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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780061135132
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The rich atmosphere of South Carolina, both Hilton Head and Charleston, is brought vividly to life by Dorothea Benton Frank, a South Carolina native who, with her exquisitely evocative prose, makes you smell the sea air, see the palmettos, and savor the sweet tea—but this time it comes with a side of antipasti.

Hilton Head, South Carolina. Retirement heaven—at least it’s supposed to be, but for Big Al and Connie, the move from New Jersey to this southern paradise has been fraught with just a few complications. Especially for their daughter, Grace.

That’s what she likes to be called, anyway. Her family insists on Maria Graziella. Seriously, enough with the Neopolitan. That might have been okay in New Jersey, but now it’s just plain silly, and Grace at thirty-one is—horror of horrors—still unmarried. No wonder her family drives her crazy. Well, that and the fact that she’s living with the man she would marry if they both weren’t so commitment phobic. Michael is a doctor and a scientist, and Grace has a good idea that he’s also an atheist. Over the years, Grace has become a bit ambivalent about her faith, but her family is as old-fashioned Italian as they get. The stage is set for a major showdown that might just change Grace’s outlook on life, family, and the new South.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Before you get the notion that Full of Grace is strictly another tale of unmitigated sass, overcoming obstacles, and finding true love, know that Dorothea Benton Frank has something more on her mind…Frank has set out to explore wider terrain: ‘life’s surprising miracles of faith.’”

    Charleston Post and Courier

  • “Full of traditional family dynamics, as well as a dose of miracles, Frank’s novel is deeply spiritual. Bennett’s adept handling of the aspects of faith and humor produces an entertaining and thought-provoking listening experience.”  

    AudioFile

  • “A masterful storyteller…Her vibrantly eccentric Russo clan may be her endearing creation yet.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/8/2011

    " Not the most fast-paced or thrilling book, but I was interested in the characters, the geography lesson, and learning more about catholacism from a cynic-turned-convert's perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/11/2011

    " Great story. Always love the fact that Benton Frank's books are set in and around Charleston SC, one of my favorite places to visit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cg | 4/2/2011

    " cute. But this should be in inspirational/religious, not general fiction. magical is the wrong description on the book cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 3/8/2011

    " A story that challenges a woman's faith and values.Interesting characters, humor and compassion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 3/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but thought at time it dragged and I started to loose interest near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/18/2011

    " Love DBF, but this was not my favorite of hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/30/2011

    " A good read. It was a little slow at the start but I became more drawn in as the story progressed. Another story of a family divided by religion and values. This one however takes a completely different twist then I expected. A good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ckelly | 1/3/2011

    " This was the first Frank book I read and really enjoyed it. Very easy read. About an Italian Catholic family. Grace and her boyfriend learn to believe in miracles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 11/15/2010

    " It was ok. I think it was a trifle too religious for my liking though. Like the guy sees the virgin mary statue and then is healed from a brain cancer that no one ever recovers from. Come on now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/12/2010

    " I listened to this on audio, and I think in this case, it made me like the book less. The main character had a New Jersey accent that just sounds rough and unappealing to me. I found it hard to like her, plus she was too loud and sarcastic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bschulman87 | 10/1/2010

    " Kept reading as if it were an assignment. Really didn't become invested in the characters. Relied heavily on Catholic guilt and miracles. Because the beginning chapter included reflections from the character who was ill, you knew what was going to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debebete | 9/2/2010

    " I like her low country books better but this is still a pretty good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirstin | 8/26/2010

    " Inspiring and infused with faith! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/18/2010

    " I seem to equate her books with summer reading, and thus I have picked up this one now. Already immersed in the story. It was a little predicatble but hopeful, inspiring and lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autlaninga | 7/31/2010

    " not on of my favorite benton frank books. felt as though something was missing in developing some of the characters. i love her stories, but i didn't like this one so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 7/29/2010

    " If the main characters did not have an expected religious conversion it would have received a higher rating. "

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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 Narrator

Susan Bennett has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. Among her audiobook narrations are Full of Grace, Replay, and Tiger, Tiger, for which she won an AudioFile Earphones Award.