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Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales (Paperback)) Paperback – January 3, 2006
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Dorothea Benton Frank represents the best of fiction. ("News and Record" [Greensboro, NC])
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Linda Breland is such a woman. A divorced New Jersey mom of two teen daughters, she is finding living from paycheck-to-paycheck frustrating and unfulfilling. Missing the closeness she needs to have with her daughters and depressed by her dead-end job, she is horrified to find contraceptives in her fifteen-year-old's makeup bag. At the end of her rope and desperate for a simpler life, she packs the family up and drives from New Jersey to her native South Carolina. There she finds the support system she needs in the form of her sister. Then she finds a job managing a restaurant and widens her circle of friends with some delightful characters, not the least of whom is restaurant owner Brad Jackson who has a rather messy marriage in his past and a teenage son.
How Linda learns to jumpstart her life, make friends, and find a deeper mother/daughter bond with her daughters makes for a light but uplifting read for everyone who has thought, "I deserve better!"
A special bonus for devoted readers of Dorothea Benton Frank is that some favorite characters from SULLIVAN'S ISLAND and ISLE OF PALMS make cameo appearances in this one.
My only complaint with this novel is the ending was evident from the very beginning. I would have liked to have had more of the unexpected. Though not as riveting as Frank's earlier works such as SULLIVAN'S ISLAND and PLANTATION, this was a nice and refreshing look at life in the changing lane.
mother of 2 moves her family to her hometown Shem Creek. The
story goes down hill from there, she moves in with her sister, finds a job, falls in love. The plot was mainly boring and and the characters struck me a being false. Maybe there are people who talk that way but I don't know them. In anycase save your money and wait for the paperback.
Linda moves back to Mount Pleasant, S.C. where she had grown up. She has two daughters ~~ one entering college in the fall and one who is a junior in high school. She is divorced from her accountant husband ~~ also fighting him for the lack of attention that he pays the girls. She moves back to Mount Pleasant ~~ figuring there is no place like home. She finds a job as a restaurant manager in this restaurant that is a hole in the wall ~~ called Jackson Hole and owned by two men, Robert and Brad. Brad is a single dad estranged from his wife in Atlanta and after a tragedy, he is raising his son.
The book is based on Linda and her adventures in returning home. It is based on her relationships with her daughters and other members of the restaurant staff. It is an easy read and sometimes funny in spots ~~ you won't regret reading it. It's a light book and perfect to escape those doldrums that might be bothering you.
In her newest novel, Shem Creek, Dottie once again introduces us to a hilarious and heartwarming mix of Low Country superstars, each of whom breaks the mold in unique and wonderful qualities. There's our heroine, Linda Breland, single mother of two teenaged daughters who moves back home from decades in New Jersey in hopes of taming her younger child and finding some peace of mind. There's her fabulous sister Mimi, the Martha Stewart of Shem Creek, perfect in every single way and enough to drive you crazy if you fold the napkins wrong. There is young Gracie, 16-year-old daughter of Linda, and enough to turn any mama's hair pure white overnight. There's big sister Lindsay, about to start college and leave her mother for the first time.
And then there is the drop-dead wonderful cast of "Jackson Hole," a local restaurant where Linda gets a job--and promptly finds herself interested (although she denies it) in her boss Brad.
What I love about this book, and about ALL of Frank's books, is that she is not afraid to describe the very deep love between women--sisters, mothers and daughters, best friends, aunts and nieces. And she has unabashedly happy endings, and what, exactly, is wrong with that? Her take is that the entire South Carolina Low Country is a place of magic where all things are possible. And you know what? I believe her!
Pick up the book and lose yourself in some fabulous geechee charm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book! I actually was sad when I finished reading it because I wanted more....Published 7 days ago by Susan Erskine
I love all Dorothea Benton Frank books. Great story teller!Published 1 month ago by Constance Smith
I love this book!! I purchase the audio book! It went so quickly! I read it twice !, I love stories of where I live and play!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
All time favorite lowcountry tale. Love the characters and the story.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Southern expressions were trite, overused, and just plain gooey....this from a many generations cradle Southerner! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Claire
loved this book, some interesting characters that developed into the story linePublished 3 months ago by mabel t lamie