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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,328 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Sandra Burr, Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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. Linda's personal life? Well, between the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet and her ex-husband who marries a beautiful, successful woman 10 years younger than she is - let's just say, Linda has seen enough to fill 1000 pages.

As the story opens, she is barreling down Interstate 95, bound for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the land of her ancestors. Welcomed by the generous heart of her advice-dispensing sister, Mimi, Linda and her daughters slowly begin to find their way and discover a sweeter rhythm of life.

And then there's Brad Jackson, a former investment banker of Atlanta, Georgia who hires her to run his restaurant on Shem Creek. Like everyone else, Brad's got a story of his own - namely an almost ex-wife, Loretta who is the kind of gal who gives women a bad name.

The real protagonist of this story is the Lowcountry itself. The magical waters of Shem Creek, the abundant wildlife and the astounding power of nature give this tiny corner of the planet its infallible reputation as a place for introspection, contemplation and healing.

As in all her previous work, you'll find Shem Creek to be compulsively readable, irreverent but warm and blazingly authentic - and you'll dread reaching the last page. It is her vivid writing, colorful characters and rich narrative that have made Dorothea Benton Frank one of our nation's greatest storytellers. Shem Creek is a triumphant novel that proves we are all entitled to a second chance. The challenge is to learn how to recognize it when it comes and to know which chance to take. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Schwan | 2/13/2014

    " Didn't live up to my love of Frank's books...probably my least favorite of hers, but I'm still a fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 2/9/2014

    " This is a light-hearted look at relationships, a woman returning to her roots and finding a new life in South Carolina. Ms. Frank creates fine characters and provides lots of lovely Southern scenery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 2/4/2014

    " Not super crazy about this book. I dont like books that are written in first person, as a rule. I also dont like the type of humor that are in this type of book. That said, after I finally got into the story around 100 pages or so, it ended up being very cute. Sometimes the chapters were narrated by different people and it didnt tell you that was happeneing. You would read a page or two and then be like, what? And realize that it was from a different characters perspective. Very confusing. Would not recommend if you had something better to read, but not horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/3/2014

    " Again, i often get disappointed in Benton Frank when i read her and expect Anne Rivers Siddons' writing. However, this is one of her better efforts - - a likable main character, a good story (it sags a bit in the middle), and of course, the wonderful low country setting. If you love South Carolina, Frank is your author - - -her love of it shines through evertyhing she writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisabeth | 2/3/2014

    " This was my 2nd Dorthea Benton Frank book. It was a tale of Linda and her sister Mimi and her two daughters. They come to Shem Creek after her divorce for a fresh start. It is really an easy read and takes place in Mt Pleasant. I like her books because they give me insight into the low country with real places. She is great with her words, descriptions etc. I would highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2014

    " Linda is a divorced woman with two teenage girls. She uproots their lives from New Jersey and moves back to the low country of South Carolina. She is hired by a local restaurant and soon feels like she is truly where she belongs. I enjoyed the book "Plantation" more. characters not near developed or believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/18/2014

    " Not one of her best novels. I liked Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 1/12/2014

    " I did not like this one as much as the other 3 that came before but it was still enjoyable and good for a few laughs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T | 12/24/2013

    " Great beach book. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie Suggs | 12/1/2013

    " Great mother daughter relationship book. Her books are like a hug. They are not complicated or hard to read but they are full of people and how we relate to each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 11/23/2013

    " A great beach read!!! I literally flew through this one while soaking up the sun over Memorial Day weekend. It is a classic Dorothea Benton Frank - perhaps one of my favorites of her Southern fiction. Easy to relate to the characters and love the feel of the places described. Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 11/12/2013

    " It was ok. Not as good as some of her other books though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Belinda | 9/6/2013

    " This book was okay - it just didn't have anything that really caught my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 8/24/2013

    " I've read several of this writer's books, they're all set in the Charleston, S.C. area and I love reading about the South. This was a fun, quick read. A happier version of Anne River Siddons books about the South. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Cross | 5/21/2013

    " A light, fun story set in South Carolina in what they call the "lowcountry". About a mom divorcing and moving back to SC, with one daughter going off to attend university in New York, and the other completing high school in SC. She finds love, of course! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/25/2013

    " This is an interesting, short novel featuring a recently divorced, middle-aged single mom who moves back to Mt. Pleasant, SC (near where I grew up) and finds love. Very sweet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Shintay | 2/24/2013

    " was going good then we had a big wrap-up chapter, like she was too spent to finish with the characters. good food info and good visual descriptions of mt pleaseant sc area "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ambri Refer | 9/19/2012

    " Loved the descriptions of the food and the fact that most of the places mentioned in the book I had visited while reading the book. The love story was a little far fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz | 6/23/2012

    " Another good book. Easy read, but good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layne | 6/7/2012

    " Good book. Turns out I had read it before and forgot so that might tell you a little about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 5/10/2012

    " A truly wonderful low-country novel. This is the first novel I've read by Dorothea Benton Frank and judging by how much I enjoyed it I can't wait to read more! The characters were great, and the story was filled with humor, love, passion for one another and even a little suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 5/9/2012

    " Pretty good story. A single mom packing up her girls and heading home to South Carolina to live a slower paced life. But life has a way of messing with your plans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Em | 5/7/2012

    " potato chip book. needs some editing. but a lot going on and LOVE visiting all my fav SC places in her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/18/2012

    " Not as good as the first 2 I read but still a relaxing read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/27/2012

    " Audio version is charming to listen to. There are multiple readers. Very nice job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/19/2012

    " Loved it! Full of drama and love!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freda | 1/6/2012

    " I enjoyed this book because of the sweet story but also because it took place in Mt.Pleasant,SC. The Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island and Mt Pleasant are my favorite places to visit. I've been going there since I was an infant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glo | 7/22/2011

    " A good read, espcially because I know the area. She writes in the first person, so when the chapter changes and the character changes it takes a moment to figure out who is "thinking or talking." Still all in all a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 5/19/2011

    " Shem Creek was interesting initially, but then I lost interest in the characters. I think the story moved too slowly for me. I did like the use of different narrators for the main protagonists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 4/21/2011

    " Too me the plot was weak. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/7/2011

    " I grabbed this off my shelf yesterday before heading to the airport. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/4/2011

    " I liked this one a lot. Likeable characters, interesting storyline. I always like stories about people starting over and reinventing themselves. I look forward to reading more of this author.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 3/17/2011

    " It's the South, Of course I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 89th: SHEM CREEK by Dorothea Benton Frank
    Trivia Winner - Melissa (Parcel)

    ~COVE OPINION: B, Enjoyable story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/29/2011

    " I enjoyed listening to this book. Good story, likeable characters and good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz | 11/29/2010

    " Another good book. Easy read, but good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/14/2010

    " Audio version is charming to listen to. There are multiple readers. Very nice job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 8/12/2010

    " This was the first book I had read by this author. Love her "southern voice" and am looking forward to reading rest of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layne | 7/24/2010

    " Good book. Turns out I had read it before and forgot so that might tell you a little about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/27/2010

    " Fun read about a mother and her teeenager daughters move to Shem Creek. They leave their lives in New Jersey and experience life in the lowcountry. "

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