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Shem Creek (Lowcountry Tales #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  7,165 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters. The oldest, Lindsey, who always held her younger sister in check, is leaving for college. And Gracie, her Tasmanian devil, is giving her nightmares. Linda's personal life? Well, between the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet and her ex-husband who marries a beautiful, successful woman ten ...more
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Published (first published 2002)
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Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Starts off well. Linda Breland, single mom of two teen daughters, is tired of her life in NJ. She heads down to SC to her sister's to see if she can start over. We see her problems with her ex, her job, the men she dates, and her kids. Then we get her to SC where she lives with her supportive sister who is glad to have her around. She finds a job with a good group of people. Then all of a sudden the problems pretty much stop. The teen daughter who was getting trouble at every turn, stops. It's j ...more
The first book I read on vacation was Dorothea Benton Frank's Shem Creek. All of her books are based in South Carolina, which is one reason I'm such a fan. What was really cool was that we actually drove over Shem Creek while I was reading this book in the car - COOL. Anyway, like her others, I really enjoyed this book. Most of her stories have a similar premise - a woman (usually divorced) returns home to the South with at least one teenaged daughter. However, the stories above and beyond that ...more
Nov 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give a fellow South Carolinian one star, but I really didn't like this book. I grew up in Mt. Pleasant, where the story take place and it was really neat to see real places from my hometown in print, but I thought the writing was mediocre, the story was sappy and there wasn't really a good ending. It was like she got close to the end and the publishers said,"Ok, we need your manuscript right now!" and she just ended it.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I'll give Ms Frank a rest for awhile. The last couple books I've read seem to be pretty similar in plotting and a little formulaic. I like the low country venue, but "woman somehow gets to big city, gets married, has kids, husband cheats (epically), woman flees back to low country where she deals with rotten history, makes new and reacquaints with old friends, finds the man of her dreams and lives happily ever after has been done, ad nauseam.
Elizabeth Oporto
This book was pretty mediocre, even taking into account my low expectations/needing an easy read for a long car ride.
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful and cute story by one of my favorite authors. I love how the beauty and atmosphere of the Low Country (SC) jumps of the page. “Shem Creek” was certainly a bit lighter than any other books I’ve read so far by Dorothea Benton Frank, but nonetheless it was very entertaining and the book was over too soon! It’s amazing how Benton Frank captures the rhythm of this uniquely beautiful area around Charleston.
Another plus here is the great ensemble cast – the people working at the s
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with South Carolina and the characters of this story. Linda Breland, mother of 2 teenage daughters has decided that life in New Jersey is for the birds. She needs to go back to her roots and so she packs her daughters and her car and leaves her house and her job to head to Charleston, to Mount Pleasant and the shores of Shem Creek.

Linda is brash, bold, and a bit irreverent. She is also fiercely loyal, a loving mother, a devoted sister and a downright valuable employee. Just give
Sharon Huether
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mother with custody of her daughters leave NJ for her home in SC. She needs a fresh start since her divorce. Her sister is there in Mt Pleasant. Linda gets an interesting job in a popular local restruant. As she works there she is observed by all and is well liked, especially by the owner. To her surprise he asked her to marry him. The story brings out love, friendship, second chances and family. Great story
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book. Linda did the right thing getting her daughters out of New Jersey after her divorce. It took her awhile to realize what everyone else knew, that she and Brad had fallen in love. It took a confrontation with Amy and a fire at the restaurant and Gracie in the hospital to hit the nail on the head. Love DBF books...
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book, easy and light reading canned a bit, but sweet. Find it interesting that there are recipes in the back. Think I may to try the biscuit recipe and the pound cake.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story that made me laugh and cry! But the sad tears were replaced many timrs over with happy tears. Another must read by Ms. Frank.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Another great book in this series. This author definitely doesn't disappoint. The characters were definitely relatable and there was enough going on in the story to not make it boring.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pretty much read this book in one big gulp. Oh, all right...TWO big gulps. I couldn't seem to put it down. It reminded me very much of Maeve Binchy's books, and of Anne Rivers Siddons, as well. Not in content so much, but in my emotional response to the books. I pick up one of those two authors' books, and just...sink into another place, a vastly quiet and calm place, although some of the scenes are anything but calm. I find them gently compelling, and now Frank is in their ranks.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story a lot better than the previous book in the series. The characters were much more likable and the story flowed easier. I liked Linda and really wanted her to find what she needed in Shem Creek and she did. I was worried that something bad was going to happen to Gracie, which it did, but not because of her reckless behavior, but because she was trying to do right. I would like to see more of these characters in this series.
Petie McCarty
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just LOVE this author! She writes feel-good tales about families in the low-country, and you get wrapped up in the various characters. I listened to this as an abridged audio and the two narrators were absolutely PERFECT!! They made the whole experience twice as good.
Nancy Ingham
Nothing too special about it. A decent vacation read. I do love South Carolina, so I think that's why Dorothea Benton Frank's writing appeals to me.
Lindsey Schmidt
This book was both funny and sweet! I loved it and it's values.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute fluff book.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing Low Country story from the Queen! This was one of my favorites, hands down.
Anna Ballard
Dorothea Benton Frank is always a pleasant read, with good atmosphere and realistic people. This is no exception.
Kathie D
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LP SCCL very good
Dawn Jolin
Average story. But good beach/summer paperback read
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Book 4 in the Great Lowcountry Tales! New Jersey transplant, single mother of 2 girls, has had enough of her life in NJ, from her penny pinching ex-husband to what she is seeing her daughters lives are turning into. She calls her sister, Mimi, who currently is living on Shem Creek and asks her to take them all in, until Linda can get her life back on track! Thus begins a Great Read! Linda finding a job at a local restaurant, meeting the owner and his manager and cook and they will have you Laugh ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this a book a meh, it was ok, hand wave. The parts I loved: the description of the area, the creek itself, the beach, the lifestyle the characters led, the cute boathouse on the water they lived in. I fell more in love with the idea of this book, I think, than the actual book itself. What I didn't like: The crazy sudden relationship at the end between Linda and Brad- throughout most of the book you maybe got the sense that Linda was starting to develop a crush on Brad, but you didn't get ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t remember whether Shem Creek was the first or second book by Ms Frank that I ever read. It was certainly one or the other. I was enchanted by her recreation of the world of the coastal South, with its creeks and islands and quirky characters. It is the story of Linda Breland who returns to her home state with her two teenage daughters reluctantly in tow, to remake her life close to her sister and the places where she grew up. Needing a job, she talks a local restaurateur, Brad Jackson, in ...more
Michele Grant
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I missed reading this novel, as I have read every novel written by Dorothy Benton Frank's. Needless to say I was not disappointed in the least with yet another Lowcountry story. Linda Breland is a struggling, single mother of two teenage girls. Her daughters are her life and as such she will work herself to death to keep a roof over their heads as well as all the trappings a teenager needs. The one thing that Linda can't give her girls is time, time to know them and they her.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writing this review I am reminded of how much I enjoyed this first of my Dorothea Benton Frank Novels. This story of a strong southern woman transplanted by marriage up north who takes her two teenaged daughters home to the Low Country and to her sister's place after a bad divorce really had me hooked after reading only part of chapter one.

I love the way the characters just sort of happen upon each other and meet up by happenstance and suddenly become the best of friends. (except for family of c
Sep 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-reads
Ms. Frank has a unique writing style that I have come to love. This was a nice story. It wasn’t exceptional. A bit boring I might add, but the language and the phrasing and the conversations were witty and humorous. The story is about Linda and her 2 girls who come down to Shem creek after Linda decides she needs a new start especially for her wild teenager Gracie. Linda applies for a job at this restaurant owned by Brad. She gets the job because Brad takes an instant liking to her, even if she ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to have a good book going in the car most of the time. I just finished an abridged version of Shem Creek. I was disappointed when the set arrived on interlibrary load after waiting a couple weeks and seeing that it was abridged so I just went for it. As usual Frank writes a great story about older adults dating, their children and even their grandchildren. This one was about Linda, her two daughters Lindsey and Gracie and her new employer Brad. The gang that work at the restaurant is a h ...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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