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Lowcountry Summer (Lowcountry Tales #7)

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Dorothea Benton Frank is a native of the South whose novels vividly capture the wild beauty, laid-back atmosphere, earthy characters, and charming eccentricities of life in South Carolina's Lowcountry. Written with compelling honesty and emotional depth, her stories have touched readers from coast to coast, and propelled her to the top ranks of bestsellerdom nationwide.

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ebook, 283 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 1st 2002)
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Jlaurenmc
After three long weeks spent with Dorothea Benton Franks' newest release Lowcountry Summer: A Plantation Novel, I finally finished it last night. I've been a Frank fan since her first novel Sullivan's Island was published. She is a true southern author, with almost all of her books set along South Carolina's coastline. I have read all of her books, and enjoyed each one -- until this one. I'm not sure exactly why I didn't particularly like Lowcountry Summer. While I loved main character Caroline ...more
Tracy
Sucks, sucks, sucks... last one of her's I'll read.
bookczuk
Got this Early Reviewers copy of Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank from the April 2010 batch over at LibraryThing. What amazes me of late is that Frank continues to write about the place where I live, yet we seem to move in entirely different universes. Maybe one of us in in an alternate reality lowcountry. (No, I know that's not true. She and I went to the same high school and have friends in common.)

Anyhow, this was a light, diversionary read, and because it was an uncorrected proof,
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Vivian
I love (loved?) Dorothea Benton Franks's books but I could not finish this one. I've had the same problem with her last two books. It moved at an incredibly slow pace and I couldn't generate any interest for any of the characters. By the time I got to page 100, I started reading only the first sentence of each paragraph. I soon got tired of that and finally gave up. I didn't even care enough to peek at the end to see what happened. I think that I've either outgrown DBF or she's lost her stride. ...more
Lin
I should have known it would be bad when I saw the praise on the cover from Kathryn Stocket. Lordy, lordy, another writer who tells and tells and tells and never shows! I kept flipping pages to get further into the story but it just kept getting worse. Maybe as a Yankee transplanted to the South I have a bias, but Caroline is such an unlikeable character! Who cares about her false values based on family history and place in society? Nearly as nasty as the trashy sister-in-law. Awful. How can thi ...more
Megan
Caroline is a southern lady, maintaining a mansion and plantation that has been in the family for over 100 years. She dabbles in a strawberry jam business, worries about her only child at college, and believes that there is nothing wrong with multiple lovers as long as she is discreet. Life gets exciting, though, when she decides to perform an intervention on her alcoholic sister-in-law and teach her four nieces some old-fashioned Southern manners.

Southern plantation romance with a well-develop
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Judy
This is Frank's seventh installment in the lowcountry tales series and one of the best. I loved it. She writes with so much wit and humor and her characters are so full of life. This novel returns to Tall Pines Plantation the scene of one of her earlier books in this series. Caroline Wimbley Levine is dealing with many issues, including a brother with an alcoholic wife and his four daughters that are out of control. Caroline's mother, Miss Lavinia, was the stalwart matriarch of the Wimbley clan ...more
Gail
After reading Plantation and loving it, I was very disappointed in this follow-up novel. My complaints: 1) the dialog in some chapters was tedious and boring; 2) the main character morphed into an annoying control freak that liked to sleep around, which is okay, but totally out of character from the previous book; 3) the author never explained what happened to Jack Taylor from the previous book; 4) the author went a little overboard with the voo-doo.

It did evoke some emotion from me in certain p
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Carol
Vacation read. This book is the sequel to Plantations which was a very good read. Caroline Wimbley Levine has returned to her childhood home in South Carolina. Plantations focuses Caroline's move back home with her son, Eric, and her mother, the strong matriarch of the family. This book takes place after her mother's death. Caroline's life would be perfect except for her brother's crazy alcoholic wife and their four unruly daughters. Frances Mae is the epitome of 'white trash,'poor girl, and doe ...more
Carrie
I can always go for a good beach read that takes place in the South. This wasn't it. I thought I'd get some insight to the lowcountry of SC...in betwixt the drama...hahaha, but it was way too much family drama and very, very corny. Last summer I read an entire list of beach books...and it was awesome...a real escape. This author wrote some book I enjoyed on the beach (can't remember the name) but this wasn't it.
Tabitha
My husband picked this book up for me for my birthday at a local store for 75 cents and therefore I felt the duty to read it. Needless to say it IS worth 75 cents as this book has many things wrong with it. The main character is an arrogant meddling woman who is generally unlikable (my main beef is that she comments on the 10 year old(!) niece's overeating habits and ugliness), there is zero plot development, the only slightly redeemable character in the book is the target of the author's need t ...more
Leslie
This is my second time reading a Dorothea Benton Frank tale. The tone and rhythm is definitely consistent. Very entertaining against a lowcountry backdrop and told in a Gullah tone at times. I enjoyed starting this while vacationing on Isle of Palms and just finished it up at home. I will certainly read my way through this series.
Ruthann
I was very disappointed with this book. I always look forward to a Dorothea Benton Frank book and recommend her to others, but this one just didn't do it for me. I couldn't connect with the characters or anything about the book.
Beth
Wow, is this the same author who wrote the wonderful "Isle of Palms" and "Plantation" ??? "Lowcountry Summer" was a big disappointment. The characters were not believable, the plot was horrendous...
Amanda
A few years ago I decided to try to read (what was then) local fiction. For the most part this has been a light, easy task, but I almost abandoned this one back at the library a few times. I'm fine with books that feature their Southerness, but only to a point. Here, Caroline seems to assault the reader (or listener in this case) with her Southerness. It was just way too much. She is the quintessential Southern belle snob that I can't stand--and the worst part was that she acknowledged it multip ...more
mwbham
You can hear the slowness of the speech patterns, feel the hot summer days and the muddy river between your toes. I feel like I've spent a summer in the south.
Pina Arnone
Thank you goodreads for this recommendation...I really enjoy this book.

Lowcountry Summer is the second story about Caroline Wimbley Levine and her extended family. Caroline has inherited Tall Pines Plantation from her deceased mother, Lavinia. All Caroline is hoping for is a peaceful quiet summer. However a series of trying events over the summer take Caroline on a journey that finally leads to her true happiness.

Since I did not read Plantation the first book about the Wimbley's and Tall Pines
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Kelly Norton
I liked this better than I thought I would. Listening to Caroline's summer adventures helped my commute time go quickly. It's an easy, fun listen with its share of twists and turns.

I almost quit listening, however after the 1st CD b/c of the misproununciations. The narrator claims 100 times she's from the "lowcountry," so she should sound like it. Though the narrator's voice has nothing to do with the writing, the terms she uses to describe certain things...can't seem to think of one now...makes
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Molly
Apr 24, 2011 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: TLC
Southern fiction at it's best! Wait. Hold on a second. I didn't think that at FIRST. It was a little slow for me in the beginning with Caroline dragging on about her life. But, after a bit, I started relaxing INTO the book. I became one with the book (zen, huh?), I became a part of the southern town and it's warm characters. Dorothea Benton Frank knows how to write women's fiction and how to make it GOOD.

Caroline's life is full of craziness. Drama, craziness, what ever you want to call. It's fu
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Lady
Aug 07, 2010 Lady rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lady by: Dorothea Benton Frank
Shelves: own-it, fiction, bookclub
Great summer read, fast and light and fun. The story doesn't have a lot of substance, but it's full of atmosphere. Dorothea Benton Frank evokes the South with it's charm and tradition and vestiges of class exceptionally.

The characters are all well developed, though in the beginning it's a little difficult to keep track of who's who. It might help to have read Plantation but it's certainly not necessarily. The events in this book are certainly an effect from that one, but you can enter into the
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Pam
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Caroline Wimbley Levine is turning forty-six which hardly seems old. For the heiress to the Tall Pines Plantation throne, she has some pretty big shoes to fill, however. Following her late, great predecessor and mother, Miss Lavinia, Caroline is determined to rule her land and family with and calm and grace of those before her.

Ah, but well on her way, she finds obstacles. A strangely silent college-aged son, a limp noodle brother and a raging drunk sister-
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Laura
I received this book last week and have already finished it. One of the reasons for a quick read, it that I broke my thumb and have most of my right hand in a cast. As a medical coder, I cannot code, but I can turn the pages. This book was a definite page turner! I have been a fan Dorothea Benton Frank for years. I love how she so richly develops each character featured, so we can truly feel as if we know them and can relate to their lives.

I am a Southern girl in MS, so her characters really str
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Tama
If I could have given this one a 3.8, I probably would have. The author tries to situate the main character Caroline (play on Carolina?) as a native low country woman of character trying to impart southern charm and manners on her four wayward nieces. However, in the process it becomes evident that Caroline has a few character flaws of her own - often doing the same thing that she would criticize her nieces for. I'm trying to figure out why the author would portray this person with polar opposit ...more
Lisa
Book Review - Lowcountry Summer

If you are craving a delightful romp along the Edisto River, this is the book to read this summer! The sequel to Plantation, DBF brings the Wimbley family back to entertain you once again.

Set in the South Carolina lowcountry, you will encounter small town life, gullah beliefs & folklore, marital discourse, teenage rebellion, rollicking romance, deep sorrow, and great happiness through the eyes of the Wimbley’s extended family. However, the cast of characters i
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Sara Strand
This is a great story that really shows you the dynamics of a typical southern family who has class and the taste to boot. I did enjoy the story as a whole but in all honesty? Caroline comes off as a selfish bitch really. She's very much one of those dominating personalities that has to know EVERYTHING and has an opinion on EVERYTHING and if you are doing something she doesn't like or agree with- you will know it. She doesn't seem like the type of person who can genuinely be happy for a person i ...more
Hattie
Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank is all about family. This particular family is facing every type of problem you can imagine. When it rains, it pours is what I thought about while reading this novel.Caroline and Millie Smoaks try to keep everything and everyone under control. I loved Millie Smoaks she is full of much needed wisdom. Millie is always in control no matter how many pecan waffles she is cooking. Caroline shows her gratitude for Millie's presence by running to her with every ...more
Michelle
Caroline Wimbley Levine is a true Southern gentlewoman - quirky, independent, aristocratic. Add to that being snobby, randy and a true busy body, and you have a fairly accurate picture of Miss Caroline. She is truly one unique individual. She is judgmental and somewhat hypocritical, especially when it comes to her nieces' behavior, yet her heart remains in the right place.

Lowcountry Summer is a fun book that definitely shares the appeal of living in the South. Its discussion of history, of food,
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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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