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Lowcountry Summer: A Plantation Novel (Lowcountry Tales Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Dorothea Benton Frank
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Frank…writes with genuine adoration for and authority on the South Carolina Lowcountry from which she sprang….[Her] stuff is never escapist fluff—it’s the real deal.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Return to Tall Pines in the long-awaited sequel to Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved bestseller Plantation. Lowcountry Summer is the story of the changing anatomy of a family after the loss of its matriarch, sparkling with the inimitable Dot Frank’s warmth and humor. The much-beloved New York Times bestselling author follows the recent success of Return to Sullivans Island, Bulls Island, and Land of Mango Sunsets with a tale rich in atmosphere and unforgettable scenes of Southern life, once again placing her at the dais, alongside Anne Rivers Siddons, Sue Monk Kidd, Rebecca Wells, Pat Conroy, and other masters of contemporary Southern fiction.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Here's one for the Southern gals as well as Yankees who appreciate Frank's signature mix of sass, sex, and gargantuan personalities. In this long-time-coming sequel to Plantation, opinionated and family-centric Caroline Wimbly Levine has just turned 47, but she's less concerned with advancing middle age than she is with son Eric shacking up with an older single mom. She's also dealing with a drunk and disorderly sister-in-law, Frances Mae; four nieces from hell; grieving brother Tripp; a pig-farmer boyfriend with a weak heart; and a serious crush on the local sheriff. Then there's Caroline's dead-but-not-forgotten mother, Miss Lavinia, whose presence both guides and troubles Caroline as she tries to keep her unruly family intact and out of jail. With a sizable cast of minor characters with major attitude, Frank lovingly mixes a brew of personalities who deliver nonstop clashes, mysteries, meltdowns, and commentaries; below the always funny theatrics, however, is a compelling saga of loss and acceptance. When Frank nails it, she really nails it, and she does so here. (June)
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Firmly ensconced back in the family home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Caroline Wimbley Levine’ s life would be perfect were it not for the drunken escapades of her hopefully soon-to-be-ex-sister-in-law, Frances Mae. In love with another woman and exasperated by his wife’s drinking, Caroline’s brother, Trip, has repeatedly asked Frances Mae for a divorce, which only fuels her alcohol-induced antics. When an under-the-influence accident endangers the life of their youngest child, Frances Mae is sent off to rehab rather than face jail time. Her absence gives Caroline and Trip’s girlfriend, Rusty, the opportunity to turn Trip’s pack of she-wolf daughters into young ladies—a Herculean task, considering the girls think Rusty a potential stepmother worthy of the Brothers Grimm. Unfortunately, it will take a tragedy to fully bring the lessons of grace, honor, and tradition home to this next generation of Wimbley women. Reprising the characters introduced in Plantation (2001), Frank creates a richly atmospheric tale of a loving, if dysfunctional, southern family. --Carol Haggas

Product Details

  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061979260
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69P9Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing June 26, 2010
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Dorothea Benton Frank rates as one of my favorite authors. I have every book of hers in hard copy and buy the new release the day it comes out. Her last 2 books are huge disappointments and Lowcountry Summer was the absolute worst. The characters are shallow and unbelievable. The characters I enjoyed in Plantation were unrecognizable in Lowcountry Summer. The entire book was page after page of whining and personalities changing from rotten to rainbows within a few chapters.

I rarely write reviews but had to share with this one. If you are a true fan of Dorothea Benton Frank, you'll buy the book regardless of this review. But it's sad to say it will be a waste of your money. Hopefully she will get back on track with the next book because I miss her wonderful imagination and style of writing.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A huge waste of time July 2, 2010
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Having read all of her previous books, I looked forward to this one. It wasn't any better than the last one which was also a huge disappointment. I read it through because of the price and hopes that it would get better. The preoccupation with self and sex was overwhelming. And she wondered why her nieces were perverted? To top things off, the only decent character in the book gets killed off. I found no rhyme or reason to anything in this book. To me, this was writing just for the sake of publication and I don't advise anyone to waste their money or time on it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Between 3 and 4 stars .... August 24, 2010
A bit of background: I absolutely have loved early DBF books ("Sullivan's Island", "Plantation", and "The Land of Mango Sunsets"). When I read the most recent book, "Return to Sullivan's Island", I really thought it was one of the worst books I had read in a long time. I rated it 2-stars and only didn't go down to one since I had previously loved her work and pretty much hated to totally slam it. When this book came out, I picked it up, put it down, picked it up again, etc. since I was so hesitant to begin reading it. I was apprehensive about what I would find and dreading the thought I had lost one of my favorite authors. I made the decision if this one was as bad as the last one, I wouldn't waste my time and finish it.

I'm really all over the place with this particular review since there is so much history and I am really trying to form my opinion without bring too much of that forward. "Lowcountry Summer" is narrated by Caroline Wimbley Levine, woman running the Tall Pines plantation in South Carolina. She had been divorced for ten years and returned, with her son Eric, to the southern home where she grew up. Other characters populating the story are her brother, Trip, Trip's estranged wife and his four, out-of-control daughters. Millie, the plantation cook/housekeeper/confidante also has a huge role throughout. While this billed as a sequel to "Plantation", it really stands alone so there is no need to read that one first unless you would like to. Lots of family drama is front and center with some mysticism and intrigue mixed in to stir the pot.

Overall, this book is vastly better than the previous one. Fans of DBF will find that more of her snappy dialogue, humor and drama are included.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just pass on me June 21, 2010
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Let's start off with my saying I did not care for Return to Sullivan's Island. I am all for revisting old characters but not when they have all gone stupid and common sense has flown. I speed read that book and promptly gave it to a friend as a beach read.

I really used to love Dorothea Benton Frank. And I loved Plantation when I first read it, read it and loved all of the characters. With Benton's sequel to Plantation she promptly in the last few chapters of the book made me dislike every character. I thought the writing was stitled and for once was not as entranced with her writing as I was before.


One other reviewer I think hit the nail on the head with the fact that the book leaves a bad taste in your mouth with the "redemption" of Frances May.

Previously a thorn in the side of Caroline and her brother Tripp in Plantation. I remember hooting and laughing in Plantation when Tripp left Frances May for Caroline's son's tutor Rusty.

Rusty ends up dying tragically in this book and it just made me mad since with her death it leaves Frances May to come back and stay married to Tripp and move in with him and take care of him and her girls. Are you kidding me?

I was actually really ticked to have her redeeemed after all the horrible and crappy things she did in the last novel and this one in a word "@issed me off a lot. It felt like and yes I am stealing this word from the reviewer no "accountability" was being made for how horrible Frances May was, what a drunk she was, how she is mean, selfish, and wants Caroline's house and money. And now at the end of the novel Caroline is forced to live next door to Frances May until the end.

Her neices with the exception of all but one continue to be selfish and trashy and no one learned a thing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Goodness May 28, 2011
Sigh...Like many other reviewers, I have read every book DBF has written and looked forward to new releases. I was delighted to find this book in a Miami airport bookstore, thinking what a great way to spend a long layover. Wrong. What a disappointment!
I truly hate it when favorite authors seem to go on autopilot to fulfill contracts. Don't waste your time or money.
Ms. Frank---either actually put some effort into your next book or just STOP.
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Published 16 days ago by pat nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars One of D. Frank's Best
I have now finished the last of her wonderful stories. That's all of her books. I loved every single one!
Published 19 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have read all Frank's book and enjoyed all of them.
Published 20 days ago by Mary A. Gurney
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book!
Another wonderful story by a terrific author!
Published 20 days ago by L. Sauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great like all her books.
Published 27 days ago by Kay Meriwether
5.0 out of 5 stars two of my favorite states. This one was great
I am a big fan of Frank's books, mostly because they all take place in the South, usually N. or S. Carolina, two of my favorite states. This one was great, as usual. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. McIntire
2.0 out of 5 stars Unlikeable main character!
I was very disappointed in this book. Honestly, I don't really remember what I thought of Caroline [or any other character] when I read Plantation, but the Caroline in this book... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Azrael K
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 1 month ago by Terri C.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite author for fictional reading in the South
My favorite author for fictional reading in the South! I have been to Charleston SC many times and I have enjoyed all Dorothea Benton Franks books! Great reads! I'm addicted!
Published 1 month ago by Judy C. Harper
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I am the author of fourteen novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina and thanking God for my chance to speak. When I'm not writing, I'm reading or gardening or cooking. Love to travel, shoot the breeze with people and most of all, be with my husband, children and dog - not always necessarily in that order. THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE (William Morrow) goes on sale June 11, 2013. Love to have company so come visit at or on Facebook. And by the way, serious huge gushing thanks for everything - your kind words, posts and emails. Writing saves me, but without your support it wouldn't mean as much. (So I'm a little sentimental - big deal.) xxoo Dot

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