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. Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Barbara Atha

    San Diego, CA USA

    I've read all your books and enjoyed them immensely. The Christmas Pearl was outstanding. A writer who can take the reader back to a time period they have not lived through and make it so realistic that the sounds, sights and emotional impact are accurate, (and the reader can tell the are), is like having the gift Rosamunde Pilcher - my other favorite author - has. Pilcher did it in her signature book, The Shell Seekers. The characters come alive and are so real to the reader, it gives one the chills. It's the sort of talent I strive to achieve in my writing, but I know will take more time and effort since I'm only working on my second book. Having the writing bug isn't enough. It takes a great deal of thought, sweat/blood/& tears for all those glorious ideas and emotions to come off right in the form of the written word. But I'm working on it every single day. My question to you is how many hours a day do you write, and how do you balance the other things that must get done with all the hours needed to place the time and attention necessary to make your stories the very best they can be? Thank you Dottie for your quality writing and all the hard work that goes into it. YOU ARE A STAR! Barbara Atha

  2. Friday, April 18, 2014

    Corinne Booth Gilbert

    Buford, Georgia USA

    My family moved to Charleston about 1939 and I was ll yrs old. Right off I learned some of the Low-country food choices, the Gullah accent and the hospitality of the people we stayed with temporaily. To me Charleston was where I had been born the first time.....I love the places so much, the streets, the smell of the ocean (which I saw for the first time, Folly Beach ) I have now read at least three of your books and they really took me back, hopefully in real time I may get there again. I have a great-grandson who is attending The College of Charleston, his brother was married recently on a farm in or near Clover, S.C.. It was in a large barn, beautiful setting (by the way on bales of hay) Thank you so much for your books that take me b ack. I worked at the Navy Yard from 1943 - 1945, was a Flower girl for a launching which was an honor for a 15 year old. I have contemplated doing a book, have all kinds of material, but just don't know how to put it together; However, after seeing your "Write That Book !", I am being encouraged once again. Sincerely, Corinne Booth Gilbert Thanks Dorothea

  3. Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    mary armstrong

    hazelwood, MO USA

    Hi Dorothea i just wanted to add to what i said earlier i have every book you have written except Folly Beach and The Last Original Wife which i just checked out of library until i can buy them. I love each one of your books you are such a talented writer. Charleston is my favorite place on earth have been there a couple of times to Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms hope to come again maybe next year Please keep up the great work and come see us in St Louis Mo sometime i wouldn't recommend the winter maybe in summer the humidity will make you feel at home I will be taking some of your books on vacation to Florida with me this year Hope you have a new book soon can't have enough of your books Take care from Mary and my shelty Miss Bonnie Blue Butler

  4. Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    mary armstrong

    hazelwood, mo USA

    Dorothy i love all your books so much you are one of my favorite writers i just finished folly beach and am starting the last orig wife you are awesome keep up the great work charleston is my favorite place on earth love from me and my shelty bonnie blue butler

  5. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Cheryl Blakely

    Whitehall, MI USA

    My husband and I just returned from visiting Sullivan's Island and spending some time at Ft. Moultrie, Folley Beach, and dining at the Wreck at Shem's Creek. I've read all your books and have been drawn to the Low Country to visit these places you write about. I'm anxiously awaiting your next book.

  6. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Ann

    Townsend, Ontario, Canada

    Just finished Bull's Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Return to Sullivan's Island. Wanted to read something with some sand in it while on an extended vacation in Myrtle Beach. Dorothea weaves an enchanting spell. I feel as if I've been sitting on the porch at Island Gamble enjoying the view and the company. This was one of those times when I hated to turn the last page. Time to pour a little O Be Joyful and toast a holiday much enhanced by Dorothea's magic.

  7. Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Thea Ellicock

    Australia

    Dear Dorothea, I have just recently found your books in our library and must say I find them delightful to sit and read. From the first couple of pages I find I cannot put the book down as straight away I'm into the story, you are certainly a lovely writer and hopefully there are many more books to come. I shall certainly recommend you to my friends. keep up the lovely work. Thea

  8. Friday, April 04, 2014

    Carolyn

    Mt Pleasant, SC USA

    I really enjoy listening to your books. I'm in my car a lot for work, and the stories make my day enjoyable! My only complaint is that I would prefer someone else read the book. I mean no offense- the professional readers just do a better job of make of the characters come alive. I won't buy an audio book read by any author because it's never as good as one read by a pro.

  9. Friday, April 04, 2014

    Marcie Ishikawa

    La Verne, California USA

    I just discovered your books and I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed the four I have read. Once I start the book I don't want to put it down till it is finished. Can't wait to read all of them. You have written such wonderful stories that grab the reader from the first sentence. I am so delighted I discovered your books. Just keep them coming.

  10. Wednesday, April 02, 2014

    Diane

    Ridgeland, South Carolina USA

    WHEW!!! Just saw that you DO have a book coming out this summer---THE HURRICANE SISTERS---I am SOOOOO happy. I know you will be busy in the coming months as the Mother of the Bride, but relax, everything will fall into place beautifully. Good luck to all.

  11. Sunday, March 30, 2014

    Ann Curtis

    Mesa, Az USA

    I am happy! I have found a new favorite author! Ms Frank's books are amazing on audio. Stories zing along so I am engaged from the first line. Keep writing!

  12. Saturday, March 29, 2014

    Ellie N

    Farmingville, NY USA

    I had the privilege of living in Rock Hill SC and Charlotte NC for 2 years. While not near the ocean like I hoped I came to the love the Carolinas. While reading your books Porch Lights and Shem Creek it brought back all the wonderful memories of living in the South, the friendliness, the sense of community and the open arms that welcomed me (a Brooklynite then a Long Islander). Sitting on a screened in porch, cocktail hour, shopping at BI-LO, having dinner at a restaurant that looked like a dump and served fresh seafood fit for a Queen. Mrs. Frank you are truly a wonderful writer who brings tears to my eyes, a smile to my face and warm in my heart. God Bless You for you have truly received one of The Lord's greatest gifts. It's on to Sullivan's Island (maybe I'll win the lottery and buy a beach cottage there....dream on).

  13. Saturday, March 29, 2014

    Sharon Barnette

    Myrtle Beach, SC USA

    I first found your books 2 years ago while staying with my mother in TN. Her community has a sn Mall exchange library. I had just left my husband of 40 years and needed to keep my mind occupied. I could not focus on reading for a year. Then I was in a car accident and diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I missed the dinner/book signing June 11, 2013 because of it. I just completed radiation treatment. I have all but the last two books. I am looking forward to getting them and catching up. Living in the area of the setting of the books makes them so special.

  14. Friday, March 28, 2014

    Diana Massengale

    Las Cruces, New Mexico USA

    I just finished reading Plantation. Thank you so much for writing this book. I actually resented life interceding so I had to put it down for a while. I cried along with Caroline during Lavinia's illness and death. And I laughed also at the right parts, of course. Your characters are so well drawn. I'll see about reading some of your other books. Thanks again.

  15. Friday, March 28, 2014

    LuAnn Pino

    Staten Island, New York USA

    Yes, I'm still one of the last who love to visit the local library and search for that perfect book to fit the present mood I'm in. Recently, I just finished the wonderful "The Original Wife" and I can assure you that I will be reading all of Dorothea's novels. Thank you for introducing yourself to me with your latest. I just need to mention that while reading the epilogue Harold is referred to as having two daughters, it was Paulo who had the two daughters and Harold was the father to Molly, right??? Just let me know. I hope to visit the beach areas of Charleston this summer. Bye

  16. Friday, March 28, 2014

    Deb

    Mishawaka, IN USA

    I have read every one of Ms Benton Franks' books. When I finish the latest it's almost agony waiting for the next to come out. Her books are like a release for me. Almost therapy! Her characters are real and funny and the emotions that these women go through are feelings that I can truly relate to. Please don't ever stop writing, Ms Benton Frank!!

  17. Friday, March 21, 2014

    Julia

    Spartanburg, SC USA

    My cousin, in IL, gave me one of your novels for my birthday last year ("Isle of Palms"). I enjoyed it so much that I read it twice! Now, I'm reading "Sullivan's Island" & enjoying it too. You capture the South in such an honest & true fashion. Of course, being in the Palmetto state, I can really relate to the locales ... people ... culture. That makes it all the more interesting. Keep the creative juices flowing!!!

  18. Thursday, March 20, 2014

    Louise Auchampach

    Eagle, ID USA

    Hi Dorthea - I haven't been on your site for quite some time, and decided to check this evening to see when I could expect to purchase your next book. I'm heartbroken to not find an upcoming novel from you! I accidentally stumbled onto Sullivan's Island several years ago and have been a rabid fan since. When will you have a new book out?

  19. Thursday, March 20, 2014

    Theresa Corona

    Morristown, NJ USA

    The Last Original Wife struck a chord. I laughed out loud reading the brawl at the club and the mooning at the wedding. My heart ached for Les and her loss of confidence and rejoiced when she regained her footing and learned to love herself. There were so many elements that made me ponder my own life: obstacles , joys, disappointments and similarities. Thank you for writing a character like Les. She voiced so many of my feelings. I have made a few strong changes in my life and this book vindicated those decision. As my husband said, "It is not my job to make your happy. That comes from within yourself. " While that angered me initially, it spurred me on and I am a wonderful path though 22 million on hand would have made the journey easier. As women we should hold our heads high, as we make a significant difference especially by teaching our children our example of respecting and nurturing ourselves. Thank you and I look forward to reading your other books.

  20. Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Maureen Martinek

    San Antonio (Accidental Move), Texas (Same Accidental Move) USA

    Hello Ms Frank: I sent my massive missal to Ben Bruton at Harper Collins. I can copy it and paste it here, but maybe he could just send it to you? Maybe that's a big pain too. So, I'll try to copy it in this space. Well, that doesn't work. I wrote too much;-) and only the first paragraph would fit. Hope you will have the opportunity to read it someday. Thank you for your wonderfully entertaining books. Do you think your publishers might 'let you come' to San Antonio, Texas on tour someday? What a great treat for those of us wondering why we are still here;-) Maureen Martinek

  21. Friday, March 14, 2014

    Jenny Ann Magarelli

    Bradenton, Florida USA

    Thank you for coming to Bradenton today, Friday, March 14th. The sun shown for you in all its glory and it smiled on your event at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Grill. You were a pleasure to see and to hear and as I said when I spoke with you - you are like family. Enjoy your guests tomorrow and the wedding. Hopefully, you will visit us in this beautiful part of our Paradise again very soon. Looking forward to your next book! Do not have a favorite - love them all for in each of them there is something I find that touches me, makes me laugh or makes me cry or all of the above!

  22. Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Sharon Bodiford

    Colorado Springs, CO USA

    You are an awesome story teller (there's that word the kids all use, sorry!); however, you are. I just discovered you w/ "The Last Original Wife" and am now in the process of reading all of your books. I am a few years older than you, and you have a wonderful knack for speaking for so many of us who are at a certain point in our lives. My husband & I travel to Charleston as much as we can, and I feel as if I am reliving my visits to your beautiful and magical homeland through your novels. Thank you so much for enriching our lives.

  23. Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Beth Corvette Worham

    WAYNESVILLE, NC USA

    I stayed up late last night reading The Last Original Wife and got up at 5:00 this morning to finish it. It is now my favorite DBF book, pushing Land of the Mango Sunsets into second place by default. I laughed out loud at "the Old and the Determined" and "bleeding out from my balls." This is exactly the way my girlfriends and I speak and the types of phrases that make us laugh. What I want to know is - how could you know me and my family so intimately as to write a book about us? Charlotte and Holly live with me under different names, " Harlan" lives in Costa Rica, and I dearly love him and his amazing dog, "Wes" though is only insensitive when he's watching Netflix and wearing those blasted headphones, and I do see "Jonathan" whenever we're both back in Charleston for a St. Andrew's or Citadel reunion or homecoming. The only thing I'm missing is the $22,000,000 - and you better believe I'm gonna start looking for it! Thanks for keeping it real about Charleston and her people and for your wonderfully wacky way of revealing your comical side. Beth

  24. Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Amy Barela

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC USA

    The first book I read was Plantation and then just kind of lost touch with your work because I was working all the time, well my husband bought me a new kindle for my birthday and I bought Folly Beach, figuring I would read it here or there when I have a chance in between the 12 new books we just bought well, those 12 are now ignored and yours is the only one I'm reading. I can't yet decide which to start next but I already bought 3 so it will be one of those. I love the way you write! I'm a huge horror fan believe it or not, I love Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Douglas Clegg but something keeps me reading your works as well. Wonderful wonderful writer!

  25. Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Dorothy D'Allesandro

    Conowingo, MD USA

    I just finished Porch Lights......it was fabulous! I have read all your books except your latest - the last original wife. I loved every single one of them. You never fail to paint the perfect picture in my mind of all the characters in your books. I love the humor - the inner thoughts of some of the characters - I can feel the laughter - the pain - and the scary parts. You're the best!!! I share your books with my fellow readers all the time. Best wishes to you and keep on writing! Cheers...Dorothy

  26. Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Jean Walters

    Bozman, MD 21612 USA

    I just finished The Original Wife and enjoyed it very much. In fact, I have read all of your books except Porch Lights. Being such a fan of yours I have recommended your books to many of my friends and they are fans, too . The main reason I opened your website today was to see if I could find your recipe for Mimi's Pound Cake . I am delighted to find the recipe because it is my favorite pound cake. I had jotted it down and have made it many times, but I couldn't find my note. Keep up the good work and write more books.

  27. Monday, March 10, 2014

    Carroll Santos

    Mt. Pleasant, SC USA

    Hello Dottie Benton :) I just wanted to say that your article in the Charleston Magazine was so wonderfully nice to read...All I gots ta say is "ain't it the truff" !! Refreshing!!

  28. Monday, March 10, 2014

    jan

    Cincinnati, Ohio USA

    Just read about your "Christmas Pearl" story becoming a movie....OMG.....Its about time you were "published" on the big screen. Absolutely cant wait for its release...I am not aware of the date it is to hit the theaters though. Can you fill me in? I have read, and have most on hand, all of your incredible novels and have loved each one. Always anticipating the newest ones release. I still wish you would write a sequel to "Full of Grace". That is my very favorite. You are so talented and creative with your novels ..I hope they keep coming and that more are made into movies.........What a tribute to all your hard work and research......Thank you for rewarding your loyal fans each year with a new best seller...................Jan

  29. Thursday, March 06, 2014

    Susan Wurtzel

    Germantown, Md USA

    I just read that The Christmas Pearl is being filmed by Whoopie Goldberg! My favorite author and my favorite entertainer! What a combination! Can't wait! And a new book in June! I started reading your books after my first low country vacation 13 yrs ago. And I only read your books in the summer--on my porch or when I'm in SC. As soon as this damn weather warms up, I'lm going to sit on my porch and read The Last Original Wife. Your books and my low country vacations are my perfect summer treat. Thank you!

  30. Wednesday, March 05, 2014

    billie b

    hot springs, ar USA

    peaceful, romantic, sexy, all that and more. and this coming from a male reader who is quite comfy curling up on the couch with one of dorothea's stories...

  31. Monday, March 03, 2014

    Mrs. Marty Ireland

    St. Stephen, SC USA

    I was raised near Charleston (40 miles north) in St. Stephen - I love your work and I feel like I am right there in your story. I am reading Isle of Palms right now and love it. Thank you for loving this area enough to let others know how special it is to us. I have read several of your books and love every one of them.

  32. Saturday, March 01, 2014

    Linda Murray

    Hampstead, MD USA

    Ms. Frank - I am a newcomer to your works...and I can't put them down!!!!! Last week I got The Last Original Wife out of the library and read it in a day (needless to say we had pizza for dinner that night). I have since gone back to the library and checked out everything they had and have the remaining books on order from other branches. I have now also read Pawley's Island and am engrossed in The Land of Mango Sunsets. You are most definitely on my list of authors whose books I will purchase! I am a voracious reader, and will definitely gobble up all your works. I have laughed and cried with your characters and look forward to many more adventures in reading with you. P.S. Your comments in the acknowledgements section of your books is almost as entertaining as the books themselves!!

  33. Saturday, March 01, 2014

    Leuvenia Scrughan Baker

    Charleston, South Carolina USA

    Love your Books! Can't wait for your Movie! My daughter Christi and I were xtras in a Jody Foster Movie in Charleston in 2000. We would love to be in your Movie w/Whoppi!

  34. Friday, February 28, 2014

    Mary Richardson Clawson

    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA

    Hi Dottie, Just read in the morning paper about your movie deal!! WOW - can't wait for it to come out. Also have seen the renovations being done to your new home. Oh to live on the front beach again. Wasn't that the Engle's old home? Take care and best regards to Peter and the children (all gown up by now) Mary

  35. Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    jill engle

    walnutport, pa USA

    Love your books and am transported like I am there. Have it on my list to see the place you write about and your home town. Want to also eat at Station 21 I think. Am glad to see you will have a book as a movie. Thank you for wonderful stories and a book that never disappointments. Love the sound of the ocean when entering this page. Thank you for wonderful stories and doing what you do . Looking forward to your next book.

  36. Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Sissy Kirchner Seyle

    Papillion, Nebraska USA

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BOOK DEAL, DOTTIE:) HOW STINKIN' EXCITING! I GAVE ALL FIVE LADIES IN MY WALKING GROUP THE CHRISTMAS PEARL AS A SERCIE THE YEAR IT CAME OUT AND THEY ALL LOVED IT! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN!!!!! PLEASE ADD OMAHA, NEBRASKA TO YOUR TOURING SCHEDULE- I'LL HAVE THE LIGHT ON READY FOR YOU! BLESSINGS TO YOU & THE FAMILY, <3 SISSY

  37. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Michaelene Slivka

    Mingo Jct., Ohio USA

    Just finished "the last original wife", my first of your books. LOVED IT! Being the same age as Leslie I could relate to it in so many ways. Also I've got Charleston on my bucket list now! Just one question--in Chapter 26, 4th paragraph--weren't Paolo's daughters flirting with Bertie? (not Harold's) Left me a bit confused. Heading out to the library to get another of your books!

  38. Sunday, February 23, 2014

    Kathy Christianson

    Newington, CT USA

    I have never been so moved to write to an author - EVER! And I've been an avid reader since 12 years old (a while ago). I just finished The Land of Mango Sunsets. As I closed the book from the last page I said to myself, "I have to write to that woman!" Your books make me cry and make me laugh. I love the spirit of the main characters. I love how you love the Lowcountry and the antiquity of the island, its' people and the wisdom of the island and the spirits. I also truly appreciate the spirituality of your books. It seems that every time I read one there was a lesson in it for me - words of wisdom for where I am at that time in my life. You are truly a gifted writer. I feel connected with you as well as your characters. Thank you for sharing your gift and talent with me...with us. Keep writing, please.

  39. Monday, February 17, 2014

    PJ Cross

    Wilmington, NC USA

    I have all of your books and love them all. But every January for several years during the cold blah months, I find myself rereading "Pawleys Island." It is my go to comfort book that makes me think of warm breezes and the coming summer. I only have one complaint! I just want the stories of Abigail, Rebecca, Huey, Byron, and Daphne to continue on - they have become so real to me. Do you ever consider writing a sequel to this wonderful book?

  40. Saturday, February 15, 2014

    Holly Goodman House

    Candler, NC USA

    I have every one of your books on my shelf at home, some autographed. I am getting ready to read The Last Original Wife tonight. I cannot wait to read what you have next. I am in love with these stories. I was actually born in SC and most of my family is still scattered throughout SC. I live in Asheville/Candler, NC now but hope to return to Charleston to live. I just feel completely at home with your writings! Thank you so much! Love you! Holly

  41. Friday, February 14, 2014

    Marcia Sasser

    Canton, Georgia USA

    Well you might have heard about the recent snow in Atlanta? Well I was lucky enough to have picked up three of your books at the library just before the storm hit. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO BE SNOWED IN!!! I'm hooked, and waiting for a book about Edisto Island as my brother has a place on Pompano called the Big Honey Do! I've truly enjoyed the characters I've met thus far and will look forward to meeting more. Thank you for sharing your talent and some of our favorite haunts :D

  42. Friday, February 14, 2014

    Christian

    Birmingham, Alabama USA

    DBF, I have recently started reading again....been too long....last thing I remember reading on my own valition was Dear God, It's me, Margaret, and the like. I finally have more ME time and i choose to spend it reading and listening to books that take me beach bound. I found an audiobook of yours...The Land of Mango Sunsets. I'm listening to it now.....it's delightful! Being from the South, and understanding all of the southern slang (and attitude) I have laughed out loud about every 45 seconds! This is a vacation to my ears! The relationship that Miriam has with herself - the inner struggle she has with herself - and the regret not doing what she REALLY wants to do, marrying an ass, a mother that is woefully happy with her 'new' life, really hits home. i can't wait to finish!!!! Thank you for your witty ditty. I am looking forward to your many many other books!!! BTW, I think I know the 'Hor-a" from Birmingham!!!! Christian F

  43. Monday, February 10, 2014

    Meg Cox

    Lexington, SC USA

    Hey Dottie, Have written before and met you at the book signing in Columbia last June.; if you go to Rock Hill for Christmas, let me know. I gather up as many copies of Christmas Pearls as I can and give them for Christmas presents. Everyone loves them and it inspires them to read more of your books. Is a movie still coming along? I would like to see Dionne Warwick or Diana Ross be Pearl; I can see someone very tall and compelling; how 'bout Queen Latifah??? I heard she is actually a minister. Mango Sunsets would be a wonderful movie too; have read it 3 times and still catch things I missed!! When is your cookbook coming out? Are you moving to SC soon or still in NY? Heard the Ravanel Bridge had ice and snow and had to be closed. Just love all of your books and have read them all, some 2-3 times; Mango Sunsets is wonderful and so is Shem Creek. Meg Cox

  44. Thursday, February 06, 2014

    Loretta Acheson

    Bolivia, North Carolina USA

    Enjoy all your books! Looking forward to meeting you when we come to your signing on June 10, 2014 in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Do we need to make a reservation? When is you next book coming out? This spring? And the cookbook? Love Charleston....S.N.O.B. Pinckney Inn! We visit there often and picture your wonderful stories as we visit that beautiful city. Thank you.

  45. Wednesday, February 05, 2014

    Lynn

    Peachtree City, GA USA

    When I was in Charleston last week (during the ice storm) I took friends to the cooking school I have attended several times. And, lo and behold, I had the pleasure of meeting your vivacious daughter! What a charmer! I am so looking forward to buying the cookbook you two are writing. And, she also told me you had a new book coming out this Spring. I met you several years ago when you were in Peachtree City promoting MANGO SUNSETS. I have read all your books . Thank you for writing about my favorite places on earth!

  46. Tuesday, February 04, 2014

    Jane Hayes

    Rock Hill, South Carolina USA

    I am the chair of ChristmasVille, our annual weekend Christmas festival in Rock Hill, SC. We would like to invite you to an author luncheon on Friday, December 5 to speak and sign books. How do I contact someone to make that happen? You would be our Christmas Pearl! Thank you.

  47. Thursday, January 30, 2014

    W Daloiq

    Boothwyn, PA USA

    I just finished reading Sulivan Island and have to tell you it was the second best book I have read in my life. What a great story full of life the way life really is. Obviously you are a gifted writer and I am so glad I just happened upon your book. I look forward to the next one. Thank you

  48. Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Sandra

    Vonore, Tennessee USA

    Really enjoyed your book, The last original wife. This is the first book I've read published by you. Thank you for writing about the "older" woman. Usually, most books are about young, perfect Barbies. Thank you for including the rest of us as well. I'll make it a point to read your other books.

  49. Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    Laree Kicklighter

    Brunswick, Ga USA

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all your books & would like to visit the various islands. Could you offer "must sees" "must eats" & "must stays"?

  50. Monday, January 27, 2014

    Mary McDaniel

    Hamilton, OH USA

    I truly enjoy reading your books and visiting the Charleston area. Thanks to you, we enjoyed dining at Shem Creek and Station 22. The Mt. Pleasant area has certainly built up over the years but we still think of it as one of our favorite places to visit. And your books allow me to visit again through the eyes of a local.

  51. Monday, January 27, 2014

    Dar Robinson

    Arlington, Wa USA

    What a treat this new website is! It's like opening a Christmas present all wrapped in class and perfection giving you more gifts to open and explore of what else is inside.! It's fun! All of it giving you glimmers of yes, summer, and the South! .... Years ago, for Christmas, my daughter, Cady Rose, gave me your book, Sullivan's Island, She saw it on display at the bookstore and somehow knew she had to buy it. As a result, not just for me, but for us and for my sisters and Ya Yas! After my mother passed away, my Father moved our family from Oklahoma City to Seattle , Washington, In reading Sullivan's a Island, it was the first of your books that brings me home every time. And after reading Pawleys Island we have vacationed there on the beach five times with another trip planned this year. It is like going home. Thank you Dear Dorthea for sharing this beautiful gift you have of bringing such comfort and joy in the crazy world we live in. And.."Hale To The Penguin "!

  52. Monday, January 27, 2014

    Sarah Gregg

    Anderson, South Carolina USA

    I have every single one of your books and I had the pleasure of meeting you at a book store in Columbia SC a few years back when you signed my book ! I watch your site faithfully awaiting news of your next book ! I LOVE your books and I have got my Daughter, Mom and sister hooked on them as well. How soon will you have your next book on the shelves ?!

  53. Monday, January 27, 2014

    Cindy Snipes

    Covington, OH USA

    Love the updated website, and the sound of the ocean. Have read all your books; now waiting for the next one.

  54. Friday, January 24, 2014

    Bill Grimke-Drayton

    Axminster, Devon United Kingdom

    I know you wrote the book way back in 1999, but I am thoroughly enjoying your book - "Sullivan's Island". I remember on one of my trips to Charleston from the UK going to the beach house of a friend of mine who was at that time working at Drayton Hall. I was amused by the way at the reference in your book to Magnolia Gardens. Rev. John was my ggg uncle. From 2006 until 2011 I went to Charleston once a year. It was good to meet up with cousins and descendants of those who worked on the Drayton plantations. I also met African American cousins on the Grimke side. No doubt you will have heard of the Grimke sisters and their biracial nephews - Archibald, Francis and John. Their story is truly remarkable. One day I hope to come back to my second home. I do have a website - www.grimke.wordpress.com. It is a bit out of date. Also you might be interested in my own story - of my coming out. It can be found on the following website - www.imfromdriftwood.com. Look under Bill Drayton. I hope you will look at other stories as well. All the best to you and your family for 2014! Bill Drayton.

  55. Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Ken Leatherman

    Rincon, Ga USA

    Hey Dorothea, What a pleasure it has been to sit down and read everyone of your books that I have been able to lay my hands on in our library. Just finished "Full of Grace" and as usual it wrapped me into the memories of living in the south. I will be turning 71 in just 2 months and can't believe it has taken me so long to discover your great books. And just so you know I'm a guy and your writing in the first person of a woman has been a real joy to read. Keep up the writing. Ken

  56. Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Verne 0

    St. Cloud, MN USA

    I've been away since Mango, but glad to get back to SC sensibilities with Last Original. What a fun read! Thanks for the J Pinckney references. I've requested the poems from my library. Have you read Sylvia Townsend Warner? Another marvelous writer mostly lost to history. Best wishes and come back and see us again in MN. We miss you.

  57. Monday, January 20, 2014

    Lesle Woolridge

    Chicago, IL USA

    Hi Dorothy, I'm so glad I came across your latest book on my library's new book section. My two closest girlfriends are planning a trip to charleston in late summer or early fall. Two years ago we stayed in savannah and tibee island and feel in love with the old world charm. I'm excited to start your lowcountry series next! I hope to dine in some of the restaurants you mention and walk the battery wall. I love to get lost in a book and I did! I'm hoping to find tidbits of the spots to go to in your lowcountry series. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and your story's!

  58. Saturday, January 18, 2014

    Evelyn Williams

    Pocomoke, MD USA

    I have read all your books except two. My husband was stationed in South Carolina and I can see the plantation's you write about. The book Plantation and the second one I hated to see end I could feel the sadness and could cry for them. I just loved Sullivan's Island and Return to Sullivan's Island I just love them all thank you so much for all you do.

  59. Saturday, January 18, 2014

    Velda McClanahan

    Maryville, TN USA

    Hi there Dottie! Just a few lines to let you know I just finished reading Return to Sullivans Island. I could not put it down!.I thought after read Sullivans Island, that you couldn't top it. I was wrong. We have been to all the Islands an stay at Folly at least twice a year. I guess I got some of that sand in my shoes also. When I read one of your books it's like I'm there an it going on around me. Thanks

  60. Friday, January 17, 2014

    Cynthia Floyd

    Batesburg, SC USA

    Will you be having a new book out this year (2014)

  61. Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Karen Crosta

    Midlothian, Va USA

    I love reading your books. Just finished Porch Lights. My son attended College of Charleston and have enjoyed visiting the low country for years. After my 3 rd visit I declared that I would retire here. Your books just solidify my love for the Charleston area. Hope to meet you one day when I retire there. Can't wait to read the next novel.

  62. Friday, January 10, 2014

    Susy ODonnell

    Nashville, In USA

    Hey Dottie Will you have a book out in 2014?

  63. Friday, January 10, 2014

    Sheila R. Adelmann

    Huntington, NY USA

    Hi Dorothea, I just discovered your books. I picked up your newest book" the last original wife" and it is just great! I find myself laughing out loud.. It is such a great light read. I look forward to reading all of your books.

  64. Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Rebecca Jackson

    Red Springs, NC USA

    Hi Dottie, Just a quick note to let you know my husband and I made a special trip this week to some of the lowcountry places about which you have written. We went to Sullivan's Island, Folly Beach,and Isle of Palms. Spent the night at the Shem Creek Inn and had dinner at the Water's Edge (excellent). I have two signed copies of your books (Thanks to Susan Jones, my sister, and your friend). I have read all of you books and loved them so much. I have at least eight of them in my personal library. Looking forward to your next book. Love your writing style and humor. I hope I can get to the next book tour when it occurs. Keep those Southern tales coming!!!!!

  65. Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Tom & Kim Fous

    Pawleys Island, SC USA

    Just had the best time at Charleston Cooks over the Holidays with your daughter. What a delight. She asked were everyone was from - and once we said Pawleys Island the rest is history. We enjoyed her class immensely.

  66. Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Traci Austin

    Salem , VA USA

    Dear Dottie, I began reading your books probably 7 or 8 years ago. Shem Creek was my first read & definitely not my last! I fell in love with these stories more & more after each one. You have such an amazing talent, keep on writing. Thank you for the inspiration. Traci Austin

  67. Tuesday, January 07, 2014

    Cynthia Christie

    Methuen, MA USA

    Dear Ms. Frank, I picked up one of your books last month because your setting is the "Carolinas". My parents lived in Pawleys Island a few years back and I fell in love with the area. Your stories are wonderful- your sense of humor infectious. I recently read "Isle of Palms" In it Anna says "Momma, Momma? I need to know...As my own mother died recently and I being in an unresolved place with her. it really hit home. It is what I have been trying to say myself. Very coincidental that I read your book at this time but thank you for the wonderful heartfelt story. I loved every word and look forward to reading all of your books. Thank you Dorothea. Happy New Year. Sincerely yours, Cynthia Christie

  68. Sunday, January 05, 2014

    Cynthia Gooch

    Phoenix, AZ USA

    Just finished PLANTATION, my 10th Frank book. Never been to the area - I want to find a "Dorothea Benton Frank" tour!! To take me to all the settings of her books! If one doesn't exist, it should!

  69. Thursday, January 02, 2014

    Robin

    East Windsor, NJ USA

    Your books catapult me back to my childhood in Charleston and summers on the Island. I feel the glory of King Street,Bob Ellis, Evelyn Rubin, and all the merchants that were friends of my family return to my heart. Transplanted to NJ many years ago, Sullivan's Island and Return to Sullivan's Island bring me back to a place that I love to call home.

  70. Wednesday, January 01, 2014

    Pattie Smith

    Fort Mill, SC USA

    I just returned from Charleston and we went over to Sullivan's Island, love the town, we hope to go back and stay longer. Dunleavy's Pub was full, we just drove around trying to find Atlanticville Rest. Love your books.

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