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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Dorothea Benton Frank Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Of the many barrier islands that pepper the coast of South Carolina's Lowcountry, Pawleys Island, the arrogantly shabby family playground for generations, might be the most mysterious and charming of them all. It is here and in the surrounding area that Dorothea Benton Frank has placed her latest Lowcountry tale, Pawleys Island.

Meet Huey Valentine, the owner of Gallery Valentine, catering to interior decorators and, heaven save us, tourists. Huey resides on his family plantation on the shores of the Waccamaw River, where he cares for his mother, Miss Olivia, a wise and irresistible octogenarian. And meet Huey's great friend Abigail Thurmond, retired attorney from Columbia, who has laid claim to her family's home on Pawleys Island. Huey and Abigail are complacent in their fat and sassy lives until the stormy advent of the artist Rebecca Simms.

Rebecca has been catapulted from her home, her marriage, and her children. She has escaped to Pawleys Island to hide herself from herself. But after Miss Olivia pries Rebecca's secrets from her, Huey and especially Abigail are challenged to reenter life outside the dream state their idyllic geography evokes. They will see that Rebecca has her day in court, but they never expect to provoke a national forum for discussion.

With characteristic humor and a full cast of eccentric and wonderfully lovable characters, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us her most honest and entertaining story to date. People have secrets they never want anyone to know. People have pasts they would prefer be left out of conversation. In Frank's nimble hands, it all comes spilling out to be examined and reconciled.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/18/2014

    " Another intriguing look into the lowcountry tales of South Carolina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen B | 2/1/2014

    " Chick lit for sure, but funny at times and an overall good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2014

    " Enjoyed this one -- will read others by her as soon as I can fit them in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/29/2014

    " I love her accounts of the people and places of the South Carolina low country. Having lived in Charleston (James Island), it takes me back. This is a very realistic and touching story that weaves the tragedies in many lives with the importance of the love and devotion of true friends. An inspiring read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 English | 1/27/2014

    " Its a good enough story. Something about DB Frank's writing gets to me a little bit. At times it seems a little disjointed and "conversationaly" which I'm pretty sure isn't a word, but whatever. Again, the story reads well and its entertaining. Nothing too deep or thought provoking. But its summer reading, what can I say? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/25/2014

    " Great as anything she writes!!! "

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

    " Rebecca suddenly found herself dumped by her husband Nat, and her two kids taken away from her by the courts. She leaves Charleston and heads off to a friends to try and get on with her life. While there, she stops in at a local art gallery in the neighboring Pawleys Island to try and sell some of her watercolor prints and its there that she meets Huey, a man that is about to change her life for the better. He hires Rebecca to work at the gallery, shows her work at an opening, and most importantly introduces her to his best friend Abigail. Abigail, a retired divorce attorney who is hiding on the island as well after both husband and son died. She takes Rebecca under her wing and decides to help Rebecca our with her divorce. As more information is found out about Nat, the better the story becomes. You cant help but love all the characters in Pawleys Island and fight for the underdog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/22/2014

    " Not bad, not great, just an easy beach read that was fun. However, I do love reading anything about the South! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glo | 1/20/2014

    " A great read. She writes in the first person, so at first it's a little hard to follow when the character changes, but very enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Parthy | 1/17/2014

    " Sabrina, from Connecticut, gave me this to read, just as I was leaving Barbados (we met in the spa) so I thought there must be a reason??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny Gumbel | 1/16/2014

    " Good beach-reading material. This is the first time I've read a Dorothea Benton Frank book since leaving SC and it made me miss the Lowcountry. I've read all of her other books in the area they were written about . . . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/7/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book at all. I kept reading in hopes of some redemption - it didn't happen. The three lead characters were elitists and hypocrites. I was appalled by their arrogance and lack of class. I did not enjoy the author's characterization of the South. Overall, I was very disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 12/16/2013

    " Oops! I already read this book a few years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 WK | 11/30/2013

    " Almost done with this book in audio format. It was read by the author, which sometimes is a big mistake. In Ms. Benton Frank's case, her voice has charm, but I wish she had done a better job of differentiating between characters, all of which are either, likable, quirky & fun, or outragious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna | 11/29/2013

    " Loved the mystery in this one and kept me going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 11/29/2013

    " Fairly predictable, but well written. I enjoyed the glimpse of the South Carolina low country. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 summer61 | 10/22/2013

    " Escapism ... good beach book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 7/11/2013

    " this book is an easy, fun read --- total southern charm and life. i hope to visit Pawleys Island someday! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 3/8/2013

    " Love the Southern chick lit! This is a great one! Set in South Carolina and it always makes me think of how simple life is down south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 12/16/2012

    " Loved this book!!! The way it is written makes you feel like your at the beach! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Francis | 4/11/2012

    " I liked this one a little better than Sullivan's Island, although I did think it got a little hokey toward the end, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/12/2011

    " Several interesting characters from Pawley's Island come together to help a woman with her divorce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/18/2011

    " Not my favorite from this author, couldn't get into the characters. Good enough story, and I wanted to like the people, never happened. But I love the descriptions of South Carolina and life "on a beach". One day I hope to visit there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 1/3/2011

    " A little too predictable but easy read. Liked earlier books better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 12/31/2010

    " A light read --- very Southern and very predictable -- but not bad distraction. Of course, I love he place it is set -- so that makes up for a lot!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Schmacko | 11/16/2010

    " A bit of a romantic book and unrealistic. I think this is for housewives in unhappy marriages who want to be rescued by homos and power lawyers. As a homo, I found the lack of self-reflection, the pat villian, and the dismissal of all protagonist flaws offensive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/2/2010

    " Not deep or believable, but certainly a nice summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Taylor | 11/25/2009

    " Picked up this book just before traveling to the low country with 2 girlfriends. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/17/2009

    " I have read many books by this author. Since it's a place near where we vacation, it's interesting to read about familiar things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 4/12/2009

    " This was a good read ~ but could have done without the epilogue. Didn't do for me to be crying on the way to work this AM. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 2/13/2009

    " Fantastic summer read! Light, easy, completely enjoyable!!! "

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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.