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. Thursday, March 07, 2019

    Janiene DeCecco

    Ocala, FL USA

    I've been a voracious reader as long as I can recall. Used to read with a flashlight under the covers in my teens on Friday & Saturday nights so my Mom didn't know I wasn't sleeping. , I have a wonderful community library that I have been raiding for almost 2 years to the tune of a dozen books every 8 weeks. The moment I read the first 3 pages of "The Land of Mango Sunsets", I knew I was in for a wonderful experience. I wasn't wrong! Thank you for fabulous characters, sinfully delicious plot and a narrative that took me from Manhattan high society, with all it's plasticity & pretense, to the S.C. Lowcountry and the down home reality and true love personified there.

  2. Friday, March 01, 2019

    Michelle Mora

    Redondo Beach, CA USA

    Thank you SO much, Dorothea! I recently lost my 9 year old stepson to stage 4 cancer: it was a long and very tortuous battle, especially to see someone so young to have to go through 26 months of brutal treatment. I now have found myself reading (more like devouring) books like my life depended on it. I came across By Invitation Only at my local library & picked it up, not knowing about you, your writing style or your work. When I first started reading it, I thought 'this book isn't for me' and 'it's too mature for me'. Well needlessly to say, I finished the book in 2 days. Thank you so much for providing a story so beautiful, witty, well-written and easy to understand. I truly felt like you poured your love out into that book. I know have looked up some of your additional books and are planning to read more. Thank you again for lifting my spirit.

  3. Sunday, February 24, 2019


    Columbus, Ohio USA

    My new favorite author. I have read 5 of your books in the last 8 days. I love reading stories that take place in or near Charleston SC. my favorite place on earth. The way the characters are developed brings every story to life. Can't wait to start the next adventure.

  4. Sunday, February 24, 2019

    Brooks hamilton

    Georgetown, Sc USA

    Oh no I didnt, want it to end. I just finished Full of Grace .... maybe the BEST one yet. But I say that each time I finish one ... I've gotta say your books have put such a smile on my face and spontaneous laugh out loud. You write the same way I talk and God love you for that ... maybe has something to do with we are beach girls born and raised in SC.... Pawleys for me and I know your roots. I have been recuperating from some really fierce Vertigo/nausea. All I can say is don't get it . But I can get so happy just by picking up another book... I'm bout to run out of haven't read so May hurry up and get here..... I could sure give you some material for a juicy book if you ever run dry. Well now I need to do Bible study homework..... Love you as if we had been born cousins .....Brooks Hamilton

  5. Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Tudy Boldin

    Kalamazoo, MI USA

    Dear Dot: Our Polar Vortex gave me the opportunity to read for the umpteenth time 'The Last Original Wife'. After doing so, I went to your website to see any new news. Well, what a surprise to see that you had posted news of the passing of Rosamunde Pilcher. I am very grateful that you did let readers know of her passing. She also has been one of my favorite authors. I discovered her while living in Australia, as I discovered many modern British authors. Through her books, I learned a lot about the craft of writing itself. She was a superb storyteller, and could always make her characters come to life. She will certainly be missed. By the way, I am anxious to start your new book, 'Queen Bee'. Having read just the excerpts on Amazon, it looks to be another winner.

  6. Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Monica Cronin

    Calcium, New York United States

    I'm starting from the beginning of your books, and I'm about ready to change my Florida retirement to a Lowcountry retirement! Love love love every word you write, and I have one request: could you add a Shrimp and Grits recipe, please and thank you? One final thing, when you compared Eric and Rusty to Alfalfa and Darla, I just knew we'd be friends if we ever met. Thank you, you've no idea how much you've brightened my dark, dreary winter.

  7. Friday, January 25, 2019


    Fort mccoy , Florida USA

    Have read all you books . Love them all. Great escape in a crazy world

  8. Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Sandra A

    Mechanicsville, MD USA

    My aunt turned me onto your books last year. I am in love with them!!!!! The low country books I have read so far are outstanding. I want to move there to live near these characters. Keep up the great work.

  9. Friday, January 11, 2019

    Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida USA

    The first book I read was Shem Creek, I bought it from Costco in Marina del Rey, CA The last one I just finished was Same Beach, Next Year. I felt that last book was the best I have read of your work, the others were wonderful to say the least. I am a first generation Chinese-American woman who came to North America when I was eleven, your story of Eliza and her Greek roots really hit home. The longing of going back to one's root is always there in the heart no matter how westernized one has become. I am no different. Though I was trained as an architectural designer I now do painting and gilding on goatskin parchment and wood panel. I hope to meet you in person one day. Sincerely, Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

  10. Monday, January 07, 2019

    Ann Ricker

    Blooming Grove, Texas USA

    I've read all of your wonderful books (twice) and lots of people know you are my favorite author ( I work at a library!). Can't wait for Queen Bee in May. I see in one of your books that you have or had a brother living in Irving, Texas, so would that help to get you to Texas for a book signing? Visiting the Low Country is definitely on my bucket list, all because of you!

  11. Sunday, January 06, 2019


    Walnut Creek , Ca USA

    This is the first time I have written to a writer. I have read a few books by Dorothea Benton Frank before. I just finished reading, By Invitation Only, and felt compelled to share how much I enjoyed the novel. I felt as if I knew each of the characters and wanted to root for their healing. The book was entertaining and uplifting! I will recommend it to friends. Blessings, Tricia

  12. Saturday, January 05, 2019


    Danville, CA USA

    Dear Dot I met you in Charleston almost 25 years ago. You gave a garden party talk (to the wives of the PGA Board of Directors) about your new book- Sullivan's Island. I was hooked after the first few pages and haven't missed a book you've written. My Niece who is turning 39 shortly- spent her whole life in Orange County, CA. 3 years ago she and her husband decided they wanted a quieter life for their 2 kids (now 7 yo girl & 4 yo boy) - and where did they pick to move to???? MT. PLEASANT!!!!!!!!!!! You could have knocked me over with a feather... I of course immediately sent her all your books- and she is a big fan of yours now also!! She sent me a text picture a few weeks ago from Foley Beach where she was with her kids. My jaw dropped because I had just been doing some genealogy research and discovered my Great Great Great Grandfather was in the Civil War and spent a great deal of time on Foley's Island and in Charleston... To think my niece was walking on the same soil/sand... Can't wait to go back and visit soon. Keep up your great writing- I love you gal!!! Janice

  13. Thursday, January 03, 2019


    Los Angeles, Ca USA

    Wrapping up Christmas 2018. Thank you for your Christmas Pearl!

  14. Wednesday, December 19, 2018


    Bel Air, MD United States

    Ms Frank, I have just discovered you (By Invitation Only) and am so delighted that we've met! I love to read a variety of books but cherish a good STORY, well written. And here you are! I have been a volunteer in our local library for more than eight years, and I am embarrassed to confess that I never picked one of your books before now. Be assured that I shall make up for lost time!

  15. Saturday, December 01, 2018


    Hillsdale, Nj USA

    Too funny not to 95 year old Aunt wanted some library books. We had both read a couple of yours so I picked up Foley Beach and Porch Light. At a family dinner a couple of weeks later she announced her Morals were being lowered by the books I got her. The women are always jumping in bed with men?? Ofcourse everyone looked at me with astonished faces. She went on and on until I offered to take her to confession and then we all laughed. She then asked me not to pick out any more books for I went right home and read both books to find out what all the fuss was about. No one needs to go to confession. You had actually sighted Porch Light to your Friends at the Hillsadale Library. I Love all your books and the stories you share. Please keep the stories coming.

  16. Friday, November 30, 2018

    Renee Castro

    Mandeville, LA USA

    Several years ago, I read The Christmas Pearl and The Hurricane Sisters. Lowcountry Summer recently found its way to me and I knew I had to start at the beginning with Sullivan's Island ... I'm on a marathon read and just don't want it to end! Cannot wait for the release of Queen Bee ... it will, no doubt, be a huge success! Renee Castro

  17. Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Janis Alderman


    I am reading my first book ever written by you and I absolutely love it! It is Plantation. The characters are so vivid to me and I adore them all. I just ordered Sullivan's Island and I am sure that I will be ordering more. I can't believe I have never heard of you before now! Keep up the great work! Janis

  18. Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Kay Kotalik

    Brunswick Hills, OH USA

    I just love reading your books. We have going to South Carolina for the past 25 yrs, and can recognize many of the areas you refer to. I think my favorite book (among many) is 'The Last Original Wife'. I've gotten many of my friends hooked on reading your other books after reading Original Wife! Also love your sense of humor, keep it up!

  19. Saturday, November 03, 2018

    Laurie Henry

    Milford, OH USA

    Hello. I was just wondering if you were planning a book tour in 2019 that might take you near the Cincinnati area?

  20. Saturday, November 03, 2018

    Tracy Dods

    Girdletree, MD USA

    Hello, I've been listening to several of your books while I drive and I'm totally delighted with each one. The Low Country has been a big part of my relationship with my husband since the beginning. He is a Citadel Graduate and that's where our final resting place will be. I recognize all the places in your books and have memories of many of them with my husband. His first law enforcement job after graduating was on Folly beach. Thank you for sharing your talent of storytelling.

  21. Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Grandma Lenore

    Hartland, WI USA

    Your Facebook Live conversation was wonderful and the book cover reveal awesome. May 14, 2019 is a red letter day on the calendar for the release of Queen Bee. Thank you. Hope you feel better.

  22. Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Thalia Stoddard

    Wagener, South Carolina United States

    I just finished "By Invitation Only." Yes, I have had it since May, but, once I start one of your books, I read it so voraciously that it's over too soon. So, I hold off as long as I can. Thank you, once again, for writing such an absolutely wonderful book! I do so enjoy the way you use God, prayer, the Lowcountry, family, traditions, manners, customs, the comfort of food and your marvelous sense of humor (cruising the Big Pharma River)! You are one amazing lady! Thank you for sharing your incredible talent! Best Regards, Thalia Stoddard

  23. Friday, October 05, 2018

    Bess Ambers

    BOWLING GREEN, OH United States

    40,000 butterflies are all around my white asters.

  24. Friday, September 21, 2018

    Elizabeth Mattson


    Im reading By Invitation Only and am thrilled to see "Weejuns" on page 20 and am wondering how many people know what Weejuns are. Of course I do; they were a must in 1962. And then you go on and talk about alligator belts with monogrammed buckle... too it. thanks for the memories. Actually, I've read all you books and love them. i was raised in VA, lived in GA, NC and NJ and can identify with all.....such a pleasure to read them.

  25. Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Joanne Rawson

    Davidson, NC United States

    Are there really peach orchards in the low country?

  26. Thursday, September 13, 2018


    BRISBANE, QLD Australia

    Hello Dot, I just wanted to let you know that my thought and prayers are with you all as Hurricane Florence heads your way. I feel as though I know the Islands of South Carolina because of your books, and when I saw the Mayor of Mt Pleasant on PBS News here yesterday, my heart have a skip, because I knew the place from your books. It made it so personal. It is a terrifying force of nature, so I pray for everyone. Best wishes, Liz Ahrens

  27. Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Joyce Pappas

    Fort Madison, IA USA

    Hi Dottie~ It's been a few years since I've communicated with you. I have been immersed in your two latest books, "By Invitation Only" and "Same Beach Next Year." With the reading of those two books, I can now say I've read every book you've written! You are far and away my favorite author. Thank you for writing such wonderful books every time.

  28. Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Tracy Fox

    Howard Beach, NY USA

    Hi Ms. Frank! I hope you are well! My mom Linda and I were so happy to see you this summer in Westchester and of course we loved your book! With Hurricane Florence heading ashore, we were worried about you and your family and hope you are safe! I am on trial again and always have a space in my courtroom if you ever want to come watch! With prayers, love and laughter, Tracy

  29. Monday, September 10, 2018

    Laura Green

    Big Clifty, KY United States

    Reading your books is like a trip to South Carolina to visit your favorite Aunt! Your writing is so descriptive; it makes a person feel they are part of the story. I have read all your books and watch for new ones to come out, just like a child waiting for Christmas Morning! I have laughed and cried my way through them all. Some of the phrases are just so funny (I even share them with my husband). Thank you for the many years of wonderful stories.

  30. Saturday, September 08, 2018

    janice stark

    wisconsin dells, wis USA

    I have read almost all your books please keep them coming by invitation only was the "best" book yet I couldn't put it down!! Thank you for your awesome writing to get me interested in reading..... sincerely, janice

  31. Wednesday, September 05, 2018

    Tudy Boldin

    Kalamazoo, MI USA

    I have read all of your books (some more than once), and just love them. Southern writers have a real love of the English language, and it is always such a pleasure to read one who truly relishes it. As a northerner, have learned a few things from your books about the south and its culture. Plus, in re-reading All the Single Ladies, I am taking several pages from the book and age proofing my life. Your characters' tips are extremely relevant for those of us who want to remain independent. Every year, I look forward to a new novel. Keep on writing. You are an inspiration.

  32. Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    Paula Warner


    I have been an avid reader of yours for years. I love your story lines in all your books....can relate to so many...I started reading All the Single Ladies today and as always I start to read the cover, the book listings that you have written the head page of the book and the following page... When I got to the next page I stopped...and read...In Memory of Tom Warner! It threw me off because that is my late husbands name! I know there are many Tom Warners,but for a few minutes I smiled! Continue the wonderful writings.

  33. Monday, September 03, 2018

    Paula Warner


    I have been an avid reader of yours for years. I love your story lines in all your books....can relate to so many...I started reading All the Single Ladies today and as always I start to read the cover, the book listings that you have written the head page of the book and the following page... When I got to the next page I stopped...and read...In Memory of Tom Warner! It threw me off because that is my late husbands name! I know there are many Tom Warners,but for a few minutes I smiled! Continue the wonderful writings.

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