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Pawleys Island (Lowcountry Tales #5)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  5,595 ratings  ·  262 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
Paperback, 361 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Linda Hart
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.
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
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
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
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
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..
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
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
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!
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
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.
Mrs. Tongate
Fun pool and beach read. Loved Huey, Miss Olivia, and Abigail's & Julian's romance over the years. This book reads like a movie and you can visualize the island, Miss Olivia'a plantation, and the courtroom drama. This read is about the power of friendship and the importance of our "inner makeup" as opposed to our outer shells.

*People have secrets. Everyone does.
*You only see what you want to see and believe what you want to believe.

Page 89 "My love for Julian Prescott and my ambitious law pr
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.
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.
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.

Katie Christian
This book is entertaining and the characters are well-developed. I love the lowcountry area and it's not hard to draw me in with tales set there. The only thing that stopped me from giving it 4 stars was the Nat and Charlene characters. Their actions and personalities are far too over-the-top to be believable. It's never touched upon how Rebecca, beloved by all, could have married a man so deceitful and depraved as Nat. We were to believe that one day after 10 years of blissful marriage he just ...more
You can run away, but you cannot hide. Abigail Thurmond, is a mostly retired attorney, who lives a life of leisure playing golf and hanging out with her best friend, the portly Huey Valentine who owns an art gallery. Rebecca Sims comes into their lives after recently losing her home, husband, and children in a nasty divorce. Her artistic talent catches Huey's eye--she gets a job and is on her way back. Abigail helps Rebecca stand up to her abusive ex-husband and restore her home and children.
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

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 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
Kerry Hennigan
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 representing her work.

Art Gallery Valentine is owned by the delightfully eccentric Huey Valentine, whose good friend Abigail also befriends Rebecca. Abigail is a retired lawyer, and, as sh
Jean Perry
. A very enjoyable read. It was predictable, but humorous, well-paced, very much the typical Frank family-relationship-story set in the Carolinas w/ S Carolina a "character" in the story. I read a couple chapters the first night and finished the book the second night, a compelling read.

Two middle -aged women, strangers to each other at first, discover that their lives have similarities. One, a lawyer, who, because of some tragic circumstances, has "retired" from the profession. The other woman
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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
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
I am a southerner and I love local fiction -especially coastal fiction. But this one was just too corny for me. The characters were either extremely good or extremely horrible. They would have been much stronger with a few shades of gray. I kept hoping that something would play out in a semi-realistic manner, but it was not to be. I usually enjoy this author but I could barely finish this one. Sorry.
Somehow everything turns out perfectly. Liked how the lawyer, Abigail, considered all the possibilities and that all were needed. Thought that Rebecca would have done something a little bit more dramatic than what came out in court but liked the "inner makeup" idea. Nat's girlfriend and the doctor friend were a hoot. Loved how all the people on the island were such generous, wealthy nice people.
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You may, or may not, know that I have a few authors that I like and try to keep up with their books. I like this rather than trying random books by different authors - though I do take suggestions from other readers. My authors of choice are James Patterson, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell and Nicholas Sparks. I have a new one to add to my list...

Her name is Dorothea Benton Frank. She has 5 books, all of which are set in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Obviously I am a bit partial, but I think
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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)
  • 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)
  • Bulls Island
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