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

Welcome to the GuestBook!

Thank you so much for stopping by my site. I invite you to leave your mark. After you submit your entry, you will be returned to the guestbook. All entries are reviewed first before they are added to the GuestBook to prevent spamming.

GuestBook Entries

  1. Friday, May 20, 2016


    Lexington, NC USA

    I just finished reading Folly was as wonderful as the rest of the Lowcountry Tales! Your characters are so real, I hate to leave them at the end of the book! Love, love, love your writing style! I look forward to reading more of your works.

  2. Wednesday, May 18, 2016


    Rolling Meadows, Illinois United States

    I just picked up Lowcountry Summer and now I'm hooked!! I listen to books on my drive to work and sometimes while at work looking at statistics and these are going to take me to the beautiful coast to get away from the dreary Chicago grey skies. I was on Parris Island, SC to become a Marine as my first experience of living on the coast (and yes I loved it) and have been back several times to South Carolina, North Carolina and the Florida coast on vacations. Thank you for capturing the essence of the places and taking me away to vacation again..even if only in my mind.

  3. Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Helaine Chersonsky

    Natick, MA USA

    Just received your book, "All Summer Long," and I am enthralled. You reel me in like a fly fisherman tosses out a silver lure to a cutthroat trout. Love how you introduce characters. Our writer's group met this morning in Framingham, MA and talked about character development. You have a gift of explication and I am learning so much. Bless you and thank you for your books and your perspective. Hope to get down to CT for your book signing. Blessings

  4. Monday, May 09, 2016

    Jeffrey Elliot Fleming

    Charleston, SC USA

    Confession, I've not yet read your books. However, my best friend from Sacramento has listened to many (she is blind) and loves them. Then the calls start - "I'm on Rifle Range Rd"..."I was just by Shem Creek"...I've lived in Charleston for 35 years and my children attended Sullivan's Island Elementary School....for my friend, it feels like she's visiting me while on an adventure. Thank you for this! Of course, this made me curious, and then I read you now live in New Jersey. I grew up in Chatham after my parents moved from Llewellyn Park in West Orange. Tennis was the family business so much of our life was spent between the Orange Lawn Tennis Club and Racquets Club of Short Hills. Now I have crossed visions of driving down Coleman Blvd on my way to visit the Turtle Back Zoo! Needless to say, too many parallels...oh well, guess its time to see what I've missed...I'll start with book one...

  5. Tuesday, May 03, 2016

    Nita Jeanne

    Atlanta, Georgia United States

    I loved "Return to Sullivans Island and am hoping that you will write another book containing information about the future of Woody and Beth. They are such a perfect couple.

  6. Saturday, April 23, 2016


    Torrington, Ct USA

    Thank you for writing about vibrant, interesting women in their 50's and older. I have read and enjoyed many DBF novels but have never been moved to write until All the Single Ladies. As a nurse for 28 years, I was touched by you're portrayal of Lisa, the nurse in the story. Lisa was kind, compassionate and smart. Nurses are often portrayed as handmaidens, vixens or shrews, Lisa was none of these things. I hope DBF keeps writing because I want to keep reading.

  7. Friday, April 22, 2016

    Janis Cranford Ford

    Statesville, North Carolina USA

    I absolutely love your books!!! I have read them all and can't wait till the new one comes out. My husband and I go to Charleston every favorite place on earth! Many thanks for great reads...

  8. Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Mary-Ann Gaston

    Overland Park, Kansas USA

    I love your books. In fact, I'm going to Charleston (actually staying at Isle of Palms) at the end of April because I just have to visit some of the places mentioned in your book. It's something I've wanted to do for several years. A girlfriend asked if she could go with me, so I gave her two of your books to read before we go; she's starting with one of my favorites, Full of Grace. If you happen to be in Charleston April 27-29, it would be a pleasure to meet you in person.

  9. Saturday, April 09, 2016


    Chico, Ca USA

    Help!!! I own "Isle of Palms" and I love it, I read it at least once a year (puts me in a summer mood) and I KNOW I have read its sequel but can't remember the name of it. Isn't there one in which Anna's father marries Lucy? Did I imagine this? Lol, I remember checking it out from the library and being so tickled that I got to spend more time with Anna and her quirky family. If I imagined this I must need help because this would have been one heck of a dream!

  10. Tuesday, April 05, 2016

    Shalome Kim FelderI

    Baltimore, Maryland USA

    Plantation should be made into a movie. It is hilarious. I love the dialog, between Caroline, Millie and Mother. I just finished the after dinner scene where the neices put on a little show for their grandmother. I was already bursting with laughter at the phrase spoken by Caroline about the third neice, "Here comes Hell in a dress." Then the child crashed into something and broke the Waterford bowl. I saw that scene in my mind and would love to see it on the big screen..

  11. Tuesday, April 05, 2016

    Marley Rich

    Jupiter, Florida USA

    Thank you so much for coming to Palm Beach! The Book Festival this past week was so very special because of the presence of you Dorothea and Jacquelyn Mitchard! I have read all of your books and am looking forward to reading your latest, "All Summer Long" ! All of us book addicts are so delighted to have you on our own list of one of the very Best Authors of today! Best Regards, Marley

  12. Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Ann Parsons

    Rockford, illinois USA

    I am so fortunate to have met you at All ingle Ladies book signing in Charleston. I have already ordered your new book and can't wait to read it! I was also fortunate to meet your daughter at this time. Congratulations on her wedding! She stated she was working on her own book-has she published her book yet?

  13. Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Zelda Nichols

    Lexington, NC USA

    Well Dot, thanks to you it's finally happening - we will move to a house right next door to Huntington Beach State Park at the end of April and it's all thanks to you. You may remember that your books influenced us to fall in love with Low Country and buy two rental properties, now we are moving there permanently. You could write a book about all the trials and tribulations since we first found the house July 4th week of 2015, so many really terrible things went wrong with the sale of the property that I feel like we are in one of your novels, my husband and I have been married 48 years and it is the solid relationship that is holding us together now as we look forward to watching sunrises and walking on the beach together. God Bless you Low Country, it really is the best of all places to live. You taught us that.

  14. Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    Patti Adler

    Gold Canyon, Arizona USA

    just read Isle of Palms, what a great book!! Have read most of your other books, maybe missed a couple, but what a great read. Started with The Last Original Wife and went back to some older books! Can not wait for the next one!!

  15. Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    jane johnson

    sherwood, Oregon USA


  16. Monday, March 21, 2016

    Donna Barber

    Wyandotte, OK USA

    I have bought and read all of your books except the new one "All Summer Long", which I will buy this summer. I love every one of fact, I have read all of them more than once! I think my favorite is "Isle of Palms". I am retiring from teaching high school this May and my husband and I hope to visit Charleston someday. Thank you so much for so much pleasure!!! Keep writing, girlfriend!

  17. Saturday, March 19, 2016

    Penney Martin

    Yorktown, Virginia USA

    Just sorta got back into reading again. Have read Isle of Palms, Saving Grace, Bulls Island, and I just finished Shems Creek. Two years ago while at Kiawah Iland, A Low Country Romance was on the bookshelf in my room. Didn't notice it until Wednesday. Download it on my Kindle when I got home. My favorites are the Low Country. I think I have all of yours that I have. Gotta get more. Am going to try the biscuit recipes in the back. You gotta get to Virginia again.. I met you at the Charles Taylor years ago and you signed my hardback copy of Sullivan's Islad. We ate at the Poe Tavern which was mentioned several times in Shem Creek. Keep writing. You are the best.

  18. Friday, March 04, 2016

    Mary Carr

    Batavia, IL USA

    Dot, I would like to express my condolences on the loss of your friend, Pat Conroy. You talked about your friendship with Pat when I saw you once in Naperville, IL and it stuck with me as I enjoyed his writing as well. Having the joy of visiting Charleston only twice in my life, I so enjoy reading about that wonderful place in your books and in Pat's. May he rest in peace and may you find joy in happy memories of your friend, Pat Conroy.

  19. Thursday, March 03, 2016

    Virginia Schofield

    Mays Landing, NJ USA

    Hi Dorothy! I just wanted to tell you how important you have been to me this year. My sister introduced me to a few of your novels and I have been enjoying so many of them while I recover from Triple Negative Breast Cancer. You transport me every time and I have come to love and imagine the beauty of the Low Country and its characters. You have truly captured the mystic of your beloved islands. Being a musician I even went on to research Dubose Heyward and read his book Porgy. The story about the Heywards and Gershwin was so interesting. Coincidentally my cousins, sister and I are planning a May trip to Charleston and a short cruise. Since I have been raving about you they have elected me tour guide while we spend two days there. I do not even know where to begin! I would really love for you to suggest 2-3 excursions and restaurants that would be most representative . We will be staying in the historic section and am sure we will be walking around there. Once again I love your books and your wonderful literary gifts. I look forward to the newest novels!!!! Thank you. P.S. We are all from New Jersey with roots in Maplewood, Summit, Bernardsville and Atlantic City area.

  20. Tuesday, March 01, 2016

    Dorothy I. Michalowski

    New, CT USA

    Dear Ms. Frank, I just lost my Mom - my dearest friend and guiding light. I cannot begin to describe how hard this is. We were practically inseparable and had only each other and our Dog, Sylvia. I can't sleep at night - that film from her last days and from the hospital keeps re-looping in my crazed mind and my heart pounds away like it's about to tear through my throat jump out of my chest and the tears just won't stop. (And I can't bawl away in front of my Dog because she also misses my Mom something fierce and my crying just upsets her more. As it is she's developed serious separation anxiety and I have to haul - and she's a big haul - she's part St. Bernard- her everywhere with me to keep us both from going off the cliff crazy...) I see and feel my Mom in every nook and cranny of our house and in everything I do and experience and sometimes I truly cannot breathe... I keep making two cups of tea...And the nights are so awfully long!...So I read like a fanatical maniac. Were it not for your books, your wonderful stories to which I can escape for at least a little bit, I swear I'd completely lose what's left of my mind. So thank you. For helping to keep me quasi-sane and semi-functional. I've never been to South Carolina, but I swear, as soon as get a few wits about me and a bit of my lost emotional ducks in a row, I am going to pack up my Sylvia and take a drive South. Maybe your beautifully described Lowcountry can help heal my and Sylvia's sad broken hearts. So thank you so much for your wonderful stories. Please don't ever stop writing and please know, that your words have tremendous power. They're a salve for a bruised soul and a hell of a lot better than Prozac. Thank you, Sincerely, Dorothy

  21. Monday, February 22, 2016


    Miller Place, New York USA

    I had the pleasure of meeting you down at a book signing in Charleston,SC. Though I am from Long Island, NY I am as a southerner at heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book that you have written! I will be down in South Carolina staying on Kiawah Island for 2 weeks and I am so disappointed that I will miss your book signing by a few days but rest assured I am anxiously awaiting the release of you next book to add to my collection . Thank you for all of the wonderful books that you have written for all to enjoy through the years!!

  22. Saturday, February 20, 2016

    V.A. Austin

    Laconia, NH USA

    I found a copy of 'Plantation' in my local Goodwill for $1.00. I've never had such fun for a dollar. What a great book. This writer made me feel lots of emotion from giggles to tears and everything in between. I will be seeking out other books written by Ms. Frank. Thanks for such a pleasurable experience!

  23. Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Rita Cruse

    Pickerington, Ohio USA

    Truly a gifted author. I read single Ladies. I could not put it down. I came away uplifted and inspired. I do believe it is one of the best books, I have ever read. I will reccomend this to our book club. The elements of mystery and romance. The humor as well as the wonderful low country setting will keep a reader entranced . Thank You for sharing your talent with a literary audience who truly appreciates your abilities. Please continue to inspire and delight us.

  24. Monday, February 08, 2016

    Mary Anne Zang

    Hill AFB, UT USA

    I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful books. I recently came back from a Deployment that was very stressful. I was able to read a few of your books that my Mom sent to me and they really helped get me through the deployment. I was able to escape from what was all around me, and it helped more than you know! Thank you so much and please kept up the amazing work!

  25. Tuesday, February 02, 2016


    Lexington, NC USA

    It is one of life's greatest pleasures to finish a book and long for more of the story, only to discover that you have just read the first one of a collection of tales. So looking forward to the next installment of the Lowcountry Tales. Thank you for allowing me to smell the surf and feel the sand between my toes. I look forward to spending more time in the Lowcountry with you.

  26. Sunday, January 31, 2016

    Joyous Bethel

    Lancaster, PA USA

    When Land of Mango Sunsets first came out, I bought it for a summer read. Well, as I read, it was so good, I wanted to slow down and savor it, but I could not put it down; I just devoured it! Then I went back to the bookstore, and bought every book of yours on the shelf, and had the store order the ones they did not have. BEST. BOOKS . EVER !!!! Thank you so much for sharing the Low Country with us! I always look for your new books with great anticipation, and they never disappoint! Love the recipes, too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Joyous Bethel

  27. Saturday, January 23, 2016


    Ojai, CA USA

    Hi, Dot! I just finished my first book of yours, Folly Beach, and it won't be the last. I LOVED it so much; Kate, John, and the entire cast of characters. Thanks so much for Folly Beach- what a great reading experience! More Cate, Sarah, Daisey, Elly and John, please. My question is, was it accurate as far the history of the backstory of Porgy and Bess, the Gershwins, the Heyward's and another person writing the real story of Dorothy and Debose?? Your weaving in history is the kind of novel I'd like to be able to write someday, historical fiction. Do you teach workshops? I've looked into your other books descriptions. Although I will still be reading them, I'm getting the impression they aren't weaving in history like this book did, based on actual historical characters. If I'm wrong about this, please point me to the title(s).

  28. Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Anita McPeak

    College grove, TN - Tennessee USA

    Thank you for giving the world the wonderful people in your books. Please keep them coming !

  29. Friday, January 01, 2016

    Catherine Lindley

    Grand Ledge, MI USA

    I just finished Plantation. It is the first book of yours I have read. I am enthralled! I was also quite saddened during the last few chapters. The reason? Just four weeks ago today, my husband passed away due to Lung cancer that metastasized to his neck and ribs. Much like Lavinia and her bone cancer. I was 're-living' the last five months of his life in your words. You described the suffering down to a T. Bone cancer pain is horrendous to live through. The last few chapters were difficult to read, but I am not a quitter! His death was in the same 'weeks' time frame as Lavinia's were. On page 433 you wrote: "I wasn't a victim and I wasn't a savior. No longer content to live in the script written by others. I was a woman almost worth something. Now the games would begin. Now, I would wage my mettle against fate." Caring for David was not something I regret and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. What you wrote on page 433 spoke to me regarding a terrible marriage I'd been in for 25 years before divorce and then meeting David, the love of my life. David taught me so much about what a good life could be (even though he was not well since before I met him and we didn't get to get out and about very often-I knew this when we met, but it didn't matter to me) and about the person I could be when I wasn't being held back. Now that I'm 'done learning from David' I will in time, pick myself up, brush myself off and figure out what my new normal will be. I only knew David for 8 years; but it was long enough to know that I've lost a man who meant the world to me and who loved me unconditionally, as I loved him. Plantation sure hit home with me in a whole lot of ways. David devoured books and he is the one who picked this book out for me. He said, I know you enjoy books that take place in real places, that have history to them; you'll like this one. He'd never read Plantation, he knew it would be a story for me. I have been to Savannah and fell in love with it and Tybee Island and St. Simon's Island. I'm sure I'd fall in love with South Carolina. I will search out your other books and am anxious to 'get back to "your" neck of the woods.' I enjoy your writing style and I am so glad I have finally discovered your books!! Thank you, Catherine

  30. Tuesday, December 29, 2015

    Vicki Horton Roach

    Huntersville, NC USA

    As I sit here overlooking the Folly River, with Folly Beach in hand, ready to read, I can immerse myself in the beauty around me & this book I have been trying to read since it first came out! Dottie Frank became my favorite author INSTANTLY, upon reading Plantation, over 10 years ago. I look forward to each new work of art every year & just cannot wait to get my hands on it! My fiancé just finished The Christmas Pearl sitting here beside me, not 5 minutes ago. I treasure the time I have to immerse myself in her beautifully written stories. I love the historical references and have learned much from her books. Thank you for each & every story you tell, for making every character come alive and pull me into their worlds. It is a pleasure each time I open the pages of one of your books!

  31. Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    nancy burns

    lansing mi, mi USA

    I recently discovered your books and have read about 6 of them. I had the opportunity to visit Charleston and Savannah and the coasts of both this past spring and I just fell in love with the area. Thank you so much for your books, when I sit down to read one, I do "nothing" else till I have finished that book and then I do whatever I need to do before I start another one. This morning, I went to my local library and got 3 more of your books and am reading "Porch lights" now. I have to leave shortly to take my daughter in for a procedure at the outpatient dept. of the local hospital and that will take about 3 hours so guess what, I'm taking your book with me and another one in case I finish Porch Lights. I can relate to some of the areas because I've been there. Thank you so much for your wonderful books, I'll keep reading till I've finished all of them. Nancy Burns

  32. Saturday, December 19, 2015


    Albertville, Alabama USA

    I have selected ALL THE SINGLE LADIES for our book club discussion in January. All of our members are now older but have been reading books together for twelve or more years. Something in this book really spoke to me; perhaps it is the fact that we never really know people, even our friends. We are at a point in life when we face the uncertainty of life daily and thus value friendships even more. I think the book will be particularly enjoyable to this group since all the members have varied pasts and singular accomplishments, from working for the CIA to living abroad to growing up on a tenant farm. Plus, we recently lost one member. Perhaps we can learn from this book to appreciate our friends for what we don't know about them, as well as what we do know. Thank you for the tears as well as the laughter.

  33. Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Linda Albrand

    Lewes, Delaware USA

    I am now going back to Tall Pines in book #7 of the Low country series. I know all good things must come to an end at some point but............I am not looking forward to the end of this series. You have made reading magical. I can almost smell the Pawley's breeze. Your characters are real and I find myself crying and laughing along with them. Thank you for bringing the low country to life.

  34. Wednesday, December 09, 2015


    Melbourne, Florida USA

    Just finished "All the single ladies", hated to see the story end! This was the first book of yours that I have read and now can't wait to read all of the others! While reading I always felt like I was there with all the characters, a relaxing down to earth nice story! Dreamy,festive, great!

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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,

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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!!!!!

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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

Copyright © 2016 Dorothea Benton Frank. All rights reserved.