Dorothea Benton Frank
New York Times Bestselling Author
Dorothea Benton Frank
"Something about her novels just seems to say Summer" —USA Today

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  1. Monday, March 30, 2015

    Jill Savage

    Charleston, WV USA

    I just got through reading the Hurricane Sisters and I loved it. I really liked how the book heightens awareness to domestic violence. While reading the book, my husband and I purchased a "condotel" at the Shem Creek Inn. We are so excited. My dream of living in the lowcountry is getting closer. Thus, the next book that I will start today is Shem Creek!! Can't wait to get started.

  2. Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    chris spirito

    stromgsville, ohio USA

    just read your book The Last Original Wife , and absolutely loved it. I has actually inspired me to make some changes in my life. Although my story is different its the same. I will read the rest of your books. Great style thank you

  3. Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Pam Paschall

    Allen, TX USA

    I cant wait for your new book to come out in June. I am really looking forward to reading it while I am on vacation with my grandkids! Love all your books,. You are an amazing lady. Thank you!

  4. Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Brenda Crow

    Harrisburg, PA USA

    Hi there - I found you by accident and it has been quite the happy accident! I'm currently reading Pawley's Island (just started) and I am so sucked in it's pretty amazing. I just wanted to tell you that I am thoroughly enjoying reading your books, and I'm hoping there's enough of them left that I have not read to get me through the summer! Please PLEASE keep writing!! Such a fan of a great book (of which obviously, you have written many of, BTW)... Brenda

  5. Saturday, March 07, 2015

    Kathy Cooper

    Taylors, SC USA

    I would like to Thank you for writing about our South Carolina Lowcountry. I have been in South Carolina my whole life and I couldnt be any prouder. I wish you could write about some of our Civil War ghost that are still in Charleston. I just love getting in bed at night and reading your books. I am waiting on The Hurricane Sisters to come out in paperback. If you could tell me when this might happen I would appreciate it very much. How about writing a good book about the Gray Man or Alice in Murrells Inlet. I really just love your books so much. I spent most of ,my life at the coast in the Summer. My family had a place at Surfside Hey that would be a great place for a story. Take care and again Thank you so much for writing about our State and our beautiful coast..

  6. Saturday, March 07, 2015

    Jill Savage

    USA

    My husband and I live in Charleston, West Virginia, but go to Charleston, SC as often as we can. We usually stay at the Shem Creek Inn and hang out on Sullivans Island during the day. I've read, Sullivans Island and Return to Sullivans Island. Glenn bought me The Hurricane Sisters for Christmas. Being a math teacher, I'm more into solving logic problems than I am reading. But, I just started the Hurricane Sisters and am getting through it easily. I LOVE reading about houses on Sullivans and the mention of Mt. Pleasant or Coleman Boulivard. It makes me feel like home. It is a dream of mine to live on Sullivans Island!! It is so interesting to read your books and imagine what it would be like. Thanks for the wonderful insight!! I would love for you to sign one of my books!! The next book I'd like to read is Shem Creek and the Christmas Pearl. Jill

  7. Wednesday, March 04, 2015

    Heidi Blanke

    La Crosse, WI USA

    I just finished reading the Hurricane Sisters and, not only did I enjoy the book, especially the character of Maisie, I was delighted to read the end pages. This Friday I will be visiting Charleston for the first time, a city that has been on my bucket list for ages. (Somehow I made it to China, Hawaii, and much of Europe, but not the U.S. lower east coast.) I was thrilled to find the restaurant recommendations. I am a feature article writer who has only dabbled in fiction, and I was fascinated by your use of real people and places as a way of honoring them. As the former director of a nonprofit (food pantry), I certainly appreciated your drawing awareness to domestic abuse, and to our tendency to disregard issues in our own backyards. The world needs fiction like yours, full of strong women, forgiveness, and societal issues. Anyway, thanks again for the insights into Charlestonâ they will make my upcoming visit that much better. This Wisconsin girl canâ t wait to try some Southern cooking.

  8. Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Patricia Stentz

    Canton, GA USA

    Loved The Last Original Wife! Can't wait to share it with all my friends and book club in Canton GA. Several of us met you at the Woodstock event sponsored by Foxtale Book Shop for the kickoff of Porch Lights, and so enjoyed meeting you. Wow, this is going to stimulate some stimulating discussion material For book clubs; the theme as well as the characters are very relevant for our times. The Barbies as wedding crashers was divine! Would love to see this book made into a movie. Thanks for a delightful read. Patti Stentz (member of RWA)

  9. Monday, February 09, 2015

    Leila Jean Ward

    Vernon, British Columbia Canada

    Hello Dot !!! In our Vernon Library there is a shelf top above the newspapers where Library Staff place the great books they have read. Earlier this week I was drawn to the cover images, then the description of Porch Lights. Let me back up to last evening: I attended my twice monthly Prayer Team gathering, having asked my young pastor at the morning service to please pray for me that evening: at 68 1/2 I am dealing with one too many health challenges, and of course like your characters, putting much effort into finding the positive side to all these things that happen to me. Recently I have taken up painting again, using my own images from back in time, around 1990. I did create a book back then, hand drawn, hand written with some photographs, all about my life with trees. What joy painting like an exuberant 8 year old is now, and as I paint I suspend feeling any pain, fatigue or hunger. From age 19 to 60 I inspired and loved little kids as that artsy, Science-loving teacher. As I bid farewell to Jackie and Annie, what came to me is that I will write about Vic Beach ( Victoria Beach in Manitoba, 60 miles north of Winnipeg) I have all the B & W negatives of the family albums my photographer mom took. I was first there, in July 1946 as one month old, and spent holidays there until I was 9 years old. This beach time was the only really happy time of the year, due to a very unhappy father the other 50 weeks. Silly me to grieve all the sad times, who wants to hear or read about that ! When I talk nowadays about all I have survived, friends say You Should Write A Book, which I thought would make a good title, with a small subtitle like, True Story, But Here's Now ! What Joy Finding Beauty and Sharing It . So your book has inspired my purpose, probably not the first time you've caused this to happen. As I reached the credits for Porch Lights, I shed happy tears, washed in the feeling of all the humour and love in your book.

  10. Thursday, February 05, 2015

    Terry Jarrett

    Colleyville, Texas USA

    My friend gave me The First Original Wife and told me I had to read it. I loved it and could not put it down! I then got on the computer to see what else you had written. Immediately ordered Sullivan's Island and Return to Sullivan's Island. Then I got Plantation and Low Country Summer. Love it when I can put one book down and pick up another that follows. Just read Pawleys Island and wish there was a sequel to it! Reading your books make you want to go there and live! Looking forward to reading the next one on my list, Hurricane Sisters! Thank you, Terry J

  11. Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    Bobbi Duncan

    Kennett Square, PA. USA

    Dear Dottie, We often vacation in your lovely part of SC and at Lake Jocassee, in the upcountry. and hope to retire to that great state one day. I grew up in Moorestown and Mt. Laurel, NJ, so we have some similarities going on. I find it thrilling to read about places that actually do exist. It's as if I can , for a special moment in time, live vicariously through the characters portrayed in your books, making my time spent there all the more exciting. Many times, I can relate so closely to things you write about. Other times, I simply wish the storyline WAS my life lol! It takes an amazing mind to keep coming up with new adventures that make us feel we are really in that place and time, and someone with so much heart to so eloquently express the emotions that relate to us all in some fashion or another. I hope that you will keep writing as long as you can because you are truly one of the very best-- with your captivating characters, and your sense of humor ( that keeps me in stitches), I have such joy to hold in my hands. I always feel so deflated when I finish one of your books, so I read them slowly, hanging on to every delicious sugar-tongued Southern word. I hope that I will one day have the great pleasure of meeting the lady behind the books. Wouldn't that be something....... My very best for a healthy and happy 2015! Bobbi Duncan

  12. Tuesday, February 03, 2015

    Bev Allen

    London, United Kingdom

    I have read all your books since finding one in a little boutique hotel on the island of Elba in Italy. I hate when I turn the last page of your latest book, Hurricane Sisters. PLEASE write the next one.....fast. Bev

  13. Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    kristy wunder

    wethersfield , C.T. USA

    I have just finished sullivans Island and I'm really sad now because I have read all your book's and now i will go into withdrawl!! I have learned so much about south carolina and it's history I told my husband that is our next vacation!! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us all, It makes you just want to catch a plane and fly down,especially in the winter months of a new england winter!Hope some day to meet you in person and thank you personally for all the laughs and tears !!!kristy

  14. Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Jennifer Cox

    Lexington, South Carolina USA

    Hi Dottie, Just saw the info about your FanFest; wish I had known about it; would have loved to have come; will there be one in 2015. Still making your ham recipe!!! Have read all of your books and ready for another. Is Christmas Pearl still a possibility for a movie??? I think Mango Sunsets would make a marvelous movie!! I have read it five times...love that bird, Harry!!!!! Stay warm!! You are the only person I know who just might be in New York and you are getting ready for a heck of a storm!!!!! Hope to see you in 2015!!!! jennifer

  15. Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Cathy Smith

    San Antonio, Texas USA

    I just finished reading your book, "The Last Original Wife." What delightful read it was and no blatant sex for me to skip thru. Thanks for writing such an interesting book.

  16. Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Joy Zito Dovel

    Stephens City, VA USA

    Hi Dottie, I have not written in a while as I had to close my Yahoo account, but now have a new email address. Hope all is well. I wanted to tell you that I lost my Mother in September and wasn't sure I was ready to celebrate Christmas this year. But then I accidentally found The Christmas Pearl in my favorite book store and read it in one day. It changed my mind about putting up a tree and once I got started it began to feel sort of normal again. Thanks for writing The Christmas Pearl. It really helped me get through my first Christmas without my Mom. I have almost all of your books now and enjoy them so much! Please keep writing. Take care.

  17. Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Jo Ann Liles

    Edisto Island, SC USA

    Dottie, You KNOW I've read and enjoyed them all. Maybe because it was your first, I always loved SULLIVAN'S ISLAND the best. (Like Pat Conroy's THE WATER IS WIDE!) However, I have just finished reading THE HURRICANE SISTERS, and I am quite sure it is your best yet!! Your writing just gets better and better, and will not let me put the book down until I've either finished it or fallen asleep with it in my lap - just the old lady syndrome. One of the posts asked if you really talked like you write - if she only knew! Would love to see you when you're next at Edisto. As a matter of fact, our book club will be discussing THE HURRICANE SISTERS at our Feb. 23rd meeting down here and we would LOVE to have you visit us that day. How does your schedule look??? Luv, Jo Ann

  18. Friday, January 16, 2015

    Jodine koenigseker

    Alliance, Oh USA

    We are on Sullivan's Island and having read many of you books, I feel right at home. On our way to Pors Tavern for lunch. Thanks for the terrific stories.

  19. Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Wanda Andrews

    Montgomery, AL USA

    I love your books, they keep me laughing. I went to Charleston on my Honeymoon, we actually stayed on Isle of Palms and visited Sullivan's Island. I fell in love. So I am re-reading your books, and making sure I have all of them on my bookshelves.

  20. Friday, January 09, 2015

    Judy Carman

    Ruther Glen, Va USA

    I'm originally from Hanahan, SC. Love all your books, they remind me of home. Please keep writing!

  21. Friday, January 09, 2015

    Marilyn Moore-Buice

    Wildwood By The Sea, New Jersey USA

    I just love your books! Came upon them quite accidently - was on a holiday on the Island At Fort Walton Beach Florida - they had a closet full! I love your sense of humor - I listen to most on CD on the way to work and I laugh out loud! Is that truly your accent? (I realize you are not reading them but I mean is that how you talk?) Are you from that area? I was born at a beach and visit my daughter at a Beach so I rarely go to any beaches - have been to Myrtle beach and Hilton Head but all of your "Islands" sound great - Thank you!

  22. Monday, January 05, 2015

    Diane

    Stockholm, Sweden

    Just returned to Sweden from Christmas with my midwestern family and last night finished devouring The Last Original Wife. Love your books... they give this American expat a slice of homeiness and the twisted, tangled yet necessary family relationships that shape us. A special thanks for your positive and accepting portrayal of LGBT folks. Now I'll just have to get online and order The Hurricane Sisters!

  23. Saturday, January 03, 2015

    JOYCE GIACALONE

    OLD BRIDGE, NJ - New Jersey USA

    I can't begin to tell you what your books mean to mean. Finally I found someone who gets me. We also went to the shore for the summer, my Aunt had a bungalow down in Island Beach on the Jersey Shore. Then my mom was fortunate enough to buy a small and I do mean small bungalow down the dirt road from my Aunt. She passed on and left me her most prescious possession her Surgarplum bungalow. Reading your books expresses how I feel about the shore. I found a wooden heart plaque the words say My heart will always be in a cottage by the sea. There are about 199 bungalows and 100 trailers in this little community of ours passed down from generation to generation. But sadly we all just owned the bungalows not the property. The owner of the property had passed and it was left to his children. Now we have gone into a Condo Association and the land is for sale at a price many of us cannot afford. We cannot sell our small bungalows because the price of the property is so far out of most of our budgets. Some were able to buy their piece of property but many were not. We are told if we can't afford it just walk away and leave to the owner of the property. So this March this is what I must do, and reading your books gives me a sense of peace knowing how your characters feel about going back to the shore, knowing I;m not alone in how I feel about a place you love from your heart. Please continue to write such wonderful stories to give me something I can hold onto. Thank you. 1

  24. Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Bonnie Thomas

    Southport,, NC USA

    Marry Christmas and Happy New Year! I wanted to let you know that I just had my Christmas reread of "The Christmas Pearl". Too bad we can't all have a Pearl in our lives. Not too much left to do except some baking here, but I always take some time out to reread Christmas-themed novels. After I finished your book I watched "The Bishop's Wife" We all need a Dudley and a Pearl in our lives. Okay, off to finish trimming the Tree. Sincerely, Bonnie Southport, NC

  25. Sunday, December 07, 2014

    Josie Chicago Ilinois

    Morton Grovve, Illinois USA

    I love your books and I've never been to South Carolina and was hoping to make the November 2014 Fan Fest... but it was all sold out. I would like to know if you are planning to do another Fan Fest in South Carolina... would love to come. Please let me know. Thank you.

  26. Wednesday, December 03, 2014

    Diane Evans

    Ridgeland, SC USA

    Received your generous donation of five WONDERFUL books to Pratt Memorial Library in Ridgeland, SC---THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I will let you know how our book fair goes in the spring---in the meantime, have a blessed Christmas with your family, and thank you again. Diane

  27. Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Constance Deja

    USA

    Dear Dottie, Have read all of your books and especially enjoyed your last, "The Hurricane Sisters". On a recent trip to Sullivan's Island we went to Salt for brunch, asked for Marshall Stith and Richard Stoney as you mentioned. Unfortunately they both were not there at the time, but the Manager on duty did buy me a beer! I brought the book in with me and they all think you should do a book signing there!! Keep on writing, you're great a what you do!

  28. Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Jennifer

    Troy, Oh USA

    Dear Dot, I can hardly fit all the things I want to say in this tiny section, but here goes my best effort.....I picked up 'The Last Original Wife' first, read it hungrily, and devoured EVERY other book you've written over this summer. I just finished 'The Christmas Pearl' as I was saving it for the holidays, and again my emotions are thrilled at every turn! Your writing is so beautifully planned, detailed, and woven I can hardly stand it. Telling you I will miss you as I've got nothing else of your work to read is an understatement. As a 32 year old wife and mother, I have learned a great many lessons from your writing and longed to live in the Lowcountry throughout each beautiful story, even going so far as to beg my husband to look for jobs there and 'live in the south, where they drink sweet tea with no reservation, and live life at a slower, relaxed and absorbing pace,' I feel as though I could sit with you as a dear friend for hours and soak up each and every granule of advice and wisdom you would grant me where life is concerned. Bluntly put, I love your characters. I love your stories. I love your writing! Please write more...if only for me. Xo

  29. Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Mary-Jane Linton

    st petersburg, florida USA

    Just finished reading "full of grace" just wonderful. Being a full pledge italian . I related to this family. Brought back memories of the holidays and all the cooking. You could not have done better captivating the italian life. This book is a keeper and will have a special place on my wall unit. Bless you and keep writing.

  30. Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Joye McGinnis, Owner of Joy of Books

    Hendersonville, North Carolina USA

    Dear Dot, I own a small used bookstore in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I just wanted to let you know that your books outsell all the other used books in my shop. Every time I have them available in the store, they FLY off the shelves. Everyone just loves your writing.

  31. Thursday, November 06, 2014

    Diane Strouss

    Neosho, MO USA

    Dear Dot, just wanted to let you know that our book club, "The St. Canera Strippers" (yes, there is a story behind the name), selected your book "The Christmas Pearl" for our December selection. Not only are we reading the book but we're making our dinner from the recipes in the book - except the crab and shrimp dishes. Unfortunately, we have members with shellfish allergies. I have been a big fan of yours for years and have read nearly all of your books.

  32. Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Lynn Shatterly

    Newnan, Georgia USA

    Dear Dot: I LOVE your books and they have brought me so much pleasure--just now on The Last Original Wife-- since I am from Atlanta, can really relate to the places etc. But I especially enjoy your stories about the Charleston area--I hope you keep on writing for a long time to come!! Sincerely, Lynn

  33. Monday, October 27, 2014

    Marilyn J. Miller

    Port Republic, VA USA

    I just love reading your books. They are wonderful. I have read several and just finished reading the "Isle of Palms." This has been my favorite book of all so far. The characters are phenomenal and I am begging you to write a sequel to this book. Anne and Arthur, Lucy and Douglas, Emily and David, etc. etc. Please, please write a sequel to this book. We have to hear more about this wonderful family and the hair salon and their marriages. There are at least three marriages here that need to happen, so please, please write a sequel very soon. I was so sad when the book ended. Keep up the great writing -- it is awesome. I cannot put your books down once I start one. Take care and God bless you. Marilyn Miller

  34. Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Anne Marie Bugeaud

    Montréal , Québec Canada

    OIn September 2013 I was stranded at Charleston airport for a whole day after a fabulous first time vacation in the low country. Charleston, and Savanagh conquered my soul. While waiting to fly back home I picked up Pawley's Island. From then on I was hooked to your books. I just finished the last original wife, and didn't want it to end, I saw myself in Leslie and my hubby in Wes, it was scary at times,,,,,like you described too many similarities with my life, you make us laugh, you make us and cry, you touch our hearts deeply. keep on writting , you are so talented Thank you Anne Marie , Montreal, Canada

  35. Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Jacqueline Award

    Warren, MA USA

    While visiting in FL, happened to pick up "Sullivan's Island" @ a flea market. Read it from cover to cover in 2 days and I am hooked on this wonderfully, bright, funny author. Couldn't wait to call home and let my friends know of my discovery. I plan on devouring all of her books and will probably read them more than once!

  36. Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Marty Ireland

    St. Stephen, SC USA

    Just finished Folly Beach and absolutely loved it. I live 40 miles north of Charleston and love reading your work/books so much because I know these places actually exist. Thanks for your wonderful work and I have ordered 3 more to read. Thanks for saying what a lot of people can't - taking us places our hearts want to go. I help take care of my mom (92 w/dementia) and while I wait for her to wake in the morning, I read your books. It is so calming and makes me laugh, cry and just "be in the moment." You are so appreciate. Thanks again.

  37. Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Sandra Rountree

    Swainsboro, Georgia USA

    Dottie, I just finished The Hurricane Sisters and enjoyed it as I have all of your books. I appreciated the information that you wrote into the story about abusive relationships. I think it will be a wake up call for some of your readers. Thanks for explaining what "swany" means. I have heard it all my life but couldn't figure out what it meant. I always learn something from your books. I can't wait until the next book. Sandra

  38. Monday, October 13, 2014

    Carole T. Youmans

    Swainsboro, Georgia 30401, USA

    Dottie, I have read EVERY book you've written, and have laughed out loud in most of them. My two favorites are PLANTATION and FULL OF GRACE. I am actually doing a book review for my book club next Tuesday, October 21st, here in Swainsboro. We have 50 members on roll, and usually have 25-30 in attendance. I am reading PLANTATION for the third time, cannot find a reader's guide, and that's fine. As a former teacher, I'll get through it. But, my question for you is, "was this book an outgrowth of mother/daughter issues you experienced or mother/daughter issues you gleaned from all of your friends and family? My husband and I actually lived in Mt. Pleasant from 1973-1977; we loved it. One of my closest friends from that journey is Penny Vaigneur; her sister, Brenda, graduated with you. Penny is "Copper Penny" women's clothing stores in Mt. Pleasant, Chas., and beyond. Anyway, that was why I first picked up PLANTATION, the year you wrote it; a lifelong friend and I read it at the beach to each other every day for a week. We literally fell out of our very low slung lounge chairs laughing, and then sighing. I still love it! Another question I need answered is "What does 'YANH' mean, and how is it pronounced? I have written down so many phrases from the book that my grandmother said (in Georgia) that were the same, and I'm sure I'll be surprised at the simplicity of this one, but since I and others NEED to know, will you please tell me? One of your biggest fans and promoters, Carole Tillman Youmans (age 66, I think)

  39. Monday, October 13, 2014

    Kathy Walsh

    Chicago, Illinois USA

    Morning! My husband and I will be in Charleston from Nov 14-21. If you had to recommend 5 restaurants that we absolutely MUST not miss what would those be? Can't wait to get there! Thanks! Kathy

  40. Friday, October 10, 2014

    Claudia Robison

    Bakersfield, CA USA

    I just discovered you! I'm reading library books on my Kindle and came across Bulls Island. You are just what the doctor ordered! I'm waiting for what will probably be bad test results from the doctor. The days of waiting have been bearable because I'm reading your works!! I'm laughing and being so distracted because of your humor. I will be sure to buy any future books and recommend you to all my friends. I'm thankful for the gift you have been blessed with.

  41. Thursday, October 09, 2014

    linda dickinson

    trenton, ontario canada

    Ive read all your books but the hurrican sisters and they transport me to a beach that I wish I was on. Coming from the Uk and not far from the sea and now in ontario by the lakes its not quite the same so reading your books makes me drift back to happy times by the sea.Plantation had a sad end when I zipped to the bathroom and came back to the deck and found that there had been a cloudburst..wet library book...but it was worth it and since that wet episode have bought your books. Keep writing and take me back to the sea. Having read the guestbook..if you ever hold a party on a beach it would have to be invation only!!!! no beach is big enough!!!

  42. Wednesday, October 08, 2014

    Linda Rausch

    Wichita, Kansas USA

    I absolutely LOVE all you books you have written so far. I am anxiously awaiting the announcement and release date of your next book. Do you have an approximate time frame for this release date or the title of this new book? I am sure all your fans are on pins and needles waiting to hear some news. I always pre-order your books from Amazon, the Kindle edition, and stay up late waiting for it to download so I can immediately start reading!! Please keep writing these great books about families in the Low Country, their customs and dialect!! A HUGE FAN, Linda Rausch Wichita, KS

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