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All the Single Ladies

(Lowcountry Tales #10)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  9,230 ratings  ·  1,109 reviews
The perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with an emotionally resonant novel that illuminates the power of friendship in women’s lives, and is filled with her trademark wit, poignant and timely themes, sassy, flesh-and-blood characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry.

Few writers capture the complexities, pain,
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by William Morrow (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Mary Eve Yes!! I love Dottie Frank!! Have all of her books. So happy to see the new book. Can't wait!! The Lowcountry is one of my favorite places in the world…moreYes!! I love Dottie Frank!! Have all of her books. So happy to see the new book. Can't wait!! The Lowcountry is one of my favorite places in the world. (less)
Tammy This is my third and I have one more in my tbr stack.

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All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank is a 2015 William Morrow Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I must confess up front that I have not, to my knowledge, read anything by this author. Gasp! I know that won't earn me any brownie points because I hear she is very well loved with a devoted fan base, which is why I was eager to read one of her books.

Sadly, I think I may have chosen the wrong book to start with
Raven Haired Girl
Jun 24, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015
I'm not completely on board with DBF but I have to give the authoress credit outstandingly describing the surroundings of South Carolina. From delicious food, warm people, humidity so thick you can slice it with a knife, turncoat weather, stifling heat and of course the hospitality and mannerisms, you feel as if you've stepped knee high into it all. Extremely atmospheric.

I wasn't of the mindset of the three female protagonists by any means. Lisa was way too preachy on her marijuana bandwagon, b
Beth Harbaugh
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book had such a great premise but it didn't work. The editing was hit and miss, there were places where sentences made no sense and characters were talking who weren't even in the conversation. Some of the dialogue was really dumb, especially when Lisa was talking about sexual attraction. And all the giggling - really? Couldn't they just laugh or guffaw or use one of the many other words to denote finding humor in the situation? And finally, all the self-righteous prattle about marijuana - ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry to say I can't recommend this one. I have enjoyed many of the author's other books, but I just couldn't stand the constant commentary on the evils of recreational marijuana. I hope that dancing on that soapbox was worth ruining your book, Dorothea. We get it. You don't smoke pot. Neither do I, and you still annoyed me.
Karen Ashmore
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Having grown up in SC, I read Dottie Frank's new beach novel every year. Some are better than others. This one was so-so. I have lived in Colorado for over 20 years now and can assure readers that the cannabis industry is not the evil industry she portrays. It is a well-regulated, fast growing (no pun intended) industry whose tax revenues help improve our schools.

The story was superficial and the characters were too goody-goody and judgemental, the romances too quick, the ending too tidy, and f
Denise Murphy
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love Dorothea Benton Frank. Loved Pawley's Island, Plantation and more. Not so much this one. Is she locked into a contract that forces her to crank out books by a certain date? That's what it feels like.
Judy D Collins
Dorothea Benton Frank returns with laugh out loud entertaining, ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, a sassy, witty, and hilarious Southern Carolina Lowcountry gem. Three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by one woman’s death, for a "must pack" beach bag, summer beach read! If you are a female in the 50+ range, you will relate and devour this one. I am unfortunately in this group.

As the book opens, we meet Lisa a nurse, who works in geriatrics and her favorite patient is dying of cancer. Divorced, in he
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa St. Clair is a nurse at an assisted living facility. When one of her favorite patients, Kathy dies, she hooks up with the two friends, Suzanne and Carrie, who loyally sat with Kathy throughout her ordeal. All three women are single and over fifty. As they work together to solve the mysteries of Kathy's past, they bond over wine, donuts and secrets. They all live in Suzanne's ninety nine year old grandmother Trudy's home on the Isle of Palms. Trudy is an absolute riot! With the help and enco ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I haven't read all of Mrs. Frank's books, only a few. Enough that I was left wondering who actually wrote this one. It reads like a first foray into writing. Seriously.

The main character is depicted as a 52 year old woman. I know lots of women in their 50's. None of them act this adolescent.

The dialogue is stilted. The descriptions come across as condescending; there's a mini-soap-box in multiple chapters. It felt like every single thing had to be defined because as readers we're too dumb to kn
Connie G
"All the Single Ladies" is a story about warm friendships among three middle-aged Southern women, each of whom has a special new guy in her life. There are also several older characters who are very loved--sweet Kathy and sassy Miss Trudie--who are dealing with health issues. The book is humorous, and filled with the local color of Charleston, South Carolina. Unfortunately, some parts of the story are unrealistic or predictable. It's a light beach read.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A nice beach read with likeable characters. Not the greatest writing and the editor must've been drunk, but still a sweet enough story.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the great things about summer is that I get to spend some time in South Carolina's Lowcountry when Dorothea Benton Frank's latest novel publishes. This year's terrific novel All The Single Ladies shows Frank in fine form with wonderful characters in a great story, topped off with Frank's signature one-liners that crack me up.

Lisa St. Clair is a divorced nurse, struggling to make do with a part-time job working at an adult home, sad that her 18-year-old daughter has moved to Colorado, wher
Sara Strand
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Your summer reading list cannot be complete unless you have a book by Dorothea Benton Frank on it. It doesn't even matter which one, but lucky for you, she must have an intense writing schedule because she always seems to have a new one out in time for summer. (Which is incredibly smart because that means her book tours must be an absolute blast!)

I absolutely am a Dorothea super fan. I have read almost all of her books (I'm working on completing them all!), I have purchased many copies of her bo
Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf
Lisa St. Claire is a divorced nurse who works in a nursing home named Pallmetto House. The book starts with the death of one of Lisa’s favorite patient, Kathy Harper. After the death of Kathy, Lisa becomes good friends with Kathy’s friends Suzanne and Carrie and the three take on the job of cleaning out the old lady’s apartment. In the process, the three middle-aged ladies embark on a mission of discovery and friendship.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed with this book. I felt that m
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dorothea Benton Frank's books have always been favorites of mine for light reading. This one, I'm sad to report, was just too trite. The characters were not up to her usual standards. The challenges faced by these women were not particularly onerous, and yet, somehow, it seemed as if they needed men to come riding in to fix everything.

I was a little disappointed with the one before this, but now I'm just done.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have enjoyed this author very much in the past, however this story was truly painful to read. It doesn't come close to the calibre of her past stories. Did someone else write this? Very disappointing.
Eileen Lennon
Jun 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
If you need to recommend a book for a nun with insomnia, this is it.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I can honestly say that I really enjoyed All the Single Ladies. I was sucked right into the magic of the Lowcountry and didn't stop until the story was complete. The story is told from Lisa's point of view. She is a geriatric nurse who works part time and lives alone with her dog. When one of her favorite patients, Kathy, dies from cancer, she ends up forming friendships with Kathy's best friends, Carrie and Suzanne. Together, they try to piece together parts of Kathy's life that they didn't kno ...more
May 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Dec 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I used to love Dorothea Benton Frank's books. I still have five of her first books on my shelves at home and I don't know how her books about the lowcountry that I used to absolutely adored just turned into what most of her books are now to me, which is just a really boring way to pass the time. I am so mad that I bought this book in hardcover too. A little voice was like, no Blue, don't do it. Just wait and see the reviews. But shiny cover and the fact that I was fondly remembering past books a ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have been curious about this author and was pleased to win this book through a contest. In the spirit of the giveaway, I read it through to the end. About 100 pgs. into the story, I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters and was so tired of Pickles, the dog, and her life and feelings. I stumbled upon this: "for the first time in at least ten years I felt a powerful twitch south of the Mason-Dixon Line in my personal Lowcountry." What the story line lacked in im ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Yikes. As judgmental as the protagonist was of her daughter, and of so many other people, I had a hard time liking this book. Every time anyone expressed an opinion that differed from her own, it seemed to demonize that person. Whenever things got too ugly, Frank seems to throw in a description of food. There are a LOT of descriptions of food.

Additionally, I'm not sure whether or not to take offense at the life preserver on the cover. I am a single lady myself, and not a one of these ladies ende
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was one I read for my experiment about "place" and whether the setting of a book was sufficient to carry it. My answer to that question for this book was "no."

Although I did like the descriptions of the low country—its foliage, its beasties, its unique and delicious-sounding food—and also enjoyed the southern lingo and expressions employed by the characters (reminded me of my own mama, a Virginian), the plot itself was muddled and a bit facile, not to mention improbable. First of all,
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“I had a terrible thought. What if one of my parents died and the surviving one wanted to live with me? Oh! God! No! I sort of said a blasphemous prayer, petitioning the Lord for my mother to go first because I could tolerate my father's company without every moment feeling like I was having a deep scaling in the dentist's chair."

"John's only been dead for ten minutes! And you sound like Amanda from The Glass Menagerie waiting on a gentleman caller."

"He was grinning from ear to
Ingryd Masters
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
So, I'm a HUGE fan of her earlier books. The Hurricane Sister and this one is just not to that caliber. I agree with earlier reviews, that it appears she is rushed to produce her books by a deadline or her writing style has changed from a Great southern novelist which I often described her as a female Pat Conroy to a plain writer. She would submerge the reader in her visuals of the low country. She would transport you from whatever location you were in to the low country where you can be so engr ...more
Andrea Guy
Dorothea Benton Frank is one of those authors that I would call a guilty pleasure if I believed in guilty pleasures.

Her books are either really good or really not so good.

All The Single Ladies (Yeah, now I have the Beyonce song stuck in my head) is one of those really good ones.

It deviates from her normal style. Lisa is not married to a rich guy who cheats on her and wants a divorce. No, she's a nurse at a personal care home, and one of her patients dies and she befriends that patients friends.

Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
The so-called "low-country" of the Carolinas and Georgia is one of my favorite places, the food is excellent, the beaches are wonderful and people are friendly. That's one of the reason's I always look forward to a new summer read by Dorothea Benton Frank. This one was no exception. Lisa is a geriatric nurse at an eldercare facility where she cares for not only elderly patients, but also those a bit younger who are in Hospice care. When her favorite Hospice patient dies, Lisa and her friends, Ca ...more
All three of these friends are a bit older and it is awesome to see that they aren't giving up on finding happiness. This is my third novel by Dorothea Benton Frank that I have read and I have loved them all. I'm on a quest to read all the others because I love that the stories are not really depressing or too heavy. They are the perfect way to spend the day. I want to move to the Low Country and find friends just like Lisa, Carrie, and Suzanne. I can't forget Suzanne's grandmother, Trudie! She ...more
Ashley Farley
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Readers can always count on Dot Frank to deliver an enjoyable summer #BeachRead. Her characters are memorable. Her plots are fast-paced and age appropriate for maturing women. But what sets Frank apart from other writers of her caliber in her genre is her ability to blend contemporary with tradition. Her characters work and raise their families in a modern world while remaining true to their Southern ways. She reminds us of the importance of friendship and family values in the complex world we l ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I used to love Dorothea Benton Frank books. However, now they're too predictable. Why does every book have to refer to a hurricane? I also found it hard to believe that a 99-year old woman was still cooking large hot meals for 3 and 4 people.
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Dorothea Benton Frank was a New York Times best-selling American novelist of Southern fiction. She worked in the apparel industry from 1972 until 1985 and then organized fundraisers as a volunteer, before becoming a novelist.

She is best known as the author of twenty novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

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Lowcountry Tales (1 - 10 of 12 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)
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