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When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island.
Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic—lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds.
Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect—even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you'd call smooth. Over the years, Jackie and Annie, like all mothers and daughters, have been known to have frequent and notorious differences of opinion. But her estranged and wise husband, Buster, and her flamboyant and funny best friend Deb are sure to keep Annie in line. She's also got Steven Plofker, the flirtatious and devilishly tasty widowed physician next door, to keep her distracted as well.
Captivated by the island's alluring natural charms and inspired by colorful Lowcountry lore—lively stories of Blackbeard and his pirates who once sailed the waterssurrounding the Carolinas and of former resident Edgar Allan Poe—mother, daughter, and grandson will share a memorable, illuminating summer. Told in Annie's and Jackie's alternating voices, and filled with Dorothea Benton Frank's charming wit, indelible poignancy, and hallmark themes—the bonds of family, the heart's resilience, and the strength of love—Porch Lights is a triumph from "the queen of Southern fiction" (Charlotte Observer).
Bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She and her husband divide their time between South Carolina and New Jersey.
Not very good at all, just an average to below average book. Couldn't hold my interest and I didn't finish it.Published 6 days ago by David Dotson
Did not like Porch Light.....Had to stop reading POE. I can't believe I ordered it. I am reading Ken Folletts First of 3 Triligies and am enjoying it.Published 7 days ago by Sara Buck
Again, Dorothea Benton Frank is one of my favorites. I have read all of her books. Porch Lights was great.Published 13 days ago by Jill Whitworth
This was a good, light summer read. Not heavy, not riveting, but well written and completely entertaining. Read morePublished 14 days ago by L. Willis
I love love love all of her books... have to wait a year for each one.Published 15 days ago by Sandra L. Nuelken
This is a compelling story about relationships in a family that has a foundation of love. It is also about overcoming grief by discovering the passion to keep on living. Read morePublished 15 days ago by booboo