Return to Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales #6)
—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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I was quite disappointed in this book, but I did read it till the end. My complaints:
The protagonist was a young, intelligent, well-educated woman. I expected her to have more sense about her infatuation/love affair with Max. Granted, when in love common sense often goes out the window, but to still believe in a life with him when you saw him twice with other women, once in a very compromising position? Also, all the missed phone calls, etc. gave no indication that Max was truly i
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 ...more
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