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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Born and raised in idyllic Sullivan's Island, Susan Hayes navigated through her turbulent childhood with humor, spunk, and characteristic Southern sass. But years later, she is a conflicted woman with an unfaithful husband, a sometimes resentful teenage daughter, and a heart that aches with painful, poignant memories. And as Susan faces her uncertain future, she realizes that she must go back to her past. To the beachfront house where her sister welcomes her with open arms. To a place haunted by long-held secrets and devastating betrayals. To the only place she can truly call home. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Biles | 2/16/2014

    " Dorothea Frank took me on a tour of 20th century Sullivan's Island and Charleston as well and I so enjoyed the visit! Born and raised on the Island, and gifted with the art of writing beautifully, no one else could do it better! She was home as she wrote this story and so, also is the reader, settled in a comfy chase lounge on that huge beachfront porch reading about the low-country and the main character's return to her dysfunctional childhood in order to come to grips with the difficult circumstances of the present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 2/13/2014

    " Sorry ladies, I liked this book well enough, but didn't think it was anything special. I sympathised with Susan's plight, enjoyed her revenge and growth and was left with a sense of place, but still something was lacking for me. The fairy-tale ending I could live with, but the eventual discovery of who had been responsible for the death of her father felt like an anti-climax and I think I found the whole thing somewhat over-sentimental, albeit in a girl-power/sisters-rule sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Midge | 2/7/2014

    " I truly loved this book! Sullivan's Island, NC, is a place where a family lived and endured both wonderfully happy and equally hurtful times...and where Susan Hayes returns to face the wreckage of her marriage, life with her teen-aged daughter, and the memories from the past. This is a well-written and poignant story made even more enjoyable by the author's talent for description, for developing likable and real characters, and for interjecting humor into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2014

    " Dorthea Benton Frank writes a lot about Charleston and the areas surrounding. Great beach reads, lots of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bbennis | 1/28/2014

    " Probably 4.5 stars. "

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

    " One of my favorite authors. I just love the southern feel to her books and the characters are so likeable.The story goes from her childhood to current day with ease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 1/19/2014

    " My first book by this author and she does a good job telling a story from a women's point of view. I will read more of her books in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/18/2014

    " A great book about families, relationships, and just a hint of a ghostly presence in the kind of place anyone would want to live - everything I like in a book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/15/2014

    " I enjoyed the flashbacks to 1963 and the glimpse into life in the lowcountry during that period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 1/11/2014

    " I absolutely love books that make me laugh out loud, and I also love Southern Literature...this one hits both marks. Terrific! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 1/10/2014

    " BORING!! Stopped reading after 50 pages. "

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

    " Light and fluffy and southern - all perfect things for poolside reading. Everything was great until the wrapped up in a cheesy, frilly bow ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/1/2014

    " "Love. It mystically transcended death. It healed hearts. It changed thoughts. And when you met it head-on, it gave you courage in return." pg 379 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Radice | 12/28/2013

    " Terrific writer and a gripping book. And she made we want to move to Lowcountry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/15/2013

    " All of her books are about the lowcountry in South Carolina. It's great! I've read all but the new one and each is about different characters. Each is a great Southern drama with humor and everything else. She, too, is one of my favorite authors. Shem Creek rocks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 12/13/2013

    " More like 3 1/2 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/11/2013

    " My first book by this author. Definitely "chick lit", but I enjoyed her writing style and wit mixed in with the main character's tragic childhood. Her descriptive details of Sullivan's Island makes me want to visit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 9/8/2013

    " decent story . . . a lot of language in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Anders | 8/12/2013

    " I'm a sucker for southern lit, and I have read many of Frank's books. Her setting is in and around Charleston and the South Carolina seaside. Always a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 7/25/2013

    " I like this author and the settings for her books. I like the way she tells the story from two different points in time. It was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 11/30/2012

    " I read her latest "Porch Lights" this summer and really liked it. then discovered she has a whole series that all get 4 stars...so this is the first book of many...we'll see! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/24/2012

    " A great southern novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Ferro | 9/12/2012

    " One of my favorite summer reads-brain junk food I've heard it called. Her best by far... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Napoleon | 8/12/2012

    " I do try to read a series in order, bit with her lowcountry set books, you really don't have to. I so enjoy the idea of life down in the south and Ms. Franks storytelling makes me want to stay.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Pre | 4/5/2012

    " My comfort book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 3/23/2012

    " This is Dottie's first novel and I enjoyed it more than Plantation and Lowcountry Summer. This story had much more substance, not quite as many wisecracks (but still very humorous), and was thoroughly enjoyable. She included a broad range of characters which were believable and very human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DobermanMomma | 2/17/2012

    " Loved every one of Dorothea Benton Frank's Books. Always anxiously awaiting the new release date! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 10/22/2011

    " When the weather warms up, this is exactly the kind of book I like reading. I'm a sucker for anything that takes place near water. There were laugh-out-loud moments as well as moments that made me tear up. It makes me very excited to continue through the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/7/2011

    " I loved this book. It was a great book to read over vacation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindi Van Meir | 9/18/2011

    " Wanted to like it - but not impressed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/30/2011

    " Wonderful story with wonderful characters! The main characters were extremely real to life and believable. Especially after reading Heart of the Matter which was sooooo terrible. This book made me laugh out loud and cry and snicker and ...Can't wait for The Plantation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope4flowers | 3/11/2011

    " Funny and entertaining; feel-good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 3/10/2011

    " into that south carolina feeling- i NEED the beach!
    tried reading this before but this time it 'stuck' and i liked it
    again.. i like her style of writing- went out and bought a few more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 3/3/2011

    " My first book by this author and she does a good job telling a story from a women's point of view. I will read more of her books in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merri | 2/26/2011

    " 1st book I read by this Author- loved it! "

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

    " 12th: SULLIVAN'S ISLAND - Dorothea Benton Frank
    Trivia Winner - Betty Ann

    ~COVE OPINION: B, Great story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fay | 1/12/2011

    " This is not Hemingway, but it makes for a great recreational read. If you have ever visited Charleston and the surrounding area, you'll enjoy the author's sense of place (she is a real-life native of Sullivan's Island). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/6/2010

    " Great story about family relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/2/2010

    " Good but it seemed unfinished like it needed a couple of more chapters to wrap things up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hippichik1961 | 11/24/2010

    " This was a really good book. I enjoyed it for both the story and it being based in my home state. I recognized most of the places mentioned. The story is interesting, funny, serious.....it's just a really great read & I would recommend it to anyone who asks if it is a good book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie | 10/25/2010

    " Enjoyed the book, thought the end was a little lacking, though. "

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

    " This is Dottie's first novel and I enjoyed it more than Plantation and Lowcountry Summer. This story had much more substance, not quite as many wisecracks (but still very humorous), and was thoroughly enjoyable. She included a broad range of characters which were believable and very human. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 10/3/2010

    " BORING!! Stopped reading after 50 pages. "

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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

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.