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. Friday, November 27, 2015

    Sissy Seyle

    Papillion, NE USA

    I cannot find out when The Christmas Pearl will be released as a movie. Could someone advise? Thank you, Sissy

  2. Sunday, November 22, 2015

    Ann Marie

    Abington , PA USA

    I am so looking forward to the arrival of Single Ladies that I just ordered. Have been going thru some hard times for the past 3+ years and your books give me the respite I so need. Keep it up! Future goal once children are grown to find a little cottage in one of the Carolinas and experience firsthand the low country. Thanks Dorothea.

  3. Saturday, November 21, 2015

    Robin Robison

    Pensacola, Florida USA

    I want to thank you for your books. I just love them and I think I have read most of them. My first was "The Chritmas Pearl"! What a great story! I started reading your books while going through chemo for breast cancer. I want to thank you for getting me through it. The books took me away to wonderful places and always with a smile on my face. They helped me get through the side effects of chemo, made horrible time more bearable. I am in Mt. Pleasant today for my husband's Aunt's birthday. I also found out that you may know her. Her daughter is Mary Trudy McManus Datillo! She has encouraged me to email and tell you how I feel about your books. I love coming to the Low Country and visiting Mark's cousins and Aunt. There is definitely something special about the Low Country. Thank from the bottom of my heart for writing your books.

  4. Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Pamela Mckeel

    Lawtenceville, Georgia USA

    Hello Mrs Frank, It is a pleasure to leave this post to you. I was never a reader in my youth. In fact, I hated reading. My best friend Barbara had read all of your books, and suggested them many times. I was forced to stop work and stay home, guess God knew I needed to read? I was born in South Carolina and grew up going to Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island beaches and frequently visited my Aunt in Charleston. After marriage my husband took us to the Outer Banks for vacation. This always saddened me , always wanted my children to see " my beaches". I stumbled upon Hurricane Sisters and The Original Wives and started the adventure. A whole new world opened up for me as I revisited those beaches thru your books. And yes, I have all but one of them now...the one you will be writing next!! You are truly a gifted writer. Thank you very much for sharing your gift.

  5. Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Bonnie Fuhrman

    Coral Springs, Florida USA

    Hello! I just finished reading FULL OF GRACE and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the book. I loved the relationship between Grace and Michael,the entire Russo clan and the travel parts. I read a lot and enjoy most of the books I read but I never write to an author. For some reason I wanted to tell you the above. I will go to the library and read your other books. Thank you. Bonnie Fuhrman

  6. Monday, November 09, 2015

    Kareem Rollings

    Brampton , Ontario Canada

    Ima recently retired Teacher who finally has time to travel. My husband and I would like to travel to Sullivan's Island at the beginning of April and explore the area. Can you recommend accommodation and must see sites. I love,love, love your books!! Kareen ð

  7. Saturday, November 07, 2015


    Ga USA

    Would like to take a vacation and visit all destinations mentioned in books. I know others have already blazed the trail. Any suggested routes,order,time frame, would be appreciated,

  8. Thursday, November 05, 2015

    Kimberly McCoy

    Havana, Il USA

    Oh boy...I just found this website after reading "Plantation." LOVED the book and I now see I am far behind in reading more of your books. I wrote them all down and will now hunt them down to read. I am a voracious reader all sorts and Plantation is now on my list of all time favorites. How Bawdy, touching and funny! I laughed out loud, I cried and laughed and cried again. Thank You for putting the words down into the book of Plantation. A true Gem to read. Kimberly McCoy

  9. Monday, November 02, 2015

    Jennifer Robinson

    South Euclid, Oh USA

    Your descriptions of the 'Holy City' and surrounding areas make it sound so magical and beautiful. From the beaches to the local restaurants mentioned in your books, all I have wanted to do is visit S.C. and in 6wks it will become a reality for me! I will finally get to see first hand Mt. Pleasant/ Shem Creek, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and of course Historic Charleston. Thank you for writing such wonderful books filled with great female characters who have so much passion for the Low Country.

  10. Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Janet Filkins

    McLeansboro, Illinois USA

    I just began reading your books and am totally captivated by your style of writing. I have looked all your books up to see which ones I haven't read and excited to find them. Love your books!!!!!

  11. Sunday, October 25, 2015

    Gretchen Clerc

    Ft. Worth, Texas USA

    Dottie, If not for reading "Sullivan's Island'" a number of years ago, I would never have just returned from my 6th visit to the Low Country! I have read every single book, finished "All the Single Ladies" shortly before this trip, and keep a list of the restaurants and locations mentioned. From The One-Eyed Parrot (cited in an earlier book) to The Obstinate Daughter, it is so fun to find these actual places. I've even attended Mass at Stella Maris and we just missed their church bazaar this year. Love that little church! I am already looking forward to next year's vacation on Isle of Palms. Thank you for writing such enjoyable books! I anticipate each one.

  12. Sunday, October 25, 2015


    Indian Land, SC USA

    Just reading Plantation, my first of your many. I LOVE it, but may I make a comment? You refer variously to "retirement community" , "assisted living" , "institution" -- there is a great difference among those! I live in a retirement community and am far from feeble or in need of institutionalization or even assisted living. Thanks anyway for your habit-forming books!

  13. Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Judi DeGeorge


    Help! I love your books! I am having trouble finding book 6. What is the name of this book. I am trying to read them in order.

  14. Tuesday, October 06, 2015

    Jean Caskey

    Lancaster, SC USA

    I just sent a lengthy note of the readings, and I forgot to sign name before I submitted. Help! Jean Caskey Lancaster, SC October 05, 2015

  15. Tuesday, October 06, 2015

    Jean Caskey

    Lancaster, SC USA

    Hey Dorothea Benton Frank, I am so hooked on you, not only as the Best Author, but the "reads" are just incredible. The books puts me right there in the Historical Charleston, feeling the wind blow, the walking in the sand, touring the historical homes, walking in the old cemeteries, as I have experienced this by visiting Charleston many times. I just finished ''The Hurricane Sisters'', and I loved it. I had a "quiet reading weekend." I was reading this book, as Hurricane Joaquin, was churning out to sea, and all the streets of Charleston flooding, due to the rains, that was pounding the South Carolina coast. WOW! I have read, All the Single Ladies, Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Return to Sullivan's Island, The Last Original Wife, and now I am reading Plantation ---- cannot wait ---- I have your book list and I am filling the list one or two books at a time. I cannot wait until my next visit to Charleston, as I have written down some of the places, according to your books, that I have not visited; but surely I will. Thanks again for being the Author that you are, and the enjoyment that I am getting on the tales of the Low Country. Great! October 5, 2015

  16. Tuesday, October 06, 2015

    Salley Williams

    Norway, SC USA

    Rebecca is my niece, not my husband's (although he proudly is her uncle, by marriage). I was a Williams and married a Williams - Salley Williams Williams.

  17. Tuesday, October 06, 2015

    Salley Williams

    Norway, SC USA

    Okay, so I apologize for being so hard on you about the "farm girl" comment. I am just super-sensitive about the way farmers and their families are perceived. THE HURRICANE SISTERS was a great book, and Rebecca Williams Agee is my niece. The whole time I read the book, I thought of her, and then was so pleased to see her name in the acknowledgements. She is a precious girl with an adorable husband and two daughters; they were evacuated from their home in Columbia yesterday because of the flooding.

  18. Sunday, October 04, 2015

    Salley Williams

    Norway, Sc USA

    As a native South Carolinian, I really enjoy your books; however, I took great offense to your comment on page 78 of THE HURRICANE SISTERS regarding "a stupid girl right off the farm". My husband is a fourth-generation farmer who works hard and is VERY proud of his occupation. Everyone in his family is college educated, as well as their spouses, and are valuable contributors to their communities. This offense won't stop me from reading your books. I just wanted you to be aware of how some people might take your comments.

  19. Friday, October 02, 2015

    Kate Johnson

    White Bear Lake, Minnesota USA

    I am currently reading your book, Full of Grace. In chapter 16, you mention a painting of Saint Peter by Caesare Porta that depicts Saint Peter as having six toes on his right foot. I have been doing some internet research trying to find an image of the painting and have been unsuccessful. I am wondering if there actually is a painting that depicts Saint Peter with an extra toe or if that is your use of literary license to embellish your story. As an individual that was born with extra fingers and toes, I enjoy learning about others that are also polydactyl or sexdactyl. Thank you for sharing your creativity through the media of writing.

  20. Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Judy Feeney

    Fayetteville, NC USA

    My best friend and I have ready each one of your books and look forward to the next one to come. We have made it a fun get away to visit the areas and places you have listed in your books. We have fallen in love with the Charleston and Shem Creek area and make it a point to visit there a couple of times each year. After recently finishing "All the Single Ladies", we are planning a review trip of each restaurant you have listed in the book. Rather than reviewing the entire book again, do you have a list of the restaurants you have referenced in the book? Seems like the fun thing to do.

  21. Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Eileen Denicole

    Lakewood, N>J> USA

    Dorothea, Just finished "Folly Beach" and LOVED every word / scene of it! Living in an adult Village here in NJ...I had the opportunity to visit South Carolina - Charleston - only once..absolutely loved it but swore off visiting again due to the intense humidity. So I have "re-visited" it again and again through YOUR books! Every one a treasure...but this one - finally brought me to the PC to tell you..DOT, I LOVED IT! Music has always bben a love of my life..and as a 72 year old retiree - not unlike your Miss Daisy - have just completed my very first piano- course lesson. And all of Gershwin's tunes (always a favorite of mine anyway) are on my Bucket List to learn! Thank you, Dottie-if I may be so bold to call you- for the joy your wonderful talent has given so many! (Now to read more about the Heywards')

  22. Tuesday, September 22, 2015


    Loveland, Colorado USA

    I just finished reading All the Single Ladies. Loved it. Could we get a list of the 38 questions?

  23. Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    Pam Fulmer

    West Columbia, SC USA

    I just read All The Single Ladies and I loved it. I'm a first time reader of your books and now I'm on a quest to read all of them. I feel like they are meant just for me! Keep up the great work.

  24. Monday, September 21, 2015

    Fets & Peter Tezza

    Marietta, Georgia USA

    We look forward to being a part of Victoria and Carmine's enchanted weekend.

  25. Friday, September 18, 2015

    Jill Tracy Lee

    North Rose, NY USA

    The Last Original Wife: Thank you, thank you, thank you. This book was insightful, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and for me, very healing.

  26. Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Lynn Goforth

    Marshall, NC USA

    I just recently discovered your books and now I can't stop reading. You are amazing.

  27. Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Sandy K

    New Albany, IN USA

    Just had to write -I have read ALL your books and just finished Hurricane Sisters! Enjoyed EVERY single page~ Your books are like a "gift I give myself" - I'm always sad when it ends! I love your characters and the Low Country. My husband and I actually took a trip to all the places you mention - Isle of Palm, Sullivan Island, Shem Creek, Pawley's Island - we had a wonderful time! Can't wait for your next book!!!!! Thank you for sharing your Low Country with those of us in the Mid West.

  28. Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Melinda Gassaway

    Hot Springs, Arkansas USA

    I always enjoy your books. Just recently finished listening to the audio version of "All the Single Ladies." I am a retired newspaper editor and have long been dismayed by the overuse of the word "awesome.: Was amused and grateful to hear how you differentiated between truly "awesome" experiences and those who are clearly not. My compliments to Robin Miles, who is a wonderful reader.

  29. Friday, September 11, 2015

    Willow Hobson


    Please check out the recipe for "Champagne Chicken" . The ingredient list and the procedure just don't add up. Procedure calls for many more cups of champagne than the list. What's correct?

  30. Tuesday, September 08, 2015

    Nancy Bouffard

    Milton, VT USA

    As a frequent visitor to the Charleston area, I enjoy recognizing the stores, restaurants, plantations and all the wonderful places you mention in your novels. The next time you're in Charleston, I hope you'll find time to visit the wonderful Sugar Bakeshop at 59 1/2 Cannon Street in Charleston. My son David Bouffard (a LEED certified architect like Paul in All the Single Ladies) and his husband Bill Bowick, also an architect, own Sugar. Bill gave me one of your signed books and said he talked with you, I think at Blue Bicycle Books. I asked if he invited you to the bakeshop and being the humble person he is, did not. I hope you'll stop in and ask for the owners and try one of their delicious treats. It's a good thing I don't live closer, I'd weigh a ton. As a retired RN, thank you for including all those helpful hints for creating a safe environment for Miss Trudie and elderly people. In addition to being enjoyable and often humorous, your books are spreading important information. Thank you for pleasurable reading. Nancy Bouffard

  31. Monday, August 31, 2015

    Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg

    Long Beach, CA USA

    Love your books! I just had to laugh, after reading the wedding situation in THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE, which brought back memories: When my son (a handsome Caucasian, with a living out-loud personality) married an Hispanic woman, her large family was not pleased. So a party was thrown to introduce him to everyone. Neither were the three fathers of the bride's four sons pleased. (Seven more red flags there!) Imagine the groom's surprise to find that he had had intimate relations with one of the bride's aunts, and two of her cousins! (Three more red flags!) AKWARD! Everyone began taking bets as to how long the marriage would last. (It lasted much longer than anyone ever expected. And although the two have lived apart for a number of years, and each have had several long-term relationships since then, they have never divorced. WEIRD!

  32. Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Anne Farrell

    Charlottesville, Va USA

    just finished All The Single Ladies and enjoyed it just as much as your other books! We met for a short time when my friend and I drove you from The Omni to your session with Rita Mae Brown for the Virginia Festival of the Book. That was a fun evening! Had the pleasure of seeing your Sullivan's Island this past April when I spent a week on Folly Beach with my son and his family.We spent a pleasant day on Sullivan's Island highlighted by our lunch at The Obstinate Daughter.The Frogmore stew was outstanding (recommended by our waiter Tom-) Of course,dessert was a cone from the establishment downstairs Reading this book brought back all those wonderful memories of Charlston and the surrounding area. Can't wait for your next book!

  33. Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Deborah Watts

    Garner, North Carolina USA

    Love, Love, Love your books. I am in the process of reading my way through all the past books written. I am currently reading Porch Lights which I can't put down. As a Southern Woman, its such a joy to celebrate our lifestyle through Dorothea Benton Frank's writing. Keep the books coming.

  34. Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Diane Ray

    Loudon, TN USA

    Your books are very popular in our library in Tellico Village near Loudon, TN. I work as a volunteer at our library and also make bookmarks to give (not sell) to our patrons. I am starting a series of bookmarks featuring the pictures of popular authors and would like permission to use a picture of you on some of these bookmarks. These bookmarks also feature room for patrons to write blurbs about a book they have read and enjoyed and then their comments are added to a Good Books Notebook that I maintain at the library. I have already captured your picture from your website and hope I have your permission to use it in the way described above. Very sincerely (and hopefully!) Diane Ray

  35. Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Diane L Scala

    Port Washington, NY USA

    Hello there. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book The Hurricane Sisters. I picked it up a while ago, but was finally able to READ it just this summer. Just finished it. Couldn't wait to write you to say thank you. Not for me personally but perhaps for my grandmother who died a few years back. Unfortunately, she suffered from domestic abuse . While I was too young to remember, my grandfather was her first abuser. He died at an early was different back then as she was forbidden to divorce, she was raised by very strict Italian Immigrants who didn't know any better. I would love to tell you that things worked out for her romantically. She was happy for a while, retired, traveled, but never remarried. Then one cold winter break during my mid twenties, something told me to visit her in Conn. It wasn't like her not to visit for the Christmas holidays...we arrived only to find her eye deeply swollen, her face black and blue, and her soul filled with shame. I thank the good Lord for telling us to leave in the middle of the night, to get all of her necessary documents and paperwork shoved into that Macy's shopping bag. He was sleeping downstairs while my mom rushed into my room and said that the picture of Jesus hanging above the bed SPOKE to her and urged us to leave on that very dark, cold, and wintery night. pitch black, scared, and relieved that she would no longer be held against her will, barricaded up against a wall by a wooden chair. My father stayed behind but advised my mother to get her mother and her daughter out of that house that night, So you see Ms. Frank, I was with my own Hurricane Sisters that night. I didn't think about that in a very long time. I'm 45, a school teacher, a wife, a mother of 2, a daughter, and a sister. Your writing is genius, but your work in regard to non-profit- is priceless. I'm officially hooked, I'm your biggest fan. I intend on reading ALL of your other books too. And I will pass this one onto my mother as well. One last note...I live by the bay, and the local girl scouts built a borrowing birdhouse lending library at the town dock. On an early morning run, I stopped, perused the titles, and there it was...your magnificent book . It was the only one I grabbed. So thankful to the good soul who left it for me to read. Best regards, btw I too hope one day to be a writer. Be good and thank you once again, Diane L- a Port Washington resident

  36. Friday, August 21, 2015

    Lynne Stoll

    Poland, Ohio USA

    D ear Dorothea, I just finished "All the Single Ladies" and loved it. My daughter, who lives in Goose Creek, SC gave me the signed copy as a Mother's Day present. I have read all your books and just wanted to tell you that your books make me feel closer to my daughter. We have spent a lot of time on Isle of Palms and visiting places in the area. While reading your books I can visualize some of the places and I can almost smell the salt air. We just returned from a week there and even enjoyed dinner at Shem Creek. Now I have a new restaurant to try out. I hope you continue to write these wonderful stories. I look forward to your next book.

  37. Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Elizabeth Lentz

    Rossville, Pa USA

    Dear Ms. Frank, I just want to thank you for your writing. I just discovered your books this summer and am devouring them in an unseemly manner. I am a 66 year old widow and your stories transport me to past times with family at the beach where the ocean soothed us and made us all feel like children again. PLEASE don't ever stop writing. My new dream is to visit the Lowcountry and experience these wonderful places firsthand. I'll think of you when and if I get to sit on a porch and sip an icy cocktail looking at the ocean. Cheers.

  38. Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Susan Lesesne

    Atlanta, Ga USA

    Dottie, I am a huge fan and love your stories....they surely have made me fall even more in love with the Charleston area and islands. I just finished your newest book and loved it. I even commented to a friend how I always hate finishing your books because I want them to continue. Your stories are fantastic and I can see everything in my mind as I read your words. I love the different story lines and what they make me think about in my own life! A little funny side I stopped by a hotel today and spoke with a woman. (I am in advertising sales). During our conversation, I learned she came from Charleston. I told her I would end up there in retirement as I have fallen in love with the area and islands and feel profoundly in my bones that that is where I want to end up. I asked if she knew of you and to my surprise, she chuckles and said you two have been friends for forever.... It was surreal talking to her about you and your relationship. Your books truly have brought me closer to your childhood stomping grounds and your stories always make me feel grounded! I don't know if you noticed my last name, but my ex's family came from there, the Lesesne Gates at the Citadel. I can't wait to one day meet you and have a good laugh!

  39. Friday, August 14, 2015

    Cornelia Coste Austin

    Edgewater, Florida USA

    I have just finished "All the Single Ladies". As another daughter of a long time Sullivan's Island family I have enjoyed all of your books so much. They all make me home sick and bring back many good memories. I have never heard the story of "Obstinate Daughter". I will have to look on line and see if I can find more of the story. Thanks a bunch. Cornelia

  40. Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    patricia lloyd

    Manning, South Carolina USA

    Love every single one of your books !! I did meet you once at a signing in Columbia. You signed a book for me and my mother-in-law for her birthday. Loved meeting you in person, only convinced me you are a real and special person. I heard you are doing an interview this Friday ( Aug 14) on NPR radio. Just wanted you to know I will be listening and cheering you on. Please, keep up the wonderful book writing, I look forward to each one.

  41. Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Robin Scarella

    Fairfield , COnnecticut USA

    I have read many of your books. Am reading all The Single Ladies now and loving. We are moving to Charleston area, renting in Isle of Palm and looking for a home in Mt Pleasant mid Septrmber so especially fun to read about places we will,have a chance to go to. I produce an event called Wine, Women & Wisdom for women of all backgrounds and ages and usually have 2-3 speakers and one at least always an author. Last one was with Anne Leary and Lee Woodruff. Would love to being to Charleston. Would u consider being involved. Always a portion of proceeds to a not for profit. I know women would love to,hear u speak and so would I. Best regards, Robin

  42. Monday, August 10, 2015

    Amy Blau

    Flower Mound, TX USA

    I absolutely love your books! I met you one time at a book signing in Asheville, NC. Thanks for signing the book for my mom. Any who, I wanted to let you know I am reading Bulls Island and found a mistake on page 85. Last paragraph. then should be them (pouring tomato juice over them not then).

  43. Monday, August 10, 2015

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, KY USA

    I found Ms. Franks books on a cruise about a year ago. Since then I have found more of her books and read them all. The only problem I have, I start them and can't put them down until I have finished. When I get into one of her books I tell my Husband this is going to be another good one and I will see you later. I found Full of Grace at a half price book store and started reading yesterday morning and finished around 2:00am this morning. I love all her books because I used to live in Charleston, South Carolina and it was the city my Husband and I started our marriage 49 years ago. The books bring back wonderful memories and I know where all the streets and islands are located. They bring me home. This book Full of Grace was written in 2006 and I enjoyed it very much. Of course I cried and laughed and wished it would not end. Thank you for your writing and please come to Louisville for your tour.

  44. Saturday, August 08, 2015

    Jan Stankovich

    RICHMOND, Virginia USA

    Dear Dorothea, It's the summer of 2015. I am a middle school math teacher, by trade & passion, and as such I get to have most of my summers free to read what I want to read ( as opposed to mandated school-stuff!!!). I "found" your books and have read 7 of them, so far... I am praying to win the lottery so I can move to Sullivan's Island to live out the rest of my days , which I hope are many! ( I turn 60 this year - trying really hard not to let that 'get to me"!) . Your writing is like a balm on my frayed nerves !! Thank you for coming into my world. ( My world consists of the frenetic middle schoolers , my 91 year old father and 68 year old sister who has totally screwed up her life and mind , and my 62 year old husband who just retired from the Army and not making TAHT transition very smoothly)...THank you again for your writing that helps me escape my crazy world!! Your books have given me a vacation to the water's edge ! ...and THANK YOU for putting the sound of OCEAN WAVES on your web page - God's Lullaby !!... Growing up we vacationed at our family's place on the Chesapeke Bay ( like you - cousins, aunts & uncles, sand, adventures !)... I have visited Hilton Head once. My mother and I went on our own sight seeing tour of the cemetery of slaves that worked in the indigo plantation. that's where I fell in love with the Gullah culture. Thank you for putting recipes on your web page ! I wanted to go back through the books I read and write down some that read about , but I had shared your books with my sister -in-law who lives in Ohio... I really need to find the egg salad recipe - but I can't remember which book it was in!! You are a God-send, Mrs Frank!! Please keep writing!! Jan Stankovich

  45. Friday, August 07, 2015

    Jonni Farish

    Goochland, VA USA

    Dear Dorothea, I just finished ALL THE SINGLE LADIES. Of all of your books, yes I have read them all, this is one of your best! It has all the qualities that I love in a book, mystery, food for thought, romance, humor and good strong characters. Thanks for creating!!! Jonni Farish Goochland, VA

  46. Wednesday, August 05, 2015

    Kathy V.

    Shelby Township, MI USA

    I'm only a short way through All the Single Ladies and have laughed out loud 5 times! You always lifit my spirits and make me feel cozy all at the same time, and after a very stressful week (can't extended family just be crazy?!) I needed a big dose of my most favorite author ever. Thank you for brightening our days and giving us girls plenty to talk and laugh about!

  47. Monday, August 03, 2015

    Donna Price Harrell

    Williamston, NC USA

    Dear Mrs. Frank, As a long time fan of your writing, up to this point, I had read all of your books except "Porch Lights". I picked up a copy at a book store in Atlantic Beach, NC this past weekend, and have already devoured this enjoyable, captivating novel. (Did I forget to mention I paid for it? No kleptomania here...) As usual, I identify with the characters almost as a part of their family. The characters you create are genuine, reek of Southern charm, and exude compassion for family and friends. In my opinion, "Porch Lights" exemplified every thing good about traditional Southern families, and kept it real at the same time. The background history you include in many of your more recent novels, as well as the humanitarian topics , make the storyline even more intriguing and give it more substance. While nearing the end of "Porch Lights" this morning, I experienced that feeling of dread, much like that of poor Charlie, for the impending completion of this "read". I have no idea how you feel about sequels, but this book begs for a sequel...the wedding, the "new" granddaughter for Annie and Buster, Annie and Buster's rekindled relationship, and Deb's future. I would love to hear more about them. Please consider carrying us, your faithful readers, through more of their lives with a follow-up book. That would be marvelous! Thank you for all you do to make this world a more entertaining, more knowledgable place, more livable place. You are amazing!

  48. Monday, August 03, 2015



    Warm Greetings again Dot, from Brisbane! I have just finished reading "All The Single Ladies" and your wonderful book will once again take pride of place on my bookshelf - along with ALL your other books! I have had to have a clean out (which I hate doing with books) to make room! I do love 'Land of Mango Sunsets" for the evocative title and your descriptions of one of my favourite places on earth - New York City! Your funny Southern quips and sayings tickle this Aussie. I may never get to the States again, but I pray that on day I may be able to see, feel and smell a sweet grass basket! Thank you for sharing your wonderful characters - I feel as though I know them as friends. With Warm Regards, Liz Ahrens

  49. Sunday, August 02, 2015

    Lisa Roibal

    South Plainfield, NJ USA

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you - Dorothea Benton Frank! My birthday is August 18th and every year that you write a book, I am lucky enough to get it as a gift. It's perfect timing. Growing up in New Jersey and having family in Charleston, SC, your stories are throughly enjoyable! I often give them as gifts myself. Folly Beach has a special place in my heart from my youth and I recently revisited with my 21 year old daughter to make new memories. Your books bring the reader right there. Thank you!

  50. Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Kathleen Hanson

    Ormond Beach, FL USA

    Every book I have read by Dorthea Benton Frank has taken me back to that magical place around the Charleston, SC area. Each and every one of the books have been full of great characters, events and spiced with humor that is always very Southern in content:) My favorite line out of "All the Single Ladies" was by Miss Trudie when she espouses "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit". I thought I would lose it....but there were many more wonderful quips through out this wonderfully written book. Keep them coming ....they are all wonderfully written about believable Southern patriots:) Thank you...Kathy

  51. Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Marie Christine

    Oshkosh, WI USA

    Thank you Ms. Dot, I just completed reading 'All the Single Ladies'. As always, love your writings. This was especially exciting! Plus; every time I read one of your novels, I get a tingle that prompts my desire to book a return adventure to Isle of Palms. Again, thank you and I look forward to your next writing.

  52. Monday, July 27, 2015

    Delia Masse

    San Pedro , Ca USA

    Just finished "all the single ladies"!! I loved it, as I've loved all your books. I can't wait to visit the low country. Hopefully next year. We have a westie that is Pickles double. Her name is Zena. We love her to death. Your book touched on what me and my sisters are dealing with my 94 year old mother. So much like Miss Trudie. I have so many of your older books to read. Can't wait to read them all!!

  53. Friday, July 24, 2015

    Brenda Richards

    Woodside, DE USA

    I moved away from the Charleston area 17 years ago, after living there for 20 years. I can't wait to read your books as they bring back so many memories! Your description of the areas of the Low country are right on! I can't wait to read your books -- thank you for your wonderful works!

  54. Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Melinda Olson

    White Lake, MI USA

    I LOVE all of your novels Dorthea! They draw me in like am one of her characters, and I envision all the sites, sounds and smells of the low country throughout your stories. My father introduced me to the Isle of Palms years ago and we had many wonderful times in the area. Your stories bring back memories, and remind me how magical the Charleston area is. Keep writing! You bring me joy!!

  55. Wednesday, July 22, 2015


    Mt Pleasant, SC USA

    I love Dorothea's books, I have the audio books for when i'm traveling. what a great way to pass the miles of the day.

  56. Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Joyce Rogers Kirby

    Griffin, GA USA

    You've done it again! You have held me spellbound with your new book "All the Single Ladies". I have read all of your books and always am in great anticipation for the next one. Your writing seems so familiar to me. Maybe that's why I enjoy your books so much. Although we live in Georgia now, I grew up in Andrews, SC, so many of the places you talk about have meaning for me. South Carolina is a wonderful state and you take the reader right along with you as you describe the scenery and your charming characters who are so life-like. Please write about Beaufort sometime. We lived there many years ago, and I am certain there are stories to be told about that charming area. I read your bio and saw that your daughter's middle name was Hanna. I wondered if that might be a family name. My mother was a Hanna from the Kingstree. Please keep writing and I will keep reading! Joyce

  57. Saturday, July 18, 2015

    Eiran Gazit

    Lenox, MA USA

    What a pleasure it was to meet you! Thanks for stopping by at our bar in the Gateways Inn, I think this should be the setting for your next book....if only the walls could talk!.

  58. Friday, July 17, 2015

    Cathy Webb

    Gresham, Oregon USA

    I absolutely love your books and have a lot of trouble waiting for the next. Thank you for being such a wonderful writer. Cathy

  59. Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Nancy Fitts

    Statesville, NC USA

    My very old grandmother who came over by boat from Poland at the age of 4 always told me that she thought her and I had been stolen by gypsies at birth and made to live in NJ. She knew that we belonged somewhere warm and welcoming to our souls'. I have believed this since I was very little and am now 60 or 61. Close enough. When I discovered your books after moving to NC I found my joy! I anticipate the next book and even reread your earlier novels (senior moments help in that respect) while waiting. When my adoptive mother comes to visit in the summer months (which is the only time she can manage) we drag each other all through steamy wonderful Charleston and the surrounding islands. I drive and I hate bridges. Only for the wonders of the area and the welcoming people that gives me such a contentment that seems to seep into my heart while I am visiting there can I cross those bridges. Thank you for giving me and all your dedicated followers such joy and a place to belong (even if only for a short while) when you create a novel for us.

  60. Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Tana Keenan

    Asheboro, NC USA

    Just wanted you to know how much I truly enjoy your books. I purchased All the Single Ladies a few days ago and could not put it down. I tend to lose lots of sleep when I get into a good story. Also, I am a part-time employee of Belk, so everytime you mentioned the store in this book I had to chuckle to myself. I see a few "Lisas" now and again in our store. The only way I could have enjoyed this book more was if I had had it when we took our summer vacation to Holden Beach, NC during the 4th of July. Would love to have read it while soaking up the sun. I am looking forward to another story!

  61. Monday, July 13, 2015

    Kathy Rynearson

    Columbia, TN USA

    Dear Ms. Dot... I was absolutely thrilled to see your new book, All The Single Ladies. I lived in Summerville SC for 6 years, had a boat on the Harbour in Charleston where weekends were spent, your books absolutely take me back to my favorite place on earth. I have everyone of your books and have shared them with my girlfriends who can then understand my love for Charleston. My the way I am a Yankee, don't hold that against me thought, I swear I was born to be Southern. Sweet tea, y'alls, beautiful SC sunsets are perfect for this girl. I hope next time you do a book tour I can get a signed copy. Please continue to delite your readers with stories that take us back to a special time in our luves. Sincerely, Kathy R.

  62. Monday, July 13, 2015

    linda j reinke

    mechanicsville, va USA

    I so love your books ..hard to put down..make me.laugh and feel like I want to head down to the Lowcountry..have been there often.. must explore FOLLY NEXT VISIT. I loved Porch Lights..a resent read, but found a major error. Afghani is the name the currency in Afghanistan, not the people. In my past ..1980s I wrote a grant for the refuge program I then administered, and included Afghans in the service group..learned from an Afghan collegue who reviewed it,,, of my mistake & my secretary had to retype the entire thing before submitting to the County. Keep writing more..I love your descriptions and incredible humor...

  63. Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Zelda Nichols

    Lexington, NC USA

    Hi Dot - ten years ago we moved to NC and I discovered your books, I've read every single one of them and just finished All the Single Ladies. Not only are each of your stories wonderful but so are your acknowledgments. Low Country IS magical, it was your influence that had me tell my husband we had to visit umpteen years ago and we ended up falling in love with it. So much so that we bought two rental properties. Last week we bought a house on Murrells Inlet that we will permanently move to in October. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your stories that make me want to know the characters and thank you for introducing us to Lowcountry - you too are magical.

  64. Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Diane Evans

    Ridgeland, SC USA

    Oh, wow---loved your 16th book---I have all of them on a "special" table in my den with a big picture of Shem Creek above on the wall. I loved Ms. Trudie as I did (and still do) Ms.Lavinia---my all time favorite character. Enjoyed the pics on Facebook---Victoria is a clone of you, girl!! How proud you must be. I know you have to be exhausted, so, take the summer off and enjoy yourself and family. Looking forward to another great book in 2016!! All the best to you!!

  65. Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Denise Barrett

    York, SC USA

    I always love reading your books. I just finished "All the Single Ladies" in about 3 days. Loved it! Being from York, SC and working in the summers for Black's Peaches, imagine my surprise to see York , Smyrna, and peach farming mentioned in your book! Never mind that it was where Marianne's detestable boyfriend was from! I am also a teacher. I think I taught that kid! Just kidding. Just wondering what your ties are to our area? My daughter now lives in Moncks Corner and I love visiting her. I love the lowcountry area and enjoy reading books set there. Keep them coming. Denise Barrett York, SC

  66. Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Susan Frankenberg

    Signal Mountain, TN USA

    Just like every one of your books, I loved "All the Single Ladies!" I thrive getting to know the characters while experiencing the Lowcountry. Thanks for such excellent reads!

  67. Monday, July 06, 2015

    Beth Brazell

    Columbia, South Carolina USA

    Dottie, Hi! (I'm friends with Carole Shealy form Columbia.) Over the weekend, I read "All the SIngle Ladies". It is a wonderful book. I closed the book wishing I could "meet" all of the characters. Recently at my nieces wedding, I thought every bride needs a maid of honor and every brides mother needs a best friend. Your book reminded me of such precious wedding memories of my friends and family. Thank you so much for a delightful story. Hugs, Beth

  68. Monday, July 06, 2015

    Donna Jean Neill

    West Milford, NJ USA

    I just started listening to the audiobook version of "All The Single Ladies" I was so excited that you had a new book out! I listened to everyone of your books last summer, my "summer reading" while I commuted to and from work. I was thrilled to hear Robin Miles narrating this book! Its like listening to an old friend! Your writing and her narrating is a great combination!!! Thank You!!!!

  69. Sunday, July 05, 2015

    Sally Ruddy

    Waterford, CA USA

    I just finished ALL THE SINGLE LADIES. What a refreshing read! It was just so nice to read something with wit, charm, a little mystery, and a happy ending. This would make an "awesome" movie.

  70. Sunday, July 05, 2015

    Martha Kaulbach

    Cornelia, GA USA

    Another wonderful book! Such wonderful characters, I'm sure their namesakes were thrilled with their portral. I have such an attachment to the Low Country as my son is buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery. We have visited Charleston and love the city and food. I even sang in a chorus for Spoleto once. It will seen like a long time until next summer when you next book will appear. thanks again for being a part of my summer!

  71. Saturday, July 04, 2015

    Donna Fuller

    Cincinnati, OH USA

    Just finished reading All the Single Ladies in two days. I couldn't put it down! This has to be my favorite of all your books I have read. Thanks so much for bringing Charleston and the surrounding area so vividly into the lives of those of us who hail from the North. It's one of my very favorite places on this earth. Looking forward to your next book.

  72. Thursday, July 02, 2015

    Jessica Sherrill

    OklahomaCity, Oklahoma USA

    Just finished The Hurricane Sisters... What an eye-opening read! I live in Oklahoma where domestic violence is also rampant yet the realization that it affects every aspect of our small world is lost on most. I enjoyed the atmosphere of SC being intertwined because it is one of my favorite parts of the country. I was touched by this book and have a list of friends and family with whom I hope to share this powerful story. Thank you, and I can't wait to read another book by you!

  73. Wednesday, July 01, 2015

    Jeanne Pizii

    Essex Junction, Vermont USA

    Hi there........................I am almost done All the Single Ladies and do have to say I will be so very sad when it ends...........................small world event...we were vacationing in Bethany Beach this past weekend and were in town on Monday evening but did not realize you were there until after sad I did not know earlier..I would have made a point to have been there.........................when it comes to small world...Our Son and his family live in Mt. Pleasant and we attend the Church of the Holy Cross when we visit and very often go to the beach on Sullivan's...our Son and his family bike over there when time permits. It was a special treat to read the names of places we are familiar with. I always have your latest book ordered at the library as soon as I know the title and in this case it arrived right before we left for our little Husband is a Clive Cusler fan and listens to books on tape so I have the opportunity then to read. Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful make the world a better place for all of your fans...........................I look forward to your next book! Have a wonderful summer...we are going to be blessed to have our Son and his family visiting us here in Vermont the fist week in August. Sincerely, Jeanne Pizii

  74. Monday, June 29, 2015

    Kelly Ritter

    Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

    The first book of yours I ever read was "Plantation". I remember reading it in two days, I just couldn't put it down, and I sure hated to see it end. Since then I have read every book you've written, you have given me such happy hours! I've never traveled to your Lowcountry, but you have written about it in such beautiful detail so that with each book I can picture it in my mind's eye and I can see how beautiful it must be. I just bought your latest book today and I can't wait to get started! I love books and reading more than just about anything and reading a book of yours is like getting a visit from an old friend. And I thank you for the joy you have given me over the years. Never stop writing!! :)

  75. Monday, June 29, 2015

    Toby Ross

    Forest Hills, NY USA

    I don't know if you remember me -- I did some calligraphy for Debbie Zammit quite a while ago. I recently read "Hurricane Sisters" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only was it a great read but it also brought attention to the abuse of women. I had hoped to attend one of your tour stops but it didn't work out this time. I am looking forward to reading "All the Single Ladies" and hope I can come to one of your book signings for it. I have recommended your books to many friends.

  76. Sunday, June 28, 2015

    Kateri Alexander

    Westlake Village, CA USA

    Just finished your new book "All the Single Ladies." Wasn't sure since my husband just died if I could read it but decided I couldn't miss even one of your books. Surely, it would help me and of course it did. I sea that the "land yacht" got left to Carrie but I can't remember seeing any mention of it before in the book. So, I'm anxious to find out what the"land yacht" is - hope you'll let me know. Thanks for all of your wonderful books and for letting me enjoy the South (my daughter lives in Virginia) without having to withstand the humidity!

  77. Sunday, June 28, 2015

    Marty McClintock

    St Louis, MO USA

    At your book signing you asked us to leave you a tidbit from our favorite red-neck wedding: So... as the Wedding March played and played we watched the bride and first maid thru the open front doors of the church chugging down their last few beers and power-puffing their cigarettes liting one off the one before. After the wedding as the wedding party was loading into their trailered bass boat for the short jaunt to the BFW, the brides brother driving his souped up Ford 150 pulled away too fast leaving the bride to chase after them all. As the band leader, mic in hand, was ready to announce the first dance, one of the groomsmen wrestled it from him to present the fuzz-ball league championship trophy to the groom ( the groom has a reverse special distinction: he knows who his father is but no one has the slightest idea who his mother was; the baby being left on the door step with an unsigned note ). My favorite line from this night: " I'm never going thru another wedding again!" " Lan' sakes alive, hon, next time you get pregnant by Jimmy Elroy you won't have to marry him 'dat time, you."

  78. Sunday, June 28, 2015

    Betty Bazar Cummings

    Jonesville, NC USA

    Hi Dottie, I have been a fan for sometime . I have never been an avid reader but once I read your first book I was hooked! Born and raised in Charleston I could picture everything. I was visiting My Bishop England classmate and dear friend recently and she was talking about Dottie and to my surprise Judy told me you were her cousin! I was so excited! So just waiting for the new book. I still haven't finished some before this one but working on it. Thanks for great charleston memories! Betty

  79. Friday, June 26, 2015

    Marsha Garwood

    Shelby, NC USA

    Hi Dottie, Loved your presentation at Converse College a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure the Alumnae aren't happy you were not accepted to attend! You had asked for ideas about a "Redneck" Wedding so here are a few ideas I've actually encountered living it this part of NC. 1) The wedding dress will have to have some "real tree" chamo as part of the ensemble and cowgirl/cowboy boots will probably be worn by all of the wedding party. 2) a keg of PBR will definitely be served at the reception. Chicken Fingers, baked potato bar, and BBQ will be on the menu as well. 3) the bride will have to shop for her gown at "Bridals by Lori" in Atlanta with hopes of being on "Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta" with Lori & Monte as part of the cast of characters. I'm sure Aunt Caroline will be asked to go to shop for the "dress" and she will have to channel "Miss Lavinia" to survive. 4) Eric will probably have to be the mediator in this family event. With the horrible shootings at the Ebenezer AME church in Charleston perhaps it's time for Beth to learn more from her mother Susan and Miss Livvie about the civil rights movement the horrors of racism that continue to permeate our society today. Just an idea for a future book. Keep em coming girlfriend...I have read "All the Single Ladies" and continue to reread all your books over & over again!. Love ya! Marsha G

  80. Friday, June 26, 2015

    Christine Waltz

    Richmond, Maine USA

    You are , by far, one of the very few authors that can get me hooked in the first few paragraphs of a book. I absolutely love your style of writing, and anything from the Low Country is my new favorite story setting. I found " Sullivan's Island" on a lawn sale, read the jacket, and my husband had to drive home because my nose was already in the book. I'm looking forward to reading all that you've written, and whatever you write in the future, so please don't stop, for I am a voracious reader and plan to have all your books thus far read before fall hits Maine.

  81. Friday, June 26, 2015

    Terry Gerard

    Northford, Connecticut USA

    I fell in love with Adrianna Trigiani's books and when I had completed her list, I found Kristin Hannah and the same was true of her books, and then I found Dorothea Frank's books and once again I have found an author that "makes my day"--Just finished "the last original wife" and with a tissue in hand closed the cover.

  82. Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Wendy Arnold

    York, Pa USA

    I have never witten to an author before, but at the age of 57, and an avid reader since childhood I feel compelled to write to you. My 86 year old mother and I have read everyone of your books . I would purchase each book and pass it on to my mother to read, then we would discuss it together. Last summer the disease Alzheimer's robbed my mother of her ability to read , therefore also dimishinng my joy in buying books. I continued to read, but only books from the library since I could no longer share them with my mother. When I saw your new book , All The Single Ladies, was being released on June 9th, I decided to purchase a copy since that is my mothers birth date. Sadly, my mother passed away on April 19 of this year. I purchased and read your book in memory of my mother. The story opens in a hospice room with Kathy surrounded by her 2 closest friends. My mother died in a hospice room surrounded by her 3 loving daughters. Kathy was born on August 30th, so was my father. The book was released on the date of my mothers birth. My name is Wendy, although I am much kinder than Kathy's landlord! I have been the founding member of a book club for 19 years, and the member whose turn it is to select our next book has chosen, All The Single Ladies. I just wanted to say I will treasure this book and the memories it has evoked in me of the joint love my mother and I shared in reading your books. I believe she has read this one with me as well. Thank you. Wendy Arnold

  83. Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Rebecca Young

    The Villages, Florida USA

    Bless your heart for making me crave fresh Krispy Kreme donuts. I finished, "All the Single Ladies," today and loved it. You are always able to conjure up characters that are quirky, relatable, and would be fun to hang around with. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading every single one of your books! Best wishes to you! My friends and I are looking forward to reading your next book!

  84. Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    'Carolyn Edgell

    Columbus, OH USA

    Dottie, You were so cute tonight! So much fun meeting you at Thurber House .. I' m the gal who gave you the note,I realized I forgot to put my email on it but you could also get it off the poor copy that I put in the note of our last emails to each other 8 years ago! I can't believe it has been that long! It was such a thrill meeting you I was so nervous I didn't even introduce myself when I handed you the note,just as well I probably would have hugged you and messed up your beautiful outfit! All the Single Ladies really hit home for me especially the nursing home part. I just moved my 93 yr old father to his 3 rd one and finally I am pleased with his care,and believe me I only wanted him to be respected and well looked after but good care companions and home doctors are hard to come by, but I found a brand new one that opened 10 mins down the road from my house and I go everyday . I know all the residents names and often sit with them at lunch , our elder care in this country is so bad...but now he is well and happiest he has been in awhile.Thanks so much for the laughter and the life lessons this book gave to me. You are such a gift. Good luck on the rest of your tour and on the next low country story. My Brooklyn daughter is moving to New Jersey awhile after the baby is born..she is going to Montclair this weekend for a barbecue at a friend' s. We are connected in so many ways!! Happy days to you my friend, Carolyn ,

  85. Monday, June 22, 2015

    Dee LoConte

    Fairfield, CT USA

    Just finished reading â All the Single Ladiesâ and loved it! Thank you for your wonderful stories that touch my heart and my funny bone. I find myself laughing out loud and enjoying every minute of it. Your vivid descriptions of the Lowcountry are the reason I have visited Charleston and the islands twice in the last three years and canâ t wait to go back again. Looking forward to seeing you in Stamford CT on your book signing tour.

  86. Sunday, June 21, 2015


    Knoxville, TN USA

    I picked up the first DBF book off the rack at the airport before boarding a flight several years ago. I was not familiar with DBF before that day. I quickly devoured that book. I have read all books available. I am currently reading All the Single Ladies. I am to Chapter 20 and finally getting into this book but I must say it is my least favorite simply because it has taken me this long to really feel the book might be worth finishing. I appreciate the educational part with regard to the needs of the elderly but in my opinion it is not her best book. I enjoy the history of the area since that is my very favorite vacation spot. We spent many great vacations with our kids at Wild Dunes so I can relate to a lot of the area references such as Simmons Seafood and Shem Creek. Will not give up on DBF. I am convinced the best is yet to come. Cannot wait for the next release!

  87. Sunday, June 21, 2015

    Sandy Ashcraft

    Palm Springs, CA USA

    OOPS! I left a message earlier today and realized I was not right regarding Marty Robbins/Pat Boone (A White Sport Coat and A Pink Carnation) but that you are right. My humble apology!!!! Sincerely, Sandy

  88. Sunday, June 21, 2015

    Sandy Ashcraft

    Palm Springs, CA USA

    My bestfriend and I are such fans and have read all of your books and always wait impatiently for your next one. I am just into All The Signle Ladies and must let you know that your reference to "Martry Robbins - on page 77 as the singer from the fifties who recorded a song about sport coats and boutonnieres" is not correct.....the singer was/is Pat Boone. Please continue with these wonderful novels that grab us all from the very first page and pull us in, in so may ways we relate. One day my bestfriend and I would so love to visit South Carolina in person (our bucket list). Thank you so much - keep writing! God Bless! Sandy

  89. Saturday, June 20, 2015



    great book. thank you for writing the books i can never put them down. please write another book with gulla speak like you did in your earlier books. i so enjoyed Charleston when i visited many years ago. now i want to visit the islands

  90. Saturday, June 20, 2015

    Myrna Lepine

    Little Smoky, Alberta Canada

    You've done it again! I just finished 'All the Single Ladies' and loved it as I have every one of your books! I love your turn of phrase, your down-to-earth themes and you laugh-out-loud humour! Thank you for providing great entertainment! Although I've never had the opportunity to visit the Low Country, I have been there through your descriptive, wonderful writing. To say that I am a very big fan of yours is putting it mildly.

  91. Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Ellen Thacher

    Clyde, NC USA

    Althought I live close to Asheville, I drove 2/12 hours to see you in Winston-Salem tomorrow, my home town!!!!! I'm wait-listed but hopeful that I'll get in to see you! Your books are so wonderful and I love each and every one. I have a home in Charleston and usually wait until I'm there to read your latest book, but I can't wait this time and have the new one and I'm ready to GO right now. Safe travels on your tour and enjoy your readers as much as we all enjoy yuo!!!!

  92. Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Mary Welch

    Maineville, Ohio USA

    A friend of mine from work has loaned me several of your books recently (Plantation, Sullivan's Island, Return to Sullivan's Island and now Folly Beach) needless to say I can not get enough of them. I have enjoyed the story lines and hopefully sometime in the near future you continue the tails of the Hamilton Family as Woody is the perfect guy for Beth. South Carolina is one of my favorite state to visit on vacation therefore the story lines around various islands and cities remind me of those vacations. I can not wait to read more of your books.

  93. Thursday, June 18, 2015


    Bear, De USA

    I received my copy of All the Single Ladies today so I haven't read it yet but I am anxious to get started. My family is from the James Island / Johns Island area. My father met you years and years ago and suggested that if I ever had the opportunity to meet you and hear you speak, I should jump at the chance. Well I met you at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE in 2013 (the year my father passed away) and he was right (as usual). You made me laugh and cry at the same time. Speaking with you last year was a bonus and seeing you again this year will be the cherry on top of my DBF Sundae. Thank you for your stories. You bring this southern gal back to her roots and I am extremely grateful for that. God bless you :)

  94. Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Joan G

    Xenia, Ohio USA

    Thank you so much for your latest book "All The Single Ladies". I devoured it, as I do with all of your books. This one hit home with me since my dear Mother passed away in March of this year. Having Lisa work in a senior care facility made me thankful for the wonderful care that my own Mother received in her facility. I look forward to your books every year and try to savor each one slowly, but somehow I read them in a day and realize too late that I have to wait another year for the next one!

  95. Tuesday, June 16, 2015


    Marshalltown, IA USA

    I'm one of your biggest fans and have read all your books. My one complaint, I wish you would write tales from the low country with more substance such as author Karen White.

  96. Monday, June 15, 2015

    Lori Moore

    Ladson, SC USA

    I just met Dorothea this past Sunday on her book tour and must say it's no wonder she is such a success. Warm, funny and so down to earth. She was quite entertaining, charming and REAL! I have read all her in the middle of "All the single ladies" and look forward to her future books! Good luck to Victoria who is also in the midst of spinning some tales. It's obvious Dorothea mastered the work of motherhood as well as fiction....

  97. Monday, June 15, 2015

    R Klemm

    McFarland, Wisconsin USA

    "All The Single Ladies" best one yet. Love the low country setting and the wonderful characters. Feel like I know them all. One correction on page 310. Minneapolis is only one hour behind Charleston; not two. Keep them coming!

  98. Saturday, June 13, 2015

    Rox Cave

    Bridgeville, DE USA

    I have read and re-read every DBF novel I can get my hands on. Each character can be related to my own life, as I am sure happens with all your readers. Be well and be blessed. Thank you for sharing your precious gift of storytelling.

  99. Friday, June 12, 2015

    Jennifer Jones

    Lexington, SC USA

    I read ALL THE SINGLE LADIES in 2 days.....loved it. There are some great characters in this book......wasn't quite ready to finish it. Hope there will be more of their stories to come.

  100. Friday, June 12, 2015

    Carol Payzant

    Monroe, Louisiana USA

    I just finished reading your latest book, "All the Single Ladies". Now I have to wait another year for your next story. I am a long time reader of your books and have never been disappointed. I always promise myself that I am going to savor this new book and then sit and read it until the last page. Thank you for your marvelous way with words.

  101. Friday, June 12, 2015

    Melissa Horton

    Sonoma, CA United States

    Thank you for writing wonderful stories, I've read them all and shared your books with friends. I am an Armry Brat and have been a nurse for 32 years. My Parents were from Alabama and we visited relatives in South Carolina . My daughter's husband went to the Citadel. I never picked up the southern accent but relate to it. I always felt like an outsider as I had southern culture without the accent. Your books make me feel connected and I thank you for that. You take me home. XO

  102. Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Celia Noehren

    San Diego, California USA

    I just finished reading Porch Lights . First time reading your books and I'm in Love with Sullivan Island. I just got 3 more books and I can't wait to start reading, tonight. I have not enjoyed reading a novel until now. I'm already planning a trip to Sullivan's Island next Spring. Thank you for your Gift of writing and the enjoyment you give to others. Celia

  103. Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Barbara Phelps

    St. Louis , MO USA

    Just read All the Single Ladies in two days and loved it. This was my first book from you that I read. I retired two weeks ago after 46 years of a great nursing career (I related to the character Lisa). Looking forward to experiencing all your books. Thanks for being a marvelous author. Barb Phelps

  104. Tuesday, June 09, 2015

    Kathy Allingham - Theibert

    Savannah, Georgia USA

    Can't wait to see you in Hilton Head on the 16th !!!

  105. Tuesday, June 09, 2015

    Carol Walker

    Normandy, TN USA

    Good morning from steamy Normandy, Tennessee. At daybreak it was already 70 degrees and incredibly humid after the night's storms - we may actually feel like some of the bits of a Lowcountry boil today! A couple of days ago, while dusting off the dresser in my guest room, I picked up an already-read book of yours: Pawley's Island. I don't always save books I read, but I had this one. I don't even remember when I first read it. After getting into it, I remembered why I saved it. In fact, I just e-mail recommended it to a young friend of my daughter's and mine, a 30-something young mother. One of the things I told her about your work is that you use words in such a way that after reading some sentences I go back and savor them just because I like them. I told her she'd like the characters and mentally being in the places you describe. Maybe she'll get this copy of my book when I see her next. Allow me to toss my fan letter in with all the rest. Thanks for the lovely stories.

  106. Sunday, June 07, 2015

    Denise Corcoran

    Titusville, FL USA

    I have read every one of your books and consider you one of my favorite authors ! Because of your wonderful work, I have completely fallen in love with all things southern, and my dream is to be able to visit all the remarkable places in your stories...thank you for transporting me out of my dismal life into the enchanting tales you so perfectly weave! I am sure I speak for all your fans when I say, thank you & God bless for your wonderful stories! Look forward to get to a book signing one day! Fondly, Dee Corcoran

  107. Thursday, June 04, 2015

    Linda Rausch

    Wichita, Kansas USA

    Hi Dotty! I am so-o-o excited for your new book "All Single Ladies"!! I pre-ordered it for my Kindle so that I could start reading it immediately! I have read all of your books and always wait anxiously for the next novel to come out. I love reading about the Low Country as you describe it in your books. I have not had the pleasure of visiting YET, but that is one of my dreams, to come and stay as long as I want to and see everything I have read about for years! Thank you for your stories and for enriching my life and helping me to start dreaming once again. Can you get your publishers to publish your books faster? Haha! Much love, Linda

  108. Thursday, June 04, 2015

    Sabrina Whelby

    Salem, Virginia USA

    Hello. I just started reading your books, and just love them. So far I think I'm up to about five. My husband and I stay in Isle of Palms on vacations a lot. Love it there. We are staying there from July 5th to July 11th and I was wondering if you are planning a book signing around that area at that time? So hoping you are. Thank you for the great stories that keep me so interested.

  109. Wednesday, June 03, 2015

    Martha Alexander

    Seneca,, SC USA

    Miss Dotty, I'm so glad you are coming again to Oconee County. Last time you came we were in OH. Thanks for signing a book for me even though I could not attend. This year my husband gave me a ticket to see you for my 76th birthday that was May 21st the day after I got to meet Mary Alice Monroe. And the miracle is that we leave for out annual Caswell Beach week the day after you are here so it was close this year. Of course I could always send our son who lives in Myrtle Beach to get a book from you. I think I told you this before but he said he found you in a grocery store between the oranges and the pole beans and got a signed book for me. Look forward to meeting your daughter. You thanked me once at Dataw Island for helping send your children to college. Your books are my friends. I re-read my favorite, Pawley's Island recently. Cheerio!

  110. Monday, June 01, 2015


    Westfield, NJ USA

    Hi, Dot ~ I was first "introduced" to you when you spoke at my brother's commencement from Charleston School of Law. I loved what you had to say and wondered how I could get a copy of your "rules for life?" I am excited to have a new author to share with my book club and looking forward to reading your books. Thanks! Christine :-)

  111. Monday, June 01, 2015


    Harmony, NC USA

    Looking forward to seeing you in Winston-Salem, NC on the 19th.

  112. Monday, June 01, 2015

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, KY USA

    Just finished The Last Original Wife this morning around 5:00am. As always reading your books I can not put them down. I began reading around 3:00pm and only put down to eat dinner. I enjoy all your books and am so thankful I found your first book last year while on a cruise. I have searched for your other books and have read many to this date and look forward to others. You tell a great story about Charleston (which I have lived and loved) Please keep writing and let us roam the streets of Charleston and the stories of all the people who live there or from there. I laughed out loud while reading The Last Original Wife. Thank you again and keep writing.

  113. Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Lori Emge

    Elbert, Colorado USA

    I love all of your books. I wish you would come out west on tour. I would love to come to you, but being retired limits the options. Can't wait for the newest book!

  114. Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Linda D

    Ionia, Mi USA

    We just got back from visiting s.c. We tried to go to most of the places you mentioned in your books such as Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, folly Beach, Shem Creek. Although it was 90degrees & humid. We still enjoyed it. Also visited Charleston, went to a cool farmers market in Mt. pleasant, where we stayed & met nice people on the trail we walked in Mt. pleasant. The reason we went was because I wanted to visit some of the places you described, they sounded very special! Looking forward to the new book. Linda

  115. Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Susan Patterson

    Summerfield, FL USA

    Love your books. I have just a couple more and I will be finished with them all. Hope you will have new ones coming out soon. Take care.

  116. Sunday, May 24, 2015

    Martha Pilarski

    Hamburg, NY USA

    I have read your books for years. I love them! I happened to end up on Sullivans Island by mistake one year on my way to Florida. I was in the middle of a huge rain storm and found myself on the beautiful huge bridge crossing over from Charlestown to Sullivan Island. I was so excited knowing that you were from this area. My husband and I are on our way down to Florida and would like to stay one day and night at Sullivans Island can you recommend a place to stay and some fun or interesting things to do on the island? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you so much!

  117. Sunday, May 24, 2015

    Betty W. Starnes

    Wilmington, NC USA

    Love your books! Wonderful Beach Reads!! Moved to Wilmington about 18 months ago, and have now read most of your books. You need to come to Wilmington, NC on your tour. Sure you know what a very lovely historical beach city this is... hope to meet you soon.

  118. Sunday, May 24, 2015

    J Kelley

    Warner Robins, GA USA

    Having been a huge fan for years, reading most if not all of your books more than once, I was excited to download The Hurricane Sisters on Mother's Day. Usually when I read one of your books, I finish it very quickly, sometimes in a day if it's summer vacation. However, I really was disappointed in this book. It was very predictable and seemed to lack your normal flair. I'm just wondering if you are just churning them out now, focusing on quantity instead of quality. I'm not giving up hope, I certainly enjoyed The Last Original Wife and will most certainly read All the Singe Ladies when it comes out. I just hope that last years release is not a taste of things to come.

  119. Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Ila Dykinga

    Naples, FL USA

    A friend gave me "the last original wife" thinking I would enjoy it. And I did. I will be giving it to another friend. What a great read. I normally read mystries (Patterson) drama (Grishom) and seldom read "fluff. But I will be looking for your books and reading them and enjoying each one I know. Thanks, Ms Frank for turning me on to your wonderful writing. Keep it up.

  120. Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Marie Watkins

    Lawrenceville, GA USA

    I am so looking forward to the new book. Thanks for adding me to the Guestbook.

  121. Friday, May 15, 2015

    Kathie Sprinkle

    Madison Heights, Virginia USA

    Dear Ms. Dorothea, I am the kind of person that cannot sit still long enough to read. Therefore I listen to (I call it read) audio books in my car while traveling to work and such. Thus far I have read 2 of your books, about to finish a third and cannot wait to start on the fourth. I also have plenty lined up to read after that. You are way above the top of a short list of authors I cannot get enough of. I love the low country area and visit whenever possible. I'm so excited that I am going to be on vacation at Myrtle Beach and will be able to slip down to Charleston to see and hopefully meet you at Barnes and Noble on the 15th of June. See you then. Kathie

  122. Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Mimi Crosby

    Jacksonville, Florida USA

    I have just finished reading The Hurricane Sisters and have signed up to read your new book soon to be released on June 9th. I found you by a recommendation of a friend and have now read all your books. I love your style of writing from the characters point of view! Thank you for writing about the southern life in Eastern South Carolina, the low country. We all have much to learn about this part of Southern traditions.

  123. Monday, May 11, 2015

    Carol Whyte

    Milford, DE USA

    The first book of yours that I read was Plantation, that I bought at a thrift store. I absolutely loved it and have now read all of your books. They take me away to a calmer place. Can't wait to read the latest when it is released in June. I live in DE for the past 2 years, but lived most of my life at the Jersey Shore. Keep writing and I'll keep reading them. Thanks.

  124. Monday, May 11, 2015

    Tamara Ivano-Lane

    Saint Johns, Fl USA

    I just read your first novel. I know......late to the party! And I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  125. Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    Debbie Hamlin

    Arvada , CO USA

    Hello Dorthea. I have read every book you have written. I look forward to your new book every summer. I just saw your tour schedule. Will you ever plan a tour west?

  126. Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    Janet Flaherty

    Palm Bay, Florida USA

    Why aren't you coming to Florida on your book tour?

  127. Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    Gina Gilbers

    Saint Peters, MO USA

    I have read every one of your books and turned on my many reading friends and family to your books also. I can't wait for June 9th to come when your new book will be available to download and read. You have a gift for writing and I am so glad that I get to experience it. Maybe another Christmas novel this year? The Christmas Pearl was a gem and I keep hoping you give us another story for the holidays. Just a tiny request!! Thank You, Gina Gilbers

  128. Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    Susan Strickland

    Westover, Alabama USA

    I love all the books!!! I lived in Charleston, SC for a while and spent plenty of time on the Isle of Palms. It was a beautiful place then. Trying to plan a trip there to see how it has changed over the years. The stories are just wonderful. They take me to the place and I feel I actually know the people!!! Thank you so much for the enjoyment you have given me through your books. Please keep writing!!!!

  129. Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    Janet Liebenau

    Toronto, Ontario CANADA

    Just a quick note to tell you how much I have enjoyed your books. I can't wait until June 9th when your new book is available. Would you think of doing a book tour in Canada. I know that you are a busy lady but please consider visiting your neighbour to the north. Thank you for all of the hours of enjoyment and allowing me to visit South Carolina by book.

  130. Friday, May 01, 2015

    Holly Cook

    Venice, Florida and Mt. pleasant, SC, USA

    I have loved your books. The first that grabbed me was Shem Creek. I haven't missed one since then. Your style of writing iveings the area. To life. When we head up to Mt. Pleasant and get off I-95 I breathe a sigh as though I am home. Your books reinforce the tug that Sc has for me. I often go to 18th Station and watch the tankers come into port. There is an optical illusion that they will beach themselves which amazes me, Sitting on the beach at Sullivan's island brings your stories to life Thanks for your wonderful storytelling. I am only sorry I have missed you at the B&;N in Mt. Pleasant. Take care and keep up the wonderful storytelling.

  131. Friday, May 01, 2015

    Frances Rhyne

    Lincolnton, North Carolina USA

    How do I enter the contest when I don't facebook or twitter?

  132. Friday, May 01, 2015

    Doris Carlisle

    Hamlet, North Carolina USA

    I have enjoy reading your books for years....Can't wait to read your new book...Keep up the good work. You have a special gift in writing ...I have collected all your books..I hope you will come visit The Southern Pines,NC area again soon......

  133. Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Allison Mead Schultz

    Bonduel, WI USA

    Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I am a small town librarian in Wisconsin, and noticed your books coming through. Now that I'm starting through your works, I am benefitting from the realistic hope your characters offer, as well as your wit, humor, and the delightful charm of the low country. In the depths of a nasty northern winter, your books are a warm breeze from the South!

  134. Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Victoria Ralston

    Cincinnati, Ohio USA

    I am an avid reader of your books. I have noticed when you mention people from "the North" in some of your books you frequently mention my home state of Ohio and even Cincinnati. These mentions are not laudatory. Perhaps you would consider giving Ohio a break, mentioning, say, Nebraska, instead?

  135. Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Nancy Sivec

    Cromwell, Ct USA

    Dear Dorothea, My husband and I live in Connecticut. My husbands sister moved to Pawleys Island. This past Christmas we took a trip to visit and see some of South Carolina. I did some research online first and we decided to visit Beaufort SC before we ventured up to Pawleys Island. I crossed the bridge into Beaufort, turned to my husband and told him we had come home. We sold our home here in Connecticut and are building a home in Beaufort which should be ready in October. We are driving down and looking for a rental while our home is being build. While packing and saying our goodbyes I wanted to read some books about South Carolina. My first book was Shem Creek. I fell in love with it! I picked up Porch Lights and the Hurricane Sisters audio to keep me company on the long drive down. Thank you so much for bring South Carolina to life in your books! Can't wait to listen to the two I picked up for the ride. Excited about starting the second chapter of my life in South Carolina!

  136. Friday, April 24, 2015

    Debbie Hamlin

    Arvada, CO USA

    I enjoy reading your new book every summer. Will you have a new book this summer?

  137. Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Kelly Nolan

    Coeur d'Alene, ID USA

    I was born and raised in North Idaho. I started reading your books about 5 years ago and just LOVED them. I have the pleasure of getting to go to Charleston for the first time in about 10 days and can't wait to see Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms. I don't know if you respond to comments but if you have one or two must see recommendations while I'm there, I would LOVE to know. I have started a list but sometimes the locals know best. Thank you for such fun reading.

  138. Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Tom Restivo

    Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 USA

    Began reading your books and your style, life experiences have been right on. The "Full of Grace" novel hits home with the detail you shared with us about the dysfunction in the Russo Family. So many memories and episodes hit home. Living in Myrtle Beach, being close to Sullivan's Island, and Charleston makes a fantastic back drop. I enjoy your style of writing very much and as I read your words, I think I'm at the movies. Thank you for giving us insight into our lives with a great sense of humor.

  139. Monday, April 20, 2015

    Barbara McKinney

    Charlotte, NC USA

    Just wanted to let you know I'm on my third read of, Folly Beach! Something about this book & its characters keeps me coming back every couple of years for a re-read! Love all your novels & looking forward to reading, The Hurricane Sisters, too! I'm off to Folly this summer for a beach visit! Best~

  140. Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Diane Evans

    Ridgeland, SC USA

    Once again, thank you for donating the five books to the Storytelling Festival at Pratt Memorial Library in Ridgeland, SC. Our festival was a great success and the ladies were so thrilled to get a signed book by "Ms.Dottie." Thanks, again. Have a safe summer and, hopefully, I will see you at B&;N in Mt.Pleasant again this summer! Blessings to you and your family!

  141. Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Lynn Beitzel

    Manitowoc, WI USA

    I am always excited when I discover a new author that makes me laugh out loud. Someone had left Land of Mango Sunsets in our break room at work for anyone to read. I wasn't familiar with you and have been disappointed before when starting a book and just not "getting into it." But it looked like a fun read, so I thought I'd give a try. Well, I have to say I am hooked and have now read every book you have ever written. I just went to the library and got armloads of everything with your name on it, reading one after the other and enjoying them all so much. I was brought up in the late 50's and 60's in a Catholic family, so I find your references to those times to be hilariously accurate with what I remember from my own childhood. I work in a clinic and many patients come in with books to pass the time, and I have given out your name to them to check out, with many happy results. Hurry and write more, because I am going to be suffering thru Dorothea Benton Frank withdrawal if I don't have anything of yours to read soon! Sincerely, Lynn Beitzel, Manitowoc, WI

  142. Saturday, April 18, 2015

    Eileen McGillan

    Cranbury, New Jersey USA

    Love all your books and look forward to the new one each summer season ! Hope to see you again when you visit New Jersey , July 1st at the Brielle Library ! It would not be summer without a Dorothea Benton Frank book to read !!! Eileen McGillan

  143. Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, KY USA

    I am now reading all of your books I can get my hands on. I read them is just under two days and still want them to not stop. I am hooked and hope you will someday be in the Kentucky area to meet you. Thank you for writing great books about the South Carolina area which is close to my heart and bringing the streets and cities alive with your wonderful descriptions and beautiful familys.

  144. Friday, April 10, 2015

    Heather Jenkins

    covington, LA USA

    If you would only come visit the New Orleans area, you would make my life complete! Love all your books, and especially love when characters from one book "visit" in another book. Keep making Southern women proud to be what they are.

  145. Thursday, April 09, 2015

    Patty Fourhman

    York, PA USA

    Ms Frank---I'm currently reading Folly Beach. I'm enjoying it immensely as I do all your books. I have to ask you---where do you get all your facts? The info that you have in this book about George Gershwin is just amazing. I take it that DuBose and Dorothy were actual people. They gave Gershwin his story and inspiration for Porgy and Bess. I can't say enough about this and all your books. I want to do nothing but read but I don't want to finish it because then it's all done. Sounds silly but I'm sure you know what I mean. I don't know how to thank you for ALL your beautiful stories. Not to sound corny----but I am your biggest fan. Please keep on writing!!!! Patty

  146. Monday, March 30, 2015

    Jill Savage

    Charleston, WV USA

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

  147. Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    chris spirito

    stromgsville, ohio USA

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

  148. Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Pam Paschall

    Allen, TX USA

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

  149. Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Brenda Crow

    Harrisburg, PA USA

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

  150. Saturday, March 07, 2015

    Kathy Cooper

    Taylors, SC USA

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

  151. Saturday, March 07, 2015

    Jill Savage


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

  152. Wednesday, March 04, 2015

    Heidi Blanke

    La Crosse, WI USA

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

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