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Return to Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales #6)

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“Her books are funny, sexy, and usually damp with seawater.”

—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides



In Return to Sullivans Island, Dorothea Benton Frank revisitsthe enchanted landscape of South Carolina’s Lowcountry made famous in her beloved New York Times bestseller Sullivans Island. Frank focuses on the next generation of Hamiltons and Hayes, earning high praise from
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ebook, 306 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
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Annie
Aug 14, 2009 Annie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I am ashamed to even add this book to my list of books read. It is quite possibly one of the most poorly written books that I have ever completed. The dialog was ridiculous, the shifts in perspective was jarring and disruptive, the storyline was a hodgepodge with a rushed ending that felt contrived. The main character was annoying at best.

I don't understand how an editor could allow this book to be published. I am so glad I didn't spend a dime on this book and checked it out from the library (w
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Kristan
Jun 20, 2010 Kristan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
I absolutely adored the first 4 or 5 Dorothea Benton Frank novels. Couldn't get enough of them. One of the things I really enjoyed was how characters from previous books would sort of drop in later books. It was nice to see them again and get another character's take on them. I was so disappointed when she stopped doing that.

I saw Return to Sullivan's Island and felt that I just HAD to read it, that it would be like seeing old friends again. Um, no. It wasn't. I read a little over half of it and
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Jessica
Jan 11, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-list
Wow. This was pretty bad. The main character is an idiot. The supporting characters (and there are too many, esp since NONE of them have a storyline) are one-dimensional and hard to keep straight.

The worst part for me, though, was that this author probably writes for and appeals to women over 50 (which is fine), but this book is about a 23 yr old - and NONE of the dialogue was fit for a 23 yr old. The CONSTANT admonishments about not swearing and being lady-like and all that "Southern" crap were
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Vivian
Jul 07, 2009 Vivian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blah, blah, blah. I thought that I would bang my head against the wall by the time I reached page 20. I love Dorothea Benton Frank, but this book was awful. Boring and idiotic main character, haunted house, ghosts and foolish choices. None of it interesting. A major disappointment. What happened? I hope that she recovers with her next book. Not recommended.
Misfit
Sep 08, 2010 Misfit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Misfit by: Amazon Vine
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Cheryl
Mar 20, 2014 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I have always been somewhat of a fan of Frank's - - - while I don't believe she ranks up there with Anne River Siddons or Pat Conroy, I DO have a great love for the lowcountry of South Carolina, and that's where she sets most of her novels. So up until this novel, I've always found them to be pleasant beach reads that carry me back to one of the places I love best in the world. This book, however, just turned me off. The main character, Beth, was so painfully immature that I truly doubted t ...more
Janice
Feb 12, 2015 Janice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
If you enjoyed Sullivan's Island, skip Return to Sullivan's Island; it's a disappointment. Where the Sullivan's Island characters are vibrant; Return's characters are lack luster and do not ring true; especially Beth. Rather than being written as a strong, educated, twenty something college grad who could have added to and carried the storyline, she's given the behaviors and mind set of a whiney, spoiled, head in the sand, thirteen year old. Beth's character is unbelieveable. Woody is unbelievea ...more
Erin
May 14, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rather eat the pages of this book than finish it. I truly adore Frank's writing, thus I was excited to get lost in her South Carolinian charm. Unfortunately, this is not her best work.

The love story (Beth's) is rushed and there is no development process. One minute she meets a guy and then all of the sudden he's her moon and stars. As a woman the same age as Beth, I understand the awkwardness of finding one's footing in adulthood and love, but Frank writes her main character with the maturi
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Amie Gaudet
I listened to the unabridged audiobook version of "Return To Sullivan's Island" by Dorothea Benton Frank.

I was unaware when I borrowed this from the library that it was part of a series, however, it works fine as a stand alone book.

Beth Hayes has just graduated from college and has been roped into spending a year housesitting the family home on Sullivan's Island.

At first Beth comes across as a reasonably intelligent young woman and a generally likable character. However, this does not last lo
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Anna
Aug 07, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely the worst one of Dorothea Frank's I've read. Many of the characters from the first Sullivan's Island that return in this one seem to have different personalities, in many cases less likable. Beth returns as an extremely immature 23-year-old and makes some of the most ridiculously ignorant decisions I can imagine. For someone who seemed so dead-set against marriage at the beginning of the book, she sure fell head-over-heels for a clearly insensitive & highly suspiciou ...more
bookczuk
Jan 31, 2010 bookczuk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started it -- couldn't stomach it. Abandoned before I reached page 50. May try again sometime. Sorry Dot. Won't be the first time I come back to a novel and like it better the second go-round.
Kailyn
Nov 13, 2014 Kailyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that makes you both relieved to have finished it and surprised that you got through the whole thing. This is the last time I take a recommendation from the Doubleday Book Club. "Return to Sullivan's Island" is what every aspiring writer should read as an example of what not to write. Incredibly bad dialogue that sounds even worse when read aloud, annoying characters that no one can possibly care about, haunted houses, and a ridiculous, drama-packed ending all await you ...more
Matt
Dec 17, 2010 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To say the least this book was a disappointment compared to the previous Sullivan's Island. Dorothy Benton Frank stretched herself to even get a story out of this book. On the positive side the same characters that we loved in the previous book were present minus Livve. What I missed most was the character development. I never really got into Beth's character, she was not believeable and as many critics describe she was immature and childish. I agree with that but we were all childish at that ag ...more
Janie
I'll be so glad to be finished with this. I feel like I'm back in high school teenage drama and want to stick a needle in my eye. More when I'm finished (or they finish me) reading all the Frank books I have. I'm too old for most of this stuff but too resolute and determined for my own good to move out-and-on books I have developed a dislike for.

One redeeming quote: "For years books had been her world....And libraries were such a wonderful thing, she thought. The very idea that you could wander
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Jill
Jul 25, 2011 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael P.
Aug 10, 2012 Michael P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good summer read.
Recommended to Michael by: No one
I loved this book! It is a great summer/beach read! It is full of color about the lowcountry in South Carolina, and describes the pathos that Beth Hayes, a young college grad, who housesits while her mother goes to Paris. While mom is gone, Beth falls madly in love with a man named Max, along with other alias's, who is involved in a Ponzi scheme, and steals Beth's investment monies, along with that of her friend, Woody. Further, Beth went against her mother's wishes, by withdrawing much more mon ...more
Margie Van Evera
A little disappointed in this book. The character's conversations jumped around quite a bit. The story line was a little weak. Probably the last book of hers that I'll read.
Kaye
Feb 26, 2010 Kaye rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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Chris
Jul 18, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dorothy-read
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Dakota
Jan 29, 2014 Dakota rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any of Frank's other books, and I was not aware that this was a sequel. My mom gave me this book for something to read on a plane ride, so I didn't have very high expectations.
The plot wasn't anything special but it wasn't horrendous. I enjoyed the relationship the main character, Beth, has with her family members. I liked the depiction of Sullivans Island, it seemed relaxing and peaceful.
However, I agree with many of the other reviewers, the narrative was sort of jumpy. It main
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Rose Wesselman
Apr 20, 2013 Rose Wesselman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On of the few books I couldn't finish. It did not live up to the original Sullivan's Island. Character was not developed and the plat was obvious from the beginning. I have too many books in my "to read" box to waste time on one like this. I love most of her other novels but after 130 pages I had given it as much time to grow on my as I could take.
Andria
Apr 03, 2016 Andria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The time line of this book made it so ridiculous as to be unbelievable. I could not connect in any way with the characters because all of the newly developing relationships seemed forced and unrealistic. The fact that they left the aunt's death unresolved and the other aunt's break down unresolved as well with the possible murderer on the loose....was just one in a long line of questions. Relationships take time, characters need exposure to the reader for the reader to care about them. Character ...more
Jenny
Jul 27, 2011 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I REALLY wanted to like this book, because I truly enjoyed Sullivan's Island. I have read most all of DBF's books. Unfortunately, this one was so slow in the plot with shallow characters, that I didn't even finish it. This is a work of fiction, but DBF's style is she creates characters like people we know...Sorry, DBF....RtSI is a bomb.
Nancy
Sep 16, 2010 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just plain bad. If i did not love Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry, I would have stopped after chapter 1. The black character trying to speak Geechee (sp?) was bad. The ghost element in the book was bad. I think Dorothea Benton Frank wrote this novel too quickly and was trying to make a quick buck.
Gala
Jun 05, 2012 Gala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give a no star rating. Horrible. I don't know when I've encountered a less likable protagonist or more predictable plot lines. I bought the audio book for a long car trip. Had I been reading this, I would have ditched it midway through. As it was, I kept driving and listening.
Karen Hufman
Mar 08, 2016 Karen Hufman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really did not like that book. Normally, I love the southern, low country genre but this was horribly written. I felt like it may have been written at an earlier time by an author that eventually got published but that wasn't the case. The voice of the 23 year old protagonist did not ring true. The vocabulary she had her using made her seem much younger than her age and it also did not ring true of a young woman in 2007. I could go on and on about how bad this was. Beth goes to live at he ...more
Jenn
Jul 13, 2010 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I read the first book in this series but now I'm not sure. I can't really keep up with the family relationships (who belongs with who) and the supernatural mirror/ghosts is a bit much for me. I think I'm moving on to something new..
Jane
Aug 30, 2009 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! This is the least satisfying book I've read in a long time. Lots of corny snappy dialogue and a nearly meaningless conflict (girl attracted to two men, one an obvious scumbag). Save your time for something better.
Linda
Dec 29, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't even finish this book. I'm so sad that this book is so lame, ridiculous and predictable. I always enjoyed Frank's other books. Hopefully this is a fluke, it may be awhile before I try her again!
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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)
  • Pawleys Island (Lowcountry Tales, #5)
  • Lowcountry Summer (Lowcountry Tales, #7)
  • Folly Beach (Lowcountry Tales, #8)

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