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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,976 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780061988776
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Dorothea Benton Frank is a native of the South whose novels vividly capture the wild beauty, laid-back atmosphere, earthy characters, and charming eccentricities of life in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Written with compelling honesty and emotional depth, her stories have touched readers from coast to coast and propelled her to the top ranks of bestsellerdom nationwide.

Now this remarkable writer revisits some of her most unforgettable characters in this enchanting story sure to make you laugh and cry. Return with her to Tall Pines Plantation in this sequel to her beloved bestseller Plantation.

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 Queen of Tall Pines, her late mother, was a force of nature, but now she is gone, leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place.

In the lush South Carolina countryside, old hurts, betrayals, and dark secrets will surface, and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River.

Wonderfully evocative, infused with humor and poignancy, and rich with the lyrical cadences of the South, Lowcountry Summer is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank, a deeply moving novel you’ll want to savor and share.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Seriously hilarious. Lowcountry Summer is also an incredibly poignant story of the relationship between a brother and sister. As only she can, Dorothea Benton Frank shows how we can survive loss, and explores the strong emotions home and family inspire. Get ready to laugh and cry.”

    Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

  • Lowcountry Summer has it all: a sassy, lovable narrator; great, believable characters; laugh-out-loud lines; page-turning action; and surprising plot twists. In other words, it’s Dorothea Benton Frank at her best.”

    Cassandra King, author of Queen of Broken Hearts

  • “A reader need only close her eyes for a moment to feel that thick-sticky heat, smell the wild salt marshes…Frank’s stuff is never escapist fluff—it’s the real deal.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Here’s one for the Southern gals as well as Yankees who appreciate Frank’s signature mix of sass, sex, and gargantuan personalities…Below the always funny theatrics, however, is a compelling saga of loss and acceptance. When Frank nails it, she really nails it, and she does so here.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A richly atmospheric tale of a loving, if dysfunctional, southern family.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewett | 2/17/2014

    " I think I liked Pawley's Island a little better, but this was really interesting also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 2/16/2014

    " Dorothea Frank wrote another outstanding novel about a quirky family and how they band together as they face issues of alcoholism, family separation, sudden and violent death of a favorite friend, and teen promiscuity. And, how they come to terms with how their mother raised them to face these situations. Good reflections and wonderful descriptions of the Edisto River lowcountry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 2/14/2014

    " Funny,sad book revisiting family from Plantation novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelic | 1/24/2014

    " this book was interesting i enjoyed reading it... i loved the gossipy take on things and the high society of Caroline fit her character the omg moments kept me reading, the sad events kept me reading, the drama kept me reading and the happy ending made me smile.... all in all a good read.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/21/2014

    " This book was a little difficult for me to get into, but ended up being enjoyable. Not my favorite by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Gebhart | 1/9/2014

    " It was a good sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Vanderberg | 12/1/2013

    " Always love Dorothea Benton Frank's books. Heading to Charleston April 2010 to do a little more exploring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Shurden | 11/15/2013

    " Always a good summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 11/14/2013

    " Well written and easy to read, a little too true for this southern girl!! Not my favorite subbject - my life!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 11/6/2013

    " The smug know-it-all voice of the narrator got old by the middle of the book, but the story was fine and overall it was not a bad summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 10/27/2013

    " I thought it was a very interesting book...really enjoyed the author's writing style :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue B | 10/3/2013

    " I liked some of her other books a lot more. still love her humor. seemed to be more 'messaging/insight' about issues like children, divorce... in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/15/2013

    " I found this to be a boring book, I just could not get into reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Mcclelland | 10/23/2012

    " Good Southern summer fluff. Brilliant understanding of a certain facet of Southern culture and a certain time in life for a generation of Southern women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin R | 10/11/2012

    " Mildly entertaining beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 6/30/2012

    " My first Dorothes Benton Frank Book! I really enjoyed this book. The characters pull you in and you feel as if you are really there. I walked into the bookstore last week and was thrilled to see so many books by this author. I can't wait to read the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrine | 3/27/2012

    " Better than her last books. This one was not so predictable & a good read with some surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerianne Hannibal | 3/2/2012

    " nice beach read about a woman in her 40's and her brother, full of family drama "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 2/19/2012

    " Not one of my favorites. There wasn't really any character that I could relate to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 2/3/2012

    " This book didnt sustain my interest, I was disappointed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 1/24/2012

    " Not my favorite of DBF. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 10/28/2011

    " Not as good as others of hers I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catrina | 9/11/2011

    " A nice easy read about the life of a Southern Family. I never read the previous book, Plantation, but that really didn't seem to matter. I was able to easily figure out who all the characters where and how they were all interrelated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Molly | 9/11/2011

    " Ugh. Couldn't make it past page 50. So boring. Thank God it was a freebie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/20/2011

    " I continue to enjoy the Dorothea Benton Frank novels (she is a Southern writer whose settings are the South Carolina islands). This is her latest novel and the characters are from her earlier novel, Plantation. Enjoyable, fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellyn | 5/19/2011

    " It was a good quick summer read. Reminded me of the Help but not as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/10/2011

    " I really did enjoy this book! Even named my nookcolor after the main character. She is loving, caring and fiercely loyal! Don't mess with the people this woman loves, and when I grow up...I wanna be just like her. ;0) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 5/8/2011

    " I usually like Dorothea Benton Frank - she writes Southern chick-lit set in sleepy South Carolina coastal towns - but this sequel was pretty terrible. If you are looking for something fun to read on the beach, Benton-Frank has written some good ones, but avoid her sequels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 4/22/2011

    " Not one of her more interesting books, but ties together some of characters in other books. Seemed kind of simplistic. Good beach type read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/21/2011

    " I loved this book! Imagining myself living on a plantation somewhere is my new pasttime. The author has such an excellent sense of humor. Some of the things the main character, Caroline, says just crack me up! The dialog reminds me somewhat of Janet Evanovitch who I adore. Great summer read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/9/2011

    " A continuation of an earlier book, the story revolves around a southern plantation family. Their interesting lives continue to effect one another as they navigate the difficulties they encounter. A good follow-up story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelic | 4/3/2011

    " this book was interesting i enjoyed reading it... i loved the gossipy take on things and the high society of Caroline fit her character the omg moments kept me reading, the sad events kept me reading, the drama kept me reading and the happy ending made me smile.... all in all a good read.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerianne | 3/26/2011

    " nice beach read about a woman in her 40's and her brother, full of family drama "

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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

Robin Miles, also known as Violet Grey, is an accent specialist and award-winning narrator of over two hundred audiobooks. She was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for The Pirate’s Daughter and 2008 Best Voice in Biography & History for Brother, I’m Dying.