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Title:
Return to Sullivans Island
Author:
Frank, Dorothea Benton.
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Publication Information:
[New York, N.Y.] : Harper Audio, [2009]

℗2009
Physical Description:
10 audio discs (12 hr., 5 min., 40 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
New York Times best selling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the setting of her first novel and her childhood home, a North Carolina beach town, in this touching Southern novel.
General Note:
Title from web page.

Unabridged.

Compact discs.

Sequal to: Sullivan's Island.

Duration: 12:04:40.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
Added Title:
Sullivans Island.
ISBN:
9780061774485
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the enchanted landscape of South Carolina's Lowcountry made famous in her beloved New York Times bestseller Sullivans Island to tell the story of the next generation of Hamiltons and Hayes.

Newly graduated from college, aspiring writer Beth Hayes is elected by her family to house-sit the Island Gamble. Buoyed by sentimental memories of growing up on this tiny sandbar seemingly untouched by time, Beth vows to give herself over to the Lowcountry force and discover the wisdom it holds. Just as she vows she will never give into the delusional world of white picket fences, minivans, and eternal love, she meets Max Mitchell. All her convictions and plans begin to unravel with lightning speed.

There is so much about life and her family's past that she does not know. Her ignorance and naiveté nearly cost her both her inheritance and her family's respect, but Beth finds unexpected friends to help her through the disaster she faces. If everything happens for a reason, then Beth's return to Sullivans Island teaches her that betrayal and tragedy are most easily handled when you surround yourself with loyal family and friends in a magical place that loves you so much it wants to claim you as its own.


Author Notes

Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lowcountry Tales Series which includes the books Sullivan's Island and Plantation. Her title's have often made the Best Seller List such as: Porch Lights, The Last Original Wife, The Hurricane Sisters, All the Single Ladies, All Summer Long, Return to Sullivans Island, and Same Beach, Next Year.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Asked to defer her graduate studies at the Iowa Writers' Workshop to tend her family's ancestral home on Sullivan's Island, Beth Hayes bristles at the idea of putting her life on hold. But she is not her mother's daughter for nothing, and knows it's useless to protest. In the South Carolina Low Country, family is all, and with her mother off on a dream job in Paris, Beth holds down the memory-laden fort with trepidation that quickly turns to confidence when she lands a job as a freelance reporter for the local paper. Her first assignment brings her face-to-face with charismatic builder Max Mitchell, a seductive raconteur whose real-estate development is in need of a financial bailout. Thinking with her heart instead of her head, Beth invests in his project, and learns several hard lessons in the bargain. Featuring her trademark down-home southern wisdom and wit, Frank's long-awaited sequel to Sullivan's Island (2004), her captivating debut best-seller, is sure to please devoted fans.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2009 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Frank (Sullivan's Island) creates a world in which aspiring writer Beth Hayes, whose chirpy internal monologues and quiet uncertainties make her easily endearing, is as much a character as the house she lives in. After graduating from college in Boston, Beth returns to the South to spend a year house-sitting her family's home, Island Gamble, while her mother, Susan, visits Paris. Frank's portrayal of a large and complicated family is humorous and precise: there's Susan, adoring and kind; Aunt Maggie, a stickler for manners; twin aunts Sophie and Allison, who run an exercise-and-vitamin empire; and uncles Timmy and Henry, the latter of whom has ties to Beth's trust fund. Frank's lovable characters occasionally stymie her pace; there's almost no room left for Beth's friends or her love affairs with sleazy Max Mitchell and cherubic Woody Morrison, though these become important later on. Frank is frequently funny, and she weaves in a dark undercurrent that incites some surprising late-book developments. Tight storytelling, winsomely oddball characters and touches of Southern magic make this a winner. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved