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In this thoughtful, timely, humorous, and bighearted tale, perennial New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank examines what happens when a young sophisticated Chicagoan falls for the owner of a farm on Johns Island, a lush Lowcountry paradise off the coast of South Carolina-trading the bustle of a cosmopolitan city for the vagaries of a small southern town.

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First published May 15, 2018

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Dorothea Benton Frank

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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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Profile Image for Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader.
2,183 reviews30.5k followers
May 18, 2019
Some authors make you nostalgic! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I was living in South Carolina when Sullivan’s Island was published, and I vividly remember purchasing it at a bookstore in Charleston, not far from Sullivan’s Island. I loved Dorothea Benton Frank’s storytelling and her use of the South Carolina Lowcountry as a backdrop for her stories. How happy was I when she did several more installments of the Lowcountry tales?

In By Invitation Only, Frank takes us back to the beloved Lowcountry, this time to remote Johns Island. Well, to be exact, the settings include a South Carolina peach farm and a high society area of Chicago.

Diane and Susan’s children are marrying each other, and they could not be from more different worlds. There’s a culture clash between the two and some fun and zany happenings here and there, too.

I liked that while Fred and Shelby are the ones getting married, the story was much more about Diane and Susan. They meet for the first time at an engagement party in South Carolina. The party is a barbecue dinner, and this is where the two mothers have their first misunderstandings.

By Invitation Only contains Dorothea Benton Frank’s signature charming characters. It was such an easy read, perfect for summer and the beach, and it had an emotional punch, too, especially at the end. I loved the setting of the peach farm, and Diane was such a wonderful, endearing character and mom. Overall, this was a fun escape of a read and true-to-form for this special author!

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
Profile Image for Sherri Thacker.
1,304 reviews268 followers
June 8, 2018
I was ready for a break from the psychological psychopath stories I’ve been reading lately and this one fit the bill! This is my 5th book by Dorothea Benton Frank and I was hoping to like this one more than I did. I know I’m in the minority on this one but I’m giving it 3 stars. It was good, not great in my eyes.
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3,063 reviews1,755 followers
May 6, 2019
Family mythology says that even in its youth, the house was so unappealing that Sherman’s troops let it stand. The officers said it wasn’t worth the flick of the flint it would've taken to torch it, and the Yankees had slept in the barn by choice. I heard somewhere that the real reason they took to the barn was that my great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother was especially frisky, but I’d never repeat that.

“That ought to make ‘em happy… And if it doesn’t, they can all go home and scratch their mad place.”… No one ever really defined what one’s mad place might be, but it was assumed to be in the area of one’s personal Lowcountry.

When we were growing up, Floyd and I used to say our dishes were Chinese – Ding Dynasty.

My Review:

Dorothea Benton Frank imbues her entertaining stories with a special blend of humor, which appears to be equal parts keen wry wit and a unique yet indefinable form of Lowcountry magic. I have been completely enamored with her clever arrangements of words since my first exposure with The Hurricane Sisters. I was an instant fangirl and have delighted in each of her thoughtfully observant and witty written tales that I’ve been lucky enough to snag. Her quirky characters come alive on the page and become so familiar I feel I could recognize them on the street.

By Invitation Only was a smartly paced and pleasantly entertaining tale of contrasts that began with a young newly engaged couple announcing their intentions and plans to introduce their divergently different sets of relatives for the first time were instituted. It was the in-laws vs. the outlaws; midwestern urbanites meet the Southern country bumpkins; wealthy snobs meet salt-of-the-earth rednecks. It didn’t help that Uncle Floyd was a Doomsday planner who appeared besotted with camo. He primarily wore camo pants, had camo covered furniture, and even toted a camo themed flask for his spirits. He was also a chick magnet. Go figure…

Dueling engagement parties were planned across the country every upscale extravagance was expended by the Chicago contingent, who thought their worst fears would be finding taxidermy, picnic tables, and gun racks upon arrival at the farm for the Southern version - only to discover moonshine, pig trophies, and the impossibility of removing manure from Chanel ~ snort. I savored every word and eagerly consumed the amusing tag lines that set the tone for each new chapter.
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2,024 reviews15.7k followers
April 30, 2019
A delightful story packed with charm, humor, and heart!

Dorothea Benton Frank has constructed an engaging tale oozing with Southern charm. I really enjoy reading southern fiction, I am fascinated by the south and its history and traditions. I also really enjoy books with colorful well developed characters and this book had those in abundance! This book left me with a big smile on my face and a craving for peach pie!

Two very different women from two very different backgrounds. Diane is a single mother living on the family farm in South Carolina earning a living off the land. Susan is a socialite living in Chicago wanting for nothing.A collision of north and south occurs when Fred (Diane’s son) and Shelby (Susan‘s daughter) get engaged. What transpires is two very different engagement parties, one with a cow and sweet tea and one with champagne and glitz. A glamorous wedding with an off the charts price tag. BUT then tragedy hits both families that ultimately brings them closer together than they would have ever thought.

I loved Diane, the farm, and the sense of family. Susan was a total which, but I think this was done to show a huge contrast between these women. I would tend to believe that most people wealthy or not would not have behaved the same in the same situation, but it did make for an entertaining story. This book was really such a fun and lighthearted read. I loved the characters and the emphasis on the importance of family. Looking forward to my next book from Miss Frank.

*** many thanks to William Morrow for my copy of this book ***
Profile Image for Lexine.
395 reviews91 followers
August 1, 2018
I have no idea how this book got on the NY Times Bestsellers' List. Nor how it got a semi-decent rating on Goodreads. For me, this book is a cliche plot of two worlds colliding, a rich Midwestern family who considers private planes the norm and a Southern family who pride themselves on their peaches. Cliches are cliches because they happen, but good writers can make cliches so much more than what they are. Dorothea Frank was sadly unable to do so. In addition to the tired plot, I found the characters to be annoying (especially Diane, Fred's mother, who wouldn't even consider Alden until she thought that he was taken by someone else???), the jumps in point of view between chapters somewhat unnecessary and confusing, and their interactions and dialogue contrived and artificial. They all sound stilted, like poor voice actors who decide to read off the script instead of trying to inject some feeling into it.

I would give it less than a 1 star if I could, definitely not recommending this.

Profile Image for Monica Kim | Musings of Monica .
514 reviews535 followers
October 20, 2018
Dorothea Benton Frank’s “By Invitation Only” is such a funny, charming, and wonderful novel, I had way too much fun reading it. I was so sad when it ended, loved it so much from beginning to end. One of the best books I’ve read this year! I typically don’t like or read this genre of books by this type of authors, you know authors like Nicolas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, etc. But when I was compiling list of books I wanted to read for the summer, I wanted to add something fun & light, and this sounded like the perfect read. I’m so glad I added this book; I just wish I had read it in summer, it would’ve been THE perfect summer read. I have a new favorite author, and I now know whom to turn to when I’m looking for something fun & light. This was exactly what I needed after all the serious books I’ve been reading. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a change of pace & scenery.
This novel is about a young couple living & working in Chicago, each from completely different worlds, who are engaged to be married. Fred Stiftel, the groom is from a Lowcountry farm and Shelby Cambria, the bride is from a wealthy, well-to-do family in Chicago. Both are only child, and both of parents & family want only the best for their children and find themselves in a collision as they begin planning the engagement party leading up to the wedding. Their mothers Diane & Susan (respectively) who are both very headstrong are the narrators of the novel, and the novel unfolds with alternating POVs of the two mothers and their power struggles is focus of the story. In between the engagement parties & the wedding, we are introduced to slew of characters, dramas, and situations with an unexpected outcome I saw it coming it, but nonetheless, surprisingly heartwarming & sweet. There’s lot happening in the novel, but it did not feel overwhelming, and the author tied up everything nicely towards the end.
This novel was so much fun to read, what a treat! I thought it was going to be cheesy, but it wasn’t like that at all. Frank has done a incredible job of setting up the atmosphere of the novel, which I thought was the highlight. I love the south, and the southern charm is imbued in every aspect of the story. It’s not an easy life, but the way Stiftel family lives their lives — farming, cooking, farm stands, making things with their own hands, and the whole communal lifestyle are so charming & admirable. Quite the juxtaposition to the Cambria’s fancy, luxurious, and glamorous lifestyle, which they don’t even blink an eye spending $500 for a dinner. But is everything perfect inside as it seems outside? The characters were so much fun, some lovable and some not, but all likable in their own ways. I love the Stiftel grandma so much! One of the things I liked about Frank’s writing is the way she details things, conversations, and situations; it’s the attention to the little details that really blew me away. And boy, is Frank funny & witty or what! She knows how to crack me up! And in the midst of all the dramas, there’s an important message author conveys — the importance of family and knowing what’s really important at the end of a day. Hilarious, heartwarming, and charming, highly recommend this novel! This was my first novel by the author and certainly won’t be the last. What is your favorite novel by Dorothea Benton Frank? 🤓✌️📖
Profile Image for Amy.
979 reviews265 followers
April 24, 2023
First, who doesn't just love Dorothea Benton Frank. She is funny and descriptive, and her characters just get in a tangle. No one pulls off Southern charm better than she and her characters.

This one was listed in the Friendship tag, but I saw anything but. It's really about two warring in law families, one in Lowcountry, the other a southern metropolis I have already forgotten. Charleston perhaps? It has been lingering on my TBR for awhile, so I thought to grab it for the Friendship tag. Her book Same Beach Last Year, which I also read this month certainly was. But as I said, this one didn't have friendship at its core in any way. But I also noted, I have just one of her books left to complete the cannon of DBF's works. And I partially wonder if indeed I have already read it.

So. I learned in the last few years that this author had passed away, and I was incredibly sad. I knew this was one of her last, if not her last works. But what I didn't know, is how young she was. She had just welcomed a first grandchild into the world, and was so so excited. I believe she had just has a couple of children recently married. She had so much to live for. Google at 4AM tells me that she died of a sudden leukemia at age 67 in 2019. So reading this made me a little sad. I couldn't really stop thinking about it. But inside the pages and chapters there is joy, and sadness too, but humor, and quirky characters, and color and so much life, and that is going to be how I remember her. Just like that. Rest in peace Dorothea (my mothers name as well). You brought a lot of light and love and wit and humor into this world. You left us lighter, although heavier for your loss. Thank you for your gifts.
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309 reviews21 followers
July 26, 2018
What happens when 2 polar opposites learn their children are about to marry each other? By Invitation Only is what happens. Largely narrated by above said “opposites” Susan and Diane, this is an amusing, fun read.
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1,499 reviews21 followers
September 7, 2018
I read 100 pages then said that’s it. I have read a few DBF books and have given them 3 stars. I really wanted to like and finish this one but the characters were so annoying, the plot uninteresting and the humor monotonous. I felt like DBF was trying too hard to use comedy to endear the characters to the reader. My opinion of course. Please read if you are a big DBF fan. Book just not for me.
Profile Image for Jamie Rosenblit.
943 reviews531 followers
May 7, 2018
Really enjoyed this one! When two families from different worlds are thrust together planning a wedding for their children, things certainly do not go quite so seamless. From farm country south to socialite Chicago, Dorothea Benton Frank does not disappoint in By Invitation Only. Told from many different perspectives, the personalities in each chapter are all nailed with precision and have their own unique voices. The story unfolds in a way that will captivate you until the last page.

I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Amy.
1,942 reviews1,898 followers
May 18, 2019
DBF is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to read for years, I’m not sure what took me so long because this one was really fun! Southern Fiction is fast becoming one of my favorite sub genres and I can see why the author is a fan favorite, this was full of southern charm.

This flips back and forth between Diane and Susan, with a few chapters from Susan’s daughter, Shelby as well. When Shelby and Diane’s son Fred get engaged two very different worlds collide. Diane is a country girl through and through and Susan is the total opposite. She’s extremely wealthy and snobby and when the two families meet for the first time, let’s just say it was funny to watch but a nightmare for them both I’m sure. Fred’s family was lovable from the beginning and Shelby’s was again, exactly the opposite but by the end I sort of liked her. There are enough amazing, likable characters with Fred’s extended family and friends that it was actually pretty fun to dislike her.

One small, unique touch from the author was that every chapter was headed with a little snippet of dialogue between the characters that sets the tone for what’s next and I found it to be a really charming little touch. I’m not sure if this is the authors usual style, but either way it was appreciated. I can totally recommend this one to add to your summer reading list, just beware, you may find yourself craving some sweet peach tea and biscuits a few times!

By Invitation Only in three words: Endearing, Funny and Spirited.
Profile Image for Marcia Killingsworth.
57 reviews7 followers
May 24, 2018
I want more Miss Virnell, please, Miss Dorothea

Dorothea Benton Frank, and other authors who set their stories in the Low Country, are my go-to stress relievers. Having just finished several books on the 2016 election, Miss Virnell and her family were the tonic I needed.
More Miss Virnell, PLEASE, Miss Dorothea!
104 reviews
June 2, 2018
Lightweight, even by summer light reading standards. Stereotyped 2-D characters, and very simple writing. Still-I did read through to the happy ending. Would not read another one of her books though.
Profile Image for Karen.
97 reviews10 followers
May 21, 2018
A few years ago, I spent one horrible, lonely year living in Austin, Texas. The only thing I had was books. And that summer I discovered DBF. I spent the entire summer reading her back catalog and that was the brightest spot in that year. For that, I will always be a fan of hers. Her earlier works are much more sturdy, well written and engaging. But, I always pre-order DBF because she's constant and always a good read.
This new book was a nice surprise and I read it quite quickly. I'm actually a fan of authors who use the 'character per chapter' option - as it shows a bit of creative strength and good character voice. I thoroughly enjoyed the family from SC while the family from Chicago - not so much. But I think that was the point.
I recommend this is a summer read - I'd actually put it somewhere near the top of your list. Won't take you but a day or two and that's what summer reading is all about!
August 26, 2018
Wayyyyyyy toooooo looooong

I can’t believe I finished this book. I think the only reason I did is because I was housebound with an injury. This book goes on and on and on and says practically nothing. I have read some of her books in the past and thought they were good, but this one could have had 1/2 the pages. A very long boring read!
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6 reviews1 follower
January 4, 2019
Geez. How many times can you use the word said? I couldn’t stand the book because it felt like every other word was “said”.
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2,099 reviews747 followers
August 30, 2018
By Invitation Only
Dorothea Benton Frank

Audio-book: Narrators - Susan Bennett, Courtney Patterson, Sarah Naughton

These narrators did an exceptional job of bringing to life Diane, Susan and Shelby. I loved the southern accents as well as the snobby contention layered throughout the women. Even the male characters were near perfection. Once I adjusted to the inflections of their voices I was all over this, speeding it up so I could hurry and find out how everything was going to play out for this crazy cast!

I enjoyed each of these characters as well as the humor that laced Diane’s family’s interactions. I wanted to be a part of them, I actually felt like I was a part of them. Rich with southern charm I chuckled and smiled my way through even when some threw out a “bless her heart”...because you know what that means! Despite Susan’s snobbery, I actually ended up liking her very much and was pleased how this story came to a conclusion.

This is not my typical read (romance), but I’ve been stepping out of my box a bit when it comes to my audio-books. This was recommended to me and I am so glad I took a chance with it. Definitely will re-listen to it further down the road.

Multi POV

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501 reviews25 followers
July 31, 2018
Well, I will say this is the first book I have read/listened to by Dorothea Benton Frank. My TBR list is so long that I am not sure I would have picked this up if it wasn't for Andrea's summer challenge.

I am going to break my review down in to two parts. The first 75% and the last 25%.

The first 75% was a 5 star book for me. I love the interaction between Lady Di and her mother. I love the quick whit, I loved the banter. I laughed out loud many times. My only complaint was the voices of the men were not believable. But otherwise it was a great book/audiobook.

Then the last 25% of the book came and it was predictable, fake, and such a disappointment. If only the author would have ended the story before Alejandro's fall from glory. I could see that discovery coming a mile away.

Since the first 75% was so charming, I am giving this audiobook a 4 star review. I am trying to not let the disappointment from the last 25% to put a bad taste in my mouth.
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1,334 reviews118 followers
October 19, 2019

I just love Southern authors and Southern settings, and there is specifically something about the work of Dorothea Benton Frank that makes me very excited. She writes the Lowcountry and just really nails it. I love how she represents the people of the South and the traditions, the food and the way we speak so well. Her stories never fail to make me smile and laugh while I’m reading.

In this story, two families with two very different backgrounds, from two very different parts of the country, are trying to work together to throw a spectacular wedding for their children, Shelby and Fred. Shelby’s parents are from Chicago and very wealthy; Fred’s family is from the Lowcountry of South Carolina. These two groups of people couldn’t be more different if they tried. This is more than evident when each family attends the engagement party thrown by the other family. Fred’s family is astounded by the opulence of Shelby’s family’s lifestyle up in Chicago, and Shelby’s family is shocked and wide-eyed when confronted with Fred’s family’s more rural-ish lifestyle.

I feel like this probably happens so often in America and all over the world-heck, it even happened in my own family to a small degree when my parents got married, and also just a little bit when I married my husband. Two different sets of parents with different lifestyles can mean a major butting-of-heads when it comes to co-financing large events like rehearsal dinners and things like that. It can be so embarrassing to be in-between two sets of parents that disagree and when a big blow-up occurs as a result, it is even worse. So reading about the drama in this family when, for example, Shelby’s mother insisted that the wedding was not just Shelby’s but “mine too!” felt familiar. And this was done so well in the story! The thing that made the wedding drama, the family disagreements, and all of the cultural differences so great was that Dorothea Benton Frank infused her own style of humor into each situation. I mean, yes, it is really funny when people show up to local or regional events and are woefully unprepared and unfamiliar with local customs or fare. Situations like this always work better when people have a good attitude and have a good time instead of turning their noses up or acting judgmental or rude-however, this behavior only makes more room for comedy and drama to be added, no matter where the story is set.

Adding some humor to these situations is something that Ms. Frank does so well and is one reason that I love her stories so well, in addition to her perfect settings.

One thing that I really love about this story is that Shelby and Fred are just over the wedding drama and want to have something low-key and easy. I love that Shelby loves Fred’s family, even though they aren’t wealthy, because they are all close-knit and love one another so much. She recognizes that they’re a little on the zany side, but she embraces that about them and loves it. (I love Fred’s family too. So much!)

And I love that major things happen in the story for both families. Life throws its curveballs, which really makes these characters re-evaluate themselves and how they think and act. I love this because this is how life really is: a constant series of re-evaluations. Hard stuff comes for everyone with equal opportunity and hard things aren’t regional. It is always good to see characters take stock of their situations and make some changes when needed, especially where it relates to family and relationships.

I’m always and forever a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank’s work. Always, always, always. This is the perfect read for spring or summer or for losing yourself in a story that makes you smile. In particular, fans of Southern fiction will love it.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, William Morrow Books!

Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!
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5,341 reviews61 followers
May 21, 2018
Wowza!! I am so hungry for peach cobbler right now.
This is a rich trapestry of a family in South Carolina who run a peach farm. The characters are so richly developed (except Alden?) that it feels they will be walking up my walk to share the day's farm market tallies. I thought about Susan as she had the trickiest character to feel empathy for in any book I've ever read. I know we had to clean away her past (no spoiler from me) but I saw bits that I had liked about Alejandro and I felt her culpibility in lifestyle choice pressures...Still.... we all have choices and can take advice, hints, or even surround yourself with good people.

Good story. PS. I often wondered how names were arrived at in author's stories....now I know how Dorothea BF does...
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2,317 reviews723 followers
May 14, 2018
Thank you to the publisher for this review copy!

I can always count on DBF for sweet and mostly innocent southern charm, and this newest title did not disappoint. Set in both South Carolina on a peach farm and in high society Chicago, we get to witness the joining of two VERY different families as they plan a wedding and navigate the challenges that this brings. BY INVITATION ONLY is a beach read in the sense of it being a light and fun story, but it's not actually set on a beach at all, which was just fine. I adored all of the gorgeous descriptions of the orchards and the gardens and farm stands and enjoyed all of the crazy family dramas. The older female protagonist is a welcome addition to much of what is being published in domestic fiction these days as well. If you like light southern reads, definitely add this one to your summer TBR!
Profile Image for Kris (My Novelesque Life).
4,659 reviews189 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
March 1, 2021
DNF @34%
2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada

I could not get into this book. I even tried audio on my way to work when I have a higher threshold for patience. I could not stand Shleby's mom and the story was not strong enough to keep me reading.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***
Profile Image for Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe).
559 reviews466 followers
May 16, 2018
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A story that follows two different women, from two different worlds. Diane English Stiftel grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and now her only son Fred is getting married to a girl out of Chicago. Susan Kennedy Cambria is a socialite who dabbles in a world of public relation, married to a wealthy and powerful broker, and believes she deserves every inch of her expensive lives. When their children are on the verge of being married, their worlds collide in the most unexpected ways.

I found myself enjoying this book. It follows two different families. One that is struggling to get by and one that is very well off. One that lives on a farm and lives off the land and one that is immersed in the world of the rich and barely lifts a finger to make dinner.

I wanted to pick this book up because I myself am from New York City and although I did not move to the Lowcounty of South Carolina, I did move to a small farm town in PA to be with my husband. The transition is different, but I couldn't identify with Susan. Susan at times was a very hard character to like and it felt like the author wanted to make her as horrible as she was to create a stark contrast with these women, until life hits them in the face and we get to see that if you strip away anyone down to their vulnerability we are not so different after all.

I did notice as I was reading the book that the author like following up bad news with good news right away, most often even within the same chapter. Now that could be constructed as a way that despite all the hardships and troubles, there is always a lighter part of life. I do have to say it tended to give me a bit of a whiplash, I didn't feel like the characters had enough time to really process the news that got laid into them and feel emotional before they were given to deal with something else, which made it hard for me to really connect to the characters. I felt like it could have been handled a bit better as far as how they processed things and made them more genuine if they were given some time.

The ending was quite a bit more emotional, and satisfying at the same time. I found this book was perfect for this Spring night reads and just what I wanted at this time of year. I enjoyed the parts about the farm and how Diane and her family took care of themselves, it was at times touching and pleasant.

Overall, this was my first book by this author and I am looking forward to going back and reading more from her.This review was originally posted on Night Owl Book Cafe
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1,320 reviews
January 8, 2019
4 "Peachy" Stars!

Such a pleasant surprise! I stumbled across this audiobook on a library recommendation. I was drawn in because of my southern roots and my husband's Chicago roots...seemed like an appropriate read for me.

It evolved into an enjoyable account of a family and how it changes and evolves throughout life. There were some challenges thrown in that lent to character development. I enjoyed seeing how they all changed from beginning to end.

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833 reviews58 followers
May 28, 2018
No surprise that this book was great, I don't think DBF could write a bad book. I love the whole wedding story told from so many view points and the heart-break of everyday life.
Now I have to wait for another whole year for a new book. I have a few that I haven't read and as much as I want to grab them up and read them...I mete them out and savor each one.
32 reviews1 follower
July 28, 2022
You can’t go wrong with a book by Dorothea. Sweet sweet books that always brings a smile to my face.
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1,670 reviews39 followers
May 15, 2018
Comedy of manners when rural boy marries urban girl and their families meet. The humor was exceptionally broad and felt more like the old 1960s TV show Green Acres than anything else. The rural family is chided by the urban one for their chicken scampering through the engagement party. Good thing they brought that chicken up to Chicago for an encore before the wedding. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.
957 reviews1 follower
July 14, 2018
Saw a rave for this on some summer read list where I'm pretty sure it was billed as hilarious. Or at least funny. I didn't get the humor here and found the characters a touch pretentious (and not just the one who was supposed to be written that way.) The story was way too predictable. I thought the author sounded familiar and now on goodreads I see that I have read another of hers and only gave it two stars as well. Not the southern low country author for me!
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