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All the Single Ladies: A Novel Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What more can I say? Perhaps the strongest part of the book was the interaction between mother, Lisa and daughter, Marianne. Good advice for both parents and adult children.Published 7 hours ago by gourmet girl
ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Dorothea Benton Frank
Very fast and good read. As the title says it is about a group of single ladies who are friends. Read more
LOVE Dorothea Benton Frank's books - endearing characters, some romance, some mystery, and wonderful descriptions about the Low Country!Published 5 days ago by AJB
Three musketeers face all life and all it throws at them with humor friendship and love. You will not be disappointed.Published 6 days ago by Robin A. Nichols
Fun & interesting novel! Thought provoking! I could not put this book down & read it quickly.
Love this author & her novels!
Dorothea Benton Frank never disappoints! As always her characters are funny and the story enjoyable.Published 9 days ago by Barbara Watkins
I rarely give a five-star rating for books I've read. In fact I can't recall the last time. This is far less formulaic than most of Dorothea Benton Frank's novels. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kathleen B. Shores