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Lowcountry Summer (Lowcountry Tales #7)

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“Frank…writes with genuine adoration for and authority on the South Carolina Lowcountry from which she sprang….[Her] stuff is never escapist fluff—it’s the real deal.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Return to Tall Pines in the long-awaited sequel to Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved bestseller Plantation. Lowcountry Summer is the story of the changing anatomy of a family after
ebook, 283 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by William Morrow (first published July 1st 2002)
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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
Oct 13, 2010 Tracy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sucks, sucks, sucks... last one of her's I'll read.
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,
Jul 26, 2014 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2011 Lin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Apr 01, 2014 Tabitha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Dorothea Benton Frank lets her characters have conversations with the reader. Her books are so heart warming and filled with true southern charm. A great read just to make you feel good, and to read just for the love of reading.
Jun 23, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Aug 18, 2010 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2016 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I've read the reviews and some are kind of harsh. Maybe the difference is this is only the second book I've read by Dorothea Benton Frank so I have nothing to compare it to. The first one I read was Hurricane Sisters. I enjoyed the story line, the characters brought out different feelings in me. I didn't like Linnie or Frances Mae and felt sorry for Chloe. One of the reviewers said she went to school with Dorothea and actually wondered were she grew up?? She said livi ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
Aug 20, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 11, 2016 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Dorothea Benton Frank books. This one, however, just did not do it. A meddlesome woman, not yet fifty, worrying about her nineteen-year-old son's "unsuitable" friends, while she carries on multiple affairs, some in real life and some in her fantasy life. All this while trying to straighten out her spineless brother and his trashy wife, and their four worthless daughters, who just don't understand what it means to be aristocratic. Oh, please! Who gave Caroline the right to play wit ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Ruthann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 15, 2010 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Feb 04, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2010 mwbham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2014 Pina Arnone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Wonderful story! Well written. Told from the POV of the author a gentile southern woman with a wild streak a half a mile wide!
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
Mar 15, 2016 Marty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GREAT book. Love all Dot's books, but this one was really GREAT
Jun 12, 2016 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second book that I have read by this author and particularly enjoy the setting since it is in the south. The Charleston area is one of my favorite places. Caroline and Tripp ate siblings who live close by each other. Tripp is having problems with his estranged wife and 4 daughters. After having his wife put into rehab, the family bonds together to try to straighten out the girls over the summer. Problems occur everyday including voodoo, a death, drugs, sex, and lots of other things. Surprise, ha ...more
Valerie Reed
Aug 26, 2014 Valerie Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one!
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Apr 24, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) 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
Jun 23, 2015 Lady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lady by: Dorothea Benton Frank
Shelves: own-it, bookclub, fiction
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
Apr 21, 2011 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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-
Jun 21, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2010 Tama rated it really liked it
Shelves: pleasure, kindle
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
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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)
  • Return to Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales, #6)
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