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Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales #4)

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Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters. The oldest, Lindsey, who always held her younger sister in check, is leaving for college. And Gracie, her Tasmanian devil, is giving her nightmares. Linda's personal life? Well, between the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet and her ex-husband who marries a beautiful, successful woman ten ...more
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Published August 3rd 2004 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2002)
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Janice
Mar 16, 2011 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Starts off well. Linda Breland, single mom of two teen daughters, is tired of her life in NJ. She heads down to SC to her sister's to see if she can start over. We see her problems with her ex, her job, the men she dates, and her kids. Then we get her to SC where she lives with her supportive sister who is glad to have her around. She finds a job with a good group of people. Then all of a sudden the problems pretty much stop. The teen daughter who was getting trouble at every turn, stops. It's j ...more
Michele
Nov 17, 2010 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give a fellow South Carolinian one star, but I really didn't like this book. I grew up in Mt. Pleasant, where the story take place and it was really neat to see real places from my hometown in print, but I thought the writing was mediocre, the story was sappy and there wasn't really a good ending. It was like she got close to the end and the publishers said,"Ok, we need your manuscript right now!" and she just ended it.
Elizabeth Oporto
This book was pretty mediocre, even taking into account my low expectations/needing an easy read for a long car ride.
Marleen
Aug 16, 2015 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful and cute story by one of my favorite authors. I love how the beauty and atmosphere of the Low Country (SC) jumps of the page. “Shem Creek” was certainly a bit lighter than any other books I’ve read so far by Dorothea Benton Frank, but nonetheless it was very entertaining and the book was over too soon! It’s amazing how Benton Frank captures the rhythm of this uniquely beautiful area around Charleston.
Another plus here is the great ensemble cast – the people working at the s
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Judy
Jul 20, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with South Carolina and the characters of this story. Linda Breland, mother of 2 teenage daughters has decided that life in New Jersey is for the birds. She needs to go back to her roots and so she packs her daughters and her car and leaves her house and her job to head to Charleston, to Mount Pleasant and the shores of Shem Creek.

Linda is brash, bold, and a bit irreverent. She is also fiercely loyal, a loving mother, a devoted sister and a downright valuable employee. Just give
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Holly
The first book I read on vacation was Dorothea Benton Frank's Shem Creek. All of her books are based in South Carolina, which is one reason I'm such a fan. What was really cool was that we actually drove over Shem Creek while I was reading this book in the car - COOL. Anyway, like her others, I really enjoyed this book. Most of her stories have a similar premise - a woman (usually divorced) returns home to the South with at least one teenaged daughter. However, the stories above and beyond that ...more
Sharon Huether
Mar 08, 2015 Sharon Huether rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mother with custody of her daughters leave NJ for her home in SC. She needs a fresh start since her divorce. Her sister is there in Mt Pleasant. Linda gets an interesting job in a popular local restruant. As she works there she is observed by all and is well liked, especially by the owner. To her surprise he asked her to marry him. The story brings out love, friendship, second chances and family. Great story
Amy
Jan 13, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I'll give Ms Frank a rest for awhile. The last couple books I've read seem to be pretty similar in plotting and a little formulaic. I like the low country venue, but "woman somehow gets to big city, gets married, has kids, husband cheats (epically), woman flees back to low country where she deals with rotten history, makes new and reacquaints with old friends, finds the man of her dreams and lives happily ever after has been done, ad nauseam.
Donna
Jul 04, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book. Linda did the right thing getting her daughters out of New Jersey after her divorce. It took her awhile to realize what everyone else knew, that she and Brad had fallen in love. It took a confrontation with Amy and a fire at the restaurant and Gracie in the hospital to hit the nail on the head. Love DBF books...
Ellen
Aug 20, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book, easy and light reading canned a bit, but sweet. Find it interesting that there are recipes in the back. Think I may to try the biscuit recipe and the pound cake.
Patricia
Jul 05, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story that made me laugh and cry! But the sad tears were replaced many timrs over with happy tears. Another must read by Ms. Frank.
Melissa
Mar 10, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Another great book in this series. This author definitely doesn't disappoint. The characters were definitely relatable and there was enough going on in the story to not make it boring.
Vicky
Feb 01, 2016 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ehh
Erin
Jul 17, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this a book a meh, it was ok, hand wave. The parts I loved: the description of the area, the creek itself, the beach, the lifestyle the characters led, the cute boathouse on the water they lived in. I fell more in love with the idea of this book, I think, than the actual book itself. What I didn't like: The crazy sudden relationship at the end between Linda and Brad- throughout most of the book you maybe got the sense that Linda was starting to develop a crush on Brad, but you didn't get ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Aug 02, 2011 Kerry Hennigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t remember whether Shem Creek was the first or second book by Ms Frank that I ever read. It was certainly one or the other. I was enchanted by her recreation of the world of the coastal South, with its creeks and islands and quirky characters. It is the story of Linda Breland who returns to her home state with her two teenage daughters reluctantly in tow, to remake her life close to her sister and the places where she grew up. Needing a job, she talks a local restaurateur, Brad Jackson, in ...more
Michele Grant
May 29, 2016 Michele Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I missed reading this novel, as I have read every novel written by Dorothy Benton Frank's. Needless to say I was not disappointed in the least with yet another Lowcountry story. Linda Breland is a struggling, single mother of two teenage girls. Her daughters are her life and as such she will work herself to death to keep a roof over their heads as well as all the trappings a teenager needs. The one thing that Linda can't give her girls is time, time to know them and they her.
Lin
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Susan
Jun 25, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writing this review I am reminded of how much I enjoyed this first of my Dorothea Benton Frank Novels. This story of a strong southern woman transplanted by marriage up north who takes her two teenaged daughters home to the Low Country and to her sister's place after a bad divorce really had me hooked after reading only part of chapter one.

I love the way the characters just sort of happen upon each other and meet up by happenstance and suddenly become the best of friends. (except for family of c
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Kellie
Sep 07, 2008 Kellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-reads
Ms. Frank has a unique writing style that I have come to love. This was a nice story. It wasn’t exceptional. A bit boring I might add, but the language and the phrasing and the conversations were witty and humorous. The story is about Linda and her 2 girls who come down to Shem creek after Linda decides she needs a new start especially for her wild teenager Gracie. Linda applies for a job at this restaurant owned by Brad. She gets the job because Brad takes an instant liking to her, even if she ...more
Stephen
Oct 28, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to have a good book going in the car most of the time. I just finished an abridged version of Shem Creek. I was disappointed when the set arrived on interlibrary load after waiting a couple weeks and seeing that it was abridged so I just went for it. As usual Frank writes a great story about older adults dating, their children and even their grandchildren. This one was about Linda, her two daughters Lindsey and Gracie and her new employer Brad. The gang that work at the restaurant is a h ...more
Alyce Joines
Sep 08, 2012 Alyce Joines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Dorothea Benton Frank books. I climb right inside the characters and live the rebellion of Gracie, the fear of Linda, in fact, the emotions of all the variety of people who inhabit this book. Linda is the mother of two, a daughter who is leaving for college in the fall, and a second daughter, Gracie, who has the knack for doing, saying or looking just the way to send her mother over the edge. The three have left New Jersey and are living with Linda's sister until they ...more
Patricia
Jun 02, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been motivated to read Dorothea's low country tales for two reasons. 1) because I have visited many of the places and wanted to revisit them in prose. And 2) because I'm going to meet her when I attend a book signing for her new book out today, All The Single Ladies. In addition, some of the ladies in my book club have enjoyed her work. So I said what the hay! Well, first I read Return to Sullivan's Island, rated it 4 stars, then I read Sullivan's island (I know out of order!) and said hmmm ...more
Kathy Bourgard
Another story set in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry that the author loves so much. Linda Breland leaves New Jersey with her two teenaged daughters after her divorce and returns to the Lowcountry where she grew up and lands a job as a restaurant manager. Enter the usual gaggle of DBF characters: her new boss, Brad who is easy on the eyes and starting over after a bitter divorce; Louise and Dwayne who run the kitchen at the restaurant and have some of the funniest lines in the book. DBF's ...more
Susy
Jan 03, 2013 Susy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for some comfort reading after the Newtown, Ct tragedy and this was available at the library. The thing about Ms. Frank's stories is that they're much the same - she finds the goodness and hospitality of the south and puts it into a story. And in this case, she offers recipes at the end!

The plot is almost secondary; generally there's a wife/mother who's been dumped or left widowed as the center of the piece. Her family rallies to her side and she and her family find their happily
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Karen
Oct 14, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable but not of my favorites.I found the story not as compelling as the others, and the dialogue drove me batty. Way too many exclamation points etc. Still a great author but this one lacked something the others had. Story about a mom rasing two daughters and the choice to change all of their lives with a big move to the country. Loved the gang at the restaraunt and her sister Mimi who enriched her life so much.I love Dorethea Benton Frank, and look so forward to her new books. I rush out a ...more
Anne
Aug 22, 2011 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
This is my second of Frank's novels, and also the second audio format of her books that I have experienced. I would rate this book 2.5 stars. What I especially liked were the author's descriptions of the low country of South Carolina. She really excels in this area. The characters are colorful as well, and the voice actors in the audio book did a good portrayal of the local accents. In this respect, I enjoyed this audio book more than Full of Grace. I plan to read the print edition of Frank's Pa ...more
Amy
I like Dotty Frank...Her books are not grand literature, but they are a nice "escape". She writes about the Lowcountry with affection, understanding and humor. With each book, ehr writing gets a little better, her characters a little truer. This book, the story of new beginnings for a mother, her two daughters and the new family they create with the folks they meet on the shores of Shem Creek, is probably my favorite of hers, thus far. I wish I'd marked some passages to record here- things like ...more
Jennifer Hodges Young
I read this and enjoyed it for the most part but there were many things that just weren't good. Linda is leaving New Jersey and moving back to South Carolina with her two teenage daughters. The oldest is almost invisible she is so bland and the youngest it just a brat. After having read the book I still don't know any more about them than that. There are other chacerters with the same problem the two charecters Duane and O'Malley who work at the resturant with Linda that just all of a sudden tur ...more
Lindsay
Mar 02, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-picks
Ho hum tale of Linda Breland relocating from New Jersey to South Carolina with her two teenage daughters. As much as I love the Charleston area, all the beautiful descriptions of the landscape and people couldn't make this "love story" come to life for me. I have a hard time rooting for people to fall in love when they barely spend any time together and most of the story discusses mother/daughter dynamics instead of creating the foundation for a life-altering love. I wanted Linda and Brad to be ...more
Sharon
Sep 16, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gentle book of real life with all it's twists and turns. Little violence. Single Mother Linda Breland and two teenage daughters relocate from Jersey to Charleston, SC to live temporarily with sister Mimi. back home for Linda, new "country" for the girls. Oldest off to college in the fall, youngest a potty-mouthed, beer drinking rebel. Linda gets a job in a restaurant, bosses' estranged wife is killed, his son has to come to live with him, youngest dt. gets involved in a class at school which is ...more
MaryPat
Jul 10, 2011 MaryPat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Dorothea Benton Frank's books but this one was really hard to get through. It is definitely a beach read and that's when I started reading it but it just dragged and dragged. The characters were likeable at first but I grew tired of them. I just found them and the whole story line to be unbelievable. *Spoiler Alert* The main character, LInda, gets accosted by a crazy woman, the restaurant where she works gets burned down, her daughter almost dies in the fire, she gets engaged to t ...more
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Lowcountry Tales (8 books)
  • Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales, #1)
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  • Isle of Palms (Lowcountry Tales, #3)
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  • Return to Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales, #6)
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