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Isle of Palms (Lowcountry Tales #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,084 Ratings  ·  318 Reviews
Anna Lutz Abbot considers herself independent and happy, until one steamy summer when she must find a way to deal with the secrets of her unpredictable family-and her past.
Paperback, 429 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Berkley (first published January 11th 2003)
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Ashley Daviau
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Review to come!
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed other books by Dorothea benton Frank. There are great characters, a good story, and most of all I love the low-country and the references to places I know. But there were also several things I didn't like about the book.

The beginning starts off awkwardly with the main character, Anna, addressing the reader directly... "Get yourself a cup of tea, I'm gonna tell you a tale." Really tacky. Then several times throughout the book, also very awkwardly, the narrat
Judi Anne
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anna Lutz Abbott grew up in a family plagued with dysfunction. In addition, the death of her mother shaped the rest of her life. Pregnant by date rape at her senior prom, she quickly marries Jim, her best friend, who is gay and together they raise daughter Emily. After 10 years they both agree that they love each other dearly but they must move on. Anna and Emily move from Charleston to a small beach house on the Isle of Palms. Anna and Jim remain close friends and it is Jim who comes to the res ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a delightful read. I absolutely loved the story-line and the characters. Dorothea Benton Frank rarely disappoints as she writes about what she knows best: the low-country, Charleston and surrounding islands - and the people who call it home. Indeed, ISLE OF PALMS, is set in the author's beloved birthplace region and is a tribute to everything from its salty marshes to its eccentric inhabitants. Frank provides equal parts drama, southern heritage and razor sharp one liners.
The main
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Eech. This HAD to be her first book as there were glimmers of the stories, characters and writing to come. Where was her editor? I've enjoyed her other beach books about life in the Carolina Low-country, but this was all over the place.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
I am a big fan of Dorothea Benton Frank's Lowcountry Tales books. I always look forward to reading one of her books because they are like a "Calgon take me away" reading experience. She is one amazing storyteller and the characters in her books are so real that you feel for them/withem.

Isle of Palms, in my opinion, is Frank's at her best! The cast of characters and the story were so captivating, I didn't want the book to end.

I highly recommend reading Isle of Palms and, for that matter, every
Amy Collins
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dorothea Benton Frank always creates endearing characters, and this book is no exception. The protagonist in this story overcomes major losses and trauma for her girlhood and teen years, and in her late 30's, finally gives herself permission to begin living life by her own rules. She's bold and vulnerable as she takes chances, builds a sense of community and family among her neighbors, workmates and close friends, and learns to trust herself. She manages to reconcile the ghosts of the past and a ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
While flying home from vacationing in Hawaii, I pulled out this book to continue reading. At one point I actually laughed out loud on the plane and the flight attendant said to me, "I've got to get that book because I'm watching you having so much fun reading it!" If I'd been able to finish it on the flight, I would have given it to her when I got off the plane. It was a very enjoyable read so I'm looking for another of her books.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swapped
The characters in this Lowcountry novel reminded me of the characters in Sullivan's Island. Where they give you feeling of being just slightly over the top. The story was better though. There was more substance to it and the storyline was a little more interesting, even if I didn't like the cast.
Elizabeth Christmas
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this while at the beach (Isle of Palms). It was a good read and interesting to see the places that were in the book. The characters were mostly believable but for the ones that lingered close to the edge the suspension of reality (really, don't all works of fiction require some disconnection from real life?) kicked in. Over all, enjoyable and I'd read it again.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I enjoyed the book very much. Have read most of her books, like the way she carries her characters on through several books.
Mike Radice
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful ending. I loved the whole book, and also the creativity of sprinkling the first person perspectives of a couple of old timers from the island who knew the history.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not my usual read. I like a good mystery..The story is about Anna Lutz Abbott.She tells of her journey after leaving her beloved Isle of Palms and her bitter sweet return...
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lots of endearing characters, heartfelt life musings, in a gorgeous setting...a perfect book to escape into!
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the setting of beach life on the coast, the over-the-top parties and decorated beauty salon, the humor among friends, the realization that friendship is so important and her look at sex at a later time in life. I respected her idea of marrying her gay friend to create a family with her rape pregnancy. Disagreed that her college daughter was still not told about it yet. Got the humor of seeing her Dad getting involved but it creates that continuing of older man and a younger lady lover. T ...more
Jennifer Morefield
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I listened to the audio version. The narrator was wonderful. The story drew me in. I really enjoy the southern style along the ocean front. Just a good story with wonderful characters. It was plausible. I've read 4 or 5 by Dorothea Benton Frank. I have really enjoyed them. Not my first by her and definitely not my last.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is better than average for this type of book about a girl making her way back to the beach community she loved while growing up. It goes back to a childhood tragedy and then to the present where she realizes that she needs to break out of her shell. This author can be a bit
wordy--book could have ended way before she decided to stop writing...
This one was very slow for me for the first 200 pages or so. then the story picked up. I'm not quite sure why she had Miss Mavis giving her side of the story a few chapters, she didn't really add much. I thought by having her in there, Mavis would tell her more about her mother and what she was like. I did like the ending. Good series so far.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Love a Low Country tale
Dena Terry
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of her books
Mary Allen
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was entertaining, but not as good as some of her other works.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. It took me a while to get into it but once I did I couldn't put it down! I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first but stick with it the story is good.
Kathie D
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
SCCL LP Very good
Diane Johnson
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

Great story about family and friends. Several storylines in one. Having been to Isle of Palms made it even more ennoiyable.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like Dorothea Frank's books and highly recommend any of her stories as a light summer read, her stories are easy to read, you'll care about the characters and not everything is always rosy and bright which leads to the believe-ability of her characters. BUT while her story ideas are great the further along in the book I get the more I find myself going "did I miss something?". It reminds me of someone writing as fast as they can to get down all of the ideas that keep popping up in their ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Each year I like to pick an author and read everything I can by them. This year's pick is Dorothea Benton Frank and she's coming here to town to a local bookstore in June and I can't even wait! I'm reading her Lowcountry Tales and I have to say, after this one, I'm in love. First of all, my favorite place in the United States is the Charleston area. So it's so fun to read these books and spend some time in that beautiful place. I also am beginning to really love these characters. Although the th ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot, and I enjoy most of the books I read, but every now and then there's one that leaves me saying "wow!"

I just finished reading "Isle of Palms" by Dorothea Benton Frank. Someone recommended to me and said it was very funny. While I found it amusing at times, it wasn't LOL funny like the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. It was just a really fabulous human interest kind of story

A lot of the books I read are action adventure or Sci-fi. I mostly don't read any of the genre called
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anna Abbott grew up on the Isle of Palms(IOP) and moved away when her mother died and her emotionally cold grandmother and controlling father took her to Mount Pleasant to live. However the IOP has been in Anna's heart for a long time. Anna was date raped at her senior prom and has a daughter, Emily.

Anna married her best friend Jim who is gay and for 10 years they raised Emily together. Emily has just finished her first year in college and Anna decides to buy a small house on IOP. And if that is
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
#3 installment in the LowCountry Tales and another winner for me! Characters you fall in love with in a location I honestly feel I am “there”. Just everything I look for in a great read! Family drama, southern heritage and one liners that honestly make me laugh out loud!
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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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Lowcountry Tales (9 books)
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