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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GuestBook Entries

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!!

  19. 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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