you won't be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/2/2011

    " Good book, great beach or summer read. It was a little bit predictable, but the characters were relatable and I was satisfied with the ending. I think Betts got off a little easy at the end with Adrian and JD, but I knew all would end well. Would recommend this book and others by Frank.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerianne | 1/19/2011

    " forgettable; a summer beach read that is predictable if mildly enjoyable. previous book i read by this author much more enjoyable - shem creek i think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Sue | 12/2/2010

    " I must be attracted to the east coast off North Carolina because I like these island stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 10/31/2010

    " Another interesting novel about islands in South Carolina. An enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/26/2010

    " Great until about 3/4 of the way through. Then she tried to wrap everything up in one chapter. Too rushed for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candi | 10/13/2010

    " I am a huge fan of the author Dotty Frank. She provides comic relief to a stressful life! Her characters are vivid and are people with whom you can relate.
    I laugh and cry-it's an amusement park full of a spectrum of emotions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/14/2010

    " Audiobook -
    Predictable " fluff " , but enjoyable all the same . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/2/2010

    " Cute, fast paced chick lit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 8/23/2010

    " Disappointing. Normally, I enjoy Dorothea Benton Frank's books but not this time. I didn't find any of the characters likeable and the storyline was just too predictable in some areas and in others just totally implausable. "

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About the Author
Author Dorothea Benton Frank

Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of Bulls Island, The Christmas Pearl, The Land of Mango Sunsets, Full of Grace, Pawleys Island, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms, Plantation, Sullivan’s Island, and Return to Sullivans Island. She has appeared on the Today show, Parker Ladd’s Book Talk, and many local network-affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues, such as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Before she began her writing career, Ms. Frank was involved extensively in the arts and education and in raising awareness and funding for various nonprofits in New Jersey and New York. Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina, she currently divides her time between New Jersey and South Carolina.

About the Narrators

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.

Joey Collins is a film and television actor who is known for his roles in All My Children, Kidnapped, and Law & Order. He is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has lent his voice to numerous titles, including Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales, East of Denver, and A Thousand Tomorrows.