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Isle of Palms (Lowcountry Tales #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  6,001 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Anna Lutz Abbot considers herself independent and happy, until one steamy summer when she must find a way to deal with the secrets of her unpredictable family-and her past.
Paperback, 429 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Berkley (first published June 24th 2003)
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I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed other books by Dorothea benton Frank. There are great characters, a good story, and most of all I love the low-country and the references to places I know. But there were also several things I didn't like about the book.

The beginning starts off awkwardly with the main character, Anna, addressing the reader directly... "Get yourself a cup of tea, I'm gonna tell you a tale." Really tacky. Then several times throughout the book, also very awkwardly, the narrat
Judi/Judith Riddle
Anna Lutz Abbott grew up in a family plagued with dysfunction. In addition, the death of her mother shaped the rest of her life. Pregnant by date rape at her senior prom, she quickly marries Jim, her best friend, who is gay and together they raise daughter Emily. After 10 years they both agree that they love each other dearly but they must move on. Anna and Emily move from Charleston to a small beach house on the Isle of Palms. Anna and Jim remain close friends and it is Jim who comes to the res ...more
The characters in this Lowcountry novel reminded me of the characters in Sullivan's Island. Where they give you feeling of being just slightly over the top. The story was better though. There was more substance to it and the storyline was a little more interesting, even if I didn't like the cast.
Not my usual read. I like a good mystery..The story is about Anna Lutz Abbott.She tells of her journey after leaving her beloved Isle of Palms and her bitter sweet return...
Eech. This HAD to be her first book as there were glimmers of the stories, characters and writing to come. Where was her editor? I've enjoyed her other beach books about life in the Carolina Low-country, but this was all over the place.
I read a lot, and I enjoy most of the books I read, but every now and then there's one that leaves me saying "wow!"

I just finished reading "Isle of Palms" by Dorothea Benton Frank. Someone recommended to me and said it was very funny. While I found it amusing at times, it wasn't LOL funny like the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. It was just a really fabulous human interest kind of story

A lot of the books I read are action adventure or Sci-fi. I mostly don't read any of the genre called
While flying home from vacationing in Hawaii, I pulled out this book to continue reading. At one point I actually laughed out loud on the plane and the flight attendant said to me, "I've got to get that book because I'm watching you having so much fun reading it!" If I'd been able to finish it on the flight, I would have given it to her when I got off the plane. It was a very enjoyable read so I'm looking for another of her books.
Sheri Milam
What a good read! I thoroughly enjoy a story that can make me laugh out loud and feel involved and the Isle of Palms did just that. The story is told in the first person and it's almost as if you're being told a story.
The plot unfolds in South Carolina and there's just enough southern dialect to be funny and not overly exaggerated (I tend to take offense when a Yankee tries to emulate "Southern") which made it all that much more fun to read. The story is about life and the events that happen in
Elizabeth Christmas
Read this while at the beach (Isle of Palms). It was a good read and interesting to see the places that were in the book. The characters were mostly believable but for the ones that lingered close to the edge the suspension of reality (really, don't all works of fiction require some disconnection from real life?) kicked in. Over all, enjoyable and I'd read it again.
Anna is a hairdresser who returns to her roots (no pun intended). Her older neighbors, Mavis and Miss Angel, her companion/housekeeper, are curmudgeons but soft underneath. She worries about the hussy neighbor, Lucy, who has designs on her father. Anna has a daughter who was the result of a prom date rape which has been kept a secret. She hasn't seen the offender in years, but he eventually gets his comeuppance. Her good friend, Jim, is gay but marries her. When Anna returns to her southern root ...more
Kathleen S
I read and enjoyed a Dorothea Benton Frank book several years ago. Since then I've read two other of her Lowcountry books and I did not like them. In the meantime I picked up this book at the used book store, and rather than waste my $1 I chose to read it. I have to admit that "women's fiction" is of little interest to me right now.*

Right from the very beginning, I did not like the tone of Isle of Palms, or the casual first person language. Isle of Palms is a wild ride of improbabilities. No one
Mike Radice
What a powerful ending. I loved the whole book, and also the creativity of sprinkling the first person perspectives of a couple of old timers from the island who knew the history.
Lots of endearing characters, heartfelt life musings, in a gorgeous setting...a perfect book to escape into!
Dorothy Timm
It's really hard to give this book a rating. That's because my rating varied throughout the book. The entire first third of the book dragged on so long and went into so much detail that I almost gave up lots of times, 1 star for that. Once the story got into the present day, it got pretty enjoyable, I actually gave it 4 stars then. But, like the beginning of the book, the ending was much too long for me and my interest waned. Back down to 2-3 stars. Overall, this book was just much too long, it ...more
Ann Miller
A delightful read from start to finish. Dorothea Benton Frank is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She paints complex characters on a backdrop of the southern coast of the United States, the Isle of Palms in this case. Her settings come alive right along with the people in her books. There is heart in her stories that leaves a reader with a residue of warmth long after closing the book. I feel more hopeful about family and friendship and the future after reading Frank. A deeply satisf ...more
Claire B. Brock
I liked the book. If you like this book read the rest. No they are not intellectually challenging just good, easy, entertaining reading. I am a Southeastern girl born and breed so the southernisms a familiar to me. I read a review of one of her books that commented on the 'War of Northern Aggression' and the author of the review said we should 'get over it' and 'quit romanticizing' the south. Well move out of South Carolina lady and don't come any further south to Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi o ...more
Each year I like to pick an author and read everything I can by them. This year's pick is Dorothea Benton Frank and she's coming here to town to a local bookstore in June and I can't even wait! I'm reading her Lowcountry Tales and I have to say, after this one, I'm in love. First of all, my favorite place in the United States is the Charleston area. So it's so fun to read these books and spend some time in that beautiful place. I also am beginning to really love these characters. Although the th ...more
Anna Abbott grew up on the Isle of Palms(IOP) and moved away when her mother died and her emotionally cold grandmother and controlling father took her to Mount Pleasant to live. However the IOP has been in Anna's heart for a long time. Anna was date raped at her senior prom and has a daughter, Emily.

Anna married her best friend Jim who is gay and for 10 years they raised Emily together. Emily has just finished her first year in college and Anna decides to buy a small house on IOP. And if that is
Reese Penn
A weak protagonist, a predictable and neat ending, and shabby character developments... I did not enjoy this book at all. I have read several of Ms. Frank's books, and about a third of the way into this novel, I knew exactly where it was going. Unfortunately, she took an eternity to get there! The only reason that I kept reading was to see if she would ever complete the development of her characters, which she never did. She even sets one of the characters as a part-time narrator, but never real ...more
Jan Chamberlain
My parents shared this book with me during a visit and said that I would like it. My dad is a tough critic so I happily dove in! They were right, I did like it. An easy read that made me want to get to South Carolina as the descriptions of a lifestyle were so appealing to me. One thing that was odd was that the first few chapters bounced back in forth in time but after establishing some character background, the timeline stayed current.
I love books by Dorothea Benton Frank and Isle of Palms has become one of my favorites so far. All the characters in this book are filled with low country charm, wit and craziness which makes for an awesome read. Anna Abbott lived on the Isle of Palms as a young child but when her young mother passed away, she was forced to move to Mount Pleasant with her dad and Grandmother Violet. Deep inside was a yearning that she knew she had to get back to the Isle of Palms one day. She finally decides to ...more
"Isle of Palms" by Dorothea Benton Frank is a nice beach read. Lots of life issues happening one after another with easy resolutions. I loved the descriptions of the beaches, ocean, humidity, and life as members of the Palms year 'round residents. I liked the descriptions of local restaurants and other interesting places in this South Carolina resort town. No great character development, but not necessary to enjoy a light summer book.
I started to read this novel right before I went on vacation to Isle of Palms. It was so neat to see the same places that were in the book. Charleston was AWESOME!!!! Was a great vacation that ended in a tropical storm. We were having such a good time we didn't bother to listen to the warning about evacuation. We were stranded and could not get off at the main bridge to Mount Pleasant or the bridge to Sullivan Island. Two teenagers(one who had to be back at college the next day), a husband and ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Ally rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: south carolina lovers
this is a great summer read since it is set on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. It also takes place in summer, but that also might be a good excuse to read it in the dead of winter so you can imagine yourself in some warm place for a while. It's a quick read, but a thick book. It deals with a single mother, Anna, and her daughter, Emily, who just finished her first year of college. Emily is not happy about moving home for the summer, especially to a home Anna just bought for the two of them ...more

If you love Southern's woman's fiction with humor, you'll love Isle of Palms. For Anna Lutz Abbot, she always loved the Isle of Palms in Lowcountry North Carolina, since she was a child. When her mother died, her grandmother from hell visited, while her father was loveless and in shock. So they moved, when things took a turn for the worse. In Anna's story, when she returns to the Isle of Palms, things change for the better. She owns her own house and then a hair salon. Her daughter visits from
I continue to return to Dorothea Benton Frank's books because I generally enjoy her writing style, her characters and locations, her wit and humor. I try to overlook little issues I have, such as this being a Low Country Tale, for no more Low Country names, places, details, it could have taken place anywhere. A big issue for me with this book was how casually the date rape was handled initially and specifically nineteen years later. What was the point of contacting the rapist thru his wife? Anna ...more
While this novel is probably one of my least favorite by this author, I still laugh out loud when I read it and feel as if everyone in the story is an old friend by the end of it! Add in the beautiful Low Country setting of the Isle of Palms and it makes a good read!! I also love that a few characters from Sullivan's Island and from Plantation make an appearance!

I love Dorothea Benton Frank and while this was not my favorite book of hers, I did enjoy it very much. I loved the peripheral characters as well, especially "Brooklyn" Bettina and Miss Mavis. It was a sweet story and the characters were well developed. The first part depicting Anna's childhood was a little slow, but once it was surely in the present day, it was a fun read. I listened to this as an audiobook and found the narrators's gift with accents and subtle voice changes added to the charac ...more
Betsy Fisher
Absolutely loved this book. Wasn't exactly sure what to expect with the intro - just a little 'too Southern' for my taste but kept on reading. Great story line and wonderful characters. Listened to the Playaway so the story really came to life.
Rita Moore
It took me a while to get into this book. In fact, I put it down for about 6 months and had to start over, but I loved it once I got into the characters. It was a heart-warming book and the characters all had their own, interesting stories.
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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 (9 books)
  • Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales #1)
  • Plantation (Lowcountry Tales #2)
  • Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales #4)
  • Pawleys Island (Lowcountry Tales #5)
  • Return to Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales #6)
  • Lowcountry Summer (Lowcountry Tales #7)
  • Folly Beach (Lowcountry Tales, #8)
  • Bulls Island
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