Is is the last book of hers that "LL PICK UP AFTER THREE WEEKS SPENT WITH "pick up After three long weeks spent with Benton Franks newest release Lowcountry Summer A Plantation Novel I finally finished it last night I ve been a Frank fan since her first novel Sullivan s Island was published She is a true southern author with almost all of her books set along South Carolina s coastline I have read all of her books and enjoyed each one until this one I m not sure exactly why I didn t particularly like Lowcountry Summer While I loved main character Caroline Wimbley in Franks second novel Plantation she somehow fell flat in this seuel Broken following her divorce and her mother s death Caroline was a sympathetic character in Plantation In Lowcountry Summer she comes across as a snotty unfeeling and archaic stereotype of a southern lady Lowcountry Summer takes place ten years after the events in Plantation That time frame has removed Caroline from the devastation she felt at losing her mother and failing in her marriage Rather than growing older and wiser she seems almost immature in this novelAnother problem I had with the novel was its lack of a cohesive plot Ostensibly the premise is Caroline s brother Trip s ongoing family issues His estranged wife Frances Mae is still causing trouble for the Wimbley family made worse by her ongoing alcoholism After she is shipped off to an Intervention style recovery center in California Trip and his live in girlfriend Rusty attempt to care for Trip s four daughters They need help with the rebellious teenagers and spoiled youngest daughter of course from Aunt Caroline with varying results I felt as though the action of the novel was far removed from the main character although Caroline involves herself heavily in Trip s family life it seemed staged and unrealistic The plot ust didn t flow for meAnother issue I had with the novel was its annoying plot twist with a death no spoiler Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) just a warning that seemed entirely unnecessary to me It was as though Frank simply couldn t think of a way to make the last half of the novel interesting so she threw in a death to mix things up Frank does many things beautifully descriptive setting southern dialogue and usually interesting character portraits But none of those could save her eleventh novel I love the idea of returning to characters written about years ago Franks Return to Sullivan s Island was an excellent example of how seuels can work perfectly I drooled over it Literally the recipes and food described sounded unbelievably good I m still a die hard Frank fan and I ll continue reading her novels as soon as they come out Iust wouldn t recommend this as a good example of what she s capable of writing. Of nature but now she is gone leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place In the lush South Carolina countryside old hurts betrayals and dark secrets will surface and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River Wonderfully evocative infused with humor and poignancy and rich with the lyrical cadences of the South Lowcountry Summer is vinta.
Free download ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¶ Dorothea Benton FrankNot my genre I found the main character controlling and hypocritical and was unable to "Identify With Her This Was "with her This was okay story but the main character Caroline had to be one of the worst characters In particular her comments about her 7 year old niece bothered me her opinion of this small child and her looks was awful Not to mention the things she thought of her other niecesshe was terrible This is Frank s seventh installment in the lowcountry tales series and one of the best I loved it She writes with so much wit and humor and her characters are so full of life This novel returns to Tall Pines Plantation the scene of one of her earlier books in this series Caroline Wimbley Levine is dealing with many issues including a brother with an alcoholic wife and his four daughters that are out of control Caroline s mother Miss Lavinia was the stalwart matriarch of the Wimbley clan until her death some ten years prior and Caroline is now having to fill her shoes and clean up some of the family mess I should have known it would be bad when I saw the praise on the cover from Kathryn Stocket Lordy lordy another writer who tells and tells and tells and never shows I kept flipping pages to get further into the story but it ust kept getting worse Maybe as a Yankee transplanted to the South I have a bias but Caroline is such an unlikeable character Who cares about her false values based on family history and place in society Nearly as nasty as the trashy sister in law Awful How can this be worthy of NYT bestsellerdom Got this Early Reviewers copy of Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank from the April 2010 batch over at LibraryThing What amazes me of late is that Frank continues to write about the place where I live yet we seem to move in entirely different universes Maybe one of us in in an alternate reality lowcountry No I know that s not true She and I went to the same high school and have friends in commonAnyhow this was a light diversionary read and because it was an uncorrected proof I did my best to ignore typos and typesetting problems But there were a few things that made me pull out my editing pencil and scrawl comments in the margin Hopefully they ll be caught in the final proof but if not I will prepare to turn in all my crochet hooks for crochet needles and tell all my friend who are the fourth to bear a particular name that they can now be called Trip Trip and Trey are common nicknames for so and so the third but in this case Frank s third is clearly a fourth which confused me no endAnyhow like so many other southern authors family dysfunction seems to rule the roost whether it s a plantation or a shack Frank paints her characters well and captu. Dorothea Benton Frank is a native of the South whose novels vividly capture the wild beauty laid back atmosphere earthy characters and charming eccentricities of life in South Carolina's Lowcountry Written with compelling honesty and emotional depth her stories have touched readers from coast to coast and propelled her to the top ranks of bestsellerdom nationwide Now this remarkable writer revisits so. .
Red some of my beloved lowcountry But I ve got to admit I ve never had a summer like the one
here Maybe because I don live on a plantation But the book fits a certain genre and will be a great beach read for thousands of readers For readers who do not live in Charleston please noteWe do not all live on plantations Actually I "don t know anyone who lives on one or one that doesn t have some other function than ust being "t know anyone who lives on one or one that doesn t have some other function than Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time just being elegant home though several friends do have them in their family But taxes are so high that the properties are used for other things not Living On a PlantationAlso not all of us have strong elderly women of African Heritage who have unfailingly cared for our families when our own poor excuse for genetic parents were unable to do so In fact my own parents particularly my mother did a pretty damn goodob on their ownAnd for what it s worth I only know one Lavinia and she would kill to be called something else Family dynamics galore The characters have been introduced in another novel but this takes the brothersister relationship to another level There is not a dull moment in this story Caroline a middle aged woman offers her views on how to raise her brother s 4 kids 2 if which are thoroughly spoiled She not only offers advice but also criticizes each and every move her brother comes up with This is like a fattie sitting on a couch commenting on the basketball players on TV Yeah he shouldn t have passed the ball there Ok where is the popcornCaroline is a person having very strong opinions about everything but not so much in her personal life as she waddles gracelessly in her love life Yes she can t make up her mind In her defense she says Come on I have to be open for all available men Eye Roll I would highly recommend that you read Plantation Lowcountry Tales 2 before reading this book Much of my enjoyment came from recalling the characters that had appeared in Although it had been a while since I had read I had made notes about the characters and referred to those notes uite often while reading Lowcountry Summer Recalling ust how all of the characters interacted in Plantation gave me tremendous enjoyment I love loved Dorothea Benton Franks s books but I could not finish this one I ve had the same problem with her last two books It moved at an incredibly slow pace and I couldn t generate any interest for any of the characters By the time I got to page 100 I started reading only the first sentence of each paragraph I soon got tired of that and finally gave up I didn t even care enough to peek at the end to see what happened I think that I ve either outgrown DBF or she s lost her stride Either way th. Me of her most unforgettable characters in this enchanting new story sure to make you laugh and cry Return with her to Tall Pines Plantation in this long awaited seuel to her beloved bestseller Plantation When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation she never expected to make peace with long buried truths about herself and her family The ueen of Tall Pines her late mother was a force.DEPICTED HERE MAYBE BECAUSE I DON