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

Welcome to the Guest Book

To all the friends and fans,

We are so saddened by the loss of our beloved Dorothea Benton Frank. We welcome your stories of love and memories and invite you to continue to post them here, as they will be cherished for a long time to come. We appreciate your support and offer heartfelt condolences to you as well.

After you submit your entry, you will be returned to the guestbook. All entries are reviewed prior to adding to the Guest Book to prevent spamming.

With love, the Frank and Benton families

GuestBook Entries

  1. Sunday, October 13, 2019

    Linda Blanchard Smith

    South Williamsport, PA United States

    To Ms. Frank's Family....Oh my, such a shock of sadness in your loss. Dorthea Benton Frank, your books lifted up my heart and soul and made me smile. Made me feel like a Lowcountry Girl...someday....someday...I'll be down. I just finished "By Invitation Only". You truly are a gifted writer. Lifting up your family in prayer. Grief is such a real, unreal thing. Wishing you sweet memories and laughter as you try to heal that hole in your hearts. Blessings, Linda Blanchard Smith

  2. Saturday, October 12, 2019

    Julia Gilbert

    Columbia, SC USA

    Currently reading QUEEN BEE. DBF will be sorely missed. Lawdy I loved her gift for storytelling. My condolences to the families.

  3. Friday, October 11, 2019

    Arlene M Dittbrenner

    Elverson, PA USA

    I remain in shock at the loss of my favorite author. I have read and re-read each of your books at least twice. I was just ordering a few copies of The Christmas Pearl to give as hostess gifts when I was compelled to come visit your site. Next May won't be the same without anticipating the arrival of your new novel. Prayers to your husband and kids. You will be missed by many adoring fans.

  4. Friday, October 11, 2019

    Linda Robertson

    Kansas City , Missouri USA

    I have never done this, but her books mean so much to me. I have all of them and I have read them many times. If I have a negative attitude she shows me how to laugh and be positive again. She leaves a great legacy!

  5. Thursday, October 10, 2019

    Sandra Guthrie

    Easley, South Carolina United States

    I was so shocked and sad to hear of Dorothea's passing. I have enjoyed her books so much! I couldn't wait till each of her new books came out to read them. She will truly be missed!

  6. Sunday, October 06, 2019

    Karen Hewitt

    Orlando, FL USA

    I was so sad to hear of her passing. I have enjoyed everything she has ever written and share her books with everyone who enjoys a good read. With sadness, I will now read her last one, Queen Bee. She was the Queen Bee of LowCountry authors!! Rest in peace and thanks for being you.

  7. Monday, September 30, 2019

    Donna Swab

    SOLON, Ohio USA

    After reading and thoroughly enjoying Queen Bee I was checking out Dorothea's web site to see what she was working on next. I am so saddened to learn of her passing as she is one of my most favorite authors. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. I will truly miss reading her books.

  8. Monday, September 30, 2019


    Summerfield, FLORIDA USA

    My sister gave me Shem Creek years and years ago and I fell in love with her writing I've read every book except for the last few which I intend to get shortly and she will be missed not understanding actually how it came to be since she looks so healthy and seemed in such good spirits in May at Fan Fest I'm just not understanding how something like that could happen she will be missed I will miss her books

  9. Monday, September 30, 2019

    Dawn M Rutkowski

    Bonita Springs, Florida United States

    I was introduced to Frank's novels from our small local paper, when they reported her untimely death. Since then, I have read 10 of her novels and the rest are on order, at my library. Once you pick one up, you can't put it down. I am saddened that she cannot share her unique style of writing any more and that I will soon have read all that she had the chance share with us. Her novels and characters were engaging, descriptive, surprising and funny. The world has truly lost a great and talented woman.

  10. Saturday, September 28, 2019

    Barbara Luffman

    Elkin, NC United States

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Dottie's passing! She was an incredible author and I loved her books so much! My cousin, Becky Luffman, and I had just seen her June 6, in Mooresville, NC, where we attended a Low Country Boil Luncheon with her at beautiful Langtree Plantation. She seemed so happy and energetic the whole time! I was standing beside her when she announced to us that Queen Bee was #2 on the NYT Bestseller list and she raised her hand and we did a high five together! I will always remember and cherish that moment! She will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with her family!

  11. Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Rosemary McLeod

    Spartanburg, SC USA

    She will be so missed. I met Dottie a few years ago in Spartanburg at Hub City Bookstore. She was just a peach! Her books made my summer reading list. God bless your family!

  12. Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Pam and Bob Wagner

    Marco Island, FL USA

    We are so deeply saddened to hear of Miss Dottie's passing. We had the great honor of meeting her when she was in our area on a book tour. She was truly so warm and witty she just charmed all in attendance. "Real" and" Warm" are the best words to sum up her beautiful personality. She made all her readers feel that they really knew her. She signed all the books we brought and smiled her lovely smile on every person waiting in the line. At the luncheon proceeding the signing she commented she had quite a turbulent flight in last night and greatly appreciated the Dewar's she was given to calm her down. We emailed her once and said we'd love to buy her a Dewar's some night at Poe's Tavern. She answered telling us she'd be on the last stool on the left. Alas, this will never be. Sleep well beautiful lady, you sassy gal you. To her family, she loved you all so fiercely - may that great love comfort you throughout all the sad times ahead...........................

  13. Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Lynn Finley

    Spring Hill, FL USA

    I am so heartbroken, I feel like I have lost a very close friend. Dottie's books were incredibly entertaining and she definitely was the close friend or sister I never had. I sure will include Dottie's family in my daily prayers.

  14. Monday, September 23, 2019


    Toronto, Ontario CANADA


  15. Sunday, September 22, 2019

    Marilyn Flanders

    Springfield, Va USA

    I am reading Queen Bee and came here to see if she was giving a hint of what was next! I am devastated to read of her passing. She was my favorite! Her new book was always a bright spot in my life each year and I am just so sad. I pray that her family's happy memories will come in waves to comfort them and keep her close.

  16. Friday, September 20, 2019

    Susan Hein

    Hyde Park, Massachusetts United States

    First, I just learned reading this page that Dorothea had died recently. I'm so sorry and want to send condolences to her family. I just read The Island of Mango Sunsets, and wanted to say how much it meant to me. While I started out judging (who me?) Miriam's focus on meaningless social conventions, it occurred to me -- once it occurred to her -- that many of us have hang-ups or fixations or regrets from the past that definitely belong in the past. I can't tell you how freeing this has felt. Life feels sunnier!

  17. Friday, September 20, 2019

    Eda Mathews

    Conyers, GA USA

    I was looking up bio information about Dorothea today, as I had just passed along my copy of Same Time, Next Year to a young lady who is nanny to my grandson (16 months). When I saw the line in Google, â Dorothea Benton Frank obituaryâ I let out a cry of pain. I have been wanting to write to Dottie, as I have loved her writing very, very much. I enjoyed learning about old fashioned Christmas ornaments, such as how to make a fresh swag using rope, in The Christmas Pearl. I enjoyed learning about Charleston-area literary life in The Last Original Wife and Folly Beach. I loved her clear-eyed yet sassy take on handling lifeâ s usual travails., the ones all of us encounter. I was moved by the mother-daughter story in The Land of Mango Sunsets. I know she was thrilled to have her children marry and to be expecting a first grandchild (she wrote about these things in an afterward of one book). I will miss all the future writing which she cannot communicate to us from Heaven. Condolences to each of her family members. She was obviously a very special person. I will miss her, long-distance, very much.

  18. Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Frances B. Koharcheck

    Wrightsville, Pa USA

    A brilliant star has left us. Dorothea's novels lifted me up in my saddest moments and helped me to forget my own woes. Magical words on paper pulling you into the story, causing you to laugh and to cry as well. Heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Frances K.

  19. Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Eva Carlson

    Middletown , New Jersey USA

    I very rarely go on author websites ! Dorothea Bento Frank is my favorite author and has been for years starting with Isle of Palms . I was prompted to her site after finishing Shem Creek and am impatiently awaiting Queen Bee from the local library thinking maybe i should go to a book signing and meet her and let her know how much I enjoy her books...only to read of her recent death...i am devastated to hear of her death . To all her family and friends my deepest sympathy... i shall miss all her untold stories and cherish the books i have read! God Bless you Dottie...

  20. Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Patricia A McPherson

    Greensboro, NC USA

    I found her books after I left the Lowcountry to return to NC (to care for parents) ... and I missed the area more than I could ever know. I lived there nearly 50 years! So her books meant more to me than anything I had ever read! I quickly bought those before Pawley's Island, and then every book since then. I felt such a kinship with her! Perhaps I had even met her while I was living there; at least I had been on every street she mentioned and every place she wrote about. God bless you Frank and Benton families! I know you will see her again, and you have my heartfelt condolences. Please know that we readers miss her and will miss her books as well....

  21. Monday, September 16, 2019


    Montville , NJ USA

    When I ran out of Pat Conroy books to read, I discovered Dottie. Her books transported me to a place I long to visit. I believe what saddens me the most are the stories she took with her. To her beloved family I offer my sympathy and prayers. She has left you all a legacy that far exceeds any gift. You will be together again someday- in the meantime youâ ll have a special angel looking over you. Look for the signs - she will send them. Much love to you all.

  22. Monday, September 16, 2019

    Shelley V.


    My deepest sympathies to Dorothea's husband, children, family and all who loved her. Moments ago I googled her to learn how she began writing; I learned of her death. I had no idea and am very saddened. I have had "Sullivan's Island" sitting on my bookshelf since I first read it. I kept it because I knew I wanted to read it again. I read it this summer and remembered why I loved it so much. I can't believe that was her first novel. "Plantation" also sits on my bookshelf and will be in my hands to be reread again soon. What a truly gifted author she was. First, Sue Grafton (absolutely love her series) and now Dorothea Benton Frank. Heartbreaking. I wish her family peace and please know her stories brought such great pleasure to her fans.

  23. Monday, September 16, 2019

    Peg Janik

    The Villages, FL USA

    I'm sitting here in shock! I am so very sorry for your and the writing world's loss! I discovered Dot about 2 years ago, looking for Low Country books and have read every one. I added a comment last year to tell her how wonderful and real her stories were. She actually took the time to email me back and I was floored! Such a wonderful writer and I can only imagine wonderful person! Such a loss for you. Again, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  24. Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Marcia Mesaros

    Vero Beach, FL USA

    I was devastated to learn of Dorothea's passing. I have read and reread all 20 of her books and am saddened to know there will be no more. My sincere condolences to her family and close friends. Thank you for sharing her service with us. It was very moving. God bless you all.

  25. Saturday, September 14, 2019

    jill engle

    palmerton, PA United States

    Picked up my first book at the library and have bought new and older books since. I love the stories she tells and was sad to hear of her passing. She made me a fan of Dukes mayonnaise as well. I am planning to visit South Carolina one day to experience the places she wrote about. My thoughts and prayers to her family

  26. Friday, September 13, 2019

    Susan Murray

    Loudon, TN USA

    I stumbled across Dottieâ s books after â Full of Graceâ had been released. Started thumbing thru pages at a Bookstore when Sardinia Italy caught my eye. I had just moved back from living there for 3 years! Had never heard of Dottie...perhaps because I was overseas, but simply had to read the book. I was hooked! Went and bought all prior books, went to several book signings, and have read every book she has written . Had some great chats with her about Sardinia. My heart hurts for all who loved her, including myself, and I pray that her family finds comfort and strength in the days ahead. Prayers to all......â ¤ï¸

  27. Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Leslie A. Wishard

    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania USA

    I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Frank at the Book Expo in NYC and at a book signing at Nora Roberts' book store. Was very friendly and open with her fans. I am a librarian and recommended her books to many of my patrons. She was one of my favorites and will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  28. Tuesday, September 10, 2019


    Conway, Arkansas USA

    Rereading all her books in her honor

  29. Tuesday, September 10, 2019


    Conway, Arkansas USA

    Have loved all Dorothea's books from the beginning. She will be missed looked forward to new books every spring. God bless all of her family

  30. Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Carol Hawkes

    Hamilton, NJ United States

    After being evacuated from the Isle of Palms, SC on Labor Day, my sister gasped the next morning as she saw the news of Dot's passing. We have read every book since Sullivan's Island, I still need to read Queen Bee, as we appreciated the low country life we cherished from our 25 years of visiting the Isles of Palms. As a Jersey Girl, I felt Dot knew how to live the busy life and the slow life. My mom and I had the pleasure of meeting her twice, the last time Dot was so kind to my mom. My mom was going on and on about our visits to IOP, the family vacation, the church on Sullivan's Island, Charleston, etc. and then Dot gave my mother a giveaway towel for "Porch Lights," the book she was promoting. I'm saddened that I will never have the pleasure to read another one of her heart-warming and "bless your heart" books. My condolences to her family,

  31. Monday, September 09, 2019


    MA USA

    I canâ t even begin to describe how this just clenches my heart and hurts so much. Dot was an amazing woman and truly blessed everyone with her storytelling. Her books were MY escape and I certainly looked forward to another novel, each year. She inspired me to keep writing, indeed. And I shall. I met her years ago, at a book signing and I had my newborn daughter with me. She was so excited to be a grandmother and she was just so sweet to my son. He couldnâ t stop talking about â the pretty ladyâ and asked when sheâ d be back. ð ¤ My condolences and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was so very proud of her children. God bless.

  32. Monday, September 09, 2019

    Julie O'Donnell

    Charlotte, NC USA

    My most heartfelt condolences to the Benton-Frank families. I must say, I was never so shocked when I heard this news. Ms. Frank is the reason I started reading in my adult life. I read Sullivan's Island years ago, fell in love with 'Susan', and how she persevered through her childhood and adult life struggles. I read it every summer and can basically quote it. I relish the deep southern and Gullah history rooted in this Lowcountry Tale and makes me love that little place even more. Thank you Ms. Frank for sharing your stories with us. You will truly be missed.

  33. Monday, September 09, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of my most favourite author. She has brought so much joy to so many with her irreprensibile humour and style. I found my first book of hers in Italy and have just returned from Italy to this news. My most sincere condolences to all her family.

  34. Sunday, September 08, 2019

    Holly Manes

    COVINGTON, OH United States

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dorothea Benton Frank was one of my favorite authors & I looked forward to each new book. She had a way with words that made you feel as if you were there, wherever the story was taking place. I am so sad for you and for all of us, her fans. A wonderful writer, gone too soon. Rest in Peace, DBF. You will be missed by many.

  35. Sunday, September 08, 2019

    Joan linthicum

    Raleigh, Nc USA

    I just finished Queen Bee while riding in the car to our daughterâ s house in New Berm, NC. I couldnâ t put it down! Then looked up DBF online and see that she has passed away. My condolences to all her family and to all her fans all over the world. She was a fantastic author and seemed like a genuinely warm and caring person. She will be missed.

  36. Saturday, September 07, 2019

    Beth Libhart

    Laguna Woods, CA USA

    Dear Benton and Frank Families: My sister,who lives in SC, introduced me to Dot Frankâ s book several years ago while I was just discovering contemporary Southern women writers. I have read all of her books. When I heard of her passing, I felt as though I had lost a dear friend. I own some of her books, but most of them I checked out from the library. Recently retired, I do not have much discretionary income, but I bought Queen Bee this week. I just finished it, with tears running down my face as I did so. Be well, Dot. The world will not be the same without you. I hope you are enjoying a nice lowcountry breeze having a small glass of Oh Be Joyful!

  37. Saturday, September 07, 2019

    Kristi Hill

    Clive, Iowa United States

    I was at my local library yesterday in Clive, Iowa, where they had a display of all of Ms. Frank's books with a sign that read "Dorothea Benton Frank 1951-2019 Thanks for all the reading!", and I thought, what's that about? So I got out my phone and Googled her name. That's when I found out she had passed away. I almost cried right there in the library. I loved her books. In fact, I have one ("The Hurricane Sisters") that she autographed for me when she was at the Des Moines Public Library five years for an author event (AVID). I told Ms. Frank that her books inspired my husband's and my visit to Charleston and Sullivan's Islands several years ago - including the restaurants and bars that she mentioned in her books. I, too, would wait for each new book to come out. I will miss that.

  38. Friday, September 06, 2019

    Norma Rodriguez

    Bellflower, CA USA

    So very sad to be writing regarding someone I have admired for many years. We were only able to meet Ms. Dottie once at a book signing here in California but hoped she (Ms. Dottie, not the cat's mother!) would one day return. My reading group has read every Dot Frank book published prior to Queen Bee, which is on our schedule for October. I read The Christmas Pearl every year! Do you think Dottie Frank is entertaining the angels in Heaven? I do! Some of are considering a road trip, driving straight through to attend the memorial service. Prayers of strength and comfort for the family and many friends.

  39. Friday, September 06, 2019

    Susan Smith

    Marion, NC USA

    I was so stunned to read of the death of our dear Dorothea Benton Frank. I never had the chance to met her in person but I felt that i knew her through her novels. What a warm, witty, charming woman she must have been. The South has truly lost one of it's great ladies. I read of the many charities and organizations she supported - maybe a way to honor her would be to support these groups as well. To the Benton and Frank families -- my deepest sympathy . Ms. Frank will never be forgotten because her books will be read for many, many years to come and people will continue to be charmed and and delighted by her talent. To all of my fellow readers - let's start re-reading everything and remembering ...Bless you all.....

  40. Friday, September 06, 2019

    Margaret Funke

    Greenwood and Isle of Palms, SC USA

    How does one express such a feeling of loss over a person one has occasionally met at book signings, luncheons and limited conversations across social media? I have visited that childhood home on Middle St and came close to purchasing her home on Goldbug. Recognized her as she tooled around the low country in her Mercedes. Experienced that infectious smile, charming wit and southern way. I know her fictionalized characters as if they were my dearest friends. Picking up her next book every summer was like going on vacation with her and meeting new southern gals and having the time of my life! Bless her heart! She wouldnâ t know me from Adamâ s house cat! But I will miss those days forever. My heart goes out to Dottieâ s family and friends as they morn the loss of one remarkable southern lady. Love that gal to the moon and back! With deepest sympathy, Margaret Funke

  41. Thursday, September 05, 2019

    Freda Harris

    Greer, South Carolina USA

    I am heartbroken to learn of Dottie`s passing. I have lost a friend. I have read all her books and eagerly waited for the next one. Her books made me laugh out loud and cry. She wrote about us. I had the pleasure of meeting her several times and she was always so warm and entertaining. I will miss her greatly . My deepest condolences to her family and readers.

  42. Thursday, September 05, 2019

    Patricia Irwin

    Saint John, New Brunswick Canada

    I will miss Dorothea greatly, I felt she was my friend. My heart goes out to her husband, son, daughter and grandchildren. Maybe someday I ll see you on the beach! God speed Dorothea, you will be sorrily missed❤️🌈

  43. Thursday, September 05, 2019

    Sharon Jones

    Jacksonville, FL United States

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Dottie's passing. I thoroughly enjoyed all of her books having just recently finished Queen Bee. A big loss for her fans; an enormous loss for her family. My sincere condolences to her family and prayers for peace and comfort at this most difficult time.

  44. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Shelley Carter

    Spartanburg, SC USA

    Dear Frank and Benton families, I am so saddened to learn of Dottie's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I got hooked with Plantation and have read all of her books. She has such a knack for drawing you into the lives of all of the characters which makes it hard to put the books down. Her stories made me laugh and cry. These stories will live on for generations to come. I had the pleasure of meeting Dottie at a number of book signings. She always took time with each person there and made you feel like a friend. You could feel her passion for her craft. You could also hear her love for her family and friends as she updated the fans on the latest happenings- especially when she spoke about Teddy. She will be greatly missed.

  45. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Cheryl Lituchy

    Bluffton, SC United States

    As a reader, I have loved all of Dorothea Benton Frank's books. My husband and I lived in Atlanta for 25 years and for several years I worked in the corporate office of Chaptrer 11 Bookstores -- a chain of indepent bookstores. The bookstores would have signings and I was able to attend and to meet many authors. Dorothea Benton Frank came for a signing and I want to say it was over or near Mother's Day weekend. My husband had asked what I wanted for Mother's Day and my response was "I want to meet Dorothea Benton Frank." I got my Mother's Day wish and got to meet and have a wonderful conversation with her. She was so friendly in person. She signed all the books I brought with me, including paperback books. She will be greatly missed. I send my condolences to her family.

  46. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, KY USA

    I have read all of Dorothea's books. I have also had a wonderful experience of meeting her. The last time was in Louisville, Ky in June 2019. I feel I have lost a very good friend because that is the way she greeted her fans. Prayers to her family She will always be remembered as a true Southern Lady. Thank you Dorothea for giving your fans wonderful stories. I think now you are "Queen Bee" Linda Tharp

  47. Wednesday, September 04, 2019


    Brandon, FL United States

    I have been a fan of Mrs. Frank since I picked up a copy of Sullivan's Island many years ago. I was enthralled with the setting and through her writings, I have come to love the Lowcountry. I would wait impatiently for summer just to have the next novel release and then I would read it start to finish within 2 days- her writings are just that good! Never one to disappoint with her wit and prose, she was truly one of my favorites. Blessings to her family and friends during this time. Rest assured, she will never be forgotten as her life will live on through her splendid words.

  48. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Christina Weiss

    ODENTON, MD United States

    I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Frank's passing. Prayers to all of her friends and family at this time. I have every one of her books and will treasure them always. She is abeautiful person with an infectious laugh. May she rest in peace.

  49. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Ann Marcus

    Chatleston, SC USA

    So sorry to read in the Post and Courier that my favorite Low-country Author passed away. Sympathy and Blessings to her family. I just read Queen Bee which was such a sweet book so descriptive of family closeness, caring for family and friends the natural beauty of the low country. It was a lovely final tribute to an area our favorite author loved....

  50. Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    Catherine Stryker

    Hilton Head Island , SC USA

    My deepest condolences for your loss of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many. She will be remembered forever for generations with her wonderful books.

  51. Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    Connie Glennon

    Greer, SC USA

    My deepest sympathy to Dottie â s family. A tremendous loss to the reading world. I know she will be happy at that great beach in heaven.

  52. Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    Sissy Seyle

    Bozeman, MT USA

    Dottie, It is Sissy Kirchner Seyle. I just finished Queen Bee. Congratulations on your #20th Book! You have made our Moultrie Class of '69 so proud! I have EVERY ONE of them on my bookshelf! Hope your move to Sullivan's went smoothly, but I wanted to let you know that I am praying for all of you in South Carolina with Dorian. She is truly a monster. Blessings to all of you! <3 Sissy

  53. Sunday, September 01, 2019

    Marcia Tarkany

    Miamisburg, Ohio United States

    I am starting at the beginning with Sullivan's Island. I am very familiar with the Lowcountry as I have family in and about there. I really enjoy your writing style and look forward to enjoying all of your books. Ya' eah?!

  54. Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Sara C

    Burnsville, NC USA

    I just finished Queen Bee and was totally entertained by the colorful characters, twists and turns the entire journey!! No one could have said it better than Elin Hilderbrand ` "If I could read only one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank". Next on my bedside table is By Invitation Only! Keep them coming Ms. Frank!! Thank you!

  55. Sunday, August 25, 2019


    Barrington, IL USA

    I look so forward to reading each of your books. Just finished Queen Bee. What a wonderful story, interesting characters and a lovely visit to Lowcountry. Thank you!

  56. Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    sally burr

    Lanexa, string:VA USA

    Dottie, Last time I wrote to praise one of your wonderful books, I lived on St. Helena Island. Now we have retired in Virginia, which is pretty nice but it's not the Lowcountry! Anyway, you have outdone yourself with Queen Bee! It is my very favorite of all! I can't tell you how many times I actually laughed out loud! It will have a place of honor on my bookshelf with all the rest of your books! Love you, honey! Can't wait for the next one!

  57. Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Betsy Scotto

    Ocala, FL USA

    I admit I had never read your books before I got one at our library quarterly book sale (Return to Sullivan's Island) . Not only did I love it and plan to read many more of your novels, but I was captivated by the description of Beth's Yorkie, Lola, and her antics. When you described her as "furry Prozac" I think you hit the nail on the head! You must have a small dog yourself to know them so well. I have a Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, who I love dearly. In my 70's, she is my reason for getting up every day, mostly to walk her! Best regards to you and I hope to read many more of your novels.

  58. Sunday, August 18, 2019

    Kathy Ostrander

    North Myrtle beach, Sc USA

    I so enjoyed meeting you at a book signing last year. As I live not too far from where you grew up, my sister and two cousins decided to do a DBF tour of the places in your books. We ate at Poes Taven, visited Shem Creek,and about 15 other places in a long weekend. What great fun! We felt a real part of your books doing the tourist thing. Can't wait for your next read!

  59. Saturday, August 17, 2019

    Diana Segal

    Orangevale, CA United States

    I just finished reading Queen Bee, fabulous couldn't put it down, learned so much about bees, I am now fascinated and want to read and learn more about bees, looking forward to reading your next book,

  60. Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Nancy Ketner

    Shreveport, LA USA

    Will there be a Dorothea Benton Frank Book Festival in 2020? If so, where do I find the dates and information regarding registering? Thanks

  61. Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Jean Pearl

    Henderson, Nevada USA

    Queen Bee was fabulous, as are all of your books! I eagerly await the arrival of every book. Having part of the story take place in Las Vegas (just down the hill from me) was hysterical and laugh out loud funny in many places. Also found all of the information about bees to be very inferesting. The two little boys, Tyler and Hunter, were so very real, that I felt that they were children I know. Please write more quickly. It is so hard waiting for your next book, even though I always have several other books ahead of me to read. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent!

  62. Monday, August 05, 2019

    Regina DeVos

    Emerson, New Jersey USA

    I recently finished reading Queen Bee. I really enjoyed the story. Also, I loved the characters.

  63. Monday, August 05, 2019

    Reba Kincaid

    Suffolk, Va USA

    I just finished Queen Bee. Your books make me happy as I remember times when I was growing up. As I read QB, I started to write down expressions I remembered my Daddy saying when I was young. (Hellfire, reckon, Adamâ s house cat, hellbent for leather, etc.). Once when I got a speeding ticket, my Daddy just said,â I told you about driving that car like a bat out of hell.â Thank you for your books, they are a gift.

  64. Monday, August 05, 2019

    Peg Dawson


    Queen Bee is the most delightful book I have read in quite a while. I couldn't put it down!! I couldn't agree more with Erin Hilderbrand, who also is a favorite author of mine. Thank you for a great story.

  65. Sunday, August 04, 2019

    Shannon Alexander

    Shepherdsville , Kentucky USA

    Hello! I just finished reading Queen Bee, which Is the first Iâ ve read by you. I couldnâ t put it down. It was such an easy yet intriguing read! I had one chapter to finish and I dreaded that it was coming to an end. I went to Barnes and Noble and sat in the floor of your section and ended up coming home with 11 of your books! I canâ t wait to get started!

  66. Sunday, August 04, 2019

    Barbara M Reed

    Dover, DE USA

    OMG- I absolutely loved "Queen Bee" Could not put it down and to think you used the names of people from the Friends of the Naples Library! I am a board member of the Friends of the Dover DE Public Library- hint, hint. I got the hint that there may be a sequel to this beautiful story. Thanks again for sharing your GOD-given talent with all of your faithful readers of which I am now one

  67. Saturday, August 03, 2019

    Jean Lasher

    High Point, NC USA

    Just finished Queen Bee, loved it. Couldn't put it down. Love all your books, they make you laugh and really put you in the peoples lives. Keep up the good work

  68. Wednesday, July 24, 2019


    Kingâ s Lynn, Norfolk UK

    Are your books sequential or do they each stand alone? I only ask because I noticed your latest was Book 13 in a series. Thank you.

  69. Sunday, July 21, 2019


    Gardendale, Alabama USA

    Hi, I just finished your new book Queen Bee. I loved it! This was the first time I have read your work and look forward to reading more of your books. My best from a new fan.... JC

  70. Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Freda Turner Harris

    Greenville, SC USA

    Loved Queen Bee. Were you writing about my family? I laughed out loud. The Jensen's could have been the Turner girls. I could see my late mother, my sister and me pulling some of the stunts.

  71. Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Iona Walzel

    Sugar Land, Tx USA

    Oh my, what can I say! I've never written to an author before but Queen Bee was such a wonderful read, I couldn't put it down. I read it from cover to cover without stopping, except to eat of course, and then regretted there was not more to read. I think this is your best book, but I remember thinking that about each book I read of yours. I have a home library of about 6,000 hard cover books and I have every one of yours. I loan my books to friends and I am happy to say that yours are the most asked for by everyone. I am in New Hampshire now, where I am fortunate to be able to spend my summer and fall seasons every year, to escape the Texas heat and humidity. When I get back home in November I will be starting a small book club and I want our 1st book to be your Queen Bee! Please keep writing these wonderful stories. You bring a lot of joy to so many people!!

  72. Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Sue Herndon

    West Columbia, South Carolina USA

    I've been a huge fan of yours since your very first book, and I look forward to spring every year for the gift of another Lowcountry story. I met you here in Columbia several years ago, just before PAWLEYS ISLAND was released. I was wearing a Pawleys sweatshirt at the time, and you asked me if that was my home. I told you no, that I lived in West Columbia, but my family and I had been renting the same house on Pawleys for about 30 years. We still rent that house twice a year, so I totally understand the feeling you have just being there. It's like God made a special effort to create that little piece of Heaven on earth. I always tell my friends when I've finished one of your new books and say that it's your best yet. Well, I've just finished QUEEN BEE, and I can honestly tell you it's my drop-dead favorite of all. I could seriously sit down right now and read it again. I was in Mt. Pleasant yesterday at the spine clinic and stopped at the Shem Creek Restaurant and got a seafood dinner and brought it home for supper. I was enjoying my meal when I read the part where Ted and Holly go there on their date! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE US A SEQUEL! Your characters in QUEEN BEE were perfect; they felt lile family friends. Thank you so very much for another wonderful book, and maybe sometime I'll run into you at the Litchfield Book Store. God bless you , and thank you, Lord, for the wonderful writing talent He gave you.

  73. Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Kathleen Taylor

    BOILING SPGS, SC United States

    I may live in the Upstate, but my heart will always be in the Low Country! What a beautiful story you gave us with Queen Bee, it is definitely one of my favorites! I live in the world of technical writing and I can't tell you how much I look forward to taking the break to read your books. It wouldn't be Summer without you! Thank you for sharing your gift, I look forward to the next adventure you give us!

  74. Tuesday, July 09, 2019


    Mansfield, Ohio USA

    Just finished Queen Bee. LOVED IT! I cannot tell you how much I look forward to your books each summer. They are my FIRST summer read every year for my vacation in Charleston,SC at my sonâ s on James Island. I have gone as far as to ask my husband, willingly of course, to take me to the actual addresses/places you have included in your books! I have been coming to Charleston for over 20 yrs. I love the city, I love the south, the beach makes my soul happy. My oldest son has been living in SC (Mt. Pleasant, Johnâ s Island, currently James Island) for over 12 years. Heâ s a cardiologist at MUSC. I visit usually twice a year. Before that we vacationed in Myrtle for 30 yrs and all three of my sons worked for Johnâ s Beach Service as lifeguards and Beach Monkeys for several years there. I made a trek to Charleston every year while they were lifeguarding. The city brings me much peace, contentment and happiness. Something about the south. I only wish/pray/hope one day I could somehow afford a small place down here. Reading your book each year is the highlight of my summer. I can visually place myself in most of the places you mention in your books. My oldest son, the Dr, was married in IOP and we have visited so many of the places mentioned from Myrtle down to Charleston. Thank you for giving me, an eighth grade teacher, something to look forward to each summer. I get lost in your books. I only wish I could make them last longer. I get so caught up, I finish them way too quickly ð ¤·â â ï¸ . Thank you, Thank you and please keep writing!! Kimberle Sorensen Mansfield, Ohio Sent from my iPhone

  75. Sunday, July 07, 2019

    Tracy Fox

    Howard Beach , New York USA

    Dear Ms. Benton Frank! It wouldnâ t be summer without another warm wonderful book from you. My mom and I just finished Queen Bee and couldnâ t stop smiling! We are trying to plan a trip down to the Lowcountry and wanted to join your FanFest this year but I was working Night Court and couldnâ t make the trip. Hopefully next year! We are heading back to Marthaâ s Vineyard in August and weâ re hoping youâ d have another book reading at Bunches of Grapes. Any other book readings in New York? Weâ d love to come see you again. And if you need any ideas for a new book about judges, check out the real life NYC drama with the Queens District Attorneys race this summer. I started as a homicide prosecutor there and boy what a wild election this is turning out to be. Wishing you blessings for your family, a wonderful summer and lots of wine and love, Tracy (the Queens judge) and Linda (Tracyâ s mom and your biggest fan)

  76. Saturday, July 06, 2019

    Linda Reaves

    Greensboro , NC USA

    You 've done it again - I wait all year for you newest book to arrive -Queen Bee is delightful and made my day -learned a lot about bees and have ordered BUZZ- cannot put one of your stories down until I read all of it. Have read all of your wonderful stories and get so caught up in the story that when I finish I have be still a little while to bring myself back to this home. Thanks for sharing your gift and ideas with us and will be waiting for the 2020 book. Have a wonderful year

  77. Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    Susan Smith

    Marion, NC USA

    Just finished "Queen Bee" yesterday- loved, loved, loved it !! I am a long time fan and have read all of your other novels , but i really believe this one is the best yet ! I cannot get enough of the descriptions of the Lowcountry and Charleston is one of my favorite cities. The characters in this book are some of the best ever - I especially loved Leslie and the QB. I always look forward to your books and hope you will keep writing them for many, many years to come. Best Wishes from Western North Carolina - come up to the mountains and see us sometime !!

  78. Sunday, June 30, 2019

    Toni Bonner

    Mt. Pleasant, sc USA

    I finished "Queen Bee this morning and really enjoyed it. What you wrote on P. 369, "I want to tell you something. . . " made me cry. My mother said this to me and apologized when she visited me in Port Huron. She was in remission from Cancer. Thank you for all your stories.

  79. Saturday, June 29, 2019


    West Deptford, NJ USA

    Just finished reading Queen Bee & loved it! What a FUN read! Can't write anymore because I am out the door to buy more of your books! I AM A FAN!!! Thanks for writing such great books & keep up the wonderful writing! Blessings, Georgia Perrong

  80. Monday, June 24, 2019

    Linda Blanchard Smith

    South Williamsport, PA United States

    I love reading your books, thank you so much for all the time you put in to writing and creating stories that are , well I just love them! I cannot put them down. I don't want to do my normal every day stuff. I just want to curl up and take a trip to Sullivan's Island. Makes me feel like summer even in the winter. The beach is always where I want to be and I daydream about a beach house. I cannot believe that is possible and people actually have a home where they can sit on their porch and see the ocean and hear the waves. God is amazing creating such a glorious place to relax. Hoping next year to visit South Carolina and tour Charleston and head over so see your beautiful island. For now, I just have to open one of your books and I can be there. Thank you!

  81. Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Peggy Cochran

    Seminole, Fl USA

    Dear Ms. Frank, So delighted to have met you at the Movable Feast in Myrtle Beach. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon & to have a little chat while you personalized Queen Bee for me. I just finished Queen Bee in 2 days, impossible to put down & loved all the characters. Looking forward to the next 20 books. Highly enjoyableð . With kind regards.

  82. Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Andrea Quinn

    BEREA, OHIO United States

    I am currently enjoying the audio version (CDs in my car) of 'Queen Bee' and wanted to let you know how very much I DO NOT WANT this story to end. The characters (yes, even Sharon) are wonderful. The low-country magic has once again captivated me as only you can do. Thank you for this wonderful story! PS: The reader of the audio version brings the story alive ... so much, I don't want to get out of my car and go to work. :-)

  83. Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Cathy Webb

    Gresham, Oregon USA

    Ms. Frank - I have read everyone one of your books, many of them twice. I am so sad when I finish the book and can't wait for the next one. Queen Bee is one of my favorites. Thanks for making the start of every summer brighter. Cathy

  84. Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Paula Beegle

    Fort Payne , Al USA

    Iâ m a terrible reader but after reading almost all your books I enjoy your stories so much. Theyâ re hard to put down. My mom graduated from Charleston high school back in â 54 I think and passed away in 2015. . She was a cheerleader , straight A student, involved in the student yearbook and married a handsome a Citadel graduate. She learned Gullah from the locals and would be an excellent character in a book. Iâ ve often wanted to write about her Sugar Magnolia life but donâ t have the talent. She often comes to mind when I read your stories. Thanks for the sweet memories. ð

  85. Tuesday, June 18, 2019


    Murrells Inlet , SC USA

    I have just begun to read your imaginative and relatable stories. Living near where the stories take place, I can see everything in my minds eye and say â Iâ ve been there! Or I need to go there next! You bring the Low County to life! I can not wait to begin Queen Bee!

  86. Tuesday, June 18, 2019


    Brunswick, Georgia USA

    I was so happy to put this same review on Amazon for Queen Bee! For many years DBF was in my top 5 favorite writers but she lost that spot with All Summer Long and Same Beach Next Year. I vowed to not buy any more of her books and I guess the old never say never saying fits with this situation! I bought Queen Bee and oh my goodness am I glad I did! I so love all of the characters, they are each so different yet so the same...all looking for acceptance, love and happiness. They are so rounded in the descriptions and in their day to day lives I feel as if I know them and want nothing but the best for each of them. Because I love gardening and honey bees are so amazing and so important to us and our earth I loved reading the informative information about them and them being such a big part of the story. This style of writing, this wonderful story, these warm and interesting characters...all comprise what DBF use to be and with this book it seems she has rallied and come back to us...Welcome back Dorthea, I have missed you! I highly recommend this wonderful book!

  87. Monday, June 17, 2019


    Chicago, Illinois USA

    Thank you for 2 1/2 charming days with QUEEN BEE... I always look forward to your summer reads and this one was one of my favorites. :-)

  88. Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Jane Putman Sterling

    Sumter, SC USA

    Hi sweet lady! I read Queen Bee as soon as I bought it. I couldn't put it down. I think you should write a sequel! Then, I read By Invitation Only and loved it. I felt a little lonely without a DBF character in my head so I stopped by BAM to purchase another book and guess what? I ended up with 5 and they were on sale, too! This is summer's reading is ON! Thank you for writing books this southern gal can read, enjoy and feel sand in between my toes even if I'm not at the beach!

  89. Thursday, June 13, 2019


    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA

    Just finished reading Queen Bee! Loved it. Canâ t wait till next June for another entertaining book from you. Thank you again for signing QB at Costco.

  90. Monday, June 10, 2019


    Mt Baldy,, California USA

    Just finished Queen Bee and it was such a great read. But now Im sad I have read everyone of your books in a row and now I done and have a huge gap. Can you recommend another authors I might enjoy? Perhaps others that write about the "Low Country" Im fascinated by this area of the US, never have been but definitely on the top of my bucket list. Maybe next year!!! Again I just wanted to say how much I loved everyone of your books each a great read and most definitely recommended to ALL I have passed them all down to my sister who is also an avid reader, she likes them as well. Hoping someday to meet you in person your my favorite author.

  91. Monday, June 10, 2019

    Maxine Warner

    Uckfield, East Sussex England

    I visited the Low Country in no small part because of your descriptions of the area. I was lucky enough to be visiting on the date of your book signing at Mount Pleasant on June 1st. It was lovely to meet you and have my book signed in your presence. You were very charming especially when my husband and I told you we had had lunch at Magnolias on your recommendation in your books! It was an pleasure to meet you, you are a fabulous woman with a terrific sense of humour, you made my day! If you ever felt the need to have a character in a forthcoming book who was called Maxine I would love that, I was named after the middle one of the Andrews Sisters, my Mum just love the name and the Sisters!! With thanks Maxine

  92. Monday, June 10, 2019

    Barbara Simmons

    Skokie, Illinois USA

    I truly enjoy all your books. We vacationed on Hiltonhead Island for many years, so I really appreciate the Lowcountry dialogue. However, is it Sullivans Island or Sullivan's Island? The bookjacket says the former, and the book itself says the latter.

  93. Sunday, June 09, 2019

    Debby Brew

    Fort Collins, CO USA

    How could I not like a book that was released on my mother's birthday? I enjoyed every minute of reading Queen Bee. I have loved every one of your books. My life is blessed to be able to read books by so many talented authors. Your name is at the top of the list! Thank you for this wonderful read.

  94. Sunday, June 09, 2019

    Roberta Ann Gigis

    Parma, OH United States

    I read Queen Bee in two days and I loved the characters in the book !!!! Queen Bee made me laugh and cry !!!

  95. Sunday, June 09, 2019

    Anna Large

    Jacksonville, Florida USA

    Once again I've spent delicious hours in the Lowcountry, in "Same Beach, Next Year." Time well spent! but I'm a bit of an evil proofreader...Chapter 6, p. 69, has ",,,,Yiayia was able to shoulder on because she was strong and determinedâ ¦." I believe the phrase is "soldier on." - Anyway, thanks for such wonderful and satisfying reading; now I'll go to the next book, waiting on my bookshelf!

  96. Saturday, June 08, 2019

    Nancy Banfield

    Bennington, VT USA

    Just finished your latest, Queen Bee. Had to let you know that I've LOVED all of your novels. I'm always sad to finish have to wait until next year. :( But I know summer has begun!! Thanks, and keep on writing!!

  97. Friday, June 07, 2019

    Linda King

    Calgary, Alberta Canada

    After having coming across â The Last Original Wifeâ a few years ago,I have become an avid reader of all your novels. The humour & relaxed style make them a joy to read.Every woman can recognize some of herself in each of the novels.Myself & a friend are collecting all the novels to keep & revisit from time to time.It has become a contest as to who will be first to have them all. Some years ago, I visited Charleston & area making the novels even more poignant for me.

  98. Friday, June 07, 2019

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, KY USA

    Just finished Queen Bee. Loved it so much. I started reading your books 3 years ago and fell in Love with your writing about the Charleston area. I have meet you once and will again in 4 days when you come to Louisville, KY. I am looking forward to seeing you again. I e-mailed you about a week ago and asked if I could take you to lunch or dinner when you come to Louisville. Have not heard from you yet. But I will see you Monday night in Louisville. I am a small lady with purple in my hair. See you in Louisville. thank you Linda Tharp

  99. Wednesday, June 05, 2019


    Summerville, SC USA

    I met you some years ago and you signed your book. I remember your smile and kindness, and I just loved the book. I loaned it to a friend who lost the book! Boo-hoo! When will you return to the Charleston Area? I'd love to see you again, and get another signed book...

  100. Tuesday, June 04, 2019

    mary d

    athens , al USA

    Just finished Queen Bee best book ever!!!!!!! Could not but it down. Keep those books coming!!!! My hat off to you wonderful read. Mary D

  101. Monday, June 03, 2019


    Vallejo, CA USA

    I love your books. Love to listen to them as audiobooks. Please bring back Robin Miles. The reader for Queen Bee was depressing!!!!!!!!!

  102. Sunday, June 02, 2019

    Holly Manes

    Covington, OH United States

    Just finished Queen Bee. Ok, I love all of your books, but this one was the BEST EVER!!! I loved it!!!

  103. Sunday, June 02, 2019

    Donna Swab


    I have just had the pleasure of reading Queen Bee. If someone would have told me I'd be reading a book about beekeeping, motherless children, and drag queens I never would have believed them! What a great story and wonderful, interesting characters. I have now read all of your books and I know it must take a long time to write such quality stories, but I sure do look forward to whatever you write next. Thank you.

  104. Saturday, June 01, 2019

    Rosa Seay

    Mauldin, SC USA

    I saw you at the Spartanburg Methodist College Gibbs Auditorium last night. You were fabulous! I'm new to the writing world and appreciate your openness in answering questions on your method of writing your bestsellers. I'm anxious to start reading Queen Bee! Thank you! ;) Rosa

  105. Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Mimi Miller

    Charlotte, NC USA

    Just discovered your books and love love love them! Will try to get to Gaffney on your tour tomorrow. Coming from Charlotte. Road tripping to the town I once called home 38 years ago!! Same library I used to frequent for the summer reading club as a child. Wow!

  106. Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Karen Eason

    Bradento , FL USA

    My cousin, her daughter and granddaughter were at a luncheon on May 10th in SC with you and you autographed a book for me because May 10th is my birthday. (We had met you at a drug store in Charleston a couple years ago) Thank you for the personal note in the book. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Queen Bee. It was probably my favorite of your books, although I always enjoy your books so much. I loved the characters and felt like they were personal friends - I hated for the story to end. Thank you again for autographing my book with a personal note.

  107. Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Jeanne Clidas

    Rochester, NY USA

    I have read every one of your books. I woke up on Tuesday morning to find Queen Bee on my Kindle. I stayed up all night reading and laughing. It is one of your best. Brava!!! I have been visiting the lowcountry for 35 years and when I read your books I can see, smell, and hear where your characters go and what they do.. You bring joy to me each May when your new book arrives. Thank you from an avid reader.

  108. Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Michele Bandecchi

    Wallingford, Connecticut United States

    Hi! I am such a huge fan of yours! After buying a second home in Bluffton, SC (right around the corner from the Squat & Gobble) some 10 years ago, I started reading your books and fell in love with all of them. Every year I anxiously await your new book to come out. You never disappoint me with the way you weave the characters, settings and plots into wonderful stories. They have made me laugh, cry, and relax (with the help of a glass of wine!!). A few years ago, I attended your book signing at RJ Julia bookstore in Madison, CT and it was such a thrill to meet you and have my picture taken with you. I look forward to seeing you once again in Madison on June 16th.

  109. Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Sally Hill

    West Columbia, SC USA

    Dear Ms. Frank, I just finished â Full of Graceâ and I was completely taken to each and every place in the book and I felt like I was standing with Grace every time she moved or spoke. I cried, even before Mrs. R did and then after Mexico City. Thank you, thank you for sharing the low country and the charm we South Carolinians know is abundant here. (This is coming from a converted Yankee from Wayne, NJ too!) I can not wait for Queen Bee. Again thank you for your wonderful novels. Sincerely, Sally Hill

  110. Saturday, May 25, 2019

    stormie mcelroy

    Airway Heights, Washington United States

    Have been a Steel fan for over 30 years. And I just recently started reading your books... I love them. At 78 I never thought I would find a new author. just finished By invitation only. What a fun book. Can't wait for more to come. Sincerly Stormie Weatherly McElroy Spokane Washington

  111. Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Zelda Nichols

    Murrells Inlet, SC USA

    Hi Dot - Can't wait to see you next week. Your tour itinerary says you will be at Litchfield Books the day before the Movable Feast luncheon, i want to verify as Litchfield is ten minutes away and the luncheon in N.Myrtle is almost an hour away. It's also Bike Week that week and traffic will be bad as roads are being changed so some will only be one way. Can't wait to see you again, I never forget that it's your books that are the reason we now live in Low Country. I like to think I'm now a southern girl, I keep trying to talk Southern but it just doesn't happen.

  112. Friday, May 17, 2019

    Sabrina Leonardo

    ANDERSON, SC United States

    I cannot wait to meet you in Aiken at your Queen Bee signing! I enjoy your books so very much. I haven't read one yet that I've wanted to end, and I've read all of the ones available on Kindle. Please never stop writing, you bring this old lonesome soul great joy. Thank you for your hard work! Much love to you and your family

  113. Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Virginia Moulding

    South Dennis, MA USA

    I love your books and as I was reading "Same Beach, Next Year" I noticed on page 37 that you mentioned Winchester, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. That small town is my husband's birthplace and he wondered how a South Carolina gal, living in the NYC area chose to refer to Winchester over the other suburbs. Do you have a connection to the town or just liked the name? If you have time, you could email me an answer. Just curious.

  114. Wednesday, May 15, 2019


    Hot Springs , Arkansas USA

    Hello! My daughter and I are coming to Charleston next week. Through your books, I've fallen in love with a place I've never been. We can't wait to visit the places you've written about. Maybe we will bump into each other! I'll be traveling with your new book! Thank you for inspiring my travels.

  115. Sunday, May 12, 2019


    Georgetown , SC USA

    Dorothea, I have read all your books about the South. Have loved, loved and throughly enjoyed them. I live in Georgetown SC and would love it if you wrote a book about the town then I could really relate to the places you're writing about. Keep writing and I'll keep reading!

  116. Friday, May 10, 2019

    Lori Hey

    Chapel Hill, NC USA

    I found out about your stories from my Mom, who is a big fan. First I read By Invitation Only, quickly followed by Same Beach Next Year. I loved them both and couldn't put them down! The stories were engaging, the characters were life-like,, and the settings were multi-sensory! Now I'm a fan, too! Have a Happy Mother's Day!

  117. Tuesday, May 07, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

    Big OOPS ! I have just written a missive to you but got two things wrong !!! Firstly, the first book I read was FULL of Grace and not Amazing Grace and secondly it must have been 2010 when I read it as it was only published in 2008. Hahahahaha ! I hope I gave you a little chuckle. Put it down to a senior moment of a 69 year old woman.....

  118. Tuesday, May 07, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

    Hi Dottie I wrote to you some time ago to tell you how much I loved the book of yours I had just read. I'm a South African living in the UK and found Amazing Grace in a book exchange book case in a small hotel on the Italian Island of Elba in 2006. I have subsequently read all your books and wait, with bated breath, for Queen Bee to be available on the 28th. Your characters seem to speak to me. Especially the feisty, slightly irreverent, women. I have often read a passage in your book which feature my own words of expressions and have to laugh out load. My poor husband thinks Iv'e taken leave of my senses. Because of your books I have long wanted to visit the Low Country and this might just be a possibility for us in April 2020. I have been searching online for accommodation and have found it very expensive for us. The wonderful southern B & B's look absolutely wonderful but out of our price range. Would it be too presumptuous of me to ask for some advice about somewhere to stay central to Charleston and the islands . I would so appreciate any help you could offer. Do please feel free to tell me that you have better things to do with your time.

  119. Wednesday, May 01, 2019


    Orlando, FL USA

    Love your books. I have read them all and eagerly await your next one. You have such a way with words.

  120. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Jennifer Allen

    Florence, SC USA

    Hi, I just found your books a couple of years ago and I've read several now. I see that you came and spoke and did a book signing a few times here. Will you be coming back to Florence? I would absolutely love to meet you and have a book signed!!

  121. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Irene Crawford

    EDINBURGH, Midlothian United Kingdom

    I just wanted to say as a person who is not an avid reader, I discovered one of your books in my local library in Edinburgh about a year ago. I have been hooked ever since. I am now on my 10th book . Unfortunately, there were only two in our libraries, but I purchase them from Amazon. There are some despatched from the UK. I love your characters, stories and saucy wit. I can't help but feel there is a lot of you in your novels. I have fell in love with South Carolina, due to your vivid descriptions of the Isles, people, food and sunsets etc. If you ever find yourself in our lovely city of Edinburgh, i am sure you would be given a warm welcome, or indeed in the city of my birth, Glasgow.

  122. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Peg Janik

    The Villages, FL USA

    Hi Mrs Frank, I have just finished your very last published book and am so sad! Can't wait for Queen Bee and have already pre-ordered. Having just found you about a year ago after falling in love with all that is South Carolina shore area & particularly Low Country, I have to say that your books are wonderful! I started reading them about a year ago and am sad each time one ends. I then start a new one and think that the nest one can't possibly top the prior one....but I am never disappointed. Each story and set of characters unique with a background of the Low Country. I laugh, I cry, I giggle, I think! Love them! I may have to start at the beginning again.

  123. Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Ann Burke

    McLeansboro, Illinois United States

    Just read By Invitation Only, and I fell in love with the characters. Was happy to see how they each saw the best in each other, even though they were different. Keep writing your wonderful books.

  124. Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Nancy Smith

    Mount Dora, Florida United States

    Hi Dorothea: I am a big fan of all your books alwayes on the lookout for your next one. Keep up the good work Love them all Thank so much.

  125. Thursday, April 04, 2019

    Nadine Raineri

    Santa Clara, CA, CA USA

    I am a late reader of Ms. Frank's books...just finished Sullivan's Island. Picked it up randomly at my Senior Center book exchange, and am so glad....Was entranced from start to finish and have questions: - Your picture though in black and white looks like you have blue eyes, are the Asalit Blue refered to in the book? - Wish I had had a Livvie in my life. - I did have a big sister, and to this day at 89 and 91 we are the best of friends. - Having six children myself, I know the money it takes to feed and educate them, though Susan often comments to needing money, there always seemed enough to feed them as children, and as a adult, to get a fancy haircut, shop for clothes and entertainment. Loved the dry humor throughout, in fact read it twice before returning it to the exchange, will certainly read another book of this author.

  126. 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.

  127. 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.

  128. 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.

  129. 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

  130. 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.

  131. 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.

  132. Friday, January 25, 2019


    Fort mccoy , Florida USA

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

  133. 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.

  134. 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

  135. 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!

  136. 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

  137. 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

  138. Thursday, January 03, 2019


    Los Angeles, Ca USA

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

  139. 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!

  140. 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.

  141. 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

  142. 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

  143. 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!

  144. 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?

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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

  148. Friday, October 05, 2018

    Bess Ambers

    BOWLING GREEN, OH United States

    40,000 butterflies are all around my white asters.

  149. 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.

  150. Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Joanne Rawson

    Davidson, NC United States

    Are there really peach orchards in the low country?

  151. 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

  152. 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.

  153. 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

  154. 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.

  155. 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

  156. 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.

  157. 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.

  158. 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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