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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GuestBook Entries

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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?

  12. Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    Janet Flaherty

    Palm Bay, Florida USA

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

  13. 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

  14. 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!!!!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Friday, May 01, 2015

    Frances Rhyne

    Lincolnton, North Carolina USA

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

  18. 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......

  19. 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!

  20. 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?

  21. 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!

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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~

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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!

  35. 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

  36. 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..

  37. 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

  38. 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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