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

Welcome to the Guest Book

To all the friends and fans,

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

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

With love, the Frank and Benton families

GuestBook Entries

  1. Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Rita M Sullivan

    Naperville , Illinois USA

    So, so sorry to hear of the passing of this great author & wonderful lady. I have enjoyed several of her books & intend to read more. She helped me more than once when i was going through a hard time. Condolences to her family Rest In Peace Dottie !!

  2. Wednesday, February 22, 2023

    Emily Fletcher

    Chicago, IL

    Her books were captivating and always kept me hooked until the end. I will greatly miss her.

  3. Thursday, February 16, 2023

    Abbie Martin

    Orlando, Florida

    Dottie's writing was always so vivid and creative. Her books are pure magic!

  4. Saturday, February 11, 2023

    vilma neill

    Westlake Village, CA USA

    Dear Mrs. Frank, I just finished reading 2 of your BOOKS. Sorry to say I wish I had found you years ago. I am 91 yrs. old !! â Porch Lightsâ was so wonderful!!! I own a Beach House in Calif. (SHELTER COVE) as well.... my family is in heaven when we have our summer family get together, all 27 of us. Reading your books gave me peace & love. My next book â Full of Graceâ . Regards, Vilma Neill

  5. Friday, February 3, 2023

    Jaqueline Carey

    Huntington, NY USA

    Can't believe she's gone, I'm so very sad. Dottie's books helped me get though a hard time in my life and I will always be thankful for that!

  6. Monday, January 23, 2023

    Jennifer Huber

    Greensboro, NC

    I'm so sad that she's gone and my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Dottie's stories were so original and full of life, I could read them again and again!

  7. Wednesday, January 18, 2023

    Thomas Gilmore

    Boise, Idaho United States

    I always found her books riveting and they always stayed with me after I finished reading them.

  8. Sunday, January 15, 2023

    Christine Pegg-Luzzi

    GALLOWAY, NJ United States

    I have only just found out that Dorothea Benton Frank has passed away and there will be no more Low Country Books. My belated, but deepest and sincerest, condolences to her Family, friends and other devotees of her books. My first encounter with her writing was Shem Creek which I loved. At the time I was living in London, where I was born. I lived there until 2013 when I married an American and moved, firstly to NYC and then to NJ. My stepson lives in Myrtle Beach and, on a visit to him, I came across Pawleys Island (the place) and some other very familiar place names. Thus I went on a quest to read all of Mrs.Benton Frank's books and have loved them all. This year I went on a river cruise through the Low Country and thought about her and all her wonderful characters. Again, my deepest sympathies to all.

  9. Thursday, January 5, 2023

    Shirley Davidson

    Corpus Christi, Texas US

    I never thought a book could make me cry so much but the way Dottie wrote always put tears in my eyes... either from crying or laughter! Thank you!

  10. Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Amy Morris

    Henderson, NV

    Even after her passing, Dottie continues to inspire us with stories that will live on forever.

  11. Saturday, December 11, 2022

    Irene Larsen

    Stockton, California US

    Her books were a great escape and always gave me something to look forward to. RIP wonderful lady.

  12. Friday, December 9, 2022

    janet wright

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    I will miss looking forward to her new releases, her writing was beautiful and always left me feeling inspired. I will never forget her and the wonderful stories she brought us.

  13. Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    Shannon Andrews

    Scottsdale, AZ USA

    My sincere condolences to the family. I will always be thankful for her stories and the legacy she left behind.

  14. Tuesday, November 29, 2022

    Beth Miller

    Baltimore, Maryland

    It's very sad that Dottie is no longer with us but I'm so glad to have her books. Almost time to re-read Christmas Pearl again! God bless you and your beautiful family!

  15. Thursday, November 17, 2022


    Huntsville, Alabama

    I love reading through all the guest book posts, it's so easy to see just how much Dottie was loved and the impact she left on her readers. We may no longer be blessed with her here on earth but we'll always have her incredible words!

  16. Wednesday, November 2, 2022


    Jacksonville, Florida USA

    I can't say it any better than what others have written here but just wanted to let her family know that we are so sorry for your loss and thankful for all she gave us.

  17. Wednesday, October 26, 2022

    Mary Williams

    Wallingford, CT USA

    Just finished all of her books, she was an absolute treasure and will be missed!

  18. Monday, October 6, 2022

    Sue Thomas

    Miami, FL

    Thank you webmaster for removing my email and phone number, sorry I didn't mean to put that in!

  19. Wednesday, October 5, 2022

    Sue Thomas

    Miami, FL

    When I get sad thinking that they'll be no more books by DBF, I just open up one that I've read and read it all over again! She was truly an incredly writer and I seem to pick up so much more nuance on each read. Miss and Love you!

  20. Thursday, September 29, 2022

    Pam Ward

    Mt. Carmel, IL United States

    I have over the years enjoyed the books that have been written. Am currently do a re-read feeling close to the low country life as I read. Saddened still by our loss of this great author, with comfort in re-visiting the stories. To her family thank you for sharing her with us.

  21. Sunday, September 18, 2022


    Spijkenisse, The Netherlands

    Sorry for my not so perfect english. It was sad to read that Dorothea Frank was ill and past away. I recently read her book Return to Sullivan's Island. Sitting in my garden in the middle of a sunny august day it took me 1 day to finish. Left the dishes and grocery to do for later :-) I wanted to read more books and searched the internet, but sadly found out that there are no more other books translated to dutch and published in the netherlands. Why not? I already wrote to The house of books, they published the dutch version of Return to Sullivan's Island, but no reaction came back. Hope someone reads this, because i could not find a emailadres to write to. Very kind regards, Ariane

  22. Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    Regina Bowling

    Arab, Alabama United States

    I begin reading Dorothea Benton Frank's novels the summer of 2021 as we had just traveled to Charleston, S.C. I could not stop reading her wonderful stories! I bought every book of hers I could find and only today found out that she had passed away. I am sadden so for her family, but also for all the other readers that adore her books and will be wishing for another taste. I'm sure I will re-read them all at sometime because I love them so much. Rest in peace dear Dorothea Benton Frank.

  23. Monday, September 05, 2022

    Lorraine Becker

    Monroe, NC USA

    I had just finished re-reading Sullivanâ s Island this morning and thought I would leave a comment on Mrs. Franks fan page or website about how much I enjoyed it yet again and to my shock and sadness I read about her passing. She was truly my favorite contemporary female author. Her wit, honesty, sense of humor and writing style made her feel like an old friend. I was stunned. My condolences to your family. She will live on through her work always. Her novels and story telling were infectious. My family mirror that now hangs in my dining room gets a second look each time I pass it now!

  24. Monday, July 25, 2022

    Sandy Moyle

    Pawleys Island, SC USA

    To the Benton and Frank Families I was so shocked and saddened when she died because she was young and it happened so quickly. I can not even imagine how it was for you. Maybe only now you are able to read these notes without feeling deep pain. It is only now that I can write it. Know that I am another person deeply affected by her writing and the social justice she included in her books. And by her cheeky humor and tell it like it is approach to the difficulties women face in this world as we try to live our authentic lives. I look forward to meeting her on a distant shore. S.

  25. Tuesday, July 12, 2022


    Columbia, South Carolina USA

    I (FINALLY) just read the first book, Sullivan's Island, after many years of collecting Mrs. Frank's books around town in Columbia and meaning to get started year after year. I wasn't reading anything, just going through the motions in a failing marriage and trying to keep my head above water while i raised my children. Now divorced, with my children practically out of the house, I've finally started, only to find this wonderful writer provide guidance and help me heal over many of the same challenges faced by Susan in the book. I felt like she wrote the book for me. I LOVED her humor and style of writing, quickly wishing to be best friends with her, and I was so moved by her gentle touch and insights. I came directly to this website after finishing the book wanting to know more about the clearly fabulous author. My heart is so saddened at her too soon passing. My condolences to the family, and my gratefulness too, at your sharing of her as she wrote her books. Sullivan's has always been my favorite of the islands, having growth up not far away. I can't wait to visit this weekend and will surely say a prayer of thanks, with my toes in the sand, for her life and writing.

  26. Tuesday, July 05, 2022

    Luci Plack

    Raleigh, NC USA

    To Dorotheaâ s family: As one of those â Damn Yankeesâ who came South in 1987 from Chicago and never left, Dorotheaâ s books gave me a new way to relax, dream AND eat at North & South Carolinaâ s incredible beaches. This girl, 68 years old now , had only seen the ocean once before our move to Raleigh, NC. I feel closer to Heaven at the beach. Very often weâ re at Hilton Head. Iâ m sitting in a chair, my feet in the sand, immersed in the Low Country with a Frank book in hand. Thank you Frank family, for sharing her with me and the world. May the legacy she has left and your wonderful memories sustain you. ð ð »â ¤ï¸

  27. Monday, May 23, 2022

    Kathy L McClellan

    Media, PA United States

    Dear Victoria, I am so sorry that you lost your mother several years ago. What a treasure she must have been to you. I just finished rereading, Same Beach, Next Year. I have been rereading all of your Mom's books. I love them just as much now as the first time I read them. They are especially delightful because my daughter lives on James Island and we have been to restaurants that are mentioned in the books. What fun! A few years ago we came upon the Obstinate Daughter one day and just had to have lunch there. Delicious! Thank you for sharing your mom with us. What a truly gifted writer and I imagine she was a hoot! Warmly, Kathy McClellan

  28. Thursday, May 12, 2022



    I've been reading Ms. Frank's books for years. It was like visiting with old friends each time. I was logging into the site to leave her a thank you note for all the years of moving, uplifting stories she has brought into my life when I needed them most. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing and that I am too late in sending that thank you. Rest in peace Ms. Frank.

  29. Friday, April 15, 2022

    Kathy Del Favero

    Palmdale, CA US

    I am deeply saddened to hear of her death. I had been reading every one of her novels and I just put a request to read the one I had left-The Christmas Pearl at my local library. After placing the request, I went online to see if she was working on anything new. I am just so shocked. I wish I could have thanked her for all the pleasure she has given me by reading her books. So all the time I was reading, she had already passed away. My sympathies to her family and friends. Her books made me want to live in the Low country; despite the weather, humidity, bugs, etc. She just made it sound so good to this southern California girl. What an incredible loss. Just wish I could have said thank you. She brought me so much joy.

  30. Thursday, April 07, 2022

    Marlise Wabun Wind

    Wallingford, Pennsylvania USA

    Dorothea Benton Frank's books have brought me joy and inspiration. As the author of twelve non-fiction books, Dorothea wrote the kinds of novels I always wished I could write. Her characters, her wit, her obvious caring for people and the world, her soft feminism are exceptional. I miss not having new books to read but I am happily rereading all of her books on my Nook even though I have most of them in soft cover. She so dearly loved her family and friends that you all must have wonderful memories of this remarkable woman.

  31. Friday, March 18, 2022

    Patricia miller

    New Windsor, Maryland USA

    It was my great honor to meet Dorothy when she visited the Carroll Community with in Westminster, MD. I have read all of her books and will miss her wonderful and discriptive stories from the Low Country. I lived in Wrightsville Beach, NC for several years and when she signed my book we had a lively discussion about the areas. What a gracious and kind person. She will be deeply missed! I am a loyal fan!!

  32. Tuesday, March 15, 2022

    Bev Prigge

    Philadelphia , Pennsylvania USA

    I have all of Dotties books and I have read them many times. I miss her wonderful, down to earth, yet thoughtful and inspiring books. No one writes like Dorothea Benton Frank and I miss her unwritten books. RIP beautiful lady.

  33. Thursday, February 17, 2022

    Julie Glover

    London, Ontario Canada

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. I have enjoyed reading the writings of Dorothea and will sadly miss looking to see what new ones there are to read next. She had a way with words that could paint a picture and draw you into the story so easily. Truly saddened by your loss and the loss of a true story teller.

  34. Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

    Laguna Niguel, Ca USA

    To the family of Dorothea Benton Frank It has been over two years since Ms. Benton Frank passing, I did not realize how much Dorothea's writings have uplifted my lift for the past fifteen years until now. In Dorothea's own talented way, she did make my life brighter, and anchors it to my American values more every time I pick up one of her books. I miss her. God bless. Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

  35. Monday, January 31, 2022

    Peggy A Heisler

    AUDUBON, NJ United States

    I picked my first book by Dorothea off the shelf of the library one day, and returned to get several more as I read each one. I so enjoy her stories and charachters, and hope to visit Charleston and Sullivans Island some day soon. So glad I found her, and sorry she won't be writting an more great stories.

  36. Monday, January 24, 2022

    Debbie Davis

    Modesto, CA United States

    I recently visited the GORGEOUS South Carolina because of reading Karen Whites books the Tradd Street Series. I just fell in love with the south & had to see it with my own eyes..I wasn't disappointed!! I met a tour guide in downtown Charleston (who I could have talked to all day) and he told me to check out the great Dorothea Benton Frank which I did as soon as I got home. My Gawd what a treasure her books are. I can read them in a day & never want them to end!! I just wish my mama who passed away in 2019 was alive so we could talk about these wonderful Lowcountry Tales together. I pray that mama and Dorothea have met in Heaven & are looking down at me as I'm reading these wonderful stories. I am now planning anothet trip to the Lowcountry to visit all the places mentioned in the books!! Thank you Dorothea for everything enchanting you gave this world. You will live in this girls heart forever ⠤⠤

  37. Monday, December 20, 2021

    Kathy L McClellan

    Media, PA United States

    A few weeks ago I began to read DBF's books again, in order of publication. I am once again thrilled by the humor in each book. I just finished Pawleys Island and it was a hoot! I can't wait to start Bull's Island. It's hard to finish a book. I don't want it to end. Dot, you are greatly missed but you live on in each and every book. Thank you for everything.

  38. Friday, December 17, 2021

    Margaret Jennifer Cox

    Lexington, South Carolina USA

    After attending 7 book signings and reading every book, some several times over, I miss Dottie so much. I have named my property "SOUTHERN Tall Pines" after her book "Plantation" in memory of Dorothea. Also I am giving Victoria's spaghetti book to my grandchildren for Christmas. Warmest thoughts and wishes to her family. She shall remain a favorite to many. Margaret-Jennifer Cox

  39. Thursday, December 16, 2021

    Pamela Cocanour

    Takoma Park, Maryland United States

    REUNION BEACH is an amazing book. Very thankful for the stories, etc by friends, acquaintances (although it sounds like she considered all friends) in this book. What warm feelings it invokes at this Christmas time.

  40. Wednesday, December 08, 2021

    Elaine Houska

    Newport News, VA USA

    I just finished reading The Christmas Pearl. In doing so, I was inspired to write a note of thanks to Mrs. Dorothea Benton Frank for the warmth and comfort her words provided. So now, I have learned of her passing and I am saddened as if losing a close family member. I am so sorry for your loss. I was first introduced to Miss Dorothea in 2010 while in Columbia, South Carolina. As a physical therapy student at the University of Iowa (my home state), I was in Columbia for 14 weeks to complete a clinical rotation at an adult rehabilitation center. My little dog Peanut was with me and we were renting an apartment. I had no TV and only a cot and lawn chair for furniture. Having grown up in Iowa, I wanted to take advantage of being so close to the coast so started to ask those at work where I should visit and how I could learn about the area. A client of mind recommended that I read Miss Dorothea's books, as they were authentically written and could give me a flavor of what it was like along the coast. I headed off to the library but could not check out a book because I had not lived in the area for the required amount of time. Needless to say, I was shocked and disappointed that I could not check out a book. So I googled book stores and headed off to the one I found. I bought all the books they had of Dorothea's and started reading. I was hooked. She saved me from the pressures of work and the loneliness of being away from home. She took my hand and lead Peanut and me to Pawley's Island. It was amazing! I could smell the low country as she described and fell in love with the salt air and water. So recently, while struggling from the current loss of my dear Aunt Dot added to the previous loss of my little Peanut and my Mom, I searched while in the store for Miss Dorothea and her tender words. That is when I found The Christmas Pearl. Thank you Miss Dorothea. You have saved me again. Elaine

  41. Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    Audrey Camodeca

    Seattle, WA USA

    I will miss your words so much. You touched so many lives and I'm thankful for all your stories. Bless you.

  42. Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Cindy Rutter

    Dallas, Tx USA

    Dottie was one of my favorite writers and she will be missed forever. God bless you and your family.

  43. Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Mary Smart

    Smyrna, DE USA

    I've read all your books and cannot believe you're gone. I will keep reading them over and over... thank you for the joy you've brought to me life, rest in peace dear lady.

  44. Wednesday, November 3, 2021

    Marcia Goodman

    Trenton, NJ USA

    You were such a talent! You will be missed!!

  45. Monday, October 25, 2021

    Linda Harris

    Philadelphia, Pa USA

    Read my first book Sullivans Island and I was hooked. I keep ordering all the low country books. I've read about 8 now and so far my favorite is Shem Creek. They are all wonderful eah!!!! Gonna try a couple recipes too. I'm so sorry to find this lovely lady has passed and there will be no more books. What a talent!!!!!! You all must be so proud of her!!! Thank you Dorothea for the many happy hours and more to read.

  46. Thursday, September 23, 2021

    Deana Sanderson

    lexington, sc United States

    My husband and I rode by the house on Middle St on Tuesday, Sept 21st, 2021 because as I child in the 70s-80s, my grandparents were friends with the Engles and we would come to dinner there with them and spend days with the family on the beach. PLUS get a little extra adjustment when they couldn't get into Dr Engle's office! I had not been back there since before Hugo ruined the house and they had to do so much work to it. I was totally beside myself when I learned that Mr. and Mrs. Frank bought the house . I have read several of her books and now want to read them all! I read on this webpage that she vowed to buy her childhood home on Sullivan's Island and I am curious if this was it.

  47. Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    Sherry Harvey

    Ave Maria, FL United States

    Dorothea's books have been one of my favorite reads for more than 10 years. I was hooked with Sullivan's Island, and read almost every book she wrote. I am almost done with Queen Bee, and once again, she makes me smile...... She will be sorely missed by her devoted readers. Her family was surely blessed.

  48. Friday, September 10, 2021

    Deborah Keller

    Sylvania, OH USA

    I have read so many of Dorothea's books and just finished The Land of Mango Sunsets! My daughter married Charles MacCrea Finch of Charleston and lives there so it was extremely fun to read of places I have been! I wanted to tell Dorothea how much I enjoyed it and was saddened to read of her passing! I know I would have enjoyed knowing her and I am so sorry for your loss!

  49. Sunday, September 05, 2021

    Barbara Sherwin

    Novi, MI United States

    I honestly can't think of one specific thing I liked most about Dottie's books. EVERYTHING was always so entertaining and at times, very powerful as when she dealt with abuse that bought tears to my eyes. But she also bought lots of belly laughs and smiles too !!! I was hooked from the first Sullivan's Island book. I've read every book and continue to keep rereading them. Dottie died on my 79th birthday. Now when September 2 rolls around I think of her and welcome her to my celebration of life. Even though I never knew her or met her, I always felt as if I did.

  50. Thursday, September 02, 2021

    Alice Schock

    Atlanta, Georgia USA

    Thank you, DFB, for the countless hours of joy you have given me through your books. I am sitting on my deck drinking a glass of wine, reading Reunion Beach and saying a prayer to you and for all your family, friends, and fans- what a circle of love you created with your life ! - A S 9-2-2021

  51. Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    Sandy Phillips

    Georgetown, TX USA

    I only recently discovered Dorothea Benton Frank, and I was devastated to learn of her passing. I gaze at her picture on the back covers of her books and imagine her as my new best friend. I've read 9 of the Lowcountry Tales series, and now I've got my daughters and grown granddaughters hooked on them as well. I never want to finish one, but then I can never wait until I get to the next one! Not only all that, but I've made several of the dishes she describes in various books such as Chicken Pilau. And then there are the expressions she uses which are familiar to me from my past, such as "She is the cat's mother!" I just want to say Thank You, Dorothea Benton Frank, for enriching my life, and I cannot wait to meet you in Heaven!

  52. Monday, August 16, 2021

    Helen O Von Salzen

    Pinehurst, NC USA

    I heard Ms. Frank speak, at Weymouth in Southern Pines, NC several years ago and I have read several of her books and enjoyed every one of them. I like her chatty, witty and familiar style of writing which makes one feel as if one is visiting with a friend. May she rest in peace on Sullivan's Island! Helen Von Salzen in Pinehurst, NC

  53. Thursday, August 12, 2021

    Karl Holtzer

    Pittsburgh , PA USA

    I was on vacation recently and the motel had some books laying around to read. I picked out Queen Bee. I generally am not gravitated to these 'types' of novels but I was very clearly drawn. Once I started reading, I literally could not put the book down and read it in three days. I felt compelled today to learn more about this incredible author as I seriously felt like part of the family. I found her on Twitter but the account was clearly inactive. It seemed to be unlike the author that I learned about and loved in QBs 'acknowledgments'. I then went to Wikipedia fearful of what I might find out. She's no longer with us! I literally shed some tears. How's this possible? I don't know her nor her family. Why do I feel such loss? I wanted to meet her and maybe even be her friend. Wow. Such a testament to her incredible talent. We will miss you, Dorthea Benton Frank. May you Rest In Peace and know how special you truly were. Thank you for an incredible three days in the summer of 2021. I'll certainly keep your legacy alive by reading ALL of your books!!

  54. Saturday, August 07, 2021


    Oak Harbor, WA USA

    Like many others in this long line of bereaved readers, I arrived here today only to be shocked at the news of Dot's untimely passing. I call her by the familiar as it felt she was in the room with me as I read book after book (all of them) during my post-hip replacement convalescence late August/early September 2019. That's some powerful writing! Heartfelt condolences to her loved ones. May the shared loss of us all lighten your burden.

  55. Monday, August 02, 2021

    Paige O on behalf of the Stoney Creek Book Club

    Augusta, Michigan USA

    The Stoney Creek Book Club, a small group of neighborhood ladies in southwest Michigan, read "By Invitation Only" and thoroughly enjoyed the story. We were very sad to hear of Dorothea's passing, and want to send our condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing her art with us and giving us a reason to join in community and discussion.

  56. Monday, August 02, 2021

    Dorothy Kennedy-Gouzoules

    East Northport, NY USA

    A friend recently recommended Queen Bee. When I saw how many books were in the series, I decided to start at the beginning with Sullivan's Island. What a lucky choice for me. I haven't gotten past chapter I as one of Dorothy's expressions blew me away. "she's an old goat" when referring to an elderly woman. It's an expression I got from my mother and i use. I wanted to tell Dorothea how I felt validated knowing I'm not the only one using the expression. It made my day! I regret I did not read this book sooner. I,too, am an old goat. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  57. Wednesday, July 21, 2021

    Mary Dierschow

    State Center, IOWA United States

    I just finished reading Plantation. I LOVED it!! I have never laughed or cried so much, reading a book before. It was a wonderful book! I was so sad to see Dorthea Benton Frank had passed away. You have my condolences. My library here in the middle of Iowa is finding me Sullivan's Island. I can't wait to read it. The literary world lost a great writer:(

  58. Tuesday, July 20, 2021


    Buckeye , Arizona USA

    I am in shock! I had no idea that Dorothea Benton Frank had passed. She was one of my favorite authors';I loved her books! Her stories and characters got me through some very rough times in my life. Her wonderful sense of humor was evident in all her books. Her storytelling will be missed.

  59. Monday, July 19, 2021

    Sherry Murrell

    Conway, South Carolina United States

    I lost my husband and words cannot describe the grief and pain. I found the only way I could escape my misery was to become lost in a book. I read every book that Dorothea Benton Frank wrote and then read them again. When my mind was on the story, I could escape the pain my mind instantly turned to when it was not occupied with one of her stories. I will certainly miss her writing but thank God I can always read what I have again and again because no matter how many times I read them, they are always just as good to return to once more. Unlike we humans, they never grow old.

  60. Monday, July 12, 2021

    Kathy Getek

    Clinton, MO United States

    I read every single book that Dorothea wrote for many years. As a detective that worked shift work and would often get home in the middle of the night reading her books brought me the peace and solace I needed to get away from it all. I drifted away from reading for many years as my career demands increased....only to find out my beloved author left us in 2019. I am truly heartbroken...she brought me incredible comfort throughout my career. Dreaming of the low country. I'm retired now and am reading the stories I loved again and again...thank you Dottie. God Bless.

  61. Sunday, July 11, 2021

    Midge Beebe

    Toledo, Ohio USA

    You have been my favorite author since I read Sullivan's Island. I am so sad there won't be new books from you but I have all of your books and will reread them and try not to cry when I open them up. RIP sweet talented lady.

  62. Saturday, July 03, 2021

    Janet Doctors

    Southbury, CT United States

    I was shocked today to learn of Dorothea's passing. I was looking up Reunion Beach which was the only book of hers I hadn't read. I couldn't believe it was a compendium of stories in her memory. Her books got me through the isolation of the pandemic. She will be greatly missed not only by her family and friends but by all of her readers around the world. Rest in Peace.

  63. Saturday, July 03, 2021


    san diego, ca USA

    As I sit here planning my trip to Charleston, SC, I was reminding myself to reread one of Dorothea's books so I could see some of the places mentioned in it. I was all in my head and wanting that magical, mystical Lowcountry experience that is associated with her forever. And then... then I happened to click on her bio and cannot believe that she passed away. She has been one of my favorite authors ever since reading "Hurricane Sisters.' I truly am saddened and wishing/hoping that her beloved home one day will become a DBF museum. Now that is something that I would plan to see. My condolences to a fantastic woman that made the Lowcountry something to yearn.

  64. Tuesday, June 29, 2021

    Judy Andrews

    NJ USA

    I was so sad to just learn of your loss when I checked out Reunion Beach in the library. I was finishing Same Beach Next Year. I was extra sad as my lovely Mom also passed after a short illness on September 2, 2019. The tributes and stories in Reunion Beach were emotional. So many of DBF's qualities reminded me of my Mother. I was fortunate to have her longer. Mom bought new Red luggage at 80 years old when she finally retired for her Vegas travels!! Thinking of your families and wishing you a peaceful heart.

  65. Thursday, June 24, 2021

    Janet Schuroll

    Bothell, Washington USA

    I'm glad to have a chance to add my comment to all the others. I also own most of her books; right now am reading By invitation only. She is still an author to read many times. It's sad that the grandchild she welcomed will not get to enjoy her hugs, but will only know her from the family memories. Thank you Peter, William, and Victoria for sharing her with all of us who read her books.

  66. Thursday, June 24, 2021

    Mike & Sandy Schmutte

    Bay Village, OH United States

    We met Dorothea on an elevator prior to a lunch and book signing in Cleveland in June of 2019. We enjoyed her talk and our brief conversation beforehand. We will always cherish our copy of Queen Bee that she signed to " Mike and Sandy my elevator friends".

  67. Friday, June 11, 2021

    Jeanne Seltzer

    Holliston, MA USA

    After working a year remotely, I just returned to commuting two days a week. To help me cope, I listen to audiobooks. Upon listening to Elin Hilderbrand's "24 Summers," in her intro she remembered Dorothea and how sad she was that she had died. I was in shock! I just love her books and have recommended her to many friends for a great beach read ... or great commute "listen." I so admired her ease with dialogue and picturing for all of us her beloved South Carolina. I hope she is kindly looking down at everyone as we slowly recover from the pandemic. I still have a few of her books to get and read, and for that, I am grateful.

  68. Thursday, June 10, 2021


    Nashville, TN USA

    Such a blessing to have a writer who wrote in "southern" and a writer who understood all it means to be from the south. I will sorely miss the anticipation of a new novel. Thanks for all the delicious hours spent reading your books.

  69. Tuesday, June 01, 2021

    Debra Schneider

    Norwalk, OH United States

    I have read all but 3 of Dottie's books. My love of the ocean & low country attracted me to her writings. I was so incredibly sad to hear of her passing. What a treasure she must have been. I am finishing up Porch Lights now & am taking my time. I know I only have a few more to read. She makes you laugh & cry there are always a lesson or two. Thank you Dottie for your beautiful talented writing ' gone too soon.

  70. Monday, May 31, 2021

    Brenda Stephens

    Colquitt , Ga USA

    How I miss searching for a new book written by Ms. Frank! She was one of a kind who made me feel that we were great friends. Having met her at a book signing in Atlanta, I treasure the picture made of the two of us. Indeed, she was an author extraordinaire. My sincerest condolences are extended.

  71. Saturday, May 22, 2021

    Martha Teixeira Baker

    Vero Beach, FL USA

    I recently took my copy of "Queen Bee" to the doctor's office, anticipating a long wait before my appointment. A woman there asked me what I was reading, and I expounded on the books written by my favorite author, Dorothea Benton Frank. Apparently I have been living in another world, because I was shocked when she told me of the passing of your beloved Dorothea. May I extend my sympathy to all who knew and loved this woman, wife, mother, author, friend, sister, etc. I could go on, because she touched so many hearts with her writing. I shall treasure her books, (and I own most of them), though each time in the future I pick one to re-read, it will be a bittersweet experience, knowing that there will be no more.

  72. Friday, April 30, 2021

    Bette A Haltenhoff

    BOYNE CITY, MI United States

    Being a retired laboratory scientist I apologize for not having the words to express eloquently how sad I am at the loss of this wonderful writer, and sympathy for all those near and dear to her. I am an avid reader and finding a new book by Dorothea Benton Frank was more than the cherry on top of a massive hot fudge sundae. I recommended her to my sisters and my late mother and actually to anyone who asked me for a good book. I was always entertained by the wit and the wonderful women she wrote about; and even being a live long Michigander and cold weather girl made me want to visit the South she loved. She will be missed and I am sorry for your loss.

  73. Thursday, April 29, 2021


    Lexington, KY United States

    Long ago, during a nasty divorce, I picked up Sullivan's Island. Then Plantation which I read as I headed to Alberta, Canada to say goodbye to my own amazing mother. Still later, I had the deepest thrill when I met Dorothea (aka "call me Dot") Frank in Highlands Ranch, CO for a book signing. My sweet new husband was the only male in the crowd and she signed The Last Original Wife for me. To say she impacted some pieces of my own journey with hope, wit, humor and compassion is an understatement. This past week, I finally did a wee bucket-list trip. My daughter and I did our 'serial' tour. She in Wilmington, NC, having been a 4 times chain-watcher of One Tree Hill. Me? Well, it's obvious. I needed to visit Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Shem Creek. And so we did. It was like coming home - trolling slowly past the Stella Maris church as they held mass in this time of Covid. Watching my sweet girl nearly in tears to learn the Obstinate Daughter was packed until many hours later (they do recommend resos, but who knows what time we'd make it there when traveling!?), we loved the beach just beyond Ft. Moutrie and then rambling further north found the Isle of Palms with its tidepools and long stretches of soft white sand. I will return to Charleston and the beaches Dorothea created for so many of us as homage to her own story. I will take my husband. Suffice to say, we will dive further into the history and special qualities of the Holy City (my OTH-loving daughter was not the type to troll and trundle historic plantations). Yet it was this first time trip that made me miss the incredible Mrs. Frank all over again - and for singularly selfish reasons. There are no more new stories for her to tell. Cheers and blessings to y 'all who loved her craft and admired the soul as I did. Blessings for those beloved's she left behind.

  74. Sunday, April 25, 2021

    Deborah Thornton

    Youngstown , Ohio USA

    I was looking to see if she had any new books out and was so sadden to see that she had passed. I spent many a summers day reading her books at the beach. I have read all of them and loved them all. She surely will be missed by her fans who adored her books. I always told my sister and friends that I never read a book of Dorthea's that I didn't just love and couldn't put down. May she Rest In Peace and Thank You Dorothea for all your beloved books. Deepest sympathy to her family.

  75. Saturday, April 24, 2021

    Maureen Chu

    Farmington, NEW YORK United States

    Well, my heart is sad and there are tears in my eyes. I have treasured Dorothea's books for many years. Each year I re-read them and dream about Sullivan's Island and Charleston, which I've visited and fell in love with. Thank you, Dorothea, for these beautiful stories that I laughed and cried with and that brought me so much fun! They've enriched my life and inspired me to want to travel, write and soak in the beauty you described in those pages. I would love to have an old "Salty Dog" beach house of my own someday. To her family, my condolences to you. How fortunate to have had such a wonderful, warm person in your midst for so long. Thank you for this opportunity to send some love and gratiutde to you. Peace....

  76. Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Julie Steele

    Hendersonville, North Carolina United States

    I was so sad to hear about Dorothea. I went in search to look for an upcoming beach trip book on her site. There I read that she had passed away. I guess with COVID this past year, I did not go in search of a summer read. She was such a special author and could make the Charleston area come alive for me. God bless her family...

  77. Saturday, April 17, 2021

    Lisa Wood

    Boonville, NC USA

    I was saddened when I heard that my favorite southern author was gone. I love all her strong, females in her books. My favorite is Sullivan's Island and Return to Sullivan's Island. I hope to one day visit Poe's Tavern and walk the streets that Susan walked. Dorothy will be missed.

  78. Monday, April 12, 2021

    Elizabeth Hillestad

    Scottsdale, AZ USA

    My best friends and I have been reading Dot Franks novels for 20 years. We live in AZ and when I asked Lara what she wanted to do for her 50th birthday, she said 'go to Sullivan's Island'. So a year of planning has almost come to fruition and on May 1 the 12 of us ladies are going to stay for a week in Isle of Palms and soak in all we have read about, laughed and cried over and truly loved. We are sorry Mrs Frank has passed and our sympathies to her family. She brought great joy to our lives and re-reading our favorite books on the beach will be our tribute to her. She will always have a special place in our hearts and lives. Thank you - 'The Posse'

  79. Sunday, April 11, 2021

    Pat Suraco

    Paradise, CA USA

    I am so sad to learn that my favorite author is gone from us. What a treasure she must have been to her family and fiends. Her stories were full of earthiness, caring, and a JOY to read! Condolences to all of 'her people!'

  80. Friday, April 02, 2021



    I was so saddened to hear of Dot's passing. I had just finished "Queen Bee" and was saying to a friend that I had so looked forward to each new book and didn't know how to replace her. My friend asked if I still owned others of her books and I said that I indeed owned all 20 of them. My friend asked if I remembered them all, and of course I did not. She suggested I reread them! What a terrific idea! I'm on "Isles of Palms" and will continue through "Queen Bee" once more!

  81. Thursday, April 01, 2021

    Moira Wickes

    Reston, VA United States

    She was such an inspiration for me. Her novels always relaxed and revived my soul. Those who read her works received her gift. Bless you Dottie.

  82. Wednesday, March 24, 2021

    Fiona Davidson

    Muir of Ord, Ross-shire Scotland

    I was saddened to here of Dorothea's passing. I have read and enjoyed every one of her books. I loved the strong women, humour and her descriptions of South Carolina enthralled me. So much so on a visit to the States we made a special trip to Sullivans Island and Charleston. Highlight of the visit was eating at the Shem Creek bar and grill.........all inspired by these wonderful books.

  83. Monday, March 22, 2021

    Shirley Trask

    Silver Springs, FL United States

    I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. She is loved by millions! I have never enjoyed any other books as much as hers. Her humor and wit, along with the easy flow of dialog in the story made you feel like you were living the story. Hugs to you and your family, she was very special.

  84. Saturday, March 20, 2021

    Jean Bozeman

    Brooks, GA United States

    There will never be another Dottie I am astonished to look back and see how long I've been reading her books. Before her, I didn't know there was such a thing as low country writers. That knowledge has introduced me to many authors I enjoy, but she was the best. I just learned today of her passing. I hope the initial pain has eased and you are living on beautiful memories.

  85. Tuesday, March 09, 2021

    debra anthony

    Millington, MI United States

    I just found out about Dorothea's passing. The book readers of the world will certainly miss her,as shall I. I loved her books.

  86. Saturday, February 27, 2021

    Judy Belt

    Victorville, CA United States

    I was searching my favorite authors to see if there were any new books. I was dismayed/disheartened to see Dorothea had passed. I especially enjoyed Queen Bee. I could see Tyne Daly playing that role if a movie was ever made. As others have said, her books draw me to South Carolina. Don't know if travel will ever be a possibility but one for the bucket list, I guess. My condolences to all and keep looking up. We have the hope of Heaven and seeing our loved ones again.

  87. Saturday, February 27, 2021


    North Attleboro, MA USA

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mom and wife. I had no idea, and was just looking /hoping for a book she had written and I had missed-I thought I'd read them all. In my search, I saw the Reunion Beach book written by DBF's friends and colleagues, leading me to this guestbook. Please know that she and her storytelling gift will be missed by this Massachusetts reader-they were true escapism for me. It's just so sad. With prayers for her family, Colleen

  88. Monday, February 15, 2021

    Kay Claunch

    Valley View , Texas USA

    I feel like I lost a very special friend when I heard about Dorothea. I have read all of her books now. I have come to know about South Carolina and the low country with should love. I can't wait to go and see everything in person . Her books made the low country so real to me with all the rich lives of her people she created. I love fresh seafood and tomatoes. All things Southern in South Carolina and the sand, sea, and salt to get in my blood visiting some day. To her dear family my heart goes out to you all. What a wonderful lady she was. Her love lives on in all of you.

  89. Monday, February 15, 2021

    Carlene Ault

    Oroville, CA USA

    As I read her books I always experience how much she loved her Low Country. I feel like I've been there with her feeling the wonderful essence of the country and the people and the beaches. If I hadn't been born a California country girl I'd have chosen to be a Southern girl and have her as a friend. I plan on re-reading all her books as they make me laugh and give me comfort.

  90. Tuesday, February 09, 2021

    Beanie Beard

    East London, Eastern Cape Republic of South Africa

    So very sad to read of Dorothea's passing. She could only have been an amazing lady! I have just read Plantation, a truly special read. Dottie's writing ability is incredible.Unfortunately our libraries do not have more of her books.A great pity indeed!

  91. Saturday, January 23, 2021

    Meg Williams


    I was so devastated to hear about the death of Ms. Benton Franks. She was my absolute favorite author and I eagerly awaited her latest books.I read Sullivan's Island when it first came out in 1999 and I've been hooked ever since. Anytime I felt down, I would pick up one of her books and I immediately felt better.They are laugh out loud funny yet poignant as well. She was a true artist and a master at her craft. My sincere condolences to her family and friends and her countless legions of fans.

  92. Thursday, January 07, 2021

    Dianne Benton

    Matthews, NC USA

    After reading my first book oh her's I was hooked. Met her at a book signing and we discussed maybe we could be distant cousins. I felt a closeness to her and loved everything she wrote. It was hard to put down her many books on e started. My heArt aches with sadness of her passing. We lost a very special friend.

  93. Friday, January 01, 2021

    Maria Cecelia Manchester Lindsay

    Santa Cruz, California USA

    I began my journey reading The LAST Original Wife and loved it! I was in a difficult time in our marriage and laughed and laughed. What a great way to deal with stress & grief in life! Dorothea was great at that. The tales she wove certainly transcended our usual life, and even Last Year, the year of dreaded misery... we all enjoyed her even more! What would she have said about That Year?!! I am sure it would have been witty and made us all better for it. Now I have a young friend who needs a job and we are ALL trying to encourage her to write. She is was good as Dottie was with words and twisting things to make us laugh. I wonder which book to share with her first, to introduce her to this loving, encouraging, strong, beautiful woman... it will change her life also. May God bless this woman who gave so much of herself to all of us. Memory Eternal! With love & gratitude and prayers for all her family and friends ~ Maria Cecelia Manchester Lindsay

  94. Tuesday, December 29, 2020


    Greenville, MI USA

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have read two of your novels and have two more waiting on the bedside stand. The most wonderful collection I have ever read. Your stories are keeping me sane during this strange and challenging year. I Love your style of writing and your heartfelt stories. Thank you so much!! o other author has captured my attention so very much. Back to reading..the Queen Bee awaits!!

  95. Friday, December 25, 2020

    Mary J Grellner

    Wentzville, MO United States

    I loved every one of Dot's books and they filled some very lonely days and nights when I need a friend. She will be missed by me like a dear friend.

  96. Friday, November 13, 2020

    Catharine Browning

    Hardeeville, South Carolina USA

    The LORD BLESSED me with Dorothea's book's right after I started building my forever home in Hardeeville, South Carolina. I was born and raised in the desert of California. God knew I needed to learn everything I could about my new forever home in the Lowcountry. I was very impatient for my home to get built but then I had plenty of time to get ALL of the Lowcountry book's to read in the order written but like many other's I discovered this wonderful world when I bought Queen Bee at Costco and was totally devastated to find out Dorothea had graduated to her higher calling. I have been SO BLESSED by God to read her wonderful book's that I am only half way through them all and I am learning SO MUCH!!! I feel her spirit with me and will look for her as I go visit ALL the WONDERFUL places she writes about. The LORD took her home but her spirit is strong and very much alive and guide's me into my future in my forever home in the Lowcountry. Catharine Browning

  97. Friday, November 06, 2020

    Elizabeth Whitmore

    Nottingham, MD United States

    I just found ou t today that Dottie Frank is gone. I feel like I've lost a great friend. I have been reading and re-reading her novels since 2012 and shared them with my Mom before losing her in 2015. I read them in order every year and was anxiously awaiting her 2020 novel when I came across her obituary. May she Rest in Peace and I pray her family knows how much she was loved by her fans.

  98. Monday, November 02, 2020


    Old Saybrook, CT USA

    During the Summer of 2019, I read my first Dorothea Benton Frank Book, Queen Bee. Ironically, it was her last novel. I learned of her death just a few weeks later. This summer, starting with Sullivan's Island and finishing this evening, By Invitation Only, I read each of her books. In every single story, I learned more about myself and felt her speak to me through her poignant words. If I read her books as she wrote them, they would not mean as much to me. This time, in my life, is when I was meant to have them. You now write in the clouds, Ms. Frank. I will be sure to look up. Rest In Peace.

  99. Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Peggi Andrade

    Sorrento, Fl USA

    I will always miss getting Dottie's newest book each May/June. Her books are some of the very best I have ever read. Being from Vermont, I knew little about the low country until I started reading DBF. She had the unique talent of drawing you in and making you feel as though you were present in her beautiful locales. I am disappointed to have never met her or been to one of her events, a dream that will never be met now that she is gone. I have all of her precious books and plan on reading each and every one again. I will cherish them always and truly enjoyed learning about her beautiful home state. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Peggi Andrade, FL

  100. Sunday, October 11, 2020

    Laurie Vallez

    Key Largo, Florida USA

    FloridaRead every single one of her books her stories always imitated what was going on in my life at the time loved her so much wish the song I said continue

  101. Tuesday, October 06, 2020


    Derby, Connecticut USA

    I'm sitting here in tears, I just learned of Dottie's passing. She has been my favorite author since I read 'Plantation", I've followed her and loved all her books. This Connecticut Yankee so wanted to be a Lowcountry girl. Dottie and I exchanged a couple of emails and I treasure them. My heart breaks for her beloved family and I can't believe that "Queen Bee" is the last novel of hers I'll read. What makes it even more poignant, Dottie died of the same horrid disease as my Mom did in 1980. Dottie's books made me laugh, cry and believe that good always triumphs.

  102. Thursday, October 01, 2020

    Lauren B. Duffy

    Brooksville, Florida USA

    Oh my dear favorite author, You are so very much missed. Whenever I walked the aisles of a bookstore or scrolled my way down the Amazon web site, I always knew my search for a tremendous read was over when I saw your name on the front cover. I loved your wit, intelligence, and love of the Low Country. During this difficult pandemic, I have had the joy of rediscovering your delightful storytelling. You have given me the gift of laughing out loud as well as nodding my head up and down thinking to myself, " you go girl, tell it like it is !" I know that Heaven must count you among it's most cherished. Oh, if it is not too much trouble, please save me a seat right next to yours... that's where I'll want to hang out . Bless you.

  103. Monday, September 28, 2020

    Gerri C Popkin

    Red Bank, NJ USA

    I must have been under a rock for a year, with us both having surgeries here, went to see if there was a new Dottie book today, and just learned of her passing! Selfishly, my first thoughts were about how a bright light is now out, and how much I have loved every one of her books, which I own, and how lost one feels without more of her special humor and wisdom. The next thought was to you all, as it must be unimaginable to feel her loss. I am so sorry, what a sad theft of and love talent for us all. I hope my sister Pam, who died of cancer four years ago next month of cancer, and who read nearly every one of her books, has met her. We literally took a trip to the Low Country because of Dottie's stories, and considered moving there.. I now treasure all of Dottie's work even more- always insisted friends returned her books to me after sharing them, so the set remains complete. God bless Dottie, thank you for sharing her with millions, and am guessing she's not 'resting in peace,' but regaling many souls with even more great tales, right now! Bless you all.. most sincerely, Gerri Popkin, NJ..

  104. Thursday, September 24, 2020

    wesley yeager

    flushing, New York United States

    It is over 1 year now since she left us. For me, "She Came from the Sun" There are so many times, that her smile brighten our days There are so many words, that just sounded more beautiful, when she shared conversation with you And her laughter, it made me feel so special. And all of us felt that way. She came from the sun, at the darkest time of my life, and showed me the bridge to true JOY That story, I wish to share with the children and grandchildren . I hope some day to tell it. I will be forever grateful to her and Peter.

  105. Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Mary J Grellner

    Wentzville, MO United States

    Dear Dorothea: Just had to tell you how much I enjoyed Full of Grace. My husband (of 56 years) and I, endured all the trials and tribulations they experienced in your book, but we got through all that and realized that our love was true and fought the bad times like they did and found a real true love. It's worth fighting for. Thank you for all your books, and I am trying to read all of them while quarantined at home. Bless you and your wonderful insight into real people . Love you and will continue to check each one on my list. You will be missed like a dear friend.

  106. Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    Phyllis Petras


    Darling Girl in heaven. I so loved your first book....laughed outrageously at the"finding the hubster in bed page", and also reading how much you loved Chanel cosmetics??????that I took copies of it to that cosmetic counter for them to read. I hope it wasn't Dior!!!!I know you are alright! I need new glasses and LARGE PRINT books and I could read all your books again! Your books are all like a vacation. LOVE. HUGS!

  107. Friday, September 04, 2020

    Barbara Wheeler

    Birmingham, Al USA

    Oh my goodness! I just finished Mary Alice Monroe's latest book & was reading the acknowledgments and find her comment on the passing of Dorothea Benton Frank! I literally am in tears. I wondered why there had not been a book by her this year, never to think she was gone. I am so sorry for your loss and the loss for her readers as well. I have read every one of her books and she had a way of hitting on subjects that really affect my generation of women. My heart breaks for you, her family and for those of us who loved her through her words.

  108. Friday, September 04, 2020

    Bettye Ann Caputo

    Chattanooga , TN USA

    Like so many of the other readers who have posted on Dotties' guest book, I couldn't wait for each new book, every Spring. I was just shocked to read that we had all lost such a wonderful writer whom many of us considered a dear friend even though we were never lucky enough to meet her. I first started vacationing in the Low Country in the late 1980s and loved it. We went back every year and I felt so lucky to have a favorite writer who was from the area I loved! I was just so sad to read that she had passed away. My son passed away in a tragic accident a few days after Dottie and I mourned them both and continue to do so. It makes me so sad and I just go to my bookcase and soak up all the memories of her work! I'm so sorry for her family and know they must struggle everyday without her!

  109. Thursday, September 03, 2020

    Sandra Conrad

    Aurora, IL United States

    As a senior citizen who still works as a special ed teacher, I am a voracious reader. Often I am not moved tremendously by certain authors but even though I have read many Dorothea Benton Frank novels, I was especially enthralled by almost 600 pages of "Plantation." I came to this website to compliment the author to sadly learn of her passing last year. I will encourage my friends to read all her books and as a Christian, am so happy to say how appreciative I was of the many expressions of faith often found among the pages of this book. Thank you for keeping her wonderful work alive!

  110. Saturday, August 29, 2020


    Loveland, CO USA

    It is 5 am. I just finished reading Mary Alice Monroe's latest book, On Ocean Boulevard, and skimming over the acknowledgements, saw Dorothea's name and the sad "in memory" announcement. My condolences to her family and friends. She became my favorite author in recent years (along with Rosamunde Pilcher). I rediscovered her after purchasing Plantation at the Charlotte airport in October 2008, returning home from attending a ship reunion with my husband in Charleston (whom I lost just a month later). A third-generation Colorado native, I've fallen in love with the Lowcountry through Dorothea's stories and those of others like Mary Alice Monroe. I've read all her books, some twice, and was looking forward to another after Queen Bee. I am truly saddened at her passing - am thankful her last struggle was not a terribly long one. God's blessing on you all.

  111. Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    Linda fillnan

    Colorado USA

    So very sad to hear about ms frank she was my all time favorite. And I had the great pleasure of meeting her in person in Colorado at the tattered cover. What a warm and funny lady. I send her family my heartfelt sympathy. She will be greatly missed

  112. Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    Sherry Carey

    Moore, SC USA

    I am a long time reader of all of your books. Being a Carolina girl myself, I'm obsessed with all things coastal SC and I plan on moving there one day. Your stories make me feel as if I am there; I can see the characters, the scenes, and even smell the beach air! I absolutely hate that you are gone and I will no longer have anymore of your fabulous stories told only in the way that you can tell them. Every book I ever picked up and read of yours, were read within a day as I could never put them down. I have re-read many of them, many times. You will be sorely missed Ms. Dorothea Benton Frank. RIP and I look forward to when one day we will be reunited in our heavenly home and the stories can continue. I will continue to pray for your loved ones, I know they truly are missing you as do all of your fans. Save me a spot on that beach...I just know that you are sitting on a seashore there telling wonderful stories!

  113. Saturday, August 22, 2020

    Linda Bryant

    Indianapolis , Indiana USA

    To the family of Mrs. Frank, please know how much joy her books have given me over the years. She always said I give my readers a book a year, and as spring would approach I would think to myself it's time for Dorothea Benton Franks new book. To leave so much joy behind is a blessing. May Gods grace comfort you all.

  114. Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Sheri De Gray


    Very saddened to have just recently learned of Ms. Frank's passing. I have been reading her books for several years & when I was diagnosed with Cancer this past December, I asked my husband to order all the books of hers that I had not yet read. I knew that they would be a great distraction for me during some very challenging times . She is the very best storyteller! Her characters, the scenery, her attention to detail make her reader feel they are right there . Your memories of your beloved wife, mother & friend will keep her with you all always, as her books will do the same for all of her adoring fans. Sheri De Gray

  115. Tuesday, August 11, 2020


    Hawaii USA

    I am crushed. I have just now read of this wonderful author's too early death. I looked up her site and was hoping for a new book and discovered the sad news of last year. I have many of her books and count her as my go to for a uplifting, well written read. I cannot even imagine the loss for her family and close friends. Aloha dear writer, mahalo nut Loa for your wonderful, heartfelt books. You are missed.

  116. Tuesday, August 04, 2020

    Sarah Brown

    North Myrtle Beach, SC United States

    Oh how I miss Dorothea. You definitely felt like you were present in her stories and it was like you were standing there watching it all happen. Such a loss. I never got to meet her but felt like I had known her and she became a best friend to me as reading is my most favorite past time. I read every night as that is what relaxes me. We love you Dorothea Benton Frank and always will.

  117. Tuesday, August 04, 2020


    5worcester, MA USA

    I finished queen bee a week prior to dorothea's passing, i was saddened by the news. I look forward to her new books every year and will miss her wit and humor...... love all her books and she has a dedicated shelf in my personal library.

  118. Sunday, August 02, 2020

    Suzanne champigny

    Salem, Ma USA

    Just finished re-reading Pawley's Island. Still cannot wrap my head around the fact that Dottie is gone!To even have the nerve to call her Dottie is testimony to the fact that she made everyone feel like her best friend, and could sit on a porch chair with a glass of sweet tea ( huh? I'm from the north; we have Dunks!) or a glass of wine, and dish over every topic. Her books were truly anticipated gifts; looking forward to meeting new friends in her plots each year. My first book was Sullivan's Island years' ago; Loved it! Wrote her a book geek letter about how much I enjoyed it and she wrote back a lovely letter- which I still have-to thank me and welcome me to come on down to the Low Country. I wish we could all be there now, to raise a glass to her. Thank you to her family for sharing her with all of us; a truly well - lived special person, who will be missed. My sincerest condolences to her family. You- and we- were blessed to have had her in our lives. Thank you.

  119. Wednesday, July 29, 2020


    Bethlehem, PA United States

    I am so sorry to hear of her death. I only today found out after reading Elin Hilderbrand's dedication in her recent book. My condolences to her husband, family, friends, and fans. She will be missed. Karen

  120. Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    Margaret Fulmer

    Orange, TX USA

    I am so sad to find out Dorothea has passed. I was looking for her newest release and saw it on her webpage. I looked forward to reading her new book every year. She wrote about the low country so well, you thought you were there. She will truly missed. Margaret

  121. Friday, July 24, 2020

    Sally Kachoris

    Mountain City, Texas USA

    Oh my goodness!!! I can't believe she is gone and I'm just a fan and reader of all her books. I was at the airport in Chicago and saw her book on sale, Same Beach, Next Year and bought it which led me to buy all her other books. I was so shocked to hear that she passed away. Even though her books were fiction, she captured all her characters so well, they seem very real to me. I will truly miss her and her Lowcountry Series. Hugs and prayers for the family.

  122. Monday, July 20, 2020

    Edie Rowell

    Carrabelle, Florida United States

    My deepest sympathies to your family.I enjoyed all the books written and could not wait till new books were released!! I'm sad...I will enjoy all her books for ever

  123. Sunday, July 19, 2020

    Cathy Brown

    Simpsonville, SC USA

    Like so many others, I was shocked to hear of Dottie Frank's passing. I enjoyed her stories immensely - not too sweet, with twists and turns, and laugh out loud humor. My condolences to her family and the rest of her fans. Her voice will be missed.

  124. Saturday, July 18, 2020

    Kelly Poniatowski

    Lancaster, PA USA

    I just finished Queen Bee, I guess Dorothea Benton Frank's last book. I am always in awe of her stories and so sad there won't be more. We drove to Florida two years ago and I made our family stay in Mt. Pleasant on the way home because I just had to experience it for myself. We visited Sullivan's Island and ate at Poe's, Shem Creek. I will truly miss her wit, wisdom and stories. What a loss to the literary world.

  125. Saturday, July 18, 2020

    Carolyn McKnight

    Reading , Pa USA

    I finished reading Same Beach, Next Year- wonderful book as always. I was so shocked reading back inside cover w pic that she had died last year. Surprised at how hard it hit me. I guess after reading her books all these years that I feel like a true friend has died. My prayers to her family

  126. Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Dorothy Divis

    Pinson, AL United States

    Wow, just finding out that she has pasted away. I'm reading Folly Beach again. I love her books. I loved her because of her books. I'm so sorry.

  127. Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Phoebe Vanderboom

    Bellingham, WA USA

    I have read nearly all of Dottie's books and now re-reading them. The first one I ever picked up was Sullivan's Island because I have a son whose first name is Sullivan. Who would've thought that I would find my new favorite author in Dorothea Benton Frank. What a compassionate and wise hoot she was! I live about as far from the Lowcountry as you can get on the continental United States up in the Pacific Northwest but I have roots in the Lowcountry now as well!

  128. Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Gail Fleenor

    Sagamore Hills, Ohio USA

    A few days ago I went to Dorothea's website to see what new books might be coming out. I was so shocked and saddened to learn of her death. She was a fantastic writer...I loved everyone of her books. The first book I read of hers I purchased in a book store in Sebring FL in May of 2010. I was visiting my Dad and step-mom and needed a book to read. My Dad was dying of prostate cancer but reading her book brought me many hours of "escape" and several chuckles! I was hooked on her writing and have read all of her books. They took me to a place I always hoped to visit, the Low Country, but probably never will. I will miss her books immensely...they were always something to look forward to. Sending belated condolences to her family and all who cared for Dorothea.

  129. Friday, July 10, 2020

    Phyllis Elizabeth Artabasy

    Waynesville, NC United States

    Will always feel Dottie's presence in her books and will re-read a great many of them. My love to her family and legions of friends. I feel that I was one of 'em, and have lost a best friend. However, I feel strong spirits such as Dottie Frank's will always always be with us - hey, I talk to her a lot!

  130. Monday, July 06, 2020

    Tricia Lazarus

    Valdosta, GA USA

    I am so saddened to just now learn of Dottie's passing. Could be at the time of her passing, my husband had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed a short time later. It is my hope that you are all healing from her passing. It is definitely a slow process that each of us goes through alone. Dottie was definitely a wonderful force to be reckoned with and I am saddened there will be no more of her wonderful Low Country stories. I have enjoyed each and every book she has ever written. Please take care of yourselves. Tricia

  131. Sunday, July 05, 2020

    Laura Billerbeck

    Yukon , OK United States

    I reread her book The Last Original Wife every summer. I looked her up and am so sad to know she is gone. I intend to read all of her books. I think she would make a great best friend. It doesn't seem possible that someone so strong in spirit can be gone.

  132. Sunday, July 05, 2020

    Judith Wood

    Raleigh, Wake USA

    I too missed the news of Dorothea Benton Frank's passing & tears are in my eyes as I was hoping for a new book. Her stories have helped me cope w/ my own losses. I am a VA native, having lived in Chicago suburbs, & now Raleigh, NC. I have re-read some of her 1st books & will continue to do so. Many thoughts are with her family as they continue to grieve.

  133. Friday, July 03, 2020

    Samantha Schmidt

    Fort Myers, FL United States

    We loved her stories and will miss her dearly. Thank you for your conservation efforts for our Mother Earth!

  134. Wednesday, July 01, 2020

    Kitty Baird

    Savannah, Georgia USA

    Oh how I wish I had contacted Mrs. Frank years ago and told her how much I loved her books! She gave me so many hours of pleasure as I read each and every one of her novels. Each spring I was like a child with a box of lollipops as I opened her newest work. I was stunned and saddened when I started Elin Hilderbrand's new book today and read the dedication. My deepest sympathy to the family for their loss. I feel like I have lost a witty and delightful friend. She will live on in my memory as I reread her endearing books.

  135. Sunday, June 28, 2020

    Sue Stensby

    Calgary, AB Canada

    I too missed this devastating news and am deeply saddened. Reading her first book encouraged me to take my family to the Low Country for a summer vacation and have been back a few times throughout the years. Each June I would eagerly check to see when her new book was available and pack it off to the beach with me. My love of turtles and the education she provided has been shared many times. Summers will not be the same now without one of books to read.

  136. Friday, June 26, 2020

    Faith Thompson

    Duluth, Georgia USA

    I am heartbroken to hear of Dorothea Benton Frank's passing. I loved her southern heart and her southern soul. I would love to think that she and Pat Conroy are sitting in rockers somewhere sharing their tales and stories and having a good old time! The Best of the Best.

  137. Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Kimberle Sorensen

    Mansfield, OH USA

    I do not know how on earth I missed the announcement of Dorothea's death, but I did and just learned of it today after googling what the title of this year's book was. I just about broke down in the grocery store. I am Just so very saddened by this. My som this in Charleston and we have been going to SC for over 30 yrs. Her newest book was a staple each year. I will miss her writing so very much. She is my favorite author.

  138. Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Allison Moyer

    Evington, VA United States

    Like so many others, my trip to the beach always included Dorothea's latest book. My beloved mom (who passed away in 2017) and I would always share the books and as SC residents past and present, would love to hear the stories involving the places we've visited, especially to my brother Robby's beloved Charleston. Thank you for all the memories, Dorothea!

  139. Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    Fran Wilton

    Belmar, NJ USA

    My heart is broken to learn of Dorothea's passing. I have been a fan of hers since I read Plantation a long time ago. I have read all of her books & everytime I felt like I was visiting the low country. This summer just won't seem right when I don't have her latest book with me at the beach on the Jersey Shore! My condolences on your loss of this very special person! We were blessed with her wonderful story telling.

  140. Saturday, June 20, 2020

    Kathie Harper

    Cumberland, Maine USA

    I am shocked to hear of Dorothea Benton Frank's death. I don't know how I missed it. I am compiling my summer reading list and went to look for her newest book and saw the news. One of my summer's guilty pleasures is reading her newest book. She never failed to disappoint. I remember reading Sullivan's Island before visiting the Charleston are for the first time and I was entranced. She captured the area perfectly. My deepest condolences to her family on their tragic loss. It won't quite be summer without her!

  141. Friday, June 19, 2020

    Karen Rose

    Laguna Woods, CA United States

    Queen Bee was my first book of Dorothea Benton Frank and loved it so much I looked her up and was so very sad to hear she passed. My goal now is to read all of her 20 books plus will purchase Teddy Spaghetti. When I read this book I felt such a connection and I have never been to the Low Country. My condolences to her family and friends, what a great lady they were blessed to have in their lives.

  142. Friday, June 19, 2020

    Marilyn Rice

    Mechanicsville , VA USA

    There really are no words to describe how you feel when someone you have never met (but you feel like you have known since her first book) dies. I purchased '28 Summers' and saw the dedication and my heart sank. I anxiously awaited each summer to read her newest book and then pass it on to my friend for her birthday. I read it; she kept every one. Our first vacation to Isle of Palms was due to the descriptions in the novels that never disappointed... Low country summers... Her quick wit, wonderful character description, loving bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout each and every book will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family; thank you for sharing her with all the readers who loved her so much.

  143. Thursday, June 18, 2020

    Keri Wilson

    San Pedro, CA USA

    I just read the dedication in Elin Hilderbrand's neweat novel and got I lump in my throat. I loved frank's books, to be without her writing and wit is tremendously sad.

  144. Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    Sue Riggs-Jensen

    Tulsa, Ok USA

    Have been reading a lot with the Covid issue. Picked up a few books at B & N and one happened to be 'By invitation only'. My first book by Dottie and it brought back so many memories of my growing up years in Okla..laughed out loud all thru it and so enjoyed her way of telling the story and her characters. Went on line to get list of other books of hers and was so shocked to read of her passing. Even tho I hadn't read any of her books, have made my list and will be reading all of them. I'm so sorry and know she will be missed by many.

  145. Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    Nancy Hopper

    Altoona, Iowa USA

    Yesterday I started to read 28 Summers and saw the dedication to Dorothea. What a shock as I didn't know she passed away. Several years ago I found Dorothea's books and loved each and every one. She is the reason we vacationed in South Carolina. I wanted to see what she so beautifully wrote about and wasn't disappointed. Dinner one night at Shem Creek was a thrill. I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a true gem.

  146. Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Kelsey Rowe

    Roseville, California USA

    I just discovered my favorite author has written her last book. I am surprised at myself knowing just how much this came as a shock to me. After living in Summerville for a little under two years over 20 years ago and then moving back to my home state reading DBF's books always took me back to memories of the Low Country. I loved the stories she told and just reading them could take me back to the beach. Her characters would become my friends for the duration of each book. I will always be thankful to Dottie for giving me a book to anxiously await and once it arrived devouring it and passing it on to others to enjoy. My prayers go out to her family and friends. She was the best. Rest In Peace Dorothea Benton Frank. Kelsey Rowe

  147. Sunday, June 14, 2020

    Susan Kuta

    Chardon, Ohio USA

    I was looking for a new book to read, and thought I would search Dorothea Benton Frank to see if she had anything new, only to learn that she passed away. My heartfelt sympathy goes to her family, but heartfelt thanks to her for her low country stories. I bought my first DBF book during my first Isle of Palms vacation ... and immediately loved both DBF - and IoP and surrounding areas. Nothing quite compares to either. May she Rest In Peace.

  148. Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Carolyn Israel

    Greensboro, GA USA

    I have been reading Dottie's books at the recommendation of a friend and I started at the beginning after she passed away. Every one of them I have loved but I just finished Full of Grace today and have to tell you what it meant to me. The story is very timely with my struggling with ovarian cancer and marriage problems and that story renewed my faith in miracles. Fiction or not it is an inspiring story of faith which I need to fall back on. I'm so sorry she's gone but know that her writing is still reaching us.

  149. Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Sue Meyers

    Ocean Isle Beach, NC USA

    I've just learned of Ms Frank's passing and am so saddened and sorry for your loss! I, too look forward each summer to her latest read. I've just recently moved from NJ to NC, and feel a connection with Dorothea. No one is ever prepared to lose their mom/wife, but know that she has touched so many through her beautiful books! She will be missed & may she rest in God's peace.

  150. Friday, June 12, 2020

    Howard Koon

    North Canton, OH United States

    My wife has struggled with Stage IV breast cancer for the past 12 years and continues to receive treatment every 3 weeks even now. I mention this only to give your family a "frame of reference" for my comments. We just returned from her infusion treatment this morning and she asked me to check for the newest book from your mother; it was then I found that your mother had passed away recently. I told my wife this and she is so sad to hear of her passing. She said "what am I going to do now". That sounds selfish, but I understood what she meant. The books your mother wrote were and are an integral part of my wife's ongoing therapy in her daily walk with a terrible disease. I know we have all the books that she penned. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the happiness that was introduced into our lives through her writings. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family.

  151. Saturday, June 06, 2020

    Sherry Hockey

    New Minas, NS Canada

    I am saddened to have, just recently, learned of Dorothea Benton Frank's passing. She will be sorely missed. I am so grateful that I was introduced to her books several years ago and have enjoyed everyone of them, since then. I believe Queen Bee was my favorite, but I loved them all. Dorothea shared so much heart, Southern soul, spunk & wit in her stories, making the reading of her books feel like spending time with good friends. I am so very sorry for her family's loss & I hope all your precious memories keep her close in your hearts, always. Her wonderful books will keep her spirit alive for her readers, for years to come.

  152. Friday, June 05, 2020

    Patricia Fracasso Williams

    Jacksonville , NC USA

    Omg! I realized it was June and wondered where Miss Frank's summer read was since they usually came out in May. It just won't be summer without her. I'm so very sorry for your loss as well as ours. I read her Isle of Palms book first n was hooked. I will surely miss her n her wit. Crying now selfishly. Rest In Peace Mss Frank! What are we going to read now ?

  153. Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Sue Stone

    Rehoboth Beach, DELAWARE USA

    I was eagerly anticipating Dorothea Benton Frank's next book, having read them all and then re-reading them when I read May Alice Monroe's tribute to Ms. Frank's passing in "On ocean Boulevard". I am so sorry for your loss of this witty, talented lady who, I feel, through her writing was trying to make me a better person. Without a doubt, I have dreamed of visits to the Lowcountry, seeing the landscape and people as Ms. Frank did. What a phenomenal lady.

  154. Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Cynthia Johnson

    Dallas, Texas USA

    I had Reunion Beach on my To Read List and only when I tried to find the final publication date did I learn of Dorothea's passing. My husband, Bob Johnson, was a business associate of Peter Frank's and Bob had the pleasure of being seated next to Dorothea at a business dinner. She had just finished her first book and when Bob told her what a bookworm his wife was she gifted him an Advanced Reading Copy of Sullivan's Island. It was not my usual reading genre but since my husband actually knew the author I thought I should give it a go. What a pleasant surprise, what a story...I was hooked! All of the books that followed were enjoyed by me and then shared with friends and family. How her stories will be greatly missed by all of us. Our sincere condolences to her family, Cynthia and Bob Johnson

  155. Wednesday, May 27, 2020



    So sad! Thanks for memories. God bless...

  156. Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Denise Reese

    Powell, OH United States

    Like the rest of Dorothea's adoring fans, I signed on to find out when her next book was coming out. I am shocked and saddened to learn of Dottie's passing. I send my most sincere condolences to Dottie's family and friends. She will be missed.

  157. Saturday, May 23, 2020

    Lori Steed

    Laurel, Maryland USA

    What a unbelievable loss this is to the readers of this world. Reading the news of Dorothea's passing, I feel like I have lost a family member. Sullivans Island really resonated with me, as I spent my early summers at the beach, getting into shenanigans with all of my four siblings, and driving our parent's crazy, especially when we would forget, and let the screen door slam-again and again. I have read and reread all of her books, and always looked forward to a new one that usually was released around my birthday each summer. Dorothea was and is my all time favorite Author. I have introduced many readers to her books. She makes me want to write a book...maybe I will. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

  158. Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Julie Vance

    Greenwood, Indiana United States

    As many have mentioned, I have read each book and enjoyed them. I also just found out about Dorothea's passing when I searched for the newest book. I was lucky to see her in person two years ago and have Invitations Only autographed. She will be remembered and missed by many .

  159. Monday, May 18, 2020

    Brenda White Chance

    Easley, SC USA

    Dear Frank & family, I came to Dottie's site in search of her new book release that I so anticipate every summer....I am so saddened to learn of her death...the world has lost an awesome person and author.... I am a native SC girl so I am very drawn to Dottie's books about our beautiful beloved Low they speak to the core of my soul...they make me laugh, and I mean belly laugh....but they also make me cry.....they are everything a woman wants in a great novel.... How I will miss Dottie and her books.....but having lost my husband in 2007, Frank, I understand, though, the grief that still rocks your is a journey that no one can make but you....but, with the help of God Almighty and time, the overwhelming grief does dissipate and you learn to live and enjoy life again.... I am praying for all of have been left a legacy of beautiful novels and the knowledge that Dottie is loved all over the world.....Godspeed sweet Dottie......Fly high! Brenda Chance

  160. Monday, May 18, 2020

    Renay Chesler

    Mayfield Heights , ohio usa

    I am sadden to hear the loss of your wife, mother. I want you to know how much I enjoy reading her books. I have recently become a fan and really want to see the low country because of her books. I am so thrilled that she wrote a second book in the Return to Sullivan's Island. I hate when I finish a book and wonder what happened to that family. Funny, but I get very involved . Wish she could get this message. Again sorry for your loss

  161. Sunday, May 17, 2020

    Anita Weston

    Lafayette , Indiana USA

    I am sitting here at my computer and am trying to see through tears. I was looking for a new book from our sweet Dorothea as she has one newly in print every spring or summer and I am always awaiting it anxiously. When I didn't locate any information about a new book, I simply looked for her site. I was shocked and saddened beyond measure when I read of her passing. I have lost a dear precious friend who saw me through several years of being bedridden with pain. I am now up and about- pain still there. I have laughed through so many of her characters antics and happenings. I felt as if I knew those folks as if they were friends. A favorite of mine is Porch Lights. I also loved Pawley's Island and Shem's Creek. The Plantation series were delightful with the quirky characters. And Sullivan's and and the Return to Sullivan's Island made beautiful stories about the love of sisters and family. I will miss her stories greatly. I now will read them all again and savor each and every one. There is no one who writes quite like this unique lady with the touch of humor , yet with the depth of situations that concern all families. I have shared my collections of her books with so many friends and they have also fallen in love with her. She has brought a great deal of pleasure to so many and touched the lives of all who have read her books. I trust she is giving those in heaven a good laugh . I will miss her so. I would say may she rest in peace, but I have a feeling that she is more into happy antics than peace. Thank God we had her for all the time she was here on earth.

  162. Tuesday, May 05, 2020

    Diane C

    Setauket , NY USA

    I have read many, but not all of Dottie's books. Reading each book felt like traveling on a journey with an old trusted friend who had a similar perspective to life as myself. I was so sorry to check her website today and learn of her passing last year. My condolences to her family for losing such an amazingly talented and no doubt treasured part of their lives I look forward to reading all of her books , all the more enticing though bittersweet , knowing that eventually that well will run dry.

  163. Friday, May 01, 2020

    Julie Frank

    Wilmington, Delaware USA

    Dear Family, 5-1-2020 During this uncertain time in our world I thank God for on line book sellers! I choose a series of books called A Low Country Tale I had never read the author s work before, liked the subject material & love books in a series! I fell in love with Miss Dorothea Benton Frank! When I finished Folly Beach I knew I wanted to let this author know how much I loved the book! Something I had never down! So I went on line to look foe a web site to find Miss Dottie had passed away! My heart skipped a beat & I was very sad for all. I only pray that she is having whatever cocktails are being served in Heaven with the Heywards! I will cherish your books in my library to read again in the future! My heart felt sympathy to the family...with Love & Prayers Julie Frank Wilmington, De

  164. Sunday, March 29, 2020

    Donna Draper

    Christina Lake, British Columbia Canada

    I have all of Dorotheas books, learned of her passing just now when I was looking to see what this spring would bring to enrich my life. My heartfelt condolences to all of you who were blessed to know and love her personally. And especially the family she so treasured... When my husband died quite quickly 3 years ago and I was trying to learn (at 70) to live alone for the first time in my life, I reread every Dorothea Benton Frank book. Her magnificent characters were my companions and inspiration thru the endless lonely first months. I dreamed of them and vanquished the end of life care nightmares that plagued me. May you hold her memories and her love for you in your hearts as your lives journey on. Blessings!

  165. Friday, March 27, 2020

    Jeanette Winslow

    Saint Petersburg, FL United States

    I just got on the website to find out when the next book was coming out, only to find out that there will not be any more. I am so sad for the family and for the world that waited for her next low country classic to come out.

  166. Friday, March 13, 2020

    Margaret Jennifer Cox

    Lexington, South Carolina United States

    As Spring rolls around, I am remembering making plans to see Dottie at her book signings..attended one in Columbia, Daniels Island, three in Camden and two in Aiken...only wished I had gone to her Fest last year.. She is greatly missed and will forever be loved by her many loyal fans. Hope the family will keep the guest book open so that we can share and feel comfort from her avid followers. Jennifer

  167. Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    brenda l hart

    Erie, PA USA

    I came to the site to leave a message of how much I loved the book, Queen Bee, only to find out that she had passed away. I am crushed to find this out. She was my favorite Author. She has made me want to visit the Islands she so generously wrote about. I smiled all through reading Queen Bee, and I hope you will too. Dorothea was a treasure Brenda L. Hart

  168. Sunday, March 08, 2020

    R A Dawson


    Yes, I agree with the comments about Dottie's books having a passionate connection with summer in the low country of SC. Beyond those novels, there's The Christmas Pearl ' and oh my my! 'it won me over resoundingly as read by a native South Carolinian, Celia Weston, on an audiobook I found at my library. It is a true gem. It will lift you up, especially if you're like me, disillusioned by the changes in the celebration of Christmas over my 60+ years. Dottie ... your work was such a gift ....

  169. Sunday, February 23, 2020

    Lyn Fleming

    Raleigh, NC USA

    Like her other fans, I was devastated to hear of the death of Ms. Frank. I adored her books, especially because I love the Low Country about which she wrote SO well. Prior to her death, I had heard of a new book sched. for release in May 2020 titled Reunion Beach and am wondering if we might possibly be seeing one last book from her amazing talent. Best condolences to her family.

  170. Friday, February 21, 2020

    Shannon Hursey

    Newcomerstown, Ohio USA

    I am deeply saddened by Ms. Frank's passing. I have read all her books and sometimes twice just because I forgot I read it. It is my vacation go to book reading. I just looked at the website to see what this year's book is so I could watch to get it for vacation. Her writing about the low country always made me feel like I knew all about it. My husband and I were planning a couple of days extra this year on our vacation to go to Sullivan's Island just because I felt I needed to go there due to all of her writing. Please know that she will be missed to all that have read any of her books.

  171. Monday, February 17, 2020

    Mary A. Thomas

    Halfmoon, NY United States

    I am terribly saddened by the passing of Dorothea. She has been one of my all time favorite authors. So much so, that I want to visit Sullivan island and the rest of the Low Country. Her wit and storytelling will be sorely missed by many. I am blest to have read her books...all of them. God bless her family. Namaste.

  172. Tuesday, February 11, 2020


    Grand Rapids, Mi. USA

    We will miss her dearly, what an accomplished author. Have read all her books, and loved her writing style.

  173. Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Marie Mencken

    Towson, MD USA

    It will be very hard in 2020 not to see Dorothea Benton Frank at a book signing this year. I always looked forward to hearing speak and to read her new book. When we (my daughter and I) saw Dorothea in Westminster, MD book signing my daughter told her she was finally moving to South Carolina. My daughter was looking forward to seeing her this year in South Carolina at one of her book signings. I was checking out when Teddy Spaghetti was coming out. There was another book with her name called Carolina Girls. Can you tell me anything about Carolina Girls? Was this a book she was working on before she passed away? Dorothea will be greatly miss.

  174. Saturday, February 08, 2020

    Lara DuBose

    Seffner, FL Florida USA

    I will miss the woman who wrote stories that helped me forget my own pain of life. Her books found me late in life, but never failed to take me away to the magical peace I longed for. God bless you Dot...

  175. Sunday, January 26, 2020


    Mishawaka, IN USA

    I just finished All Summer Long. I absolutely adored it and came to her website to find out if more books were coming soon. I'm so saddened by the loss of such an amazing author. My condolences to the family. I lost my own dad to cancer May 2019. I'm so very sorry. I am really looking forward to reading Mrs. Frank's other books and cherishing them even more knowing she must've poured her heart into them. She describes Sullivan's Island in such great beauty that I added vacationing there one day on my bucket list. Her legacy will live in my heart forever.

  176. Saturday, January 25, 2020

    Diane Johnson

    Summerville , SC USA

    I was so shocked to hear of Dottie's passing. I have read all of her books and will sorely miss the books that would have been written by this gifted author. I grew up in Mt. Pleasant and know of the places she wrote about and it was so special to me. I once wrote an email to her, I didn't think I would get a response. She wrote back to me and that showed me that she really appreciated her readers. I saved that email and will cherish it. Missing you. May God bless and comfort your family.

  177. Friday, January 10, 2020

    Mary Perkins

    Wilmington, NC USA

    Today I read online that Dottie had passed away in September, I wept. My only defense that I didn't hear sooner was I purchased a new house and was engulfed in renovations. For years I have read all her books, passed them onto friends and anticipated seeing her again at her book releases. My daughter became a fan and we would go to book signings together. She was a lovely woman so open about her life, her family and her love for the low country. My heart goes out to her family and friends close to her, I am sure they are hurting. She was a wonderful writer who will live on as new readers discover her talent and get lost in her books.

  178. Thursday, January 09, 2020

    Tamera Waters

    richmond, Virginia United States

    Every single book... took me to another place. She was such a gifted writer and I am blessed for having experienced that gift. This world will miss her tremendously. I am so sorry for the loss felt by her family, and yet celebrate her passing to, what I believe, is a peaceful spiritual plane. Love to all of you.

  179. Thursday, December 26, 2019

    Kathie Martin Dioli

    Yarmouth , ME USA

    I just finished reading, by invitation only. It was my refuge through the chaos Of the holiday season. After I completed it I wanted to learn more about Dorothea Benton Frank. I am sad to hear that she died. I was so looking forward to trying to attend a book signing of hers. In time may it be of some small comfort to you, her beloved family, to know that her impact lives on. I look forward to reading all of her books as they transport me to the character, humor and beauty of the low country. Reading her writing is like sitting with a friend enjoying a good cup of tea. Peace to all of you in the coming days, weeks and years. KMD

  180. Thursday, December 12, 2019

    Margaret Jennifer COX

    Lexington, SC USA

    I hope everyone will join me in reading The Christmas Pearl just one more time this will again make you realize the amazing talent and originality of this wonderful author. I happened upon Sullivan's Island years ago at the book sale at the library; I was totally mesmerized and searched down all of the rest of her books. My favorite will always be Land of Mango Sunset; there's a little bit of something for everyone in that book. I attended her memorial service in Charleston and was so comforted to be with her family, poet laureate Marjorie Wentworth whose poems are included in many of Dottie's books and many of her loved ones; the service was beautiful just as she would have had wanted. I previously have attended 7 of her book signings and wanted so much to attend her fest in April; unfortunately time would not permit but I was determined to make it next year. Sadly, there will be no next year. It has been such untimely loss of an outstandingly bright, funny and courageous person; she was loved by many and will be tremendously missed.. My prayers are with the entire family. Read The Christmas will give you solace and comfort during our first Christmas season without our dear author, Dorothea Benton Frank. I feel like I have lost a very close friend. Margaret Jennifer Cox

  181. Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    Mack Westbrook

    Rockledge, FL USA

    My wife owns every book and they are all autographed. We went to at least five of her speaking engagements promoting different books. She was a wonderful speaker and she graciously took the time to speak with me at a signing. Her events were dominated by women and she asked about my attendance. I told her how much I enjoyed hearing her speak and how I was there to support my wife (we had driven about 5 hours to hear her). I was embarrassed to confess that I had not read any of her books and she laughed and told me she understood and put me at ease. She recommended her most "guy" friendly book to date and then recommended another book by another author that she thought I might enjoy. I read both. She was a wonderful lady and I will miss hearing her speak and the great anticipation with which my wife looked forward to the next book release. The world is sadly a little less Southern without her.

  182. Monday, December 02, 2019

    Arlene Williams

    Madison, Al USA

    I am so saddened by Dottie's passing! She was my favorite author and I read every book. She took me to another place, and I loved her sense of humor. I am so sorry for your loss !

  183. Thursday, November 28, 2019

    Anita Collins Wheeler

    Dahlonega, Georgia USA

    I taught Dottie at the Art Institute of Atlanta in the early 1970's. I loved her "southern" accent and her vitality and enthusiasm for life. I was a new teacher and only four or five years older than my students and there were so many things happening in the world and in Atlanta. The "girls" at the Art Institute were so excited about life and even more excited about just leaving their various small towns and being in the big city. They were eager to move forward with their big dreams of the fashion world and creating their on places in the various industries. Dottie was funny, creative, adventurous, and a ball of energy. I enjoyed her as a student and was so thrilled when I learned of her career as a "best selling" author. Her books were Dottie at her best! My heart goes out to Dottie's family . I just read today that she had passed away in September. Her star will always shine and she will be greatly missed. Dottie was a lovely lady and her spirit and words will live on in her books. RIP sweet Dottie. Love....Anita

  184. Tuesday, November 12, 2019


    Krefeld, NRW Germany

    Back in 2005 when I was visiting the US, I stumbled across Shem Creek and have read a lot of her books since then. It is a bit harder to come by her books in Germany, as they are not published here, but I always look out for her books when I am visiting the States to take back home. I must have read Shem Creek, Isle of Palms and Plantation about 20 times each by now and the books are very worn but it feels like coming home when reading them. I was so sad to hear of her passing and wish the family all the strength they need to get through this tough time. Know that Dottie has fans all over - even in Europe - and she will be dearly missed. Not a month goes by without one of her books on my nightstand. Her books are so full of life, love and wisdom and her legacy continues to spread joy for her readers.

  185. Saturday, October 26, 2019

    Diane Servello

    Waltham, Massachusetts USA

    I am still mourning the loss of Dottie. Although I never met her, I feel I lost a dear friend. I stumbled upon one of her books in a used book store years ago. The title "Isle of Palms" caught my attention. I've read all her books since then. I loved her sense of humor and gift of story telling. My husband and I will be taking a trip to Charleston next year, and plan to visit Sullivan's Island where I know her spirit lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  186. Friday, October 18, 2019


    Plainville , Connecticut USA

    I'm so very sorry for your loss to your family, memories of the heart are a part of your heart always and the most precious gift in life. Your warmth, love and southern writing is so wonderful to read. I truly will miss. Thank you for sharing your traditions of family love and life. We are retiring soon to South Carolina and was looking forward to meeting you. I will visit those places you transported your readers to and remember.

  187. Sunday, October 13, 2019

    Linda Blanchard Smith

    South Williamsport, PA United States

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

  188. Saturday, October 12, 2019

    Julia Gilbert

    Columbia, SC USA

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

  189. Friday, October 11, 2019

    Arlene M Dittbrenner

    Elverson, PA USA

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

  190. Friday, October 11, 2019

    Linda Robertson

    Kansas City , Missouri USA

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

  191. Thursday, October 10, 2019

    Sandra Guthrie

    Easley, South Carolina United States

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

  192. Sunday, October 06, 2019

    Karen Hewitt

    Orlando, FL USA

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

  193. Monday, September 30, 2019

    Donna Swab

    SOLON, Ohio USA

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

  194. Monday, September 30, 2019


    Summerfield, FLORIDA USA

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

  195. Monday, September 30, 2019

    Dawn M Rutkowski

    Bonita Springs, Florida United States

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

  196. Saturday, September 28, 2019

    Barbara Luffman

    Elkin, NC United States

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

  197. Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Rosemary McLeod

    Spartanburg, SC USA

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

  198. Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Pam and Bob Wagner

    Marco Island, FL USA

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

  199. Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Lynn Finley

    Spring Hill, FL USA

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

  200. Monday, September 23, 2019


    Toronto, Ontario CANADA


  201. Sunday, September 22, 2019

    Marilyn Flanders

    Springfield, Va USA

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

  202. Friday, September 20, 2019

    Susan Hein

    Hyde Park, Massachusetts United States

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

  203. Friday, September 20, 2019

    Eda Mathews

    Conyers, GA USA

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

  204. Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Frances B. Koharcheck

    Wrightsville, Pa USA

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

  205. Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Eva Carlson

    Middletown , New Jersey USA

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

  206. Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Patricia A McPherson

    Greensboro, NC USA

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

  207. Monday, September 16, 2019


    Montville , NJ USA

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

  208. Monday, September 16, 2019

    Shelley V.


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

  209. Monday, September 16, 2019

    Peg Janik

    The Villages, FL USA

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

  210. Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Marcia Mesaros

    Vero Beach, FL USA

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

  211. Saturday, September 14, 2019

    jill engle

    palmerton, PA United States

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

  212. Friday, September 13, 2019

    Susan Murray

    Loudon, TN USA

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

  213. Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Leslie A. Wishard

    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania USA

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

  214. Tuesday, September 10, 2019


    Conway, Arkansas USA

    Rereading all her books in her honor

  215. Tuesday, September 10, 2019


    Conway, Arkansas USA

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

  216. Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Carol Hawkes

    Hamilton, NJ United States

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

  217. Monday, September 09, 2019


    MA USA

    I can't even begin to describe how this just clenches my heart and hurts so much. Dot was an amazing woman and truly blessed everyone with her storytelling. Her books were MY escape and I certainly looked forward to another novel, each year. She inspired me to keep writing, indeed. And I shall. I met her years ago, at a book signing and I had my newborn daughter with me. She was so excited to be a grandmother and she was just so sweet to my son. He couldn't stop talking about 'the pretty lady' and asked when she'd be back. My condolences and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was so very proud of her children. God bless.

  218. Monday, September 09, 2019

    Julie O'Donnell

    Charlotte, NC USA

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

  219. Monday, September 09, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

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

  220. Sunday, September 08, 2019

    Holly Manes

    COVINGTON, OH United States

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

  221. Sunday, September 08, 2019

    Joan linthicum

    Raleigh, Nc USA

    I just finished Queen Bee while riding in the car to our daughter's house in New Berm, NC. I couldn't put it down! Then looked up DBF online and see that she has passed away. My condolences to all her family and to all her fans all over the world. She was a fantastic author and seemed like a genuinely warm and caring person. She will be missed.

  222. Saturday, September 07, 2019

    Beth Libhart

    Laguna Woods, CA USA

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

  223. Saturday, September 07, 2019

    Kristi Hill

    Clive, Iowa United States

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

  224. Friday, September 06, 2019

    Norma Rodriguez

    Bellflower, CA USA

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

  225. Friday, September 06, 2019

    Susan Smith

    Marion, NC USA

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

  226. Friday, September 06, 2019

    Margaret Funke

    Greenwood and Isle of Palms, SC USA

    How does one express such a feeling of loss over a person one has occasionally met at book signings, luncheons and limited conversations across social media? I have visited that childhood home on Middle St and came close to purchasing her home on Goldbug. Recognized her as she tooled around the low country in her Mercedes. Experienced that infectious smile, charming wit and southern way. I know her fictionalized characters as if they were my dearest friends. Picking up her next book every summer was like going on vacation with her and meeting new southern gals and having the time of my life! Bless her heart! She wouldn't know me from Adam's house cat! But I will miss those days forever. My heart goes out to Dottie's family and friends as they morn the loss of one remarkable southern lady. Love that gal to the moon and back! With deepest sympathy, Margaret Funke

  227. Thursday, September 05, 2019

    Freda Harris

    Greer, South Carolina USA

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

  228. Thursday, September 05, 2019

    Patricia Irwin

    Saint John, New Brunswick Canada

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

  229. Thursday, September 05, 2019

    Sharon Jones

    Jacksonville, FL United States

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

  230. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Shelley Carter

    Spartanburg, SC USA

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

  231. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Cheryl Lituchy

    Bluffton, SC United States

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

  232. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, KY USA

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

  233. Wednesday, September 04, 2019


    Brandon, FL United States

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

  234. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Christina Weiss

    ODENTON, MD United States

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

  235. Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    Ann Marcus

    Chatleston, SC USA

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

  236. Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    Catherine Stryker

    Hilton Head Island , SC USA

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

  237. Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    Connie Glennon

    Greer, SC USA

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

  238. Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    Sissy Seyle

    Bozeman, MT USA

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

  239. Sunday, September 01, 2019

    Marcia Tarkany

    Miamisburg, Ohio United States

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

  240. Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Sara C

    Burnsville, NC USA

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

  241. Sunday, August 25, 2019


    Barrington, IL USA

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

  242. Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    sally burr

    Lanexa, string:VA USA

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

  243. Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Betsy Scotto

    Ocala, FL USA

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

  244. Sunday, August 18, 2019

    Kathy Ostrander

    North Myrtle beach, Sc USA

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

  245. Saturday, August 17, 2019

    Diana Segal

    Orangevale, CA United States

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

  246. Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Nancy Ketner

    Shreveport, LA USA

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

  247. Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Jean Pearl

    Henderson, Nevada USA

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

  248. Monday, August 05, 2019

    Regina DeVos

    Emerson, New Jersey USA

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

  249. Monday, August 05, 2019

    Reba Kincaid

    Suffolk, Va USA

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

  250. Monday, August 05, 2019

    Peg Dawson


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

  251. Sunday, August 04, 2019

    Shannon Alexander

    Shepherdsville , Kentucky USA

    Hello! I just finished reading Queen Bee, which Is the first I've read by you. I couldn't put it down. It was such an easy yet intriguing read! I had one chapter to finish and I dreaded that it was coming to an end. I went to Barnes and Noble and sat in the floor of your section and ended up coming home with 11 of your books! I can't wait to get started!

  252. Sunday, August 04, 2019

    Barbara M Reed

    Dover, DE USA

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

  253. Saturday, August 03, 2019

    Jean Lasher

    High Point, NC USA

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

  254. Wednesday, July 24, 2019


    King's Lynn, Norfolk UK

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

  255. Sunday, July 21, 2019


    Gardendale, Alabama USA

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

  256. Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Freda Turner Harris

    Greenville, SC USA

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

  257. Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Iona Walzel

    Sugar Land, Tx USA

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

  258. Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Sue Herndon

    West Columbia, South Carolina USA

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

  259. Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Kathleen Taylor

    BOILING SPGS, SC United States

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

  260. Tuesday, July 09, 2019


    Mansfield, Ohio USA

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

  261. Sunday, July 07, 2019

    Tracy Fox

    Howard Beach , New York USA

    Dear Ms. Benton Frank! It wouldn't be summer without another warm wonderful book from you. My mom and I just finished Queen Bee and couldn't stop smiling! We are trying to plan a trip down to the Lowcountry and wanted to join your FanFest this year but I was working Night Court and couldn't make the trip. Hopefully next year! We are heading back to Martha's Vineyard in August and we're hoping you'd have another book reading at Bunches of Grapes. Any other book readings in New York? We'd love to come see you again. And if you need any ideas for a new book about judges, check out the real life NYC drama with the Queens District Attorneys race this summer. I started as a homicide prosecutor there and boy what a wild election this is turning out to be. Wishing you blessings for your family, a wonderful summer and lots of wine and love, Tracy (the Queens judge) and Linda (Tracy's mom and your biggest fan)

  262. Saturday, July 06, 2019

    Linda Reaves

    Greensboro , NC USA

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

  263. Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    Susan Smith

    Marion, NC USA

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

  264. Sunday, June 30, 2019

    Toni Bonner

    Mt. Pleasant, sc USA

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

  265. Saturday, June 29, 2019


    West Deptford, NJ USA

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

  266. Monday, June 24, 2019

    Linda Blanchard Smith

    South Williamsport, PA United States

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

  267. Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Peggy Cochran

    Seminole, Fl USA

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

  268. Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Andrea Quinn

    BEREA, OHIO United States

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

  269. Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Cathy Webb

    Gresham, Oregon USA

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

  270. Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Paula Beegle

    Fort Payne , Al USA

    I'm a terrible reader but after reading almost all your books I enjoy your stories so much. They're hard to put down. My mom graduated from Charleston high school back in '54 I think and passed away in 2015. . She was a cheerleader , straight A student, involved in the student yearbook and married a handsome a Citadel graduate. She learned Gullah from the locals and would be an excellent character in a book. I've often wanted to write about her Sugar Magnolia life but don't have the talent. She often comes to mind when I read your stories. Thanks for the sweet memories.

  271. Tuesday, June 18, 2019


    Murrells Inlet , SC USA

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

  272. Tuesday, June 18, 2019


    Brunswick, Georgia USA

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

  273. Monday, June 17, 2019


    Chicago, Illinois USA

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

  274. Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Jane Putman Sterling

    Sumter, SC USA

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

  275. Thursday, June 13, 2019


    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA

    Just finished reading Queen Bee! Loved it. Can't wait till next June for another entertaining book from you. Thank you again for signing QB at Costco.

  276. Monday, June 10, 2019


    Mt Baldy,, California USA

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

  277. Monday, June 10, 2019

    Maxine Warner

    Uckfield, East Sussex England

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

  278. Monday, June 10, 2019

    Barbara Simmons

    Skokie, Illinois USA

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

  279. Sunday, June 09, 2019

    Debby Brew

    Fort Collins, CO USA

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

  280. Sunday, June 09, 2019

    Roberta Ann Gigis

    Parma, OH United States

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

  281. Sunday, June 09, 2019

    Anna Large

    Jacksonville, Florida USA

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

  282. Saturday, June 08, 2019

    Nancy Banfield

    Bennington, VT USA

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

  283. Friday, June 07, 2019

    Linda King

    Calgary, Alberta Canada

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

  284. Friday, June 07, 2019

    Linda Tharp

    Louisville, KY USA

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

  285. Wednesday, June 05, 2019


    Summerville, SC USA

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

  286. Tuesday, June 04, 2019

    mary d

    athens , al USA

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

  287. Monday, June 03, 2019


    Vallejo, CA USA

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

  288. Sunday, June 02, 2019

    Holly Manes

    Covington, OH United States

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

  289. Sunday, June 02, 2019

    Donna Swab


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

  290. Saturday, June 01, 2019

    Rosa Seay

    Mauldin, SC USA

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

  291. Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Mimi Miller

    Charlotte, NC USA

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

  292. Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Karen Eason

    Bradento , FL USA

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

  293. Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Jeanne Clidas

    Rochester, NY USA

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

  294. Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Michele Bandecchi

    Wallingford, Connecticut United States

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

  295. Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Sally Hill

    West Columbia, SC USA

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

  296. Saturday, May 25, 2019

    stormie mcelroy

    Airway Heights, Washington United States

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

  297. Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Zelda Nichols

    Murrells Inlet, SC USA

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

  298. Friday, May 17, 2019

    Sabrina Leonardo

    ANDERSON, SC United States

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

  299. Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Virginia Moulding

    South Dennis, MA USA

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

  300. Wednesday, May 15, 2019


    Hot Springs , Arkansas USA

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

  301. Sunday, May 12, 2019


    Georgetown , SC USA

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

  302. Friday, May 10, 2019

    Lori Hey

    Chapel Hill, NC USA

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

  303. Tuesday, May 07, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

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

  304. Tuesday, May 07, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

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

  305. Wednesday, May 01, 2019


    Orlando, FL USA

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

  306. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Jennifer Allen

    Florence, SC USA

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

  307. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Irene Crawford

    EDINBURGH, Midlothian United Kingdom

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

  308. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Peg Janik

    The Villages, FL USA

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

  309. Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Ann Burke

    McLeansboro, Illinois United States

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

  310. Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Nancy Smith

    Mount Dora, Florida United States

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

  311. Thursday, April 04, 2019

    Nadine Raineri

    Santa Clara, CA, CA USA

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

  312. Saturday, March 30, 2019

    Patricia Key

    Summerville , South Carolina USA

    I'm so happy to learn about local artists writing about the low country. I am born and raised, with deep family roots, Charleston. My great grandparents even has a house on Sullivan's Island. My Best Friend is, an avid reader, introduced me to your books. I haven't read many but what I have read I love. Thank You

  313. Thursday, March 28, 2019


    Three Rivers, MI United States

    Dorothea, Years ago when I first found your books they quickly became my favorite beach-reads. I live in Michigan and spend much of the summer with my family in South Haven on the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan. Summer on the Gold Coast of Michigan. (If you haven't been, you don't know what you're missing! Maybe you will write a book based there!) I fell in love with your witty, kooky, lovable characters, their strength and fortitude and their absolute, often complicated, ties to and love of family. As soon as I discovered you I purchased all of your books, then pre-ordered and waited each Spring for your new release. Whenever someone asks me for a good book I refer them to your books, saying, You will LOVE her! When my husband died unexpectantly between Christmas and New Years of 2017, I struggled to find joy in the things I had previously enjoyed. Months went by before I was able to read anything besides articles and books on surviving grief. The first book I read for 'fun' was By Invitation Only. Thank you for the few hours of escape that your book allowed me. But more than that, I want to thank you for the lessons on the continuity of love that I have learned through your stories. The people who love you never leave you. It has taken a while, but your books have helped me in my journey to realize that. Thank you, Dorothea Benton Frank.

  314. Thursday, March 28, 2019

    Rosette Boyter

    Greet, SC USA

    Loved all your books. Love reading them on the beach. Could you send me your signature. I have about 12 books and the new one preordered. Thanks, Rosette. Saw you live on March 28

  315. Tuesday, March 26, 2019


    Oakland , MI USA

    Dear Ms Frank! I have been enjoying for books for years! I love the Low Country life! So many wonderful stories I fall in love with each character, the plantation, the town the people... OH MY.. Right now I am reading Sullivan's Island, going backward. Thank you for all the books, you are my favorite author! Many thanks

  316. Monday, March 18, 2019

    Carlton Fordham

    Moultrie, Georgia USA

    I am in the process of replacing paperback editions of several of your books with hardcover editions and I would like to get them signed by you, if possible. When your schedule is published, will iit be possible for me to bring my unsigned books to one of your locations for signature?

  317. Thursday, March 07, 2019

    Janiene DeCecco

    Ocala, FL USA

    I've been a voracious reader as long as I can recall. Used to read with a flashlight under the covers in my teens on Friday & Saturday nights so my Mom didn't know I wasn't sleeping. , I have a wonderful community library that I have been raiding for almost 2 years to the tune of a dozen books every 8 weeks. The moment I read the first 3 pages of "The Land of Mango Sunsets", I knew I was in for a wonderful experience. I wasn't wrong! Thank you for fabulous characters, sinfully delicious plot and a narrative that took me from Manhattan high society, with all it's plasticity & pretense, to the S.C. Lowcountry and the down home reality and true love personified there.

  318. Friday, March 01, 2019

    Michelle Mora

    Redondo Beach, CA USA

    Thank you SO much, Dorothea! I recently lost my 9 year old stepson to stage 4 cancer: it was a long and very tortuous battle, especially to see someone so young to have to go through 26 months of brutal treatment. I now have found myself reading (more like devouring) books like my life depended on it. I came across By Invitation Only at my local library & picked it up, not knowing about you, your writing style or your work. When I first started reading it, I thought 'this book isn't for me' and 'it's too mature for me'. Well needlessly to say, I finished the book in 2 days. Thank you so much for providing a story so beautiful, witty, well-written and easy to understand. I truly felt like you poured your love out into that book. I know have looked up some of your additional books and are planning to read more. Thank you again for lifting my spirit.

  319. Sunday, February 24, 2019


    Columbus, Ohio USA

    My new favorite author. I have read 5 of your books in the last 8 days. I love reading stories that take place in or near Charleston SC. my favorite place on earth. The way the characters are developed brings every story to life. Can't wait to start the next adventure.

  320. Sunday, February 24, 2019

    Brooks hamilton

    Georgetown, Sc USA

    Oh no I didnt, want it to end. I just finished Full of Grace .... maybe the BEST one yet. But I say that each time I finish one ... I've gotta say your books have put such a smile on my face and spontaneous laugh out loud. You write the same way I talk and God love you for that ... maybe has something to do with we are beach girls born and raised in SC.... Pawleys for me and I know your roots. I have been recuperating from some really fierce Vertigo/nausea. All I can say is don't get it . But I can get so happy just by picking up another book... I'm bout to run out of haven't read so May hurry up and get here..... I could sure give you some material for a juicy book if you ever run dry. Well now I need to do Bible study homework..... Love you as if we had been born cousins .....Brooks Hamilton

  321. Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Tudy Boldin

    Kalamazoo, MI USA

    Dear Dot: Our Polar Vortex gave me the opportunity to read for the umpteenth time 'The Last Original Wife'. After doing so, I went to your website to see any new news. Well, what a surprise to see that you had posted news of the passing of Rosamunde Pilcher. I am very grateful that you did let readers know of her passing. She also has been one of my favorite authors. I discovered her while living in Australia, as I discovered many modern British authors. Through her books, I learned a lot about the craft of writing itself. She was a superb storyteller, and could always make her characters come to life. She will certainly be missed. By the way, I am anxious to start your new book, 'Queen Bee'. Having read just the excerpts on Amazon, it looks to be another winner.

  322. Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Monica Cronin

    Calcium, New York United States

    I'm starting from the beginning of your books, and I'm about ready to change my Florida retirement to a Lowcountry retirement! Love love love every word you write, and I have one request: could you add a Shrimp and Grits recipe, please and thank you? One final thing, when you compared Eric and Rusty to Alfalfa and Darla, I just knew we'd be friends if we ever met. Thank you, you've no idea how much you've brightened my dark, dreary winter.

  323. Friday, January 25, 2019


    Fort mccoy , Florida USA

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

  324. Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Sandra A

    Mechanicsville, MD USA

    My aunt turned me onto your books last year. I am in love with them!!!!! The low country books I have read so far are outstanding. I want to move there to live near these characters. Keep up the great work.

  325. Friday, January 11, 2019

    Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida USA

    The first book I read was Shem Creek, I bought it from Costco in Marina del Rey, CA The last one I just finished was Same Beach, Next Year. I felt that last book was the best I have read of your work, the others were wonderful to say the least. I am a first generation Chinese-American woman who came to North America when I was eleven, your story of Eliza and her Greek roots really hit home. The longing of going back to one's root is always there in the heart no matter how westernized one has become. I am no different. Though I was trained as an architectural designer I now do painting and gilding on goatskin parchment and wood panel. I hope to meet you in person one day. Sincerely, Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

  326. Monday, January 07, 2019

    Ann Ricker

    Blooming Grove, Texas USA

    I've read all of your wonderful books (twice) and lots of people know you are my favorite author ( I work at a library!). Can't wait for Queen Bee in May. I see in one of your books that you have or had a brother living in Irving, Texas, so would that help to get you to Texas for a book signing? Visiting the Low Country is definitely on my bucket list, all because of you!

  327. Sunday, January 06, 2019


    Walnut Creek , Ca USA

    This is the first time I have written to a writer. I have read a few books by Dorothea Benton Frank before. I just finished reading, By Invitation Only, and felt compelled to share how much I enjoyed the novel. I felt as if I knew each of the characters and wanted to root for their healing. The book was entertaining and uplifting! I will recommend it to friends. Blessings, Tricia

  328. Saturday, January 05, 2019


    Danville, CA USA

    Dear Dot I met you in Charleston almost 25 years ago. You gave a garden party talk (to the wives of the PGA Board of Directors) about your new book- Sullivan's Island. I was hooked after the first few pages and haven't missed a book you've written. My Niece who is turning 39 shortly- spent her whole life in Orange County, CA. 3 years ago she and her husband decided they wanted a quieter life for their 2 kids (now 7 yo girl & 4 yo boy) - and where did they pick to move to???? MT. PLEASANT!!!!!!!!!!! You could have knocked me over with a feather... I of course immediately sent her all your books- and she is a big fan of yours now also!! She sent me a text picture a few weeks ago from Foley Beach where she was with her kids. My jaw dropped because I had just been doing some genealogy research and discovered my Great Great Great Grandfather was in the Civil War and spent a great deal of time on Foley's Island and in Charleston... To think my niece was walking on the same soil/sand... Can't wait to go back and visit soon. Keep up your great writing- I love you gal!!! Janice

  329. Thursday, January 03, 2019


    Los Angeles, Ca USA

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

  330. Wednesday, December 19, 2018


    Bel Air, MD United States

    Ms Frank, I have just discovered you (By Invitation Only) and am so delighted that we've met! I love to read a variety of books but cherish a good STORY, well written. And here you are! I have been a volunteer in our local library for more than eight years, and I am embarrassed to confess that I never picked one of your books before now. Be assured that I shall make up for lost time!

  331. Saturday, December 01, 2018


    Hillsdale, Nj USA

    Too funny not to 95 year old Aunt wanted some library books. We had both read a couple of yours so I picked up Foley Beach and Porch Light. At a family dinner a couple of weeks later she announced her Morals were being lowered by the books I got her. The women are always jumping in bed with men?? Ofcourse everyone looked at me with astonished faces. She went on and on until I offered to take her to confession and then we all laughed. She then asked me not to pick out any more books for I went right home and read both books to find out what all the fuss was about. No one needs to go to confession. You had actually sighted Porch Light to your Friends at the Hillsadale Library. I Love all your books and the stories you share. Please keep the stories coming.

  332. Friday, November 30, 2018

    Renee Castro

    Mandeville, LA USA

    Several years ago, I read The Christmas Pearl and The Hurricane Sisters. Lowcountry Summer recently found its way to me and I knew I had to start at the beginning with Sullivan's Island ... I'm on a marathon read and just don't want it to end! Cannot wait for the release of Queen Bee ... it will, no doubt, be a huge success! Renee Castro

  333. Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Janis Alderman


    I am reading my first book ever written by you and I absolutely love it! It is Plantation. The characters are so vivid to me and I adore them all. I just ordered Sullivan's Island and I am sure that I will be ordering more. I can't believe I have never heard of you before now! Keep up the great work! Janis

  334. Thursday, November 22, 2018

    Barbara Shear

    Orange Park, FL USA

    I wanted to thank you again for your donation of the 4 signed first edition books for the Soaring Eagles Charity Raffle that we held in our community of Eagle Landing last week. With your help along with local vendors, we were able to raise over $5,000 to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in our area. The lady who won the books was sitting at the table next to me and she had been living in Charleston before moving to Florida and was so excited. She said it would feel like going home to read your wonderful stories about the low country. Many, many thanks!

  335. Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Kay Kotalik

    Brunswick Hills, OH USA

    I just love reading your books. We have going to South Carolina for the past 25 yrs, and can recognize many of the areas you refer to. I think my favorite book (among many) is 'The Last Original Wife'. I've gotten many of my friends hooked on reading your other books after reading Original Wife! Also love your sense of humor, keep it up!

  336. Saturday, November 03, 2018

    Laurie Henry

    Milford, OH USA

    Hello. I was just wondering if you were planning a book tour in 2019 that might take you near the Cincinnati area?

  337. Saturday, November 03, 2018

    Tracy Dods

    Girdletree, MD USA

    Hello, I've been listening to several of your books while I drive and I'm totally delighted with each one. The Low Country has been a big part of my relationship with my husband since the beginning. He is a Citadel Graduate and that's where our final resting place will be. I recognize all the places in your books and have memories of many of them with my husband. His first law enforcement job after graduating was on Folly beach. Thank you for sharing your talent of storytelling.

  338. Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Grandma Lenore

    Hartland, WI USA

    Your Facebook Live conversation was wonderful and the book cover reveal awesome. May 14, 2019 is a red letter day on the calendar for the release of Queen Bee. Thank you. Hope you feel better.

  339. Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Thalia Stoddard

    Wagener, South Carolina United States

    I just finished "By Invitation Only." Yes, I have had it since May, but, once I start one of your books, I read it so voraciously that it's over too soon. So, I hold off as long as I can. Thank you, once again, for writing such an absolutely wonderful book! I do so enjoy the way you use God, prayer, the Lowcountry, family, traditions, manners, customs, the comfort of food and your marvelous sense of humor (cruising the Big Pharma River)! You are one amazing lady! Thank you for sharing your incredible talent! Best Regards, Thalia Stoddard

  340. Friday, October 05, 2018

    Bess Ambers

    BOWLING GREEN, OH United States

    40,000 butterflies are all around my white asters.

  341. Friday, September 21, 2018

    Elizabeth Mattson


    Im reading By Invitation Only and am thrilled to see "Weejuns" on page 20 and am wondering how many people know what Weejuns are. Of course I do; they were a must in 1962. And then you go on and talk about alligator belts with monogrammed buckle... too it. thanks for the memories. Actually, I've read all you books and love them. i was raised in VA, lived in GA, NC and NJ and can identify with all.....such a pleasure to read them.

  342. Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Joanne Rawson

    Davidson, NC United States

    Are there really peach orchards in the low country?

  343. Thursday, September 13, 2018


    BRISBANE, QLD Australia

    Hello Dot, I just wanted to let you know that my thought and prayers are with you all as Hurricane Florence heads your way. I feel as though I know the Islands of South Carolina because of your books, and when I saw the Mayor of Mt Pleasant on PBS News here yesterday, my heart have a skip, because I knew the place from your books. It made it so personal. It is a terrifying force of nature, so I pray for everyone. Best wishes, Liz Ahrens

  344. Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Joyce Pappas

    Fort Madison, IA USA

    Hi Dottie~ It's been a few years since I've communicated with you. I have been immersed in your two latest books, "By Invitation Only" and "Same Beach Next Year." With the reading of those two books, I can now say I've read every book you've written! You are far and away my favorite author. Thank you for writing such wonderful books every time.

  345. Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Tracy Fox

    Howard Beach, NY USA

    Hi Ms. Frank! I hope you are well! My mom Linda and I were so happy to see you this summer in Westchester and of course we loved your book! With Hurricane Florence heading ashore, we were worried about you and your family and hope you are safe! I am on trial again and always have a space in my courtroom if you ever want to come watch! With prayers, love and laughter, Tracy

  346. Monday, September 10, 2018

    Laura Green

    Big Clifty, KY United States

    Reading your books is like a trip to South Carolina to visit your favorite Aunt! Your writing is so descriptive; it makes a person feel they are part of the story. I have read all your books and watch for new ones to come out, just like a child waiting for Christmas Morning! I have laughed and cried my way through them all. Some of the phrases are just so funny (I even share them with my husband). Thank you for the many years of wonderful stories.

  347. Saturday, September 08, 2018

    janice stark

    wisconsin dells, wis USA

    I have read almost all your books please keep them coming by invitation only was the "best" book yet I couldn't put it down!! Thank you for your awesome writing to get me interested in reading..... sincerely, janice

  348. Wednesday, September 05, 2018

    Tudy Boldin

    Kalamazoo, MI USA

    I have read all of your books (some more than once), and just love them. Southern writers have a real love of the English language, and it is always such a pleasure to read one who truly relishes it. As a northerner, have learned a few things from your books about the south and its culture. Plus, in re-reading All the Single Ladies, I am taking several pages from the book and age proofing my life. Your characters' tips are extremely relevant for those of us who want to remain independent. Every year, I look forward to a new novel. Keep on writing. You are an inspiration.

  349. Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    Paula Warner


    I have been an avid reader of yours for years. I love your story lines in all your books....can relate to so many...I started reading All the Single Ladies today and as always I start to read the cover, the book listings that you have written the head page of the book and the following page... When I got to the next page I stopped...and read...In Memory of Tom Warner! It threw me off because that is my late husbands name! I know there are many Tom Warners,but for a few minutes I smiled! Continue the wonderful writings.

  350. Monday, September 03, 2018

    Kathy Hall

    Asheboro, NC USA

    I have read all of your wonderful book wth having just finished 'By Appointment Only'. I did notice an error on page 298 in 5th paragraph from bottom 'When I was I my apartment ...' publishers are not doing a good catching errors. Sorry but I used to be a proof reader before retirement. Can't help catching things like this.

  351. Monday, September 03, 2018

    Paula Warner


    I have been an avid reader of yours for years. I love your story lines in all your books....can relate to so many...I started reading All the Single Ladies today and as always I start to read the cover, the book listings that you have written the head page of the book and the following page... When I got to the next page I stopped...and read...In Memory of Tom Warner! It threw me off because that is my late husbands name! I know there are many Tom Warners,but for a few minutes I smiled! Continue the wonderful writings.

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