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Plantation (Lowcountry Tales #2)

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When Caroline Wimbley Levine learns that her mother, Miss Lavinia, has supposedly gone mad, she leaves the big city bustle of Manhattan and returns to Tall Pines Plantation. Caroline originally left Tall Pines to escape her feisty, eccentric mother and her drunken brother, Trip, but when Miss Lavinia dies, Caroline is forced to come to terms with her family's troubled hist

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ebook, 608 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published July 1st 2001)
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Kimberly B.
The characters in Plantation are fantastic! Love them (Miss Lavinia) or not (Frances Mae), they are all vividly portrayed and intriguing. Certain characters reminded me so much of members of my own family, especially Trip's brood (I probably shouldn't say that, haha!). Frank's descriptions of the ACE Basin are so colorful and graphic you can feel the mugginess in the air, taste Miss Sweetie's strawberry jam, and smell Miss Lavinia's roses. This is one of the few books I've read that emotes both...more
Carolyn
I've read several excellent novels set in the Low Country of the U.S. Southeast (roughly, along the tidal coast between Charleston and Savannah) by three authors: Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Dorothea Benton Frank. Though a long way from being a native, I'm familiar with the territory because my husband grew up in Savannah and one of my brothers has lived in the Charleston area for 45 years or so.

As with the others, this book's characters are so richly drawn I felt as if I knew them as...more
Gloria
This may have even been better than Sullivan's Island, which was the first Frank book for me. It was so clever and funny, but yet so poignant. The characters were so well developed--it was a really fun read, for sure. Hmmm, which Dorothea Benton Frank book I will tackle next?????
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I love Dorothea Benton Frank. She always writes wonderful stories with very strong women characters and Plantation is no exception. Millie is wonderful with her fiery personality and her Gullah dialect and her potions. She is a great sidekick to Miss Lavinia, the Queen of Tall Pines. Miss Lavinia is eccentric as they come. She rules her little world with a strict discipline - Miss Manners must be proud. She is irreverent. She is funny. She is warm when she wants to be. And she loves to have fun...more
Judi/Judith Riddle
I picked this novel up at a local library book sale for 25 cents and I got a big surprise when I opened the book and started reading. I couldn't stop turning the pages of this mesmerizing story of a family in distress in the Low Country, which are the islands surrounding Charleston, SC. As I was reading this wonderful novel I couldn't help thinking the the writing style seemed similar to a cross between Pat Conroy and Fannie Flag, two popular southern authors. This novel will be a revisit for an...more
Clare
One star is too many for this book. In the spirit of full disclosure, I need to say that I could not get past the first 100 pages before I put it down in disgust. The author relies on stereotypes (a pregnant woman thinks she is going to have a girl because she craves pink food), improbablities (a woman says nothing to her husband after calling his hotel room and his jealous ex-wife answers the phone), and misinformation (the information shared regarding learning disabilites is misleading and jus...more
Stacy
moves right to the top of my list.......can't wait for "Lowcontry Summer"......God Bless Dottie Frank!
Marcia
Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank has been on the "gotta get to this book" list for some time. Now that a follow-up book, Lowcountry Summer, has just come out, I figured it was time to get to Plantation which I had downloaded to my Kindle last year.

Plantation was a story of a family finding its true self again after years of misinterpretations and misunderstandings. I enjoyed seeing Caroline Wimbley Levine find her true heart and home, although it seemed at times that she certainly was taking...more
Amanda
I really enjoyed reading this book, until the end; not that the ending was bad...I just don't care for sad endings. The whole book tended to be on the humorous side but the ending took a turn for the serious that didn't really mesh with the tone of the rest of the book.

The main character, Caroline, deals with major life changes with a quick wit and sassy southern charm. She grows up idolizing her father who was taken away from the family far too early. Caroline is left with her brother while he...more
Cindy
I guess I'd rate this one at 3.5. I liked it better than Sullivan's Island because I felt the story progressed a bit better. I am finding an unlikely amount of love interests in her stories. It seems that every man these women meet just about fall in love with them and no one ever really seems angry when the romance fizzles. And they are always so friendly with each other. No hurt feelings or jealousy. Seems a bit unrealistic to me, but it was a cute, feel good story none-the-less.
Alyce Joines
An "eyes wide open" look at mother-daughter relationships, Plantation introduces us to Caroline Wimbley Levine who left her southern home for the big city, married and had a son. She also left behind her mother, Miss Lavinia, and her brother, Trip. Caroline comes back to the plantation after both call her with wildly varying stories of an incident in which Miss Lavinia fired a gun at Trip. Finding the truth behind this story and many others which Caroline had believed since she was a child gives...more
Jacqui
I love the molasses-y southerness of this book - the music of the speech, the visceral presence of the setting, the irreverent reverence of “Mother,” the slow waltz of character interplay.
And it was the perfect book for this moment in my life.
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Having just been blind-sided by the sudden death of my mother, I, like Caroline in the novel, find myself stopped short by brief glimpses of her presence. I’ll see it out of the corner of my eye. There...more
Natalie
Dec 14, 2008 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ivy and Jen
Recommended to Natalie by: Aunt Cay
A masterpiece in what I would call "character-driven fiction." Much like my own writing, it's not the plot-points that sell this as much as the characters, think Fanny Flagg but faster moving fiction. The mother in this novel is one of the best female characters I've seen in a long time and quite original, warm, funny, inviting. It's told from the daughter's point of view in first person. You will bawl your eyes out towards the end when the mother holds her last great "Hurrah!" in her pontoon bo...more
Linda
I have read several books by Dorothea Benton Frank that I have enjoyed very much. However, I did not like Plantation as much as the others. The story is good, a grown daughter returning to South Carolina to care for her mother, however I never really connected with the daughter. She seemed to behave in ways that didn't seem in character. The descriptions of the Low Country of South Carolina are very well done. The loving and devoted housekeeper was funny and delightful, my favorite character in...more
Judy Collins
As a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank, SC Lowcountry and queen of the south, I have read a few of her newer releases and missed some of the oldies but goodies, so playing catch up. I love the reprints and new e-books, with the new high resolution attractive front covers, which are nice to display on your reading list instead of the old outdated covers. (Nice job with Sullivan’s Island-Lowcountry Tales #1 and Plantation – Lowcountry Tales #2), as read them back to back.

Dorothea definitely speaks the...more
Lorna
I loved Frank's Sullivan Island so I thought I would love this one too. I picked up and put it down, picked it up and put it down. Then last week I picked it up again and finished it in two days. I love the southern humor and the voodoo herbs. This is a fun read once you get past the first couple of chapters it swings into gear and you'll be laughing all the way to the end.
Susan Willingham
I should have read this one first, but I accidently read Lowcountry Summer first (which is the continuing story of the Wimbley family.) I love Miss Lavinia, owner of the plantation. She is an exact copy of my mother-in-law! Perfect manners, everything served in just the right way, with the perfect linens, dishes, and goblets. Lots of humor and sarcasm galore.
Mrs.Gamgee
The setting was lovely, and the author's descriptive talents are great, but I found her characters confusing and very judgemental. For example, the main character, Caroline, is constantly insulting and degrading her sister-in-law, who is from a poorer class. Yes, the sister-in-law is a bit of a pill, but when Caroline is constantly whining about being treated poorly by her mother and husband, it seems unlikely that she would be so incredibly harsh on another visible outsider. Also, just in terms...more
Miandmiksmom
This was a good book...I love the Southern culture and the story. It seemed to go on and on though...maybe because I had too many books that I was excited to read sitting on my bedside table!
Charlotte Erickson
I was nervous starting this book because it's rather long (over 500 pages). But I need not have been nervous at all. It didn't feel like 500 pages. It's not the absolute best story I've ever read, but the characters were genuine and the situations they encountered were believable and real. You easily connected to them and felt for them as they went about trying to solve their problems and set their lives right. It's beautifully written (although, at moments, hard to follow because the narrator c...more
Kshydog
Although I was not impressed with Caroline while she was in NY - just accepting her husband's behavior upset me, her reaction to her son. Loved her sense of humor and really got to like her after going back home to SC. Truly loved Miss Lavinia, her mother, with her thoughts on life, her supportive friends, and came to understand her behavior towards her children. Enjoyed supporting characters such as Millie with her Gullah ways, sister-in-law's crazy comments, and the several guys that wanted he...more
Evi
The second of Dorothea Benton Frank's books set in the Lowcountry area of South Carolina. Caroline Wimbley Levine has returned to her childhood home to "see about Mother". Miss Lavinia is as maddeningly eccentric as ever and her antics were enough to make the reader laugh out loud at times. Loved Millie the housekeeper with her southern magic potions and second sight. Caroline's white-trash sister-in-law, Frances Mae, is a total hoot.

Tall Pines is brimming with scandals and secrets, betrayals an...more
Joan
Interesting novel; smooth writing style; nice character development. I found the author's attempts to simulate Southern dialect in writing a little distracting. I was halfway through the book before I realized that her fabricated word "yanh" was supposed to represent the peculiar way some Southerners say, "Do you hear?" What made it confusing is that she also used it in place of every "here" and "hear" in the dialogue. I have lived in the American Southeast my entire lifetime and have never hear...more
Debbe
I love these books, my son moved to the low country so these books remind me of my visits to him and my grandsons. I loved this book, I love how the family in this book seemed like someone down the street. The characters are like people I know, maybe not like, but know. I was happy how the sister and brother finally saw their mother in a different light and how they are now a closer set of siblings. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the low country series.
Kellie
This was probably one of the better Dot Frank books I have read. Although, I think this book could have been shorter. There were some slow moving parts in the book that I think can be eliminated without taking anything away from the content. I love the humor and the southern flair. (Unique characteristics of the Lowcountry Tales). This book was about Caroline and her family. Caroline and her mother have always had a somewhat strained relationship ever since the death of her father. When Caroline...more
Carolyn
I know of three authors who write excellent novels set in the Low Country of the US Southeast - roughly, along the coast between Savannah and Charleston. It's territory I'm familiar with because my husband grew up in Savannah and one of my brothers has made his home in the Charleston area for the last 45 years or so. The three are Pat Conroy, Anne River Siddons, and Dorothea Benton Frank. I feel as if their characters are part of my own family. They have problems and flaws, they learn from them,...more
Michelle
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and I blew through it in less than a week. It would make a nice beach read. It's nothing earth shattering and it's not something that you're going to think long and hard about or contemplate. It's just a fun read.
Christine
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Susy
After the family history that was Middlesex, I needed to head back to South Carolina's Low Country so Plantation was a perfect winter get away of the mind. This is my second read by the author & I actually think her first novel so while some of the themes seemed familiar I think this is where DB Frank tested out what matters to her. And what matters is a sense of place; the knowledge that no matter what one can still go home again; and perhaps most importantly that a woman who hasn't been gi...more
Cathy Thomas roach
My mom highly recommended this book and loaned me her copy. I almost didn't finish it. The main character, Caroline, was - in my opinion - very unlikable during the first portion of the book. Glad I stuck with it though. As she undergoes some major life-changing events, she comes home - not just physically - and reclaims her Southern roots and upbringing. It was a very bittersweet story with some good laughs - also a good cry at the end. I stayed with my grandmother through the last few hours of...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...more
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