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Bulls Island (Lowcountry Tales #9)

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It has been years since Elizabeth “Betts” McGee has returned to her once-adored Bulls Island in the Carolina Lowcountry—ages since tragic fate coupled with nasty rumors ended her engagement to fabulously wealthy Charleston golden boy J.D. Langley. Having successfully reinvented herself as a top New York banking executive, Betts is now heading up the most important project...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2008)
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Leigh Hunt
I love Dorothy Benton Frank's books but the quality of her work has dropped off sharply with her last several books. Bulls Island felt rushed. Like she'd slapped it together in a month or two. It was too predictable and lacked the magic of Plantation or even Pawley's Island. It was a struggle to finish Bulls Island. I did't find Bett to be particularly likeable either.
Beth
I was able to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. It was an enjoyable read, although I think the end wrapped up waaaay too quickly and neatly. Also, I expected to get a lot more feel for the South Carolina low country, but this was just about the character's relationships.
Leane
Esay read. Not her best with a rushed ending.
Christy
I'm surprised I didn't like this more as I have read other books by Frank and really enjoyed them. I thought the dialogue in this book was trite - who really talks this way? My other dislike was that it wrapped-up far too quickly. As I said, I've enjoyed other her other books immensely, so I'll read more, but if this were my first from this author, I wouldn't be back!
Donna
not as good as her others, a financial expert is sent to her hometown to work on a project with her ex-fiance to develop a former wildlife refuge.
Lydia M.
Still struggling to finish. I love this writer so I will keep at it.
bookczuk
I like reading DBF because I basically am somewhat of a narcissist -- I like reading about Charleston, my town. I like when I recognize places and even the occasional real life person featured in the book. Usually, the books are good natured enough to amuse me -- what I consider a light read between the heavier tomes I sometimes read. This book, though, pretty much upset me from the get-go because of two essential plot devices: the selling of Bull's island to developers, and Bett's secret about...more
Kelly Moran


One word to describe Bulls Island, by Dorothea Benton Frank- mesmerizing!
New York Times bestselling author, Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. Today, her and her husband, Peter, divide their time between New York and Charleston. They have two children in college.
A tale between two rivaling families- The Langley’s, high and mighty, with more money than an army would know what to do with, have been feuding with the Barrett family since seemingly the da...more
Michele Minor
This book is about two young people who were engaged but due to circumstances in their lives separated. J.D. Langley's family did not approve of his fiancee Betts McGee. After she tragically loses her mother she moves to New York cutting off all contact from her family in Charleston, SC. J.D. is stuck in a loveless marriage when circumstances bring the two together again with Betts keeping a huge secret from everyone. This is a good beach read since it is set in a coastal town and the storyline...more
Leslie Blanchard
This is hands-down my favorite author. She writes about the lowcountry (Charleston area), but anyone would love them...and be lining up to visit the area! Her characters show up in her diff novels, but you can read them in any order. I'm currently reading "Pawley's Island"...I read all the others in the past year and can't get enough. You'll find yourself laughing out loud and making friends with the characters. Reading Dorothea Benton Frank is like a mini-vacation, wherever you are!
Melissa Kayden
Good book, great beach or summer read. It was a little bit predictable, but the characters were relatable and I was satisfied with the ending. I think Betts got off a little easy at the end with Adrian and JD, but I knew all would end well. Would recommend this book and others by Frank.

Patty
This was a wonderful tale of tragedy, love and joy. The characters were developed well enough that I got a lump in my throat and an emotional tear in my eye when things came together for them. Bulls Island is a good read!
Kathy
I have enjoyed all of Dorthea Benton Franks books set in the Charlston area of South Carolina. While I enjoyed this one as well, it was not up to the usual quality. It does make a good summer/beach read.
Kira
So glad I discovered Dorothea Benton Frank. They are quick, fun reads, and the character development is great. This the third book of hers I have read, and I plan to read all of them.
lynn
pretty predictable...girl/guy once in love separated for 20 years...girl comes home..guy still there..they have to work on a project together...what will transpire..if anything???
Eric
I'm sure the folks in Charleston like her. And maybe it represents a certain reality down there. But I found the characters to be shallow, stereotypical, and the writing to be borderline juvenile. The author herself seemed shy, and the few sex parts really stood out as something embarrassingly inept. The ending was strangely noir. In the hands of a better author, the ideas could've been interesting, but as it was, I just found it to be bad. Not terrible, but the star description options say two...more
Linda
This is the story of one woman's journey through life. At the beginning of the story, Betts McGee is engaged to J.D. Langley, Charleston's golden boy. The McGees and Langleys have a history - somewhat like the Hatfields and the McCoys - but try to put the past behind them on the night of Betts and J.D's engagement dinner. Sadly, a tragedy destroys the night and ruins any chance of happiness Betts and J.D. might have. Betts moves to New York, determined to put the past behind her and become a suc...more
Diane  Morasco
Bulls Island is Southern charm @ its finest!

Betts McGee ~ love that stripper/poker ace name ~ is a force to be reckoned with. Dare I say a hybrid of a Koala bear, gator & pit bull. She is a splendid heroine. Betts has an admirable spirit & an incredible heart.

JD's mama, Louisa Langley is an intimidating bitch! This matriarch was born w/ talons & tries to reign over her son, daughter-in-law, hubby & Charleston society.

Think about a Southern Queen mum. Cool visual, eh?

Frank's chara...more
Chris
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Phyllis
I enjoy books by this author because, at least in the ones I've read, the heroine is usually southern, independent, strong and sassy - just like me (ha ha!) They are also usually a size 6, which is a whole different story... that said, I didn't enjoy this story as much because it seems a bit farfectch. The heroine, a southerner cum new yorker, is forced to return to her hometown in south carolina and see her estranged family and former fiancee for the first time in 20 years. Her present life is...more
Carla Hostetter
Having just returned from a short stay on Bald Head Island, I had a distinct sense of deja vu reading this book about the development of an island once declared a wild life sanctuary thanks to the machinations of locally powerful people, the same ones who drove the heroine away from Savannah in her youth. Fleeing to NYC, she makes a new life for herself after the devastating death of her mother for which she blames this same family and their son, the one she intended to marry. Now a powerful mem...more
Jennyfurann
Aug 26, 2012 Jennyfurann rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ladies of a certain age
Recommended to Jennyfurann by: iBooks
Shelves: itunes, own
Update - I finished this and the story sticks with you even if it is written in a stiff formal and non conversational way.

I can say - I'm 20 years too young for this book. It's written for "ladies of a certain age", but written about someone in their early 40's. It's written in an alternating first person style. The phrasing - especially when relating to youth or youth culture is laughable. "electronic games" - video games - my mom wouldn't call them "electronic games". In general, the book is n...more
Susan O'Bryant
When I got the note that this was the one they were going to send me, I was really thrilled, because I have enjoyed previous novels by this author. Bulls Island was yet another great book, written as most of her others are in the setting of the South Carolina Lowcountry. I've never visited that area of the U.S., but I long to go now that I have "traveled" there through her novels. There's something extra-special about that area, I can tell from just reading about it.

Bulls Island was one of those...more
Shira Karp
Betts McGee is about to have her past come back to bite her in the butt. Betts was happily engaged to her childhood sweetheart in Charleston, SC... for about an hour. That evening a tragic accident happens to Betts' family and everyone blames her fiance's mother, including her fiancé. Unfortunately, Betts' family also blames HER. Feeling alone and unable to find it in her heart to marry into the family that has ripped hers apart, she leaves town and takes her secret with her- she's pregnant. 19...more
Andrea Larson
A neighbor loaned me this book, which I enjoyed. It was a romance born in the deep south of Charleston, South Carolina.

Betts McGee is engaged to be married to J D Langley, of THE Langley's of Charleston. The Langley's don't own all of Charleston, just the parts they want. But Betts is not the wife J D's mother wants for him, and makes it quite plain when Betts' parents are there for the engagement dinner. Her parents leave before dessert as they feel they are not welcome, but Betts' mother is k...more
Lauren Hidden
Ms. Frank is a talented writer, and I loved the book (until the end anyway). Betts is a mother to a teenager and a competent businesswoman with a dark secret and a tragic past. J.D. is her long-lost love, also a rich businessman trapped in a loveless marriage. A chance business partnership brings them back together and drama ensues. The characters are flawed, multidimensional and believable, the plot is interesting and the story is woven together nicely. I would have given this book 5 stars if t...more
P
Just as I have certain comfort foods that I return to time and time again for solace, a couple of authors offer that same sense to me. Dorothea Benton Frank is one of my "comfort authors." I enjoy the unique regional setting of her books, admire her strong female characters and love the humor that comes through. These are human stories, with universal themes that transcend place and relate
to people everywhere. This was not my favorite; I found it pretty predictable, but I appreciated Betts for h...more
Tammy
A true to form DBF book. I enjoy her books because I am from this area and when she talks about them in her books it takes me back and I can see them in my mind. Often she remarks that those from Charleston always return. If you have ever been or seen the Southern Holy City you know this to be true, Bulls Island was a fun short read.Every true southern woman has a Louisa somewhere in their life that they would love to put in their true proper place. All of her books have the main character leavi...more
Suzanne
This may have been the worst fiction book I've ever read. Can't remember disliking a protagonist as much as I disliked Betts McGee. And how original: the book includes an Italian thug, an Irish cop, a southern belle having an affair with Prince Valium, and a difficult southern matriarch. I found the characters judgmental and superficial, rating one another more on their hairstyles than on their personalities or moral character. Worse, I found them two-dimensional. Audio version was especially an...more
Debra Slonek
An enjoyable, character-driven book which was a fun, quick read. Relationships were built and destroyed throughout this book, from best friends, co-workers, parents and children, to long, lost loves and siblings. Secrets were covered by lies, which led to life changing choices and consequences. Throughout this story were examples of hurting, healing, sadness, joy, forgiveness and second chances. Add to all of this , sprinklings of humor and you have a fun, beach getaway.
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Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of ten novels.

Dottie has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Parker Ladd's Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library org...more
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