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Pawleys Island (Lowcountry Tales #5)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  7,027 Ratings  ·  314 Reviews
Catapulted from her home, her marriage and her children, artist Rebecca Simms has come to Pawleys Island to hide herself from herself. Little does she know that on this “arrogantly shabby” family playground, she’ll encounter three people who will change her life: a wise and irresistible octogenarian who will pry her secrets from her, a gallery owner who caters to interior ...more
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Linda Hart
Sep 19, 2014 Linda Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like what Jennifer, a goodreads reviewer, said,"one of my guilty pleasures. When I should be reading something 'literary' or something for work, I curl up with one of her books and take a little vacation. She does a great job of making the low country of the Carolinas sing a siren song." Her stories are formulaic, filled with great Southern humor, her characters are memorably quirky and real, and everything always ends well. The audio book is charmingly read by the author.
Oct 14, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca suddenly found herself dumped by her husband Nat, and her two kids taken away from her by the courts. She leaves Charleston and heads off to a friends to try and get on with her life. While there, she stops in at a local art gallery in the neighboring Pawleys Island to try and sell some of her watercolor prints and its there that she meets Huey, a man that is about to change her life for the better. He hires Rebecca to work at the gallery, shows her work at an opening, and most important ...more
Always looking for writers that capture that unique southern feel, I stumbled upon Dorothea Benton Frank.
As it turned out this was a surprisingly enjoyable read. Not only did it render that incomparable southern atmosphere with Pawleys Island and Charleston as backdrop, but it also provided us with delightful characters, well-established in the area, with ancestors going back centuries. I just loved the eccentric Huey and his entourage of family and friends.
There were many captivating elements
Aug 24, 2007 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved Dorothea Benton Frank's books since her first one, "Sullivan's Island," came out, and I've always awaited the arrival of her next book. Her books are easy, happy reads that are enjoyable. However, by this book (what, her 5th book?) my interest is starting to wane. They all seem to follow the same formula - woman (sometimes has a child, sometimes not) is unhappy with her life in either NYC or NJ; woman goes back to the Carolina's island on which she grew up (often begrudgingly); woman ...more
Feb 01, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Dorothea Benton Frank is one of my guilty pleasures. When I should be reading something "literary" or something for work, I curl up with one of her books and take a little vacation. She does a great job of making the low country of the Carolinas sing a siren song. The smell of the sea and the mud, the sound of waves against the shore and ceiling fans in the night, the taste of shrimp 'n' grits or fried everything...all are vivid and tantalizing in Frank's books.

This story is about the healing po
Jan 09, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness this was just a joy to read. It is filled with great southern humor. You laugh, you cry, and you just plain enjoy the book. After all of the dark books I have been reading this light airly book has been wonderful. She is writing about dark subjects, but using southern strenght in humor to make you see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you was a short uplifitng book go pick this one up. IF you are from this area you will understand perpared for a good chuckle ...more
Apr 29, 2009 WK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost done with this book in audio format. It was read by the author, which sometimes is a big mistake. In Ms. Benton Frank's case, her voice has charm, but I wish she had done a better job of differentiating between characters, all of which are either, likable, quirky & fun, or outragious.
Jen Reardon
Loved Hughey..Frank's books are always a good, easy read with a happy ending..helps to clear the mind between too many intense stories..
I had a hard cover given to me as a gift by a friend since I am blessed to live in the paradise of Pawleys Island, at least until a hurricane blows me away. I might have enjoyed it more as a paperback since this kind of light, fluffy chicklit just isn't a book to keep but rather the kind you zip through on a dreary evening and then take to My Sister's Books to trade in for another quick read. Mrs. Frank doesn't seem at home in this part of the Lowcountry and doesn't capture the ambiance and char ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Moop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
A great read about a woman, Rebecca who has been left out in the cold by her husband. She goes to Paulsey Island and begins working in an art studio where she actually sells some of her own work. she then meets a woman, Abigail who was on a leave from lawyering but decides to help Rebecca out and represents her in her divorce case. Her X was quite the scum, having a mistress who he tried to repair with many plastic surgeries. The divorce was quite a case! Her husband had tried to take the house, ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Lilli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a person of color, I do not enjoy reading books whose only diverse characters are the manservant and maid to privileged white people. The fact that this story has a modern day setting makes it even less enjoyable - reading about 21st century servitude. The worst part was reading that the protagonist believed the manservant, who was cooking and serving everyone else dinner, enjoyed being included in an out of town travel event when the group stayed in a historic hotel. I'm sure he lived enthus ...more
May 26, 2009 Jeannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book off the shelf at the library, for no particular reason. When I started reading it, I thought it would be about the trials of life, and what we go thru to recover. It also had a good (although admittedly simplified) story of the damage an emotionally abusive spouse can inflict on the self-esteem and self-worth of their partner. It was a good story of friendship, and the ability to persevere.
Mar 28, 2015 Sharron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming characters and story. I will continue enjoy DBF's low country novels. This was another audiobook for me, read by the author. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a DTB. Ms. Frank did not change her speech for the various characters and at first I had trouble knowing who was who. That, and pauses, like a comma, in odd times of the sentences drove me crazy!
Mar 05, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this author, keeps me very entertained and always enjoy the story. This one was fun for me because the entire time I was reading I kept thinking that I knew this story, I had read this book but didn't remember a thing about it. When all finished reading it I knew that I had read it before and still loved it. Very much worth the read, I recommend it to anyone.
Feb 23, 2009 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured this was a fictional island, but now find it is real. between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. I imagine the folks in NC really like it. It was real chicklit, sometimes trying to be more but not succeeding. I finished it (a tribute) and enjoyed it, mostly for its sense of place.
Jul 17, 2008 Schmacko rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a romantic book and unrealistic. I think this is for housewives in unhappy marriages who want to be rescued by homos and power lawyers. As a homo, I found the lack of self-reflection, the pat villian, and the dismissal of all protagonist flaws offensive.

Jan 04, 2017 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: own, 4-stars
If all books were this good I wouldn't get anything done. Filled with characters you will love and hate with laughter, anger and everything in between. Add a nasty divorce with a hurricane or two done with page turning southern charm.
Oct 19, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book instead of reading it myself. The author narrated the book and I think that was a mistake. She really did just "read" it out loud to us. I think I would have enjoyed the audio book more if a "pro" had narrated it.
Mar 25, 2016 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Light beach read and fun to visit the coast of the Carolinas!
Marsha Moyer
Apr 10, 2016 Marsha Moyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this author.
Dec 24, 2016 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was given to me by a friend who described this author as writing "good beach reads." I'm not sure if reading this book in December affected my perception of this book but I wasn't really impressed. It was an OK story but I found it to be drawn out especially toward the end.

The writing style with the switching first person perspective didn't work well. Unfortunately both the Rebecca and Abigail characters sounded too much alike to be able to distinguish who was talking, and I had to keep ref
Feb 23, 2017 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The cover doesn't do the story justice....nor does the summary I read on the inside. I thought the character development was excellent as I could envision each character well. This was an easy read with some unexpected twists that kept me turning pages.
Nov 24, 2016 Marty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read--4.5. You root for Rebecca against her nasty husband, and admire the changes in her, and how friends really came to bat for her.
Mar 05, 2017 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Book 5 of the Lowcountry Tales. More great southern island characters, this time, more settled in their own lives and finding themselves taking care of a woman, Rebecca, divorced and mother of 2, estranged from her family and floundering from what her ex-husband did to her. Leave it to Huey Valentine and his mother, Miss Olivia as well as Abigail to take Rebecca under their collective wings and show her what southern charm and help is all about.
Feb 04, 2013 Jeri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story. It was well-written with believable, well developed characters. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the book. Having lived in Pawleys Island for ten years, I was really excited to read this book. I had read _Porch Lights_ and could absolutely visualize Sullivan's Island so I was expecting the same thing. It was not anywhere near the level of _Porch Lights_. It was obvious that the author did not have the extensive knowledge of Pawleys that she does with Sullivan's Island ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Tricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very comforting and happy ending. A little too much filler for me.
Jun 19, 2012 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I find myself muddling through Dorothea Benton Frank's books simply because of the setting. I have visited Charleston, South Carolina many times, and love reading about spots I've seen and restaurants where I've eaten. But that is really the only appeal to me with these books. I really enjoy stories where I can get emotionally attached to the characters, and that just doesn't happen with this author's characters. In the case of this book, one of the main characters is dealing with the aftermath ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with the south, or at least my romanticized version of it. One day I will live there- perhaps when home values go back up in Michigan and we can sell our house. Until then, here I am in the North, dreaming of the south. I find myself in the same reading patterns every summer - reading books set in the south, Faulkner to Tennessee Williams (love him), to Connie May Fowler (another favorite), to Dorothea Benton Frank. There are no limits or limitations.

This summer is no different. As
Oct 14, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dorothy-read

As I recall it, Pawleys Island was the first novel by Dorothea Benton Frank that I ever read. Reading it again recently I understand why I have been such a fan of her work every since.

Rebecca Simms has come to the island to escape her past. She is a talented artist, and secures a job at a gallery which ends up rep
I was perusing the library shelves for an audio book I could listen to while working in the kitchen and noticed several books by Dorothea Benton Frank. I wasn't familiar with the author, so decided to choose one of her shorter books to see if I liked her writing style. Frankly I wasn't that impressed. If it had been a longer book, I probably would have returned it without finishing it. Rebecca Sims has returned to Pawley's Island because her husband has filed for divorce and the custody of their ...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)
  • Plantation (Lowcountry Tales, #2)
  • Isle of Palms (Lowcountry Tales, #3)
  • Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales, #4)
  • Return to Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales, #6)
  • Lowcountry Summer (Lowcountry Tales, #7)
  • Folly Beach (Lowcountry Tales, #8)

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