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

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  1. Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Nancy

    Frederick, MD USA

    I just finished reading all of your books this summer. Each one was so wonderful. I feel a little sad that I have finished them!! I'll be anxiously awaiting your next low country story! Thank you so much for the amazing books. It was a great way to enjoy the summer.

  2. Monday, August 18, 2014

    Nancy

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA

    Your books bring me great joy! Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island feel like home to me. I have been there at least once a year (usually 2 or 3 times!) since I was 20. I just turned 50 so 30 years of dreaming about life in the Lowcountry. Your books bring life to the area (as if it needed any help!!!) I have terminal cancer and one of my bucket list items is to live a full month during the dead of winter on the Island. I LOVE your books and I especially love the references to places I've visited and hurricanes I've dodged!

  3. Friday, August 15, 2014

    Marie (Hudson) Mencken

    Baltimore, MD USA

    Just finish reading The Last Original Wife and Hurricane Sisters while in IOP, SC. I had a bad feeling about Porter. My daughter, her friend and myself visited Stella Maris on Sullivan Island. The church is very beautiful inside. While at IOP went to Barnes and Noble and downloaded 4 of your books; even though I have all your books. Hope to see you at Rehoboth in 2015 with your new book.

  4. Friday, August 15, 2014

    Jan Miles

    Port Orange, Florida USA

    I have read several of your books in the past but was re-introduced to them when I moved to Florida and got my library card a week ago. Since then I have read three of your books. I can't put them down once I start reading. The three I read were "Land of the Mango Sunsets", "Full of Grace" and "Shem Creek." I definitely plan on trying some of the Shem Creek recipes but my all-time favorite was "Land of the Mango Sunsets". I laughed out loud so many times during that book (especially reading Proust on the hammock in French), that my husband commented several times that I must really be enjoying the book. LOVE, LOVE YOUR BOOKS. Next on the my reading list is "Pawley's Island" since I love to paint.

  5. Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Isabel Rubel

    Pompano Beach, FL United States

    I have been enjoying living in your world. Reading many of the books; almost finished with Plantation. What does the word "yanh" mean/ Please answer. Thanks for all of these tales.

  6. Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Nell Summerour

    Woodstock, Georgia USA

    A friend gave me "Sullivan's Island", and I have been an enthusiastic fan ever since. I have read and reread all the books you have written, so far - and I have enjoyed the people you have crafted in the places you obviously love. We lived, all too briefly, (while my husband had a job assignment in Charleston) in the hotel at the end of the beach road that Hugo destroyed completely later. The building was right on the narrow beach, and the high tides came halfway up the sea wall. There was a lovely courtyard and pool between the building and the seawall, and we ate breakfast in the dining room that overlooked the beautiful view. Our room was on the 3rd floor, and we left the door to the tiny balcony open to let the sound of the waves put us to sleep. That small taste was all it took to make the low country a part of me always. Thank you for writing stories that can (and should) be read over again. One of my favorite things is to get out "The Christmas Pearl" and read it with a special treat and a glass of wine at Christmas. Please keep writing....I selfishly want to keep on reading more.....

  7. Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Sharon Rooney

    Jacksonville, fl USA

    I have read several of your books and have loved all of them, but I am now reading Isle of Palms and it is my favorite so far. I have laughed out loud so many times while reading this book, please keep writing your wonderful books (which I have recommended to so many of my friends and family). I can't wait to read the next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Marianne

    Canton, OH USA

    I just finished The Hurricane Sisters and it only took me three hours! I absolutely LOVED the book. These books just keep getting better and better. Keep up the good work Ms. Frank. I am planning a vacation next year to Sullivan's Island because of your wonderful books. Look forward to the next!!

  9. Monday, August 11, 2014

    Kay Rolbiecki

    Wi USA

    I am reading my first of your books, Return to Sullivan's Island', and just wanted to say how much I am enjoying it. We vacationed on Oak Island, NC for 7 summers and your book is making me want to return. The rocking chairs on the porch with the ocean breeze was the best and we liked the fact that is wasn't commercialized like Myrtle Beach. I will be reading more of you books and hopefully some day visit your Sullivan's Island.

  10. Thursday, August 07, 2014

    Kathy Walsh

    Chicago, Illinois USA

    Hi, Dot, As of this evening I have read all of your books! I have thoroughly enjoyed them all! You have awakened in me a desire to go to Charleston and see the beauty of the area for myself. My husband has some vacation time coming in mid November and we are thinking of heading in your direction! Can you tell me if the hurricane season is over by then?:) Can't wait to get there!

  11. Thursday, August 07, 2014

    Cherry stevens

    Harrisburg, Pa USA

    I am a recent devotee and am devouring your books. Hoping the next one is in the works. My husband and I are headed to Myrtle Beach next week and I am wondering which part of the Low Country we should explore and the best place to eat. If you ever need a plot idea, we have married each other three times and are coming up on the 50th anniversary of the first. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us!

  12. Thursday, August 07, 2014

    Carol Filicky

    Poland, Ohio USA

    I was just cruising through the fiction section of the local library and came upon The Last Original Wife. OMG! What a hilarious read! Wes is a hoot! I read the description of Les falling into the manhole at 2:00 a.m. and got a huge case of the giggles. Of course, I had to continue reading throughout the night! Sorry I discovered you so late, but am so excited to go back and check out your other books. I have shared excerpts of the book with my gal pals and all were laughing their butts off!! Thank you for entertaining an avid romance reader!!!!

  13. Wednesday, August 06, 2014

    Donna Jean Neill

    West Milford , New Jersey USA

    I am hooked on your books!!!! Your audiobooks that is...I have a 44 mile round trip to work everyday and I am on my 3rd book. I love your narrator Robin she is awesome. My goal is to listen to all of your books by the end of the year. Could I ask who is the guitar artist that intros your books? I would love to see if they have a CD available. Thanks!!!!

  14. Monday, August 04, 2014

    MJ Aristizabal

    Auburn, Alabama USA

    I have just added Shem Creek to the growing collection of Lowcountry books I've read and, I LOVED it! I finished the book in 4days, probably would have been less if I didn't have to work sleep or chase after a 2 year old! ha ha - I laughed & cried right along with all the characters! Can't wait until I can get more of these books!! Thanks so much ! MJA

  15. Monday, August 04, 2014

    Karen Foust

    Pickens, SC Pickens

    I have read all of your book except the "Isle of Palms" and even reread a few. I didn't particularly care for the latest book, "The Hurricane Sisters" because I kept wondering how it came upon it's name. Your books focusing on the Charleston area are such a great escape & I am always uplifted in spirit by them. We've stayed in Mount Pleasant, visited Sullivan's Island, & your books just seem so comforting because I recognize so much in your descriptions of places we've been like the various plantations (Boone in particular), restaurants, roads, beaches, & when you mentioned Bare Minerals make-up in one book (I've used it for years), references to Andrea Bocelli who I love to listen to, just everything in general. I can really feel your characters & feel like I know & want to return to Sullivan's Island myself just to experience the tranquility & beauty you write so passionately about. We just recently moved to SC from NC and my memories of the Charleston area are a big part of why we decided to retire here. Unfortunately, I couldn't take the heat & humidity the low country is famous for so we moved instead to the mountains where we can create our own new memories. I would love to meet you someday in person to thank you for all your wonderful characters & descriptions of places I've had good memories of in my past years. I hope you never run out of places & characters to write bout in SC.

  16. Monday, August 04, 2014

    Diane Schmidt

    Pinckney, MI USA

    I have written to only a few authors over the years. When I read a particular passage in "The Hurricane Sisters" I knew that I had to send you a written Thank You note. Being first generation northerner, my southern roots, with all the teachings about manners, came to the forefront. I want to thank you for your comments on page 179. The scene is Liz taking donuts to the nurses on the unit where Skipper is a patient. She "says" why. I worked as an RN for over twenty five years. You must have a friend who is a nurse 'cuz, Girl, you got that right! AMEN! I've been a fan for some time and look forward to your next offering. Be well! -Diane

  17. Sunday, August 03, 2014

    Elaine Cunningham

    The Villages, Florida USA

    I read the "Land of Mango Sunsets" 2 years ago and I was hooked...your books are so entertaining and I can relate to many of the characters. Since then I have read everyone of your books and now reading "The Hurricane Sisters" and I can't put it down!! I have lived on the Florida Gulf Coast for 26 years. I love being near the beach! Due to the settings of your novels, we are currently planning a trip to Charleston in September and plan to visit all the islands you have written about and the restaurants you have mentioned in them. Thank you, Ms. Frank for always entertaining us. I look forward to your next book.

  18. Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Angela

    Cleveland Heights, Ohio USA

    July 31, 2014 I have been a fan for years and appreciate your evocative style. Just finished The Hurricane Sisters this morning, and I want to thank you for how you handled the subject of battered women. Thank you also for having the information about how pervasive this issue is in our society., and the need for support. As a former Advocate/Liaison for the Domestic Violence Project in Stark County, Ohio in the early 80's, then a designee to a Task Force for a judge in Cuyahoga County in the 90's , I KNOW that the issues then, are the issues now. I got the book, because I am a fan, BUT, I was so glad to see the way in which the issue of abuse. was woven into the fabric. GOOD JOB DBF, young women desparately need to be educated, older women need to snap out of denial which makes it hard to address; all people need to be aware of the devastation it causes. Bless your heart and keep on writing about the those things that are personal and universal. Peace be unto you.

  19. Monday, July 28, 2014

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, Kentucky USA

    I have just discovered your writing (I wonder were I have been). My Husband and I lived in Charleston, SC from 1966-1968. I fell in Love with the area and all the Islands. Your books bring all the streets and towns to a great memory I have a special spot in my Heart since we started our Marriage in Charleston and the areas. We go back as often as we can and the area in coming home to both of us. Thank you for writing these wonderful books and some day I hope to meet you at a signing. Linda Tharp PS we will be married 48 years in August. Again thanks for the wonderful memories

  20. Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Judy Morse

    Napa, CA USA

    My brother, of all people, introduced me to your books and I have loved every one of them. My daughter and her family moved to So. Carolina about six years ago, and through your books I have become enamored of the Low Country and we check out something new on every visit. (I love Charleston and having lunch at Shem Creek). I have just finished "The Hurricane Sisters" and plan to have dinner at SALT in the near future, and thank you for making me aware of My Sister's House. I eagerly look forward to your next book. Thank you for many hours of good reading.

  21. Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Clara Moseley

    Covington, Virginia USA

    Just finished "The Last Original Wife", our book club's current selection and I loved it!! I have to admit this is the first of your books I've read but I promise it is not the last. I had to tell you, though, that all through the book I kept thinking that "Three O'Clock Dinner" kept ringing a bell. I finally went to my basement this morning and opened a box of my late mother's books - she passed away in 2001 at the age of 85. "Three O'clock Dinner" was right on top and it will be my next book. I have to read it and I'm probably going to have to find the Bellows biography, too - I think Amazon has it. Anyway, thanks for a great read with ...Wife - looking forward to reading more of your books.

  22. Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Patti S

    Gerre, SC USA

    Ms Frank, I finally was able to vacation at IOP being it's always been N Myrtle. From Greenville, SC. My son and his girlfriend have been coming to IOP and took us to Sullivans and Fort Moultrie one night...They bike there and love the historical homes. As I was standing at Fort Moultrie the other night, it just all came together. I am a newbie and read your recent novels, so I was able to read Isle of Palms while I was there...wonderful relaxing week with that novel...my dream would be to rent one of the huge homes on IOP and invite all of my family! You are a talented writer. Thank you! Patti

  23. Friday, July 18, 2014

    Mandy

    Shamong, NJ USA

    Dear Ms. Frank , I have read all your books and truly enjoyed each one. I just finished The Hurricane Sisters and LOVED it! I would love to see another book featuring these characters. Thank you, Mandy

  24. Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Donna E. Chick

    Kennebunkport, ME. USA

    I picked up your book Sullivan's Island for 50 cents at my local library.I love it.I use to live in Mount Pleasant with my husband and two children.My hubby searched for work,his dad said to come down south.He did for two weeks,we stayed in Maine.Well he got a job,we moved,and were there for about two years.We all got homesick for Maine,and some people still didn't like yankees.We went to the islands,and so nice to read about places I have been.My father in law lived in a neighborhood right off Rifle Range road,we have been on highway 61. Reading your book takes me back to all the beauty S.C has to offer.I had a job in down town Charlston an inn right by the Battery.The Carriage House Inn. I will be taking your books out at my local library.Best to you and your family and your wonderful writing. Sincerely, Donna Chick

  25. Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Laura Ann Castiglione

    Monroe, MI USA

    Hello, I was at my doctors today and saw that a woman was reading one of your books. We got talking and i would really like to read your books. She was saying that you have a series and i want to know what is the first book of it. I told her that i really like Robyn Carr and she said well you will really enjoy Dorothea Benton-Frank. I am so looking forward to a new author. Thank you so much, Laura Ann

  26. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Amy cox

    Woodbridge, Va USA

    My mother in law introduced me to your books a few years ago! She passed away in 2012, and as I was reading the Last Original Wife, I just thought how much she would have enjoyed this book. She was married for 49 years! Thanks for sharing the south with this Yankee !

  27. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Mary

    Queens, New York USA

    I just finished reading "Plantation" and "Lowcountry Summer." I loved them both, and read both in only a few days. I am also puzzled about Dr. Jack being in love with Caroline in "Plantation," then only briefly mentioned at the end of "Lowcountry Summer," married to someone else. I love all the men Caroline was involved with after her divorce, and would like to know why she and Dr. Jack broke up. It's just curiosity, not a criticism. I've also read other books of yours, and spent many pleasant hours with your wonderful characters. Thank you.

  28. Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Elaine Hodgson

    Lincoln, R.I. USA

    I fell in love with your books upon reading Plantation and am now reading every book you have written. I notice most of your emails are from the south, my husband & I took a tour of Low Country so I am familiar with many of he places in your books. I love the south esp. Charleston, I would love to go back but he is too ill to travel. I do wonder this,- just finished Folly Beach and am wondering if I might have missed something ,meaning wondering if Emma was a black woman. There was a great deal of discussion re: Porgy & Bess and black people not being able to perform in a white theater, I also have a friend that knows all about the CUNNINGHAM PIANO CO, Keep writing, I am almost caught up to all your books. Maybe you will come o R.I. sometime and I will get to meet you. Blessings, Elaine

  29. Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Cindy Wright

    Buena Vista, Virginia USA

    Something is driving me crazy. In Plantation, Caroline is in a relationship with Dr. Jack when her mother dies. In Low Country Summer, there is no mention of Jack that I can find. Do we know what happened to him? Their relationship showed such promise, but I like Matthew, too. Loose ends bother me, but love your books.

  30. Wednesday, July 09, 2014

    Martha Alexander

    Seneca, SC USA

    Dear Miss Dotty, Thank you so much for autographing the book for me in absentia (me not you). As promised I took Hurricane Sisters to Caswell Beach and loved it as I have all the others. One thing that struck me so funny was the wayward husband wanting to bond over golf. As I told you when you signed my book we were in OH to attend a memorial service for my husband's cousin. He was and most of the relatives are golfers. The memorial service and lunch after at the beautiful Methodist church all had a golf theme. Oh the stories you could write about this wonderful group of relatives. I've played their course two years in a row, one green and 18 tees. Thanks for addressing domestic abuse. SC ranks #1 in domestic abuse and our county ranks # 1 in SC. Perhaps they told you about our safe house when you were here. We got our first Safe Harbor just this week. Now our women and children have a safe place. So I look forward to next year's book. With much love for you and for reading, s

  31. Monday, July 07, 2014

    Carol

    Frackville, Penna. USA

    Finally had the chance to venture further South and spend a day in Charleston. While vacationing at Myrtle Beach, one of my daughters and myself decided to spend a day at that fine city. Loved visiting there, but loved the sites of your novels even better. I cant believe I had a coffee at Pawleys Island. I have read all your books, devoured Hurricane Sisters in 2 days, and am now re-reading each and every one. They mean even more now that I have had a chance to experience the atmosphere of the Low Country first hand. I truly wish I get the chance to be there one more time before I leave this earth. Believe me, for a coal miners daughter from Northeast Penna. it was the thrill of a lifetime.....keep the books coming, your fans adore them!!!!!

  32. Sunday, July 06, 2014

    Mary Bull Benton

    Greenville, South Carolina USA

    The Ben Sawyer bridge was named for highway commissioner Sawyer. I'll bet you knew that! However there is a lot more to his story. I loved the Hurricane Sisters. I have learned to read your books twice, always something I didn't catch the first time.

  33. Saturday, July 05, 2014

    Jo Foellmi

    West Salem, WI USA

    I love your books!!! Every summer, when I need a vacation, I read your latest book and let it carry me away. Hopefully, someday I will visit the areas described in your books - for an extended summer, or off season, stay. I look forward to many more stories from you and Sullivan' Island.

  34. Saturday, July 05, 2014

    Jan Thompson

    Clarksville, TN USA

    Rarely do I read the comments at the end of books, but I did so at the end of The Hurricane Sisters. You thanked your readers for their loyal following. Please let me share this with you. I have read every one of your books, and three years ago my husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in Charleston. We set aside on entire day to drive to each of the settings/islands you have featured in your books. We ate lunch on Shem Creek. We ended the day at Folly Beach. I love the beach and the ocean, and now when I read your books, I can put memories to the locales. Write on, Sister!

  35. Friday, July 04, 2014

    Ruth Schrock

    Myakka City, Florida USA

    While visiting Savannah, we decided to drive to Charleston..Happened onto Sullivan Island. Just fell in love with the beautiful area..The homes are just breathtaking..I am looking forward to reading your books..and maybe revisiting that area again..Think I will start with "Hurricane Sisters".

  36. Thursday, July 03, 2014

    Diane

    Ridgeland, SC USA

    Oh, Girl---you have done it again--just finished The Hurricane Sisters and loved it like all 14 of your books. I am a HUGE Dottie Fan. I ALMOST loved Maisie as much as Miss Lavinia; however, no-one can take Miss Lavinia's place in my heart! Glad Porter got his "due". Like you, I was stunned by the high rate of abuse in S.C.---hope My Sisters House continues doing well and these dear, scared women find peace. Have a happy, safe summer---planning the wedding should be lots of fun (and EXPENSE). Take care and keep writing!!

  37. Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Debbie VanHorn

    Mount Clemens, Michigan USA

    A dear friend of thirty years suggested that I read "The Last Original Wife. " She said "it is your life with your first husband. I read this, and just about fell off my couch. I was married nearly 25 years to a man just like the Wes character in your book. I was definitely Leslie. The only difference is that my children (girl and boy), have always been the lights in my life and are very productive members of society. I am happy to say that I remarried at the age of 54 to a man who had never been married. He took a leap of faith at the age of 56. He is the love of my life , as I am his. We thank God everyday for finding each other. Thank you for this wonderful book and the strong women characters. Sincerely, Debbie VanHorn

  38. Monday, June 30, 2014

    Marthanne Luzader

    Thrall, TX USA

    Every year a friend of mine gives me your new novel for my birthday on July 1. I get to read it first and return it to her after which we pass it around to other friends. This year it was especially special because it opened with a birthday party and Maisie is my exact same age. And my male companion of 33 years is 61. I could recognize the generational patterns so clearly! I have three children in their fifties and a grand daughter with a much too short shirt! And I have been active in campaigns against domestic violence since the seventies. When I finished your book I thought of an expression of my older daughter's, "Spread love all over it."

  39. Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Fran Duh

    Monroe, Connecticut USA

    Hi Dot: You are my new FAVORITE author.....I read all your books, love your humor, and I feel as though we were sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, like old friends... I feel that you are just talking to ME, and I feel very special..... Thank you for that !! Sullivan Island sounds like such a SPECIAL place.....I wish I could have visited it, in my younger days. Thank you for sharing your God given gift of telling "your stories"....keep up the good work.... I can't wait for your next book.. Sincerely, Fran Duh, Monroe, Ct

  40. Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Sheri Gardner

    Greenwood, Indiana USA

    I was excited to see some information about the fan fest in November. I can't wait to hear more details. Is there a "center" of activities? Where would be a good place to make a hotel reservation?

  41. Thursday, June 26, 2014

    maueen lacey lyons

    hamilton square, nj USA

    Myself and four friends are heading down to Brielle this afternoon.. Lunch at the Breakers and then off to the Brielle Library to the Hurricane Sisters signing. We were there last year for The Last Original Wife, and had a great day.. See you at 7pm !!! We are all readers of all of your books. Love them. Maureen

  42. Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Jill Ferguson

    Gastonia, NC USA

    A friend at work let me borrow her copy of "The Plantation" while I was recovering from back surgery (back in 2004) and since that time, I've kept up with you! I have all of your books and will be purchasing your latest, The Hurricane Girls" this weekend. I look forward to a new book every May/June timeframe! Although I live in North Carolina now, we visit Charleston often (were just there 2 weeks ago). You actually signed one of my books while were were there years ago. I have great memories dating back to early childhood going to those areas so thanks for sharing your stories and bringing back sweet memories. Keep up your good works!

  43. Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Lilyane Soltz

    Norfolk, Massachusetts USA

    I've read and loved all of your novels - just finished "The Hurricane Sisters", and it was no exception. I'm also one of those people who read the notes, the forwards, the afterwards, etc. In this case, they cleared up a question or two. Because as I first came to the name "Karol", I thought it a strange choice for a last name. Not particularly mainstream, yet not ethnic either. Then I saw the first name "Steve" and when his wife's name was "Michelle", I thought, "She's not making this stuff up - these are real people". For I know the Karol's - I live outside of Boston and worked for a long time at a prominent Boston non-profit arts organization, and the Karol's are on the Board. A small world. Best, Lilyane Soltz

  44. Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Thalia Stoddard

    Wagener, SC USA

    Thanks for the sea scallop recipe. They were delicious. Next time I make it, I will provide bread for sopping! I'm still holding off on reading "The Hurricane Sisters," as it will end too quickly for me. Please let me know where to find out about the Fan/Friend Fest Weekend in November. I thought about making a reservation at the Mills House (?) for my sister and me, but wanted to find out if we "make the cut." Thank you SO much for writing your books. They are fun, moving, historical, hysterical and so very real. Be blessed and safe travels----

  45. Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Kelly Sifford

    Yoder, Colorado USA

    I just finished reading "The Last Original Wife" and enjoyed it very much. I did have one problem with the book though. Leslie should have adopted a rescue dog instead of getting one from a breeder. Too many dogs are euthanized each year. Puppy mills and breeders add to this problem.

  46. Monday, June 23, 2014

    Elaine McCollum

    Franklin, NC USA

    I just finished "The Hurricane Sisters" and I loved it! Thank you for another wonderful book. You really know how to develop your characters, and I just hate for the story to end. We have stayed on Sullivan's Island years ago. It was a two story old house with a red tin roof at the very end of the island. I thought about that house as I read this book. Thank you again for many enjoyable times with your books. - Elaine McCollum

  47. Sunday, June 22, 2014

    Mary Darden

    Virginia Beach, VA USA

    I have read and enjoyed all of your books. I just finished Hurricane Sisters and all I can say is WOW ! I will recommend the book to all of my friends. Mary Darden

  48. Sunday, June 22, 2014

    Terri

    Manchester, CT USA

    I have been a loyal fan since reading Sullivans Island! Each book is so enjoyable with some familiar themes of family values, love, loss and always with a memorable lady "of a certain age" thrown in! Just finished The Hurricane Sisters and hated to see it end. So pleased you will be in CT at R. Julia in Madison- that is a gorgeous shoreline gem. Best of luck! We winter in Naples, Florida - you emailed me once about that. Take care and stay safe on your travels.

  49. Saturday, June 21, 2014

    Marian Taylor

    Raleigh, North Carolina USA

    Oh Dottie, I have just finished reading Hurricane Sisters and how deliciously funny and witty with such a profound awareness of battered women! Your books are an inspiration and may we never lose sight of our Southern humor. I can hardly wait until next year for another fabulous read. I am just so sorry that I was out of town for your book signing as I would have liked to have revisited Fashion Institute days!

  50. Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Evelyn P.

    Lake Worth, Fl. USA

    Just finished The Last Original Wife and loved each and every word! One of your best books ever!

  51. Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Gaynell Lindo

    Overland Park, Kansas USA

    I read a review of "Porch Lights" somewhere. I don't remember the source, but I read book reviews anytime I see them. WELL, I am an avid reader and cannot believe I did not find you sooner. I finished Porch Lights and The last Remaining original Wife and cannot wait to get my hands on more of your work. Thank you for providing such pleasure for us. Love your characters and setting!

  52. Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Marsha Gellar

    Bradenton, florida USA

    Two months ago my book club chose The Last Original Wife. I am an avid reader, but historical fiction is my thing. So I had my doubts if I'd enjoy this read, I loved it, so did my book club it provided a lively discussion. If I like a book I often will pick up another one that the author wrote. I don't normally think of myself as a obsessive type, but I've read all but three of your books, I'm leaving The Hurricane Sisters for last, I am retired now in FL but for this New England gal your books were a breath of fresh air, not to mention being educated on the Southern ways, I loved it. A few years ago my husband and some friends celebrated the New Year in Charleston, a beautiful city and we will visit again, I don't know if your readers tell you their favorite book, everyone was enjoyable but I especially was fond of Pawleys Island. You will be at a book signing in Mystic CT next week 10" from where we lived, hopefully you will return to the Sarasota area. I'll keep looking, Thank you, Marsha Gellar

  53. Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Peggy

    weston, fl USA

    Just finished the last original wife and really loved it. I did not want it to end. Keep writing I really enjoy all of your books.

  54. Monday, June 16, 2014

    Mary

    Tinley Park, IL USA

    Just finished reading The Hurricane Sisters. I loved it, as I do all of your books. They just make me happy! One of the first book I read of yours was Sullivan's Island, which ironically I was reading on our way down to NC and SC. We spent way too short of an amount of time in Charleston. What a great place to visit! My family wanted to stay there forever. I insisted on making a trip to Sullivan's Island to see all of the beauty that you were writing about. My family got a few chuckles out of my excitement of actually seeing the places in the novel I was reading. They caught the fever once we got there and saw the beautiful beaches. I even made my husband stop on the way out, so I could take a picture by the Sullivan's Island sign. People probably thought I was crazy! We cannot wait to make another trip down there. I could truly live there forever!

  55. Monday, June 16, 2014

    Lin Cheney

    Greensboro, NC USA

    Dear Dot, Hi! I was at Quail Ridge bookstore in Raleigh last week. I so enjoyed you!! I and two friends would love to join you in Charleston, SC in Nov. is there any chance of purchasing tickets for this Fanfest? Hoping the answer is yes! Warm regards, Lin Cheney

  56. Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Barb Sherwin

    Novi, MI USA

    Just finished The Hurricane Sisters and loved it. At the beginning all I wanted to do was shake Ashley for being so stupid. I couldn't believe that you'd let a character be so stupid but then as I read on, I understood. Good job of getting the seriousness of this issue across. Thanks. Hurry with the next book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Saturday, June 14, 2014

    Patricia Martin

    Suffolk, VA USA

    It barely took me two days to read The Hurricane Sisters...it was so good I couldn't put it down. Of course, I've read all your other books as well and felt the same way about each of them. Don't know if I could choose a fav! Usually save your "stories" for a good beach read, didn't want to save for our OBX August jaunt, so I just sat on my deck and enjoyed it at home! Keep writing, you have many, many fans!

  58. Friday, June 13, 2014

    Marylou Hess

    Tarpon Springs, Florida USA

    I just read Lowcountry Summer. What a delightful book. I'm looking forward to read all of your books. Thanks for taking the time, engaging your talent and putting the extra effort into writing such a beautiful novel about the people of The South.

  59. Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Julie Munson

    Chester, South Carolina USA

    I am reading The Original Wife and totally related Love it

  60. Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Bentley Barton

    Edgewater, MD USA

    I just discovered your novels at the library TODAY! 6/11/2014. I realize I'm late to the game so I wanted to know if one should read you books in order? We are moving to Beaufort soon so I'm sure your books will be so fun to read. Sincerely yours, Bentley Barton

  61. Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Christine Uebel

    Peru, Illinois USA

    I love your books, just finished Porch LIghts, got started years back with Sullivan's Island & have felt a cross between loving every aspect of the Lowcountry & a bit of heartache not being able to live there. I spent the summer of 1977 on Hilton Head (back in the good ole days of a one lane single road down the island) Since then, my heart has longed for the east coast island life. Sullivan's Island must be a Haven for all the ways you describe it in your books. Keep writing as that way I can visit at least in my mind. Have had Sullivan's Island on my "bucket list" for a long time....hopefully someday :) Sincerely, Christine

  62. Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Jean DeKarske

    Raleigh, North Carolina USA

    Thank you so much for coming to Raleigh and Quail Ridge Books and Music. I have read all of your books except the newest The Hurricane Sisters. This was also my first time coming to your book signing. I certainly enjoyed it. Am going to try to talk my husband into coming to SC for the weekend in November that you mentioned. I think it would be a great 70th birthday for me a week early. Have a Great Book Tour and God Bless and also Congrats on Your Daughters engagement.

  63. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Sandy Clark

    North Myrtle Beach, SC USA

    Had the fortune of hearing you speak today in North Myrtle Beach. i so enjoyed listening to you with your stories and great sense of humor! I had read "The Last Original Wife" which I really enjoyed! I will be reading your newest book "The Hurricane Sisters" next. I plan on reading your other books too. I have found a new favorite author in you!

  64. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Julie Marcus

    Driftwood, TX USA

    Just got through reading The Hurricane Sisters and loved it! Thanks for another fabulous trip to the Low Country! Hint, Hint: how about a book set around Edisto Beach? :)

  65. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Liz Tipton

    Woodruff, SC USA

    I have been a fan for years! I grew up in and around Charleston so your books have special meanings to me. I love all of your books but The Last Original Wife is my absolute favorite!! I could hardly put it down! Thanks for being such a wonderful writer and for sharing your gift with all of us!!

  66. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Joan Kellis

    Daphne, AL USA

    Love all of your books! I can't wait to read Hurricane Sisters. Sure wish you would come to the Gulf Coast! Fairhope, AL Page & Palette is a great locally owned bookstore. Your friend Pat Conroy was here in December. Barnes and Noble is just across the interstate in Spanish Fort's Eastern Shore Center. You have a gift for transporting us all to the low country. When I read your books, I can feel the sand on my toes, smell the salt in the air, hear the waves of the Atlantic hitting the shore and feel the Carolina in my heart!

  67. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Carol Clancy Silver

    Freehold, NJ USA

    I am a newbie to your collection of books...and a CONVERT already. I just read Porch Lights and am simply enamored by your writing. Thank you for dreaming up this beautiful story. I am truly going to run out and get another one today. Meantime, I have asked my book club to let me host next month and we will be doing Sullivan's Island. Thanks for the opportunity to meet you, too. The reason I picked up your Porch Lights in the first place was because my girlfriend wanted to go see you in Manasquan, NJ, at the end of this month. So I cant' wait to read more before I go to your book signing.

  68. Monday, June 09, 2014

    colleen st germain

    stevensville, montana USA

    hi dorothea....absolutely adored Plantation, my only regret being reading the very last page. Like all great books, it was like meeting a friend and then having to say goodbye.Since then always on the lookout for more...i need my dorothea fix and often! Thank you for a wonderful time!!!!

  69. Monday, June 09, 2014

    Lydia G. Hiott

    Round O, SC USA

    I will thrilled with your talk at Timrod on Sunday! You are a talented author and I am happy to say we have met. We have a lot in common and i believe we could really get into trouble :) Have a blessed summer.

  70. Monday, June 09, 2014

    carole wALTERS

    pLAINVIEW , nEW yORK USA

    hi! Dorothea! i am an avid reader! i am a retired NYC kindergarten teacher living on long island. i am happily busy with family and especially grandchildren!! i just finished "The hURRICANE Sisters" AND JUST COULD NOT BOUGHT THE BOOK DOWN!! This was the first book i read of yours and so now you are now on my list of "must read authors" i have read other books about Charleston and now with your book I hope to visit Charleston with my husband as a first time visitor!! And of course Sullivans Island! Must run now to find more books of yours!! Keep writing and I will keep reading!! ( I also plan to donate to a womans shelter in my area) Carole Walters long island ny

  71. Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Ann Gael

    New York, NY USA

    I'm reading Hurrican Sisters and came across the statement that Charleston is the number one tourist destination in the country. Doubting it, I did internet research. Charleston is not near the top - not even in the top ten - of the several lists I consulted. As a New Yorker, deluged with tourists every year, year-round, I felt sure we would near the top. NYC came in first on one list and their on several. Charleston did not appear among the top ten on any.

  72. Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Louisa Foley

    Burlington, Vermont USA

    I love your stories. I have never been to SC but reading your books ,I have fallen in love with the place you write about. My dream is to visit these place one day.

  73. Saturday, June 07, 2014

    Belinda Austin

    Roanoke, Virginia USA

    I have read all of your books and can not wait to read The Hurrican Sisters . You are my favorite author. You are so witty and can tell a story like no one else. Thank you for entertaining me with these wonderful books. Belinda

  74. Friday, June 06, 2014

    Micki Ellison

    Nixa, Missouri USA

    Every time I pick up one of your books I heave a huge sigh because I know it will make me cry with homesickness for the Low Country. Your writing is just that vivid. Thank you.

  75. Thursday, June 05, 2014

    Rhonda Robison

    Gaston, SC USA

    I had a wonderful time at the Capital City Club today and I'm looking forward to your newest release.

  76. Thursday, June 05, 2014

    Lisa Nine Accordini

    Lexington, SC USA

    Just returned from the lunch and book signing at the Columbia Capital City Club. You are as delightful and hilarious in person as your characters!! Looking forward to reading my autographed copy of Hurricane Sisters tonight. And, thanks for helping to raise awareness about domestic violence in South Carolina. Thank you for being a true southern lady with charm, humor and a great laugh! Lisa

  77. Thursday, June 05, 2014

    phyllis stancil

    the villages, fl USA

    I just got the new book the hurricane sisters. I told everyone to understand this is a sacred day. I am reading my favorite authors book. I am underlining and making notes. I love all of your books. I love them so much I took a visit to sullivans island - shem creek - etc - I met a lady who went to school with dottie frank - we ate at the wreck on shem creek - I felt like I was reliving the books - this last book I think I actually know where the house is - right across from the battery with a cannon in the yard - is it the same house? - keep writing - I keep reading

  78. Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    Shelley Arrowood

    Inman, SC USA

    I love the way you write!! The lowcountry of SC is my 2nd favorite place in the universe (2nd only to my own Upstate SC). I love reading the stories of people living in the places I love so much. Your characters could sometimes be people in my own family. I have read every one of your books and eagerly anticipate the next ones when they are published. I was at the Landrum Library book signing, first stop on your state tour promoting The Hurricane Sisters. Your presentation was so energetic and personal, even with a large group. Looking forward to the many more you have in your imagination!!

  79. Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Anna Shreves

    Midway, Texas USA

    I have been reading your books for years and absolutely love your writing style. I "save" your books for vacations. My husband and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and are planning a trip this summer. One of your books is always a priority as I prepare for a trip. I have never read Bulls Island and decided on that choice. I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Thank you for your lovely writing.

  80. Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Vana Venzin

    St. Augustine, FL USA

    I just finished reading The Last Original Wife and had to find you on the web. I couldn't put the book down and laughed and cried my way through the chapters. I have so many pages dog-eared because they touched so many chords of my heart and spirit and reflected so many emotional nuances that many of us feel and never talk about. I hadn't read any of your books for a long while but I'm hooked once again. I just pre-ordered a copy of your new signed book The Hurricane Sisters from The BookMark in Neptune Beach. It's a pleasure spending time reading your novels and being immersed in the characters and their lives. Thanks for a truly great read! I look forward to reading your new book. Bless you!

  81. Monday, June 02, 2014

    Svetlana Wilkeyson

    Oakdale, ny, USA

    I'm reading your novel "The Last Original Wife" as of right now! Excellent! So excited that I discovered you for myself! Can't wait to read another one of your books! Always've been fascinated by South - now even more! Can't wait to take a trip to Charleston and surrounding places.

  82. Monday, June 02, 2014

    Barbara Castro

    Miami, Florida USA

    You are my favorite author, I never used to be a reader until I read your first book Sullivan Island. From them on I was hooked in the South Low Country stories. I've always love the South but the way you write your stories is amazing and remarkable .....I love all your books and now I can not wait to read the Hurricane Sisters and specially that it will be signed by you to add to my collection of all your wonderful books. Keep fulfilling our hearts and lives with your stories and maybe someday we will see one of your books turn into a TV movie in the Lifetime Channel. May God bless you and your family, Regards Babs

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