A follow-up to Frank's debut novel, Sullivan's Island, this colorful contemporary romance effortlessly evokes the lush beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry while exploring the complexities of family relationships . . . if Frank's newest receives the critical praise it deserves, it will climb the charts as well.
Publisher's Weekly, May 28, 2001, Starred Review
From the publisher: "Set in the steamy, stormy landscape of South Carolina, Sullivan's Island marks the debut of an exquisitely talented writer - and tells the unforgettable story of one woman's courageous journey toward truth.
Frank evokes the eccentric Hamilton family and their feisty Gullah housekeeper with originality and conviction . . .thanks to these scrappily compelling portraits, this is a rich read.
Publisher's Weekly, January 24, 2000, Starred review
The book's greatest pleasure, however, lies in the delightfully realized Susan, who has all the pluck, charm and gutsy good humor anyone might wish for. Frank also has given her a way with words. In comforting her teen-age daughter who has just endured her first hangover, Susan offers up this bit of advice, "It's bad manners to get drunk and throw up, and good manners are the moisturizer of life." What a wonderful way to trump a rite of passage. Sullivan's Island is really a treat. It's fun, fast reading, to be sure, but there's more here, too, a good writer with a fictional creation who - as they say in the movie biz - has legs.
William W. Starr, The State Columbia, South Carolina
"For weeks now, I've been hearing about Sullivan's Island - at the office, at social gathering and especially at the hair salon, the most reliable barometer I know of what's hot with women. One heck of a beach book . . . Frank keeps you reading compulsively."
The Charlotte Observer Charlotte, NC
"Rarely in contemporary fiction have we encountered a heroine so real, so sympathetic, so at once courageous and outrageous, so deserving of getting out from under . . .want your heart warmed? There you go. Read Sullivan's Island."
Ann LaFarge, Putnam County Courier, Carmel, NY
Honey, you think you've got a dysfunctional family. Anna Lutz Abbot wants you to sit yourself down with a glass of sweet tea and hear all about why her family takes the pound cake... Oh, Anna's Dixie as all get out, madly in love with the South Carolina Lowcountry, especially the islands off Charleston, but she's no steel magnolia (Frank writes at a fever pitch, even when describing the decor of Anna's new hair salon.)... The third Lowcountry novel (Sullivan's Island; Plantation) is sure to delight Frank's fans and win new admirers.
Publishers Weekly, June 2003, Starred Review
"Fans of Sullivan's Island and Plantation will not be disappointed."
The Florida Times-Union