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All the Single Ladies: A Novel Hardcover – June 9, 2015

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“All the Single Ladies is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank --a funny, poignant read.” (Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of BIG LITTLE LIES and THE HUSBAND'S SECRET)

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In this fast-paced and evocative novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank again takes us deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery

Lisa St. Clair knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A dedicated nurse with a healthy sense of humor, she single-handedly raised her truculent daughter, Marianne, after her ex walked out on them twenty-four years ago, sending them a lottery ticket once a year as support. One day he reappeared and lured their daughter into a dubious but lucrative venture in Colorado. Now mother and daughter aren't speaking.

So when Kathy Harper, Lisa's favorite patient, loses her battle with cancer, Lisa finds herself drawing closer to Carrie and Suzanne, the devoted friends who were always by Kathy's side. As these three women's lives inevitably connect, they share their concerns about men, getting older and the horrors of maintaining financial stability. Suzanne's ninety-nine-year-old grandmother, a former chanteuse, offers unexpected perspectives on the mores of the day. Carrie's greedy ex-stepchildren are a chorus of cackling crows. And Lisa's mother just can't help herself as she henpecks her to distraction.

Somehow their conversations always return to the enigma of Kathy. Who was she? What did her short life mean?

Lisa, Carrie, and Suzanne power walk the beaches of the Isle of Palms with Pickle, Lisa's adorable Westie. Gradually they uncover the truth of Kathy's life and unfurl plans to secure their own futures, as fate steps in to help them discover that being single doesn't have to mean being alone. Dorothea Benton Frank shows us that friendship is as powerful as the turning tide and that love is about more than just finding the right person. You'll fall under the magical spell of the Lowcountry and of all the single ladies who have a whole lot of living to do.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (June 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062132563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062132567
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (834 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After waiting with great anticipating for the release of Dorthea Benton Frank's newest novel...I regret to say this book was a true disappointment! Yes, ladies... I'm in my fifties and hardly found anything to relate to while reading this book. I never once experienced the "Oh I can't put this book down or I can't wait to see what happens to the main character in the next chapter." Previously, Frank's books have been a true beach read for me, while mixing in lowcountry charm that would wisp me away while reading on the beach. This book starts out dark with a death almost from the very beginning of the book and then transitions to a desperate woman on the prowl in search of a meal ticket! I mean really...are there that many women still so desperate in today's society? Unfortunately, I could relate to children being unappreciative, but the pot smoking plot and men barging in demanding material objects at a total strangers house was also a stretch for me. At various times, I found myself thinking...did she really write this book or did someone else pen the novel and she simply allowed her name to be put on the jacket. I ordered the book first and then realized I would be at the beach where she was scheduled to do a book signing. I've always wanted to attend and get an autographed copy. However, that would have been another 50 dollars on top of the original book purchased. Basically, after finishing the novel, I'm glad I didn't waste additional money. My aunt has met Frank and talked with her at a restaurant on Sullivan's Island, so naturally I felt compelled to attend a book signing or luncheon after listening to her rave and rant about the opportunity to meet and talk with her personally.Read more ›
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I was sorely disappointed in this book. The main character is a nurse, thrown together with two friends of a recently deceased patient. These characters were not that well developed; they were not physically described at all, and were painted as stereotypes: one, a man hunting gold digger, and the other one, a bit aloof. And of course, they welcome the main character into their lives way faster than most friendships would progress. Also neatly tied together with a little bow is the fact that three men conveniently come into the lives of these three women almost simultaneously, and solve all their problems.
Only one of these relationships struck me as realistic and the other two were developed at lightning speed, complete with marriage. Is life really this perfectly laid out? I don't think so. Another overused expression in this book was "Y'all". It must have been repeated at least 100 times.
After awhile, it was simply annoying.
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Dorothea Benton Frank returns with laugh out loud entertaining, ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, a sassy, witty, and hilarious Southern Carolina Lowcountry gem. Three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by one woman’s death, for a "must pack" beach bag, summer beach read! If you are a female in the 50+ range, you will relate and devour this one. I am unfortunately in this group.

As the book opens, we meet Lisa a nurse, who works in geriatrics and her favorite patient is dying of cancer. Divorced, in her early fifties, with a grown daughter, she barely makes ends meet; however, loves her job and her work. She is having all sorts of drama with her daughter, Marianne living in Colorado and involved in some things she considers rather questionable; currently estranged. Her no good ex-husband is of little help. Later she even loses the house she is living in.

Lisa develops a friendship with Carrie and Suzanne, the two devoted friends who were always by Kathy's side. When Kathy dies, the three woman develop a bond while trying to take care of Kathy’s affairs. However, when they begin to clear out her house, they suspect her landlord is stealing furniture and things from her house.

As they work together to solve the past of Kathy, they bond in so many ways as each of them have their own issues, divorced, and over 50. From financial, dating, men, illness, clothes, sex, money, kids, and most of all eating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and eating LowCountry southern (bad/good)foods, and drinking wine. (had to laugh, as one minute they are worried about food causing cancer and the next minute they are eating sugar).

Suzanne’s ninety-nine-year-old grandmother, was a hoot and they move in with her, taking turns taking care of her.
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Although she is one of my favorite authors, I found this book to be choppily written and characters were poorly developed. Pretty disappointed with this effort. If I had read it without knowing who wrote it, I would have thought it was a not-that-well-written first novel by a new author instead of the latest offering by one of my favorite writers.
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By Lucyfan on September 3, 2015
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In my opinion, readers will quickly become disenchanted with- and disengaged from- this book, due to the very juvenile dialogue and behavior throughout the long-winded and tedious story about women 'of a certian age', banding together to solve a "mystery" (although it's an insult to GOOD mysteries everywhere to label it as such!). The bland, formulaic, uninspired, and amateur-level prose (from an author who is NOT a novice), just renders it all the more disappointing.

The 'plot' (although I use that term loosely here!) is completely contrived, and thoroughly ridiculous! (***SPOILER ALERT***) Are we to believe that a group of grown, allegedly educated and 'mature' adults, would even entertain the idea of breaking and entering into an elderly woman's home, as if they are self-appointed superheroes who are above the law? Really???!!!

And then, in the meantime, we are subjected to enduring pointless descriptions of food and its preparation; shopping lists and shopping trips; and women in their fifties speaking and acting in age-inappropriate ways in regard to 'middle age dating', as if they are adolescents experiencing 'boys', dating, sex, and love for the first time.

Then throw in the PSA (public service announcement)-type, biased, and condescending "lectures" in regard to substance use and abuse, and the 'appropriate' behavior of southern men and women, along with the sugarcoated version of a senior care facility, and it becomes a tangled mess of sub-plots, all without much- if any- direction.

Perhaps the author needs to take a break from writing for a while?
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