This book was painful! Living in Mt Pleasant where the book is set did thankfully provide some novelty value, but that wasn't enough. Dorothea Benton Frank must have never had a real conversation with another human to write such pathetic, cheesy and unrealistic dialogue. Painful!!! I wanted to like these books and loved the idea of living where they are set, but the writing is so terrible I just can't. I am truly shocked by the following these books have. People rave about them. I gave mine to a coworker who agreed with me and couldn't even finish reading it.