Dorothea Benton Frank
New York Times Bestselling Author
Dorothea Benton Frank
"Something about her novels just seems to say Summer" —USA Today

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  1. Friday, September 21, 2018

    Elizabeth Mattson


    Im reading By Invitation Only and am thrilled to see "Weejuns" on page 20 and am wondering how many people know what Weejuns are. Of course I do; they were a must in 1962. And then you go on and talk about alligator belts with monogrammed buckle... too it. thanks for the memories. Actually, I've read all you books and love them. i was raised in VA, lived in GA, NC and NJ and can identify with all.....such a pleasure to read them.

  2. Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Joanne Rawson

    Davidson, NC United States

    Are there really peach orchards in the low country?

  3. Thursday, September 13, 2018


    BRISBANE, QLD Australia

    Hello Dot, I just wanted to let you know that my thought and prayers are with you all as Hurricane Florence heads your way. I feel as though I know the Islands of South Carolina because of your books, and when I saw the Mayor of Mt Pleasant on PBS News here yesterday, my heart have a skip, because I knew the place from your books. It made it so personal. It is a terrifying force of nature, so I pray for everyone. Best wishes, Liz Ahrens

  4. Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Joyce Pappas

    Fort Madison, IA USA

    Hi Dottie~ It's been a few years since I've communicated with you. I have been immersed in your two latest books, "By Invitation Only" and "Same Beach Next Year." With the reading of those two books, I can now say I've read every book you've written! You are far and away my favorite author. Thank you for writing such wonderful books every time.

  5. Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Tracy Fox

    Howard Beach, NY USA

    Hi Ms. Frank! I hope you are well! My mom Linda and I were so happy to see you this summer in Westchester and of course we loved your book! With Hurricane Florence heading ashore, we were worried about you and your family and hope you are safe! I am on trial again and always have a space in my courtroom if you ever want to come watch! With prayers, love and laughter, Tracy

  6. Monday, September 10, 2018

    Laura Green

    Big Clifty, KY United States

    Reading your books is like a trip to South Carolina to visit your favorite Aunt! Your writing is so descriptive; it makes a person feel they are part of the story. I have read all your books and watch for new ones to come out, just like a child waiting for Christmas Morning! I have laughed and cried my way through them all. Some of the phrases are just so funny (I even share them with my husband). Thank you for the many years of wonderful stories.

  7. Saturday, September 08, 2018

    janice stark

    wisconsin dells, wis USA

    I have read almost all your books please keep them coming by invitation only was the "best" book yet I couldn't put it down!! Thank you for your awesome writing to get me interested in reading..... sincerely, janice

  8. Wednesday, September 05, 2018

    Tudy Boldin

    Kalamazoo, MI USA

    I have read all of your books (some more than once), and just love them. Southern writers have a real love of the English language, and it is always such a pleasure to read one who truly relishes it. As a northerner, have learned a few things from your books about the south and its culture. Plus, in re-reading All the Single Ladies, I am taking several pages from the book and age proofing my life. Your characters' tips are extremely relevant for those of us who want to remain independent. Every year, I look forward to a new novel. Keep on writing. You are an inspiration.

  9. Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    Paula Warner


    I have been an avid reader of yours for years. I love your story lines in all your books....can relate to so many...I started reading All the Single Ladies today and as always I start to read the cover, the book listings that you have written the head page of the book and the following page... When I got to the next page I stopped...and read...In Memory of Tom Warner! It threw me off because that is my late husbands name! I know there are many Tom Warners,but for a few minutes I smiled! Continue the wonderful writings.

  10. Monday, September 03, 2018

    Paula Warner


    I have been an avid reader of yours for years. I love your story lines in all your books....can relate to so many...I started reading All the Single Ladies today and as always I start to read the cover, the book listings that you have written the head page of the book and the following page... When I got to the next page I stopped...and read...In Memory of Tom Warner! It threw me off because that is my late husbands name! I know there are many Tom Warners,but for a few minutes I smiled! Continue the wonderful writings.

  11. Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    Lillian Chapman

    Charlotte, North Carolina USA

    I have read all of your books and I just finished By Invitation Only. I have to say it is my favorite of all. Perhaps because I knew exactly what Susan was feeling. You see before I read the acknowledgments at the end, I knew you could just become a grandmother. My oldest grandson is 14 years old now and started high school today, but I will never forget holding him in my arms when he was less than a week old and feeling that my heart would explode. When I read that those words on the page, I felt as if you and I were cut from the same cloth. Youâ re exactly right, absolutely nothing can compare to grandchildren. I hope you will be blessed with many more. And keep writing! I love your work.

  12. Friday, August 10, 2018

    Judykay Janney

    Delray Beach , Florid USA

    Doreathea, I have read all of your books and await each new one every spring. How I wish you rolled out more than one per year. You are by far one of my favorite authors and I appreciate your humor and development of your characters. They are to be fallen in love with and you accomplish this so well. By Invitation Only, brought me back to your earlier writing and humor, it was fantastic. I read it on Captiva Beach in two days. Your new books travel with me to Captiva every July. I just finished Land of Mango Sunsets. One of your earlier ones, and the last one of yours to read. How can you not love Mellie? Especially if your husband has left you in the same manner. I now have to wait till next spring for your next read.... Donâ t stop writing, you provide so much joy to your readers. Thank you !

  13. Friday, August 03, 2018


    Star City, AR USA

    I recently started listening to audiobooks on my commutes to/from work. I randomly selected By Invitation Only and it is one of the BEST audiobooks I've listened to and I found myself looking for reasons to drive places alone so I could listen more! I loved the story and found myself literally LOLing at times. I am going to have to get my hands on an actual book though because there were so many things I heard that I wanted to write down... and that's a little hard to do while I'm driving. :-) I REALLY want to be friends with Diane... I loved her! This January I set a goal to read all of a specific author's books. I have about 3 more on that list of 22. As soon as I finish that, my next set of books to read will be yours. I can't wait to read (or listen to) ALL of your books. I was so happy to see there is such a long list. As I was looking through the list I realized I'd already read Same Beach, Next Year, last year and really enjoyed that as well. Thank you for bringing joy and entertainment into my life.

  14. Thursday, August 02, 2018


    Decatur, Georgia USA

    This is why I read! Just finished By Invitation Only and it is delightful. A phrase early on in the book is a keeper: â ... the orange of romance simply wasnâ t worth the squeeze.â Of course I had to write this down! Such great writing on a rainy afternoon that makes me smile. Thank you for a wonderful read.

  15. Sunday, July 29, 2018

    Renee Crosby

    Loganville, GA United States

    I just finished By Invitation Only and was completely delighted by it! This book reminded me very much of reading your first book, Sullivan's Island. You capture the Lowcounty and it's inhabitants like no other with your words. I just love the way you portray us Southerners. And your descriptions of the locations seem to transport me there. Then, there are your plot twists! Your books never cease to surprise me. Great work!

  16. Sunday, July 29, 2018

    Maria Krokidas

    Edgartown , Ma USA

    My husband bought me same beach next year for my birthday. We have retired to Marthaâ s Vineyard and he thought this a great beach read. He was right! What he didnâ t know is : your character is Greek and mom from Corfu with cousin Kiki. My parents are Greek. Dad born in the peloponese and we have just visited cousin Kiki in Corfu. Are you Greek ? Love to meet you some time. Maria

  17. Friday, July 27, 2018

    Dana Bartley

    Bourbonnais , Il USA

    I have read or listened to lots of your books. I so enjoy everyone of them. Your books every time makes me want to move to Charleston SC. This past Spring my husband and I took a mini vacation to Charleston, Wilmington and Savannah Ga. Oh, how I would love to live where there is southern hospitality. You make the characters so enjoyable getting to know them. Are there truly lovely, witty, charming people still around? I want to meet them. Heck, I want to be one. You inspire me to work my tush off and some day retire near Foley Beach, visit Sullivan Island and run in the sand on Tybee Island in the summer humidity of the low country.

  18. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Bernard Seeley

    Temple Terrace , FL USA

    My dear friend Lori Brown is a huge fan and has read all of your books. My family just returned from a trip to Charleston SC and when she knew we were going she encouraged us to go to Sullivan's Island and told us how fantastic your books are (which now we have to find out for ourselves) Unfortunately we did not make it there. It is her #1 on her bucket list to go there. was just wondering if it would be too much to ask if you could send her your regards? I would be happy to provide her contact information if it is possible. I know it would be better than any tee shirt I could have brought back (had I been able to even find one).

  19. Monday, July 23, 2018


    Marco Usland, Florida USA

    Iâ ve just finished reading â By Invitation Onlyâ (in 2 days!). It was a great read, great characters, but I especially like that you write about an area you know which brings everything more to life, in my opinion. Iâ ve read several of your other books as well and loved them too. Great for summer reading- which is all year round in Florida!

  20. Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Amy Myers

    Sumter, sc United States

    Just finished, Same Beach Next Year, It was great. Can't wait to read my next book All Summer Long. Great reading. Love it. Thank you for making great reading .

  21. Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Lisa Smith

    Fairfax, VA United States

    Just finished "Same Beach, Next Year," and of course it's a winner of a book! Great story, great characters, and more Low Country charm. Now I really want to go to 1) Isle of Palms and 2) Corfu! Congratulations on becoming a grandparent and welcoming a daughter-in-law -- all in the same year! You've been a bit busy, I see. I can't thank you enough for producing yet another wonderful book. Peace, love, and prosperity to you and your family. -Lisa

  22. Tuesday, July 17, 2018


    Bella Vista, AR USA

    My husbandâ s family vacations to Folly Beach every single year, so when I happened upon a book titled, â Folly Beach,â while thrifting one day in St. Louis, I thought it was the PERFECT coffee table book. One day I picked it up, and as I read I wondered how it ever ended up in a thrift shop in the first place. Iâ m not much of writer, but I can identify good writing. What makes Dorothea Benton Frankâ s novels is her character development. You become attached to the intimate side of the characters narrated throughout the book and get an opportunity to juxtapose it with their dialogue throughout. And you can tell Dot has some witty humor behind her that shines through her characters! I laugh aloud while reading these, and they are a joy!

  23. Monday, July 16, 2018

    Diana Clark

    Hinesville, GA USA

    I just discovered your books a week or so ago. Today I've read "The Land of Mango Sunsets". When Harry, the African gray repeats Mellie's "No sex tonight," I cackled so long and so loud that my neighbors in the next unit actually rapped on our shared wall. How hilarious! I have loved that book. Thank you.

  24. Saturday, July 14, 2018

    laura bryant

    rochester , new york USA

    on this last day of my vacation at OBX, I just finished 'MANGO SUNSETS" and after four or five of your incredible stories, this one is by far, MY FAVORITE; please keep up the great writings, and keep your eyes on the MANGO SUNSETS!!!!.. thank you...

  25. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Genevieve Towles


    Dottie, We just finished "Low Country Summer" and like all the rest of your books loved it! We hate it when they are over though! We miss Caroline and the whole family. We are ready to stand in line and smack old linnie in the face ! Seems every family has one! My husband reads aloud to me every night. It's just something we do together and we love it! Can't wait to get to "The low Country" and get my very own "Sweet Grass basket". On to folly Beach!! PS. It's got to be a thrill not only to be such a great writer that people love, but all the people who write in to you-Wow!! Love to you! Gen

  26. Sunday, July 08, 2018

    Sally Price

    Delaplane, VA United States

    I have just finished reading "by invitation only" and I am so moved with the feeling of hope. Thank you. Five years ago I moved to Charleston, although unfortunately I'm not living there now. I had visited about 25 years ago and had fallen in love with it, feeling a strong connection to its beauty, history and culture. Then five years ago an opportunity presented itself and my husband (of 35 years), two grown daughters, and granddaughter, all relocated there from Maine. One of my daughters and I bought a house in the Rosemont neighborhood of Charleston. Our intention was to renovate and flip the $34,000 beauty. But several hardships hit and plans didn't go as planned. It's a long sad story. Today I am in the process of divorcing my husband, who lives on Folly Beach. I am now living on my sister's farm outside Middleburg, VA, where I run a non-profit. I send all my extra money to the daughter still in Charleston, who spends it on getting our house done. She should be able to move into it in a year. We are no longer flipping it. She rents a house in the "hood" and has become involved in the community. I visit occasionally, although I try to stay focused on spending all my extra money on getting the house done. But, your books have kept me connected to the place I love, to the place I long to be, and to the place I will someday soon retire to. Thank you. On a totally different note, I'd be happy to be a proof reader. I do find a handful of typos in each book.

  27. Saturday, July 07, 2018

    Brenda Huff

    Elkhart, In USA

    Thank you for the continuing journey through the Lowcountry! I have all your books and read them over and over......whenever I get lonely for the South and the beach. Your writing truly touches that place deep in my soul......and is such fun, as well! Best regards to you!

  28. Friday, July 06, 2018

    janice stark

    wisconsin dells, wis USA

    oh Dorothea.. please never stop writing... your low country stories take me away and help make my day a brighter one a continuation of folly beach would be great!! p.s. we should give alice some credit she did agree to a great babys name(smile)

  29. Saturday, June 30, 2018

    Chris Finklein

    Brush Prairie, WA USA

    I feel most inadequate saying your books are such fun because they are so much more than that simple description. Only recently I found your accumulation of books & stories & it's been like running into an old friend and catching up after too long apart. I'm an addict of your writing and relish the thought of the volumes I've yet to uncover. Always I've adored Pat Conroy and found his writing to be like a gourmet delight. He introduced me to the LowCountry and the wiles of southern living. Sadly, his like has disappeared but you've surfaced to open a whole new addiction from essentially a female viewpoint. Your humor, honesty and ready identification even if I live far away from your southern atmosphere is enchanting. Your stories unveil the many emotions living anywhere would reveal. Easy, comfortable, real attitudes that offer food for thought well beyond the immediate story. I'd compare your writing to trying a new cafe ordering a cup of coffee but being treated to a cappucino unlike anything I've swallowed before. When the last page is reached you want another. Your stories finish in good standing but they've wet the appetite for more. There is nothing better than curling up with emotions you identify with and characters who step off the page. Thank you for all the rich entertainment and feeling like we are friends who understand the ups and downs of middle age to beyond. You are a gem and I celebrate the day I ran into you!

  30. Friday, June 29, 2018

    James Stewart

    Florence, SC USA

    Ms. Frank. I just finished reading your latest book that you signed for me at Litchfield Books. It was most enjoyable and entertaining.. I think that this is the one that I like most of all your books that I have and read. Since I live in Florence, I am familiar with the low country produce, which is most enjoyable. Please continue writing about the low country. Thank you

  31. Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Charlene Cook

    Baltimore, Maryland USA

    Just complete reading Plantation. This is the first book I've read by you and truly enjoyed it. I came to the website looking for other books by you.

  32. Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Darlene Kole

    Clearwater, FL USA

    I listen to book on CD all the time while driving to work. I discovered Foley Beach some time ago and enjoyed it so much, I listened to it again. That is when I got hooked on Doretha Benton Frank and the narrator. Then I listened to Hurricane Sister and couldn't wait to find the next book. I just finished Isles of Palms and, like an addiction, sough out my next book. I have just read your website and now have listed all of your books and the year they were written. I plan to go in order from now on. Please keep writing!! I have a question. At the end of the story in Isles of Palms, Arther sees an older black couple in the mirror. Did you write a novel about this story and which one is it?

  33. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    LaFlorya Gauthier

    Chateauguay, Quebec Canada

    I have just finished reading "Plantation" and as a writer, myself, I rarely write to other writers! However, I really enjoyed the dignity of "Plantation's" characters, their realities, and their lives!! I'll look up your other books and send you a note as I finish each one!! I write biographies, mainstream and romances. Keep up the good work!

  34. Monday, June 25, 2018

    Allowee Monroe

    Blairsville, GA United States

    Don't know how I've managed to miss your books in my long life! Am half=way thru "Isle of Palms," and anxious to read all you've written. Born and raised in SC, and having lived all over, including the wonderful Low Country, you have made me homesick for the sound of the surf and the fabulous coastal seafood! Although Blairsville, GA, is a lovely little town in the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in GA, fresh seafood is not to be had. The nearest we can get to lit is in the trout farms around the area. We do, however, have beautiful country, and wonderful people in the area, plus wineries, lots of artists, and for fun, you can visit many attractions, including a distillery (where the lady who dispenses the samples is a Baptist Minister's wife) or perhaps you'd enjoy renting a tank to fun over stuff! Thanks for giving me a little breath of home in SC! I'm wondering now if you mention the wonderful steamed oysters we enjoy in the Low Country, in one of your books? It's hard to forget gathering around an outdoor concrete block fire pit with a big piece of tin thrown over it, then fresh dug oysters strowed on top, covered with wet croacker sacks to make them steam. Allowee Monroe

  35. Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Connie Conlon

    West Des Moines, Iowa USA

    I was born and raised in Virginia until I was 26 yrs old. I then moved to the midwest and really miss my home in Virginia. ( I must tell you that I am now 70 yrs old and have been here quite awhile) Reading all your books bring back a lot of memories for me and I want to thank you so much for the stories. Love your lowcountry stories. Thank you.

  36. Friday, June 22, 2018


    Spencer, MA USA

    at a thrift shop I bought a very ragged, one time soggy copy of Return to Sullivan Island. Was looking for some diversion reading. I read to the part of Max and Beth's first encounter (we all have had a MAX in our life, haven't we?) and was ready to skip a few pages because I really did not want to read descriptive how's and where's and ohhh's and ahhh's. I LOVE your descriptions, or lack of..merely a pile of tossed clothing. Simply leaving those Ohhs and Ahhs to the reader. Respectful to our intelligence and daydreams! Yet now, you have created a hunger..and I want, not "encounters" but more of your escapes. So off to book sales I shall go Thank you for your style, playfulness, appreciation for the senses and opening up a new world to those who need a bit of an escape

  37. Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Rosa Rychlicki

    Montrose , Pa USA

    HI. I just read you latest book , By Invitation Only . Loved it as I have all your books. I love the Charleston area , Sulivans Island, Mt Plesant, . Hope to be in the area this fall. . . Thanks again for a great read. P.S. Couldn't you write two books a year, ha,ha. . . Rosa

  38. Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Annette Bartolic

    Birmingham , Alabama USA

    I absolutely loved your new book By Invitation Only! I would love to read more about them so maybe a second book? Thanks

  39. Sunday, June 17, 2018

    Maria Johnson

    Goose Creek, South Carolina USA

    I'm about half-way through "by Invitation Only" and I read about Snyder Rental and Alden having the generators moved because they were too noisy! My son, Gary Johnson, is the Tent Manager at Snyder Rental and after me telling him about generators, he said they don't rent generators but if Mrs. Frank needs some, he'd get them for her and set them up wherever she needs them! Gary works hard making sure all his workers set up tents and all else involved with a tented event. I've read all your books and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them! I hope to enjoy many more as I turn 80 this year! God love ya!

  40. Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Nancy Quarles

    Aiken, South Carolina United States

    I have read several of your books and have enjoyed them. I am now reading " Full of Grace" and find it entertaining but I see one great error I just had to point out..,in the south we eat barbeque...the method that it is cooked is called grilling or to be more precise slow cooking on the grill or smoker..just sayin'.

  41. Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Kalani Knight

    Braselton, GA USA

    I have read everyone of your books and pass then on to my daughter. Having lived on Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island and Mt. Pleasant, your books hit right at home. I laugh, cry and indulge in every one only leaving me to want more. We lived on the same road as Jimmy Benton (went to Moultrie at same time and visited him in Mt Pleasant sev yrs ago. ) Thanks for making the Lowcountry come alive . Getting ready to go back to Mt. Pleasant and visit family soon. Daughter coming also from NYC and I will pass on your book to her. Am the only one to leave, but close in GA. Thanks again for an awesome book . Congrats on your beautiful grandson. Now hurry up and get started on the next book...a devoted reader Kalani (Moore) Knight

  42. Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Barbara Shear

    Orange Park, FL United States

    Love your books! Just finished All The Single Ladies and enjoyed reading the story of some mature women. Charleston and the low country of South Carolina are truly special places. Just wondering if you would consider a GROUP to be mentioned in one of your novels. I am a member of a neighborhood group called the Soaring Eagles - people 50 and older who prefer to soar in their later years rather than sit around, turn to silver and tarnish. We have a yearly raffle to raise money for the local Salvation Army Angel Tree kids. Last year we raised over $6000 and we hope for even more this year.

  43. Monday, June 11, 2018

    Tina Redmond

    Syracuse, NY United States

    I recently received your book The Hurricane Sisters as a gift . I just wanted to let you know that I loved it. I thought it would be a light hearted summer read but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was more than that. I thank you for writing about domestic violence. One friend of mine was a victim of domestic violence and was brave and strong enough to leave her husband. Unfortunately another friend of mine also left her husband who abused her and he retaliated by killing her. Thank you for writing this story. And even though there were serious aspects, it also was fun! Thank you!

  44. Friday, June 08, 2018

    Margaret COX

    Lexington, SC USA

    Hi Dottie, Working on a venue for you for a book signing here in Lexington, SC next year!!!! Hope you enjoyed Jo Beth's Bloodhounds... Jennifer

  45. Thursday, June 07, 2018

    Monica Bumb

    Phoenix, Arizona USA

    Going in for hip surgery next week. Just discovered your books and am devouring them at an alarming rate. Love the depth and age range of the characters . Next year our oldest granddaughter graduates from UNC, and am already planning a side trip to Charleston.

  46. Thursday, June 07, 2018

    Joanne Channell

    Fort Collins, Colorado USA

    I have read all of your books and have enjoyed them immensely. Half way through By Invitation Only. I'm enjoying very much and the characters and humor. Thanks for all the enjoyment!

  47. Wednesday, June 06, 2018

    Judy klu

    Batavia, Illinois USA

    I have read all your books and am such a fan! Just finished your book By Invitation Only and absolutely loved it! The wit and humor matched your earlier books which is what draws me to wanting to continue devouring your books. (Sadly I found that wit and humor lacking in the last couple books.) Looking forward to your next book. Thank you. Judy Klu

  48. Monday, June 04, 2018

    Karen Beymer

    Ft Thomas , KY USA

    I just finished By Invitation Only. I loved it!! All the diverse characters & unexpected plot twists. You know I think you could write a sweet series based on this family. What do you think? â ¤ï¸

  49. Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Donna Mccorkle

    Bowie, MD. USA

    Thank you for your wonderful stories. Real people real life. I do enjoy your books,especially since they have all ages involved. I do wish there were more but thank you. I look forward to my beach read and this year I just finished it. Tough to now have to wait a year to get my next fix.

  50. Monday, May 28, 2018

    Linda Small

    Peoria, AZ USA

    I eagerly await the release of each of your books. Every book brings amazing stories of people we might all know at one stage of life or another. I just finished by invitation only and I think it is your best work ever. I didnâ t want it to end, and when I finally did get to the end I started hoping there would be a sequel to continue the lives of these amazing people and all they can accomplish as they work together through the coming years. Keep up the good work, which is truly a gift for all of us who read!

  51. Friday, May 25, 2018

    Debbie Butler

    Suffolk, Virginia USA

    By Invitation book ever! Wish you wrote one book a month. Always look forward to your new creation!

  52. Friday, May 25, 2018

    Christian Wright

    Rising Sun, MD United States

    I discovered your books a few years ago and I have been a fan ever since! Come to find out, my nephew (by marriage) went to school with your daughter in NJ! Talk about fan girling out when he told me that! Your new book," By Invitation Only", I read in just a day and although there were so many wonderful southern favorite was "Every woman worth her salt has been a fool at least once." I plan to get my hands on every single book you've written Mrs. Frank!

  53. Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Carol Mannes

    Montclair, NJ USA

    Ever since I saw you speak at Montclair Book Sellers some years ago, I've enjoyed reading your books. Just finished By Invitation Only and think it's the best one ever! So many fascinating twists and a wonderfully satisfying ending...Bravo!!

  54. Monday, May 14, 2018

    Stormie McElroy

    spokane, Wa USA

    Summer has arrived and time for summer reading, Made the trip to my local thrift store to load up on novels. Saw quite a few of you books in the same store so I Took a chance. Am I glad I did. I'm in the middle of Same beach next year and I can't put it down, You are one terrific read. Can't wait to finish and start another one, Keep up the great writing. Sincerely Stormie MCElroy

  55. Wednesday, May 09, 2018

    Denise Brown

    Aiken, SC USA

    I was so excited this morning - for two reasons. First, the Aiken Standard just noted that you would be visiting Aiken and secondly,, it was a reminder to me that your latest book (which I have on pre-order) is coming out shortly. I am presently living in Aiken having just moved down from Virginia where we lived for 10 years and previously from Columbia, SC where we lived for 16 years. It was in Columbia that I found your books and just fell in love with your stories. Since I have traveled to the Low Country, I was familiar with the life in your stories. I am a born and bred New Yorker and I love the South - especially by the coast. My life now is looking for a future home for retirement. While in VA, I met others who are fans of you books and take them when they go to Hilton Head for vacation. The only downfall of your books is that you can't stop reading them once you get them and then have to wait so long for the next one!!! Well, I cannot wait to get my new book and get started. Thank you so much for the enjoyment you bring into our lives.

  56. Tuesday, April 17, 2018


    Cohasset , Massachusetts USA

    Iâ ve lived all my life in New England, but have read every one of your books over the years. Thanks to you, I can rest easy that my only child has just moved to Charleston to start her first adult â careerâ job. I feel so familiar with the area, it is as if sheâ s simply gone to pay a visit to a beloved second home. Still, itâ s far away. To make her seem closer, I just reread Sullivanâ s Island. Next, Iâ ll reach for Plantation, or Folly Beach, and before I know it, the time will come to visit her.

  57. Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Mercedes Mills

    Bowling Green, KY USA

    Hello Ms Frank, I have enjoyed reading all your books and love that a new book is coming soon. Your books make me laugh and cry. I have recently reread Full of Grace and it brought so much love and emotion to my life. Grace reminds me of my 32 year old daughter and the hope and dreams that I have for her as Grace's parents had for her. I hope and pray her chapter in life turns out the same. I plan to purchase this book for her to let her see how my Italian faith and traditions are so similar to this book that I could have been a character in this book or have written it myself. Also, I hope to see you a book signing to meet you and for you to sign a copy of the book for her. Bless you!

  58. Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Diana Else

    Grand Prairie, Texas USA

    I have just finished Same Beach, Next year and couldn't put it down. I think it is the best book you have written! Of course, I have read and purchased all of your books and recommend them to friends if they want GOOD reading! Since I have been wanting to live by an ocean, but know I'm now too old to move, your descriptions of the sea make me feel as if I'm there., vicariously! Thank you for wonderful reading.

  59. Friday, April 06, 2018


    London, ON canada

    I am so excited to see another book coming out! I live for those days! I have every one of your books and loved each one of them. I used to live in Aiken, SC and would go to your book signings. Any chance you might make it to Canada for a book signing? I only wish you could write more books each year! You are absolutely my favorite author. Thank vou for all you do for your readers! What an awesome woman you are! Thanks!

  60. Friday, April 06, 2018

    Diane McClelland

    Hertfordshire, Uk

    Hello Dorothea, Greetings from Hertfordshire, UK. I discovered your books in a little shop on the Isle of Palms during my first visit to Charleston in October 2016 where we were celebrating our silver wedding anniversary, staying in Mount Pleasant. In fact we arrived just a few days after the hurricane had made land so we had a gloriously refreshing start to our holiday as the boardwalk on Sullivanâ s Island was underwater and we had to paddle along it to get to the beach, well worth every step!! South Carolina has grabbed my heart and I cannot wait to return. I have been making my way through your books but still have a way to go to catch up with your latest titles. Thank heaven for internet shopping! Each of your books has been a gift and a delight to read and always a message or lesson to be taken away. The characters and stories remain with me long after I have finished the final chapter. May there be many more. In gratitude for the blessing that is Dorothea xxx

  61. Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Robin Howser

    St Elizabeth, MO United States

    I stumbled across Same Beach, Next Year last June thinking it would be a fun summer read. Oh my gosh! I was captivated by your writing style and knew I had to have more. I have since read the rest of your books, in chronological order, having just finished The Last Original Wife. I find myself wondering about the characters in your books and love how they pop up in other writings. I came here in hopes of finding a release date for a new book. Yay! I will be awaiting the arrival of By Invitation Only.

  62. Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Amy Kitchen

    Franklin, Indiana USA

    Johnson County Public Library is really looking forward to meeting you in Franklin, Indiana on June 8! Your books are fantastic and our patrons are ready for you visit. Safe travels!

  63. Sunday, February 25, 2018


    Lexington , SC USA

    Ms. Frank I just adore your books. Iâ ve read all of the Lowcountry tales and just finished Bulls Island. I think it may be one of the best books Iâ ve ever read, and seriously cried when I had to finish it. Do you think you could please write a sequel to Bulls island ? I just love all the characters!

  64. Monday, February 12, 2018

    Lois Myers

    Fort Myers, Florida United States

    I'm a really really big fan of yours. Listen to most books these days instead of reading them. That way you know, a woman can multitask. Coming to the conclusion today of Isle of Palms. I'm inviting you to an imaginary dinner party I'm hosting in the future with guests like Jan Karon and Alexander McCall Smith. Fun to imagine but it will never happen! The stories in your novels are a delight to the soul!

  65. Thursday, February 08, 2018

    Lauren Morris

    Toronto, Ontario Canada

    Dottie, you are an incredible writer. I just finished reading Same Beach, Next Year and was so sad to turn the final page--but I now have all your other books to look forward to! I am very interested in South Carolina and Charleston in particular--my mom's family were Charleston Tories who left after the American Revolution and sailed to the Bahamas to start a new life. My maternal g-g-g-g-g-grandmother, Wyannie Malone, forms the basis of my protgonist in a novel I am writing about this incredible woman and her journey with her family. I visited Charleston a few years ago to do some research on Malones in Charleston and had to curtail some of my visit because of an impending hurricane and sandbags halting my entrance to the South Carolina Historical Society! I intend to get back there and often think about how I felt standing on Broad Street in the pouring rain, knowing Wyannie had likely walked down this street hundreds of times. It's a very powerful place that seeped into my being and is still there. I hope you will be reading my novel one day! Reading you has given me much pause for thinking about dialogue and the spaces between it--thank you! Much admiration and love, Lauren Morris--Toronto, Canada

  66. Wednesday, February 07, 2018


    Southport, NC USA

    I discovered your books last year. I have read Sullivan's Island, Porch Lights, and Folly Beach. I am in the process of reading Plantation. I truly enjoy your writing style and the fact that you write about an area that is dear to my heart. My husband and I went to Charleston at Christmas. It was his first time there, and we had a lovely time. I am delighted to find that I have many more of your books to enjoy! Best wishes to you.

  67. Sunday, February 04, 2018


    Twin city, Georgia United States

    You are an such an entertaining and talented writer. I'm so grateful for your work. You are one of my favorites! Thank you!

  68. Friday, January 26, 2018

    Julie Cochrane

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA

    I just finished Plantation.LOVED iT!! Interestingly,I picked it up at a thrift store....and it's a signed copy!!! I love South Carolina(moved to Myrtle Beach 1 1/2 years the way you wrote about Charleston,the Edisto all consuming book!!! I'll be reading everything else you've written too.

  69. Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Deborah Carducci

    NATICK, Massachusetts United States

    I just finished reading Full of Grace! I enjoyed it for many reasons. First, I am a Boston girl (Italian) and have a home in Charleston. I love reading your books...The Hurricane Sisters, Isle of Palms, etc. when I'm in Charleston or when I'm in Boston wishing I was in Charleston. I am an interior designer and working on my first book and really enjoying the process. I get such a kick out of your writing, it has inspired me to do my best as I start this new venture. Thank you for entertaining me and I hope to meet you at one of your book signings in Charleston. Best, Deb

  70. Friday, January 12, 2018

    Judith M. Moss

    Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

    An author, no. A reader, oh YES! I just discovered your works. Finished reading Sullivan's Island just this morning. So thrilled to see that I have many, many books to read and catch up on. Love them, love them, love them...wish I had a mirror like that!

  71. Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Eileen Brooks

    Naples, FL USA

    Hello Dorothea. I'm thrilled you'll be the first author for the Nick Linn Friends of the Library of Naples, FL series for 2018. I have been a huge fan for many years starting with your book Sullivan's Island in 2000. You and I had a mutual friend...Corky Gaby. She and I were swimming buddies when we were teenagers; we used to swim laps at Haddon Glen Swim Club in Haddon Heights, NJ. She was a real inspiration and motivator. My sister, Sheila, said she met you at the memorial for Corky. Looking forward to hearing you speak at the Ritz in Naples on January 15. Best regards!

  72. Sunday, December 24, 2017

    Jenny Scott Killian

    Ballston Spa, NY USA

    I picked up your book at my local library- your name sparked my attention- "I used to know a Dottie Frank...". Long story short, after reading the acknowledgment in your book and your website, I now know for sure that you are Dottie Frank that was on the board of the NJ Chamber Music Society back in the late 1980s/early 1990s, with Mira Stulman and Honey McGrath. I worked in the office with Linda Baker then Eileen Sheldon, Sharon Schmidt and Jeremy Johnson! I'm married now, with 2 kids (16 and 20), working for the YMCA in Saratoga Springs, NY (still in the non-profit world). What a fun surprise to find you are an author that I am reading and really enjoying. Merry Christmas!

  73. Sunday, December 17, 2017


    Simpsonville, South Carolina USA

    Dottie: So very pleased to have seen your continued publications - I also continue from my educational professional background (my publication years began in 1988) to publish - primarily within short cultural episodic scenes - perhaps one of these days, we might be able to professionally publication meet - Connie/DrCCJones (Reminder my late mother in law was a B Dorothea Frank family name & surname)

  74. Tuesday, November 21, 2017


    Cincinnati, Ohio USA

    I love your writing! For my 70th birthday in 2018 I want to treat myself to my first vacation in years. I am a widow,like spas, beach and I hope you can suggest a Marriott location where I can use points accumulated during family illness. Thanks in advance! Janice

  75. Monday, November 06, 2017

    Michael Pock

    South Portland, Maine USA

    Just finished reading Shem Creek. Loved it. My wife and i were married at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Charleston on Meeting Street on June 1st 1968. We have been back several times. Our latest visit was the past August on our way back from a wedding in Florida. We had a very delightful dinner at Water's Edge and watched the Dolphins and Pelicans. What a treat. Jackson Hole reminded me of that special dinner. I am from Wyoming and my Wife is from Maine. We met and married in Charleston when I was in the Submarine Service attached to a Nuclear Missile Submarine stationed there. We had dined at that same location 49 years age in a restaurant that was a pier level and could see the shrimp boat unloading. plan to return for our 50th Anniversary. I am looking over your book list. Folly Beach sounds interesting. Spent a lot of time body surfing there in 1967.

  76. Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    Tracy Fox

    Howard Beach, New York USA

    Dear Dorothea, My mom Linda Catapano and I met you during your visit to Martha's Vineyard this summer. We were the crazy mother-and-daughter duo that came to your book signing at Bunch of Grapes and drove you afterward to dinner! I just wanted to tell you how much fun my mom and I had with you during the book signing and car ride. We were fans before but have now become obsessed with reading all of your books, one being better than the next. Your wit and style is priceless and we find ourselves laughing out loud simultaneously while reading your books on different floors of our house! Thank you for you, for the incredible women in your stories and we look forward to seeing you next summer, either in NYC or on the Vineyard. Love, Tracy & Linda

  77. Thursday, September 28, 2017


    Edinboro, PA USA

    My two sisters and I have vacationed in the south every year since 1999 when we realized, "Heck yeah, we deserve a WHOLE WEEK away from work and family responsibilities! We started reading your novels while vacationing in Myrtle Beach and Pawley's Island, SC, (two of us were born in the Charleston Navy Hospital), and continued reading them while visiting Clearwater, Naples, Sanibel and now Palm Coast, FL...always on the beach with a hand dipped into a bag of Jordan Almonds. We love your books, and always try to buy the latest one before our trip in May! Thanks so much for all the entertainment!

  78. Monday, September 25, 2017

    Ann Lepore

    Cary, North Carolina USA

    Good Afternoon, I am a member of the Red Knights Motorcycle club, we are all firefighters or partners of firefighters. I want to thank you kindly for your donation of books to our auction earlier this year for our rally. The auction was a huge success. We raised over $14,000 at auction and the funds were divided between the Shriner's Children's Hospital and The UNC Burn Center. The donation has been given to the Shriners and the presentation to the Burn Center will be made at an event in November. Once again, thank you for your generosity. Ann Lepore NC12 Red Knight Member.

  79. Thursday, September 21, 2017


    san francisco, ca USA

    I have everyone of your books and have enjoyed them so much every summer. This summer was the best. I loved same beach, next year! The story was very good but what was the best for me is that Eliza is Greek. I too, am Greek and have never remembered a novel that recognizes my culture and the country of Greece in such a charming way. Eliza is the prefect Greek Mother & Wife who cares so much for her family and cooks so well. It was very well done. Cannot wait until next years book! Thanks for providing me with great books to read every vacation!

  80. Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Carole Centers

    Campton, KY USA

    I wait every summer for your newest book and then usually just look at it a little while! I wasn't sure how much or even if I would like the newest one (Same Beach) because it was not the usual 40-50ish unmarried woman who returns home. But it was ever so good! I could not put it down until I got to the end. i love the descriptions of the land, the usually older home, etc. Thank you for your wonderful writing! C

  81. Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Christin Moffitt

    Modesto, California USA

    Just a note of great thanks, for providing me with years of reading pleasure. I can categorically state that I've read all of your books (Plantation is my favorite), as well as your good friend Pat Conroy's. I fantasized meeting him some day in Beaufort. Emailed and received a personal response from him which I treasure. I too am a military brat and spent three years on the coast of Georgia, creating in me a deep love for all things Southern. Now a retired teacher, I am pushing my husband to visit the low country and discover the richness of nature found nowhere here on the Pacific Coast. Thank you giving me a chance to gush... but more importantly, for keeping the South alive in my mind and heart!!!

  82. Monday, September 11, 2017

    Laura Riley

    Springville, IA USA

    Can you tell us whether you plan to bring us an update on Caroline Levine? Any plans in the works for a new book with her as the main character? She has been my favorite by far.

  83. Friday, September 08, 2017


    Lincoln, CA USA

    My sister and I were born in SC and visited there many times over the years. After reading same beach, next year, I found Sullivan's Island and couldn't put it down. There were pages I read and reread and called my sister to read to her. Just ordered the large print book for her and have the next in the series ordered for myself. I won't stop until I've read and treasured every one. Ineffable!

  84. Thursday, September 07, 2017

    Jennifer Crerar

    Tucson, AZ USA

    I just finished "Pawley's Island". If I didn't know better, Rebecca & Nat are based on me and my ex during that same time! It was somewhat eerie to relive my ugly divorce while reading PI. I loved it and continue my journey through your books. I consider Charleston home, despite where the military takes us. Reading a great story with little hints of home is very comforting and a joy!!

  85. Monday, September 04, 2017

    Sharon Elrod

    Leesville, South Carolina USA

    Miss Dottie, I cannot even fathom how in this world you can come up with such good copy for your books. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them. I have just finished reading "the last original wife" and I am so impressed with your depiction of "Wes." My goodness, I've known him all my life!! Thank you for your most joyous gift of the pen. Please keep up the good work. When are you coming back to South Carolina? Would love to meet you and chat! God bless, and thank you again! Sincerely, Sharon Elrod

  86. Saturday, September 02, 2017

    Mary Sullivan-Whalen

    Brooklyn , New York USA

    Hi Dorothea- I first picked up one of your books when I had the joy of stopping into Litchfield Books, looking for books by local authors. I was hooked! My husband and I had purchased a home in Pawleys Island and your books were a wonderful introduction to the area. Then I tuned in a short time ago to a liveFaceBook presentation with Adriana Trigiani. WOW--two of my favorite authors together-- heaven on a screen! I have had the joy of having Adri join my book club- the Blue Stocking Society of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I invite you to join us for an evening of lively discussions- many laughs and at times, a few tears, copious libations and a large variety of delectable morsels of goodness. It would be wonderful to have Adri join us for an evening of raucous fun! Thank you for your introduction to the Low Country!

  87. Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Marian Poteet

    Steele, MO USA

    I have spent the summer reading your books! I have laughed, smiled and been completely entertained. Thank you for your talented works! I look forward to your next book.

  88. Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Sue McGinnis

    Valrico, FL USA

    Tonight we attended your book signing at Bunch of Grapes bookstore on Martha's Vineyard. I have read all of your books and loved them. You are interesting, fun and down to earth. Thank you so much for being a highlight on my summer vacation.

  89. Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Terrye Robins

    Chelsea, OK United States

    I discovered your novels when you were recommended to me by a librarian. I always read works in order (whether series or not), and Sullivan's Island had me hooked. I'm just finishing "Porch Lights" and am really enjoying it. Keep up the great writing! I love your Low Country books!

  90. Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    LIsa Rankin

    Waterford, Ohio USA

    I just discovered your books and so far I love them. I read Return to Sullivan Island last week and The Hurricane Sisters on Sunday. I just started Folly Beach. I see lots of visits to the library in my future.

  91. Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Joan W. Skinner

    Crossville, Tennessee United States

    Just finished Same beach, next year and enjoyed it as I do all your books. Thanks again for a good story!

  92. Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Pat Sweatt

    Darien, IL USA

    I just found you through a librarian at our local library. I started reading your books beginning at the first one. After reading "Sullivan's Island" I was ready to jump in my car and drive to SC, book a plantation B&;B and sit and on the veranda and have a Mint Julep. I still might do that! I am now starting "The Christmas Pearl". I love your writing and bringing in former people or businesses in the next books. Looking forward to reading all of your books!!

  93. Wednesday, August 23, 2017



    Morning Dot from Brisbane - once again! I was tickled to find that I had to wait for your latest 2 books from the Brisbane City Library - both out, which means that other readers here love your stories too!! I enjoyed both stories and still l hope that one day I will make it to the Lowcountry. It would be wonderful one day to walk up to you at a book signing and say "Hello at last" - it would be so much fun!!

  94. Sunday, August 20, 2017


    Dover, Ar USA

    I found Sullivans Island at a thrift store simply by chance I bought it. I have now read the next 3 books and I AM HOOKED ! This Saturday I visited an used bookstore and found porch lights and it's signed by you in 2012. I'm very excited to own this book. Signed by a late comer but now a lifelong fan. Kim Brock

  95. Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Jackie Greaves

    Markham, Ontario Canada

    I have just finished "same beach, next year" and I couldn't leave it for long as I was so invested in every character and the storyline. I have read many of your books but I cannot wait untiil your next one. Welcome to the wonderful world of grandparents. I have been blessed with 3, 2 boys and 1 girl and being their Gramms has added so much to my life.

  96. Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Lee-Ellen Foss

    Orlando, FL USA

    I just finished same beach, next year in a couple of days. Really enjoyed it. I will now start to read all your other books which I've never read. I'm so glad I've discovered your writing. Can't wait for the next one!!

  97. Wednesday, August 16, 2017


    Fort Collins, Colorado USA

    Just finished Same Beach. I couldn't put it down. Finished it in 2 days. What a great story. Dorothy, you sure can write. I've read everything of yours. Now i'm sad because I have to wait another year for a new book. Thanks for the enjoyment of your books.

  98. Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Dot Watson

    Tullahoma, Tennessee USA

    I volunteer with a used book store sponsored by our Literacy Council, which supports and promotes adult basic education. We have every genre imaginable, and all of our books are donated. We are the only bookstore in town. There are several authors we cannot keep in stock such as David Baldacci, Lee Child, Stephen King , Stephanie Evanovich, John Grisham, and Dorothy Benton Frank. Having lived in the Lowcountry three different times and loving that part of the country, I love reading books that take place there so I am looking forward to reading the latest Frank books. I hope my book club will want to choose one of her latest books. Our next mtg., the book to be discussed will be The House on Tradd Street by Karen White.

  99. Thursday, August 03, 2017

    Susan Murphy

    North Weymouth, MA USA

    I just love your books!!! I just finished Shem Creek, and I could see all those sunsets and smell the salt air and man everytime the pound cake was mentioned all I wanted to do was make it!!! Boy was I happily surprised to find d the recipe at the end of the book!!! I made it today for my son's birthday with the caramel frosting and it was the best cake I've ever made!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with your readers!! And so pleased to see so many more here on your site!!!

  100. Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    Marilyn Lumley

    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania USA

    Having just finished reading "Same Beach, Next Year", I simply had to visit this page and leave a comment. I have embraced your books since picking up Sullivan's Island so many years ago. I can't count how many times I have read and re-read your amazing stories and have embraced each of your characters. Thank you for committing to gifting us at least one book a year! You have enriched my life in ways you will never truly know. I share the love of your novels with my sister Jean, who in 2001 said that I absolutely had to read Sullivan's Island. And she was so right! Now when a new Dorothea Benton Frank novel is released: I buy two copies and FEDEX the second one to my sister in Florida. Thank you - we can't wait for the next release!

  101. Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Patti Henry

    Shelburne, VT USA

    Your wit and sarcasm make me wonder if we may somehow be related! I am re-reading Sullivan's Island and can't put it down. Auntie Carol and Big Hank they be a gettin themselves in a world of trouble. Mrs. Simpson she be a telling everybody she knows about what she saw and Susan will be needing some therapy after what she saw her Daddy doing on the porch, during a hurricane, with his wife in the hospital with twins! What was he thinking???? Livvie be putting some Gullah voodo on that man, eah

  102. Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Dita MacDonald

    Rochester Hills, Mi USA

    Another fabulous book from you. I have read all of your wonderful books. Can't wait for the next one!!!

  103. Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Joyce Kirby

    Griffin, GA USA

    Are any of your books in large print for those of us who have failing vision? I would really hate to think that I could not read your books anymore!

  104. Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Joyce Kirby

    Griffin, GA USA

    I have just finished reading "Same Beach, Next Year" and I do think each book is better than the last one. I don't know how you do it. Although I have lived in Georgia for 45 years and consider it home, your books always take me back to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. There's nothing like it. I also enjoyed the references to Greece.

  105. Friday, July 21, 2017

    Elizabeth Kenrick

    Belmont, MA United States

    Just finished "Same Beach..Next Year" loved it!! Is there a real Shono River?

  106. Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Sandra J Pugh

    Comyers, Ga USA

    I love your books. You have a wonderful gift of putting the heart and soul of the low country and your characters on the written page! I never want your books to end. Please continue with your great stories. May God Bless you and your family and your precious grandchild. God gives us a double blessing of His love in our grandchildren that we poured out on our own children's lives.

  107. Sunday, July 16, 2017

    Susan Ratteree

    Columbia , SC USA

    I have read all your books and always look forward to the next one! You are going to LOVE being a grandmother. My first grandchild jis 7 months old and the light of my life! There is nothing better!! Can't wait for your next book! Susan

  108. Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Pam Lanham

    Mattoon, IL USA

    I just finished reading Same Beach Next Year and I didn't want it to end. Please write a sequel to this book. I have to know what happens next with these characters. I have read almost all of your books and will continue reading until I have read them all. Thank you for being such a wonderful storyteller.

  109. Friday, July 14, 2017

    Sarah Carolyn M. Hare

    Roebuck, south Carolina USA

    I have been to your book signing in Spartanburg and wondered if you will return for your next book "Same Time Next Year"? I would prefer to get your book then. I have been out of touch this past year because of my husbands illness. He battled cancer for a year...sad to say he lost his battle June 23, 2017. I realize you may have already been here and I missed it. I enjoy your books because they give me a good feeling. I am reading John Grishams "Camino Island". Almost through...If I don't get a new book, I sometimes read one of yours again...imagine that! Which one?... Have a blessed day... Carolyn Hare

  110. Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Laurie Lewis

    Ruther Glen, Virginia USA

    Hi! Happy Summer! I have been a fan since the beginning and have collected all of your books. I was wondering if you will release hardback copies of Sullivan's Island & Plantation. I am old school and even though I use an e-reader, few things compare to having the actual book in your hands. I have all of the others, but have only found those two in paperback. Read & enjoyed your latest release. Looking forward to many more. Congrats on your new grand-baby!!

  111. Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Lisa Powell

    Philadelphia, PA USA

    Have read every one of your books and each time one ends, I feel like I've made new friends. Congrats on the new grandbaby (we had our second in June and third is coming in October, 2017, so can relate on all the big doings in your life.) Advice to the new grandparents - boy howdy, do the young parents have a ton of rules! You know what to do - keep your mouth shut, smile with your eyes and love them all to pieces.

  112. Friday, July 07, 2017

    Laura Riley

    Springville, Iowa USA

    Will we ever see a book that tells us what is happening in the life of Caroline Wimbly Levine? I enjoy all your characters but was particularly fond of Caroline - just wondered if you were going to bring her back for an update. Thanks so much, love your work!

  113. Monday, July 03, 2017

    Melinda B Gassaway

    Hot Springs, Arkansas USA

    Again, your novels are an absolute delight. I am halfway through the audiobook version of "Same Beach Next Year" and am sure anyone who spies me smiling and chuckling in my car has to wonder , "Should that woman be driving about town." I love the characters in this book and I especially love the phrases that punctuate the chapters. Hope you do not mind that I gave you, the book , and two of these favorite phrases a "Thumbs-up" plug in the column I write for my hometown newspaper. Just to remind you, I am the retired editor who agreed with one of your previous characters that there are few things that are truly "awesome." Still think that word is overused. All the best to you , your family, and your literary associates.

  114. Sunday, July 02, 2017

    Deb Coffin

    Erie, CO USA

    Dorothea - you hit a home run again! I've been reading your books for years and can say this one is definitely on my top hit parade list. You have an amazing way of transporting me to the low country - the sights, smells, tastes, lives and loves. Congrats on becoming a Grandmother. I never thought anything could touch my heart as much as our children but our two tadpoles are the light of our lives! Enjoy! Spoil them rotten with love!

  115. Saturday, July 01, 2017

    Howard Cook

    Cadiz, KY USA

    I just read your latest book "Same Beach Next Year" in one day. I think it was the most entertaining read I have had in years. I have read all your works and enjoy them very much. We lived in North Charleston from 1964 to 1968, and have spent many days on Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Mount Pleasant, and many other places. It helps me connect to the story and brings back some very good memories. I t is almost like we have lived part of this story. At least we have lived the central arguments that got Adam in trouble, and our truce gets shaken every once in a while. Love your work. Howard Cook

  116. Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Kathy Stephens

    Ellijay , Georgia USA

    I'm in the middle of Folly Beach. Now I need to go stay there for a week. The Last Original wife had me laughing til the tears ran down my cheeks. I lived in The Mills House and also next to the Thomas Elfe House on Queen Street so I can thoroughly enjoy being with your characters as they roam. You feel like a best friend who has traveled the same paths, looking forward to more adventures. If you ever come to the north Georgia mountains come stay in our guest cabin, put your feet up and relax to the river songs. The wine is chilling.

  117. Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Dawn Lapinski

    Jacksonville, NC United States

    Just finished reading same beach, next year. I could not put it down! This was my favorite so far. I also loved how you incorporated information about Greece and Eliza's family there, and the descriptions of the flowers, took my breath away. I could just smell it! Makes me want to go to Greece.

  118. Friday, June 16, 2017

    Carol Ferrell

    Clive, Iowa USA

    I just finished " same beach, next year" and thoroughly enjoyed it, as I have enjoyed each book you have written. We just had our first grandchild. My word of advice is to remember or write down what one does for and gives to this first. One will then be able to be equitable with the ones that follow. It is so fun to shop for babies, but if one buys it all for the first, what will be left for the others one hopes will follow? Best wishes on a healthy, happy new addition to your family.

  119. Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Kathryn Porter

    Parrish, FL USA

    I want to thank you for the wonderful book Pawleys Island. I was born in Georgetown and spent my childhood with my grandmother right on the beach. She ised to drive me past the giant horse statue oitside Brookgreen Gardens so I would go to bed. Thank you for taking me home to the people and the feeling of that wonderful place.

  120. Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Carol T. Giesting "Toby"

    San Diego, CA USA

    Just finished Original Wife. Perfect timing to start my summer off right! One teensy problem my husband, Skip, noticed: The USS Yorktown is an aircraft carrier and not a battleship. (He flew jet fighters off several of those carriers for 22 years in the Navy so he must know something'!) We LOVED Charleston and I felt as if it cast some kind of spell over me. Is that normal for visitors to your neck of the woods? BTW, the first of your books I ever read (Return to Sullivan's Island) was read while we were visiting friends who live on Callawassie Island, a ways out from Charleston. What A GLORIOUS experience! Thank you for writing all of your wonderful books which seem to touch on one or another of the current or past "situations" in my life. I would love to meet you in person some day if you are ever near San Diego for a book signing. I will most probably stand there with my mouth agape and with brilliant words frozen in my throat. That should make me easy to recognize. Sincerely, Toby Giesting

  121. Friday, June 09, 2017

    Barbara Green

    Willowick , Ohio USA

    Just finished reading Same Beach Next Year! Loved it! I enjoy your books every summer. This s book was one of my favorites. I love the Charleston area and can relate to the places in your books. Would love to have you come to my part of the country for a book signing.

  122. Friday, June 09, 2017

    Faye D. Conally

    Gibsonville, N. C. USA

    I just finished reading SAME BEACH, NEXT YEAR and found it very enjoyable. Imagine my surprise when I read on page 116 referring to Daphne "She's going to Elon this fall." My husband and I are both Elon alums as are several of our family members. Also, on page 360 Greek restaurants in Astoria, NY are mentioned and that's where one of my great nephews (also Elon alum) lives. Amazing.... I can hardly wait for your next book. I have now read several of your previous books and have many others on my bookcase waiting to be read. Thanks and keep them coming!

  123. Wednesday, June 07, 2017

    pam maser

    monroe, mi USA

    Just finished same beach. Another great read by you. Thanks so much for being a wonderful writer. I have 3 grandsons and it's so much more easier and a lot more fun. Enjoy your first.

  124. Tuesday, June 06, 2017

    Joy Zito Dovel

    Stephens City, Virginia USA

    Hi Dottie, I have read most of your books and have visited Mount Pleasant, Charleston and the Isle of Palms twice now. Just got back from my second trip. All because of your stories. Thanks for telling them so well. Haven't read Same Beach yet, but I will. Regards, Joy

  125. Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Linda Soniak

    Mount Pleasant, SC USA

    Same Beach, Next Year was great. Thanks for hanging out a few extra minutes at the B&;N in Mt. P. So honored to meet one of my favorite authors. My advice about grandchildren is to just enjoy them! The pressure is gone and it's so freeing to be able to just love on them.....and hand them back to their mom and dad when you're tired. ð

  126. Friday, May 26, 2017

    Linda Antoine

    Vicksburg, MS USA

    Love the new book! Started it yesterday and cannot put it down. I want to be friends with Eliza, Adam, Eve and Carl! Thank you for another great book!

  127. Friday, May 26, 2017

    Sherry FitzGibbon

    Raleigh, North Carolina USA

    Just received my autographed copy of same beach, next year. Thanks Dorothea Jean for grabbing my attention in the first 3 pages...thank goodness this is a long holiday weekend so I'll be able to indulge myself and soak up all your words. As everyone else who reads your books it makes me feel so good to lose myself in the Low Country. Enjoy your book tour...just wish you were going to be in Raleigh. Love ya!

  128. Friday, May 26, 2017

    Liz Golden

    Surfside Beach, DC USA

    Just finished "same beach, next year" Loved it so much. Finished it in 3 days. Can't wait for next summer's books. Have read all of your books. Enjoyed meeting you at the book signing at Litchfield Books in Pawley. Thanks for signing my book.

  129. Thursday, May 25, 2017

    jill engle

    Palmerton, pa USA

    Had the day off and decided to have a me day. What better way to spend reading Same Beach Next Year. I read the book in one day I could not put it down. Can't wait for your next book. Thank you so much for the wonderful stories. I am planning a trip to Sullivan's Island just to experience what you describe in your books. Have a great weekend.

  130. Wednesday, May 24, 2017


    Vicksburg, MS United States

    Loved meeting you tonight in Jackson. Have every one of your books and cannot wait to start the new one.

  131. Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Terry Gattuso

    Greenacres, Florida United States

    With the exception of Same Beach, Next Year I've read all your novels and had longed to visit the low country of South Carolina. A few weeks ago I met a friend in Charleston and we went to Isle of Palm, Sullivan's Island and saw signs for Foley Beach and Shem's Creek. I felt as if I were visiting old friends. Thank you for the beautiful stories and characters.

  132. Monday, May 22, 2017


    Westminster, CA USA

    It's Monday morning and I just finished Same Beach Next Year. Wonderful! Started reading on Saturday and went straight through. Saved the last chapter for this morning. It was like eating pie all weekend. Thank you!!!

  133. Saturday, May 20, 2017


    Beaufort, South Carolina USA

    Your "Plantation" is an inspiration for the current online exhibition and blog "Lowcountry Ladies" at Anderson Kenney Fine Art. While caring for my ailing mother, I had a lot of time on my hands. My friend suggested I read "Plantation". The result was a Dot Frank marathon read. Thank you for such a delightful diversion during such a difficult time. I can't wait for your next book!

  134. Friday, May 19, 2017

    Ruthann Smith

    Greensburg, IN USA

    One of the best days of 2017 has come and gone...the day Dottie's (may I call you Dottie? I feel that we've been friends for many years!) latest release was released. As always, I finished it in record time, and as always, Dottie didn't disappoint. Eliza is a lovely protagonist we can all cheer for. I have visited the Lowcounty several times now, and that came about initially because of Dorthea Benton Frank's books. I have read every book as soon as possible after its release and second and third readings take me back again and again. And when I actually visit Charleston and surrounding areas? I always look for Dottie! Thanks for engrossing stories with lovable characters!

  135. Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Linda Kay

    Mount Pleasant, Sc USA

    I will be attending the Books and Bubbles Soire at Reverie Shop Therapy on May 19 in Mount Pleasant. I am very excited to meet you and hear your wonderful stories. I have enjoyed every book you have written. On behalf of my unique and special group of friends who have been gathering at Litchfield Beach for over 30 years with our own diverse lives, I would be be delighted to share our story anytime you might be interested. We Are a book that has never been written! Thank you for sharing your gift with everyone! Linda Kay

  136. Tuesday, May 02, 2017

    Rebecca B Surette

    Havelock, North Carolina United States

    Oh, my goodness! I read "Plantation" years ago, then a friend borrowed it and I never saw it again. Somehow, I managed to forget your name, but the lyrical prose, the lure of slow-moving, dark water, of islands drenched in golden sun stayed with me down through all of these years. Then, wonder of wonders, another friend sent me a copy of "Shem Creek" and I realized I had found you once again! I consider some books to be dear friends, reading them over and over again (I have replaced a few of these books 7 or 8 times over the years), and your books will certainly join those ranks! I'm already rearranging my bookshelves to house ALL of them!

  137. Tuesday, May 02, 2017

    Vickie Rogerson

    Chocowinity, North Carolina USA

    Please don't stop least until I am too old to care. I am almost 60, so lets say another 30 years. I love your books, they take me to my favorite places. All lead to the beach!.

  138. Friday, April 28, 2017

    MaryLouise Weezie Chiappetta

    Fort Myers , Florida USA

    Hello: I hope you will have a stop in Nantucket at Mitchells to promote your book like you did last summer. I did not see it on your tour list. I will be there so I hope you are at some point. Maybe in August like last year.

  139. Monday, April 24, 2017

    Julia Waddell

    Lynchburg, VA USA

    I just finished reading Porch Lights. I love your books and this one as well. I hope that there will be a sequel to this book that shows the development of the love story between Jackie and Steve.

  140. Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Robin Klaene

    Crestview Hills, Ky USA

    i am visiting Folly Beach/Charleston for the first time. While planning for the trip I picked up your book Folly Beach. As I was reading the book I noticed street refences near where we are staying on Artic Ave. Tonight I noticed a directional sign for Porgy House! Now I'm headed out for a walk to find it! I am drawn to this area so I love your books!

  141. Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Teresa Woodrum

    MILTON, West Virginia United States

    Hi Dottie! I simply adore you and your southern pearls and charm. Your writing and books bring so much peace to my soul. Thank you so much for your continuous interactions with your fans. You make me feel like I am personally a "friend" of yours. Much appreciate and love. - Teresa

  142. Saturday, April 01, 2017

    Carolyn Kramer

    Van Alstyne, TX United States

    Wonderful story teller! I have all of your books except the last two. And love every one. I am from Connecticut , transplanted in Texas, and dearly miss the coast. Your books take me back home. Love the characters, places and stories. Look forward to many more from you.

  143. Friday, March 24, 2017

    Elizabeth A Parham

    Huron, South Dakota USA

    I am in love with this page ! Adore the sand dollars. They really are a treasure when you can find a whole one. When my library friend comes back from vacation, I will certainly ask about FOTL and see if we can get you here. Then I would have to take you out to the Black Hills and the Badlands. You really need to put Mt Rushmore on your bucket list. I would like to send you a handmade card - it's what I do to stay out of the bars and off the streets. What is the best way to do that so you would actually get it ?

  144. Friday, March 24, 2017

    Zelda Nichols

    Murrells Inlet, SC USA

    Hi Dot - we finally did it and it's all thanks to you. For all Doy's readers, this is how influential a writer can be when she outshines all others. Dot , you may remember my writing on occasion about our buying two rental properties thanks to your wonderful books. One year ago we bought a house and finally moved permanently to the SC coast ourselves right next to Huntington Beach State Park entrance. We found out after the fact No one lived in this house for seven years and it is the house from hell with All that's gone wrong from neglect. All our friends are saying I should write a book because problems never stop but the view looking from our back porch overlooking the marsh, inlet, park and ocean beyond makes it all worth while. You introduced your readers to the Gullah culture and I am learning how fascinating this culture really is. Thank you, thank you, thank you for not just all your great reads but for literally changing our lives. BTW - thanks also for your recommendation a few years ago for the Peninsula Grill. We have had a few fine dining experiences that were truly memorable. See you at Litchfield Books.

  145. Thursday, March 16, 2017


    Menominee, MI USA

    I have so enjoyed your Low country series!! Very refreshing! Sad to say I think I'm on the last one.

  146. Thursday, March 09, 2017

    Cathy Smith

    San Antonio, TX USA

    I just read my FIRST book written by you--"All the Single Ladies"--and what delightful reading it was. I started it yesterday and finished it tonight. I loved the southern setting, and I'm so happy I discovered you while browsing in my Barnes & Noble book store several days ago.

  147. Tuesday, March 07, 2017

    harriet jones

    russell, kentucky USA

    when will your new book be out? I always make myself wait to read it at the beach. we go to folly beach. I have re-read your books several times, especially the summer after my parents died.

  148. Monday, February 27, 2017

    Jan Schuroll

    Bothell, WA USA

    Hello from the Pacific Northwest. I've been a fan of you and your books since Sullivans Island (is there supposed to be an apostrophe ? ) ,and have finally realized that I need to buy hardcover books since paperbacks eventually become fragile. Do you ever come to this corner of the US? Would be a thrill to see you in person.

  149. Monday, February 27, 2017

    Roni Larini

    Bernardsville, NJ USA

    Hi Dottie! I am visiting friends on Kiawah Island and was hoping you might be speaking somewhere close by so I could stop by to say hello, but looks like you are not touring now. I'm sure you are busy writing. I hope all is well. Looking forward to the next book. Roni

  150. Saturday, February 18, 2017


    Arvada, Colorado USA

    I have enjoyed your books so much! Every summer I look forward to your new book. I have shared them with family and friends, who have also enjoyed them. Thank you for the time you take to write your books for our enjoyment. Summer would not be the same if I didn't have your new book to read. I hope you come to the Denver area sometime. Regards!

  151. Thursday, February 16, 2017


    Penney Farms,, FL United States

    Dear Dorothea, Don't be insulted, but I bought three of your books at a thrift shop in Dec., 2016, and l and have just "gobbled" them down. My husband and I camped and owned property in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, starting in the 1960's. We retired there and stayed for 20 years. When I saw the words "Low Country" I grabbed those books, as the Southeastern Carolinas are our favorite area and we have traveled and visited the places you write about in SC often -- in addition to living in NC. Now we are retired (again) and in Florida - Reading and writing are my favorite activities and I have ordered more of your books to enjoy. "Sullivan's Island" was my first, but hardly the last. Thanks for the hours of pleasure and laughter! Patricia Yoder

  152. Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Lisa B

    Naperville, IL Illinois USA

    Please don't ever stop writing. Your books on cd have gotten me safely to and from Kansas many times as I make the long drive alone to see my children and grandchild - driving to get to what matters -much like your brave women in your books have done. Such a gift and such awesome readers. Every so grateful, Lisa

  153. Thursday, February 16, 2017

    cynthia wolfe

    mt pleasant , sc USA

    I just finished listening to "All the Single Ladies" and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the colloquialisms that I haven't heard in many years. My grandmother would be so proud! I also wanted to thank you for verifying (at least to me) that proper Hoppin' John is made with field peas. My husband and I have had a "discussion" for almost 35 years about this. He seems to think it should be made with black-eyed peas. He is mistaken! Please know that as I read your stories, I can picture all the places you mention and it makes me smile. Having grown up in Charleston and living in Mt Pleasant for many years, I have wonderful memories of this place and your books remind me of how glad I am to be a LowCountry girl.

  154. Friday, February 10, 2017

    Brenda Crow

    Harrisburg, PA USA

    Hi Dorthea, I say to my husband all the time that you and I would have a heck of a good time together. We are very similar, minus that I'm no author, that's for sure! I recently purchased your book, All Summer Long and was very happy to find out that it's a signed first edition! As I was reading last night, I found a square, copper colored piece of paper with the number 7 on it. Does this have any significance??? Just curious. Keep doing what you do, you are wonderful at it. Your description of Sullivan's Island makes me want to go there SO bad. Take care! Brenda

  155. Thursday, February 09, 2017

    Karen Petty


    Dear Dorothea, I recently discovered you through your wonderful book ( actually CD version) Sullivan's Island from our public library. I was sick in bed with influenza and my eyes ached too much to read, but boy was I kept on the edge of my bed, so to speak until the very last CD in the jacket and I found your writing delicious! I love "southern" writing. Being Native Californian I am much more enamored by your side of the world. Being an avid reader and a wanna-be writer myself I truly appreciate a well written , engaging, and "on the edge of my seat" plot, where you cannot even take a pee break. It is just that good. Now I want visit the Island, not just on the internet and read all your other books. Your book lifted my weary stuck in bed blues and provided me the medicine I needed to get well - a good dose of suspense, the whimsical and humor! From the bottom of my literary heart, thank you. Karen

  156. Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Connie Johnston

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina United States

    Many years ago I used to fish with a friend. We would put the boat in at a county park on the Edisto below Jacksonboro. Sometime we would go upriver toward the hwy 17 bridge. Sometimes downriver toward the intracoastal. I remember a beautiful old home up on a bluff on our left when we would go downstream. I remember that there was a small private chapel looking out over the river. Was that place the inspiration for Tall Pines in your book Lowcountry Summer? That entire area is so beautiful it took my breath away.

  157. Friday, December 02, 2016

    Marthanne Luzader Ware

    Thrall, Texas USA

    I am late in sending my appreciation for All Summer Long. I had to go to Cartaret, Mississippi, to check in on Martha Ann. Previously when you said you were using real life names in your novels and creating the character that went with the name, I thought, "That is a silly thing to do". But that was before you used my name! I was totally charmed. And you made her the lady of an antebellum plantation home in the south, which I have always fancied myself as. She said all the right things to her rich son in law, just as I did. I brought back a brand new Mississippi map which does not show how to get to Cartaret!? So my fantasy does not have to end. I was already hooked on your novels, but now I somehow understand about the names. I can hardly wait until next summer. Much appreciation, Marthanne

  158. Saturday, November 26, 2016


    Stafford Springs, CT United States

    Picked up 'Sullivan's Island' from my Library's Re-Sale Room.' I'VE FOUND A NEW AUTHOR! As a rule, I'm not fond of contemporary novels; however, Ms. Frank does such a wonderful job of 'weaving the past and the present'--I'm hooked! Thank you, Ms. Frank, for sharing 'your gift' with me! Happy Holidays!

  159. Monday, November 21, 2016


    Florence , Sc USA

    I'm 44 I've never been a reader until April of this year. When I was introduced to your books now I've read 13 of your books collecting them in hard back needless to say I'm now a fan

  160. Sunday, November 13, 2016

    Rebecca Rosen-Horn

    Hull, MA USA

    Dear Dorothea, By chance I read two of your books a couple of years ago, and knowing nothing about the low Country of SC, I took out my US atlas and sure enough, there were those towns you wrote about. At the present time I have read 5 or 6 of your books and loved them. In fact, we are now in SC in Mt. Pleasant, having spent 3 days in Charleston ( loved it!). We visited many places you have written about and tomorrow we are off to Folly Beach for two nights before heading back home. This is the first time I was ever so taken with the areas an author has written about that we had to visit it in person. So glad we are here! Keep up the writing. I hope you will get to MA sometime. We live on the ocean, on a peninsula about 25 miles south of Boston. ( If you look at a map of eastern MA, you will see 2 peninsulas sputhnof Boston. The bigger one is Cape Cod, the smaller one, just a bit south of Boston is Hull, where we live.) You are welcome anytime! Thank you for many hours of reading enjoyment! Thanks again, Rebecca ( formerly a NJ girl who moved to Boston after college)

  161. Saturday, November 12, 2016

    Cheri Joyce

    Warrenton, MO USA

    I will turn 60 in July, 2017, and would love to take my girlfriends to the places you write about. Do you have suggestions or a contact person that could help me? Also, I noticed you are doing a fundraiser for P.E.O. NJ Chapter. I am a P.E.O. member, are you? Thanks for your help - and of course for your delightful books and the wonderfully inspiring heroines!!

  162. Sunday, November 06, 2016

    Debby ficacci

    East hanover, Nj USA

    Hello Dorothea ! I am in the middle of reading my first book by you, All Summer Long, and am enjoying it immensely...I intend to find all your others so I am guaranteed more hours of enjoyment! Btw....thought you may want to bring something to the attention of your proof readers ...on page 210 second paragraph I believe the name of Maritza was inserted where it should read Olivia.. I would hate to think sweet Nick was dressing with Maritzað

  163. Wednesday, November 02, 2016

    Mary Stershic

    Baldwin, Maryland United States

    Dot, I just finished the Low Country series, and I've got to tell you, if it weren't for my job and my low tolerance for humidity, i'd move to the Low Country in a heartbeat! I thoroughly enjoyed each one! You certainly have a gift. Thank you, for sharing it. Mary S

  164. Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    valerie brown

    NEW ORLEANS, louisiana USA

    I just finished reading All Summer Long and I must say once again you did not disappoint. I love your books I feel like I am right there in the Lowcountry. Get another one out soon please. You are my favorite author. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  165. Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Tony Passarello

    Sandy Springs, GA USA

    Hi Dottie: Hope this note finds you and your family on your way to recovery from 'Matthew's' recent visit. Finished your latest novel and once again you have shared a great story of strength of the Southern character. Wanted to ask when you may be in Atlanta to visit and have you sign a copy of All Summer Long for my mother-in-law! If you have time check out my daughter's book Let me Clear my Throat and soon to be published Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello. Tony P.

  166. Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Nancie Wilson

    Sylva, NC USA

    Your books are just outstandingly wonderfu!! I love the Lowcountry, in fact, we have a villa on Edisto Beach. What wonderful memories your books bring! I very much look forward to the next book!

  167. Saturday, October 22, 2016


    BRISBANE, QLD Australia

    Hello Dot, from this side of the Pacific again! I was so sad to see all the damage to the Coast and Islands from Hurricane Matthew. I feel as though I know that part of the US so well from your books, and felt devastated for everyone involved. I have searched recovery updates online from local newspapers there. I wonder how the wildlife, turtles etc have managed and of course the Barrier Islands sand and sea grasses. I am looking forward to reading your two newest books as soon as I can order them in , however I read them too quickly! Thank you for the enjoyment your books give me. Regards, Liz Ahrens

  168. Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Richard Frederick

    Bend, Oregon USA

    Hello Dorothea; I just finished "Shem Creek" and thoroughly enjoyed it. A very nice change from my usual Whodunit books. I'm a photographer and a good many years ago I was on Hilton Head Is photographing & I came across a half sunken fishing boat. I can't tell you exactly where I was but I made the photograph from a gangplank connecting a floating dock to the mainland. Must have been a wholesaler's dock for fishermen to sell their catch. The name of the boat was visible on the bow..."Miss Shem Creek". That's mainly the reason I purchased your book "Shem Creek"( and glad I did). I would be very happy to send you a copy of the photograph...No strings attached...if it is of interest to you. You might be able to tell where I was standing by looking at the photograph. If you would like it just email me & tell me where to send it (No charge). I can email a copy of a digital file scanned from my original 4 X 5 negative or I can mail a print to wherever you tell me. It is my way of saying Thank You for a wonderful & memorable book. I will now read more of your Low Country books. Something I know about that many folks don't is She Crab Soup! Best wishes

  169. Friday, October 07, 2016

    Jan Schuroll

    Bothell, Washington USA

    Hello from the Pacific Northwest! I have read and re-read all your books (except the last one); haven't gotten to a bookstore yet. I have two questions for you --- have you ever come to the Seattle area on a tour, and do women in the South really speak with exclamation points so frequently? I think of the ACE Basin and compare it to the Nisqually Delta here in Washington state, which has been returned to a natural state after many years of overuse. When I read of the scent of the ocean in the South, I think of the tide flats on Elliot Bay in Seattle -- with the scent of salt and marine life. My two oldest sons spent many years in military service, and always knew they were home when they could smell it. I've read your books, Pat Conroy, and Anne Rivers Siddons, and learned a lot. Thank you for your work. Rivers Siddons and

  170. Friday, September 30, 2016

    Sylvia Riggin

    Columbia, South Carolina United States

    Moving to Edisto Island 1st of November. Can't wait to see a book from you that includes the sleepy little Beach town. From the Goodland and Everglades City area of Florida when I walked on Edisto I knew I had found my new home. And Then There Was You who brought the love of the islands of South Carolina alive. Thank you I found my new home

  171. Saturday, September 24, 2016

    victoria melendez

    palestine, TX United States

    love your books have been reading them for years just bought the last original wife and lowcountry summer books and reading them now going to buy the rest of the books im missing keep up the good work love your books

  172. Tuesday, September 20, 2016


    delray beach, florida USA

    I read All Summer Long, followed by All the Single Ladies, which I just finished. Love a happy ending! My boyfriend and I will be visiting Charleston next year for the first time, and aside from the restaurants mentioned in your book, can you give me some other places that we might try? Thanks!

  173. Monday, September 12, 2016

    Kimberly Richards

    Maricopa, Arizona USA

    I am one of those rarities - a Krsipy Kreme virgin! Yes, just started ...Single Ladies....

  174. Friday, September 09, 2016

    Debbie Hagan

    Theresa, New York United States

    Dorthea, All Summer Long is an incredible book. I teach fourth grade and one of the skills I teach the children is to go inside the book with the characters. This book certainly lends itself to this concept. I felt like I was on Necker's Island with Bob's guests. I could feel the sand between my toes and feel the sun and wind on my face. I would stop and google and people and places you talked about. I shared my love of the book with my students. They would ask everyday what was happening in All Summer Long. You are truly a very gifted author. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. Debbie Hagan

  175. Thursday, September 01, 2016


    Daniel island, SC USA

    Awesome books. Just moved to Daniel Island. So many places in your books I have visited. Thank you for taking us on this incredible journey way through your riding.

  176. Sunday, August 28, 2016

    nancy langman

    vineyard haven, Massachusetts United States

    You Rock. Looking forward to reading all of your books. Dinner was lovely. Nancy and Gary

  177. Friday, August 26, 2016

    Linda Robinson

    Monroe, Georgia United States

    Hi Dot! Oh how I love your books. Whenever I pull one of your books out of my bookcase, I know that I'm in for a treat. Your story and characters are so incredible real that I feel like I'm right their with them trailing behind in their shadow. So far I've read about half of your novels, but I plan to read all of them. I love Charleston and that whole area. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us grateful readers.

  178. Monday, August 22, 2016

    Cathy Nance

    Kansas City, MO USA

    Just finished All Summer Long. I have read every book of yours & never been disappointed. I am a Missouri girl born & bred, but there has to be some Lowcountry Girl in me somewhere! My husband & I have been to Charleston twice, & I'd go again tomorrow if I could. Actually, if most of my family wasn't here close, I think I'd be down there as near to the beach as I could get! I swear that place speaks to me like nowhere else I've ever been. It's fun being there, having read your books, & recognizing so many of the places you talk about. Thank you for keeping my "Carolinian Spirit" alive through your stories! Keep writing & I'll keep on reading!ð

  179. Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Stacey McNabb

    Loudon, Tennessee USA

    I discovered your Lowcountry series this summer. I cannot praise them enough. I truly enjoyed each and every one of them. I have now printed out your booklist, and I am planning to read everything you have written. You are truly a talented writer who brings much enjoyment to her readers. I am a teacher, and my summer off was definitely more enjoyable by reading your books. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

  180. Monday, August 15, 2016

    Christy Shay

    Putnam , Connecticut USA

    Dear Dot, Your books are incredible, just like talking with a close friend over a glass of sweet tea. I have read them all (actually multiple times) and whenever I make a new acquaintance who is a reader I tell her she MUST read you. Just finished Isle of Palms for about the 10th time and wonder if you are as talented a gardener as Anna. She expounds on the importance of good dirt with composted manure and vermiculite. Can you tell me in what proportions? Please help! I love that you provide recipes for all the scrumptious foods from your books - can you give me the recipe for super dirt? Thanks for all the good times. Keep them coming.

  181. Monday, August 08, 2016

    Lucile Osborne

    Lake City, FL USA

    Your books speak to my heart. They also give me hope for my life. When I read them, I feel I know the characters; their hurts are my hurts, their joys are my joys and their successes are mine! I feel your love for the land of your birth and wish I could describe the stories of my childhood in the "piney woods" of north Florida the way you describe the stories and history of the Low Country. Very simply, thank you.

  182. Tuesday, August 02, 2016

    Katherine Tokar Hollerith

    Chatham, NJ USA

    Hi Dottie! I work at the Madison Library now. Just recently, three women came in and each took out two of your books. They were so excited as they had just heard of you and were thrilled there were a number of your books! One woman told me that after having read a couple of them, she will be adding them to her personal collection. I continue to love your work and offer you my warmest congratulations on your success! Love, Kathy

  183. Sunday, July 31, 2016

    Cheryl Rhynes

    Ada, Oklahoma USA

    My husband and I are big fans of your books. As we were planning our vacation, we knew we'd be coming to Charleston. We did a tour of that city and have now checked into Shem Creek Inn. We'll be doing some exploring in this area, and hopefully be able to see some of the things you talk about in your books!

  184. Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Linda Reaves

    Greensboro, NC USA

    Feeling a little sad to night - have just finished reading the last of all of your books this year -each one is the best when I am reading it -am not a Geechee girl but sure am a Wanna Be-did not read them in the order you wrote them but it did not seem to matter- I've never written to an author before but needed to share with you how much entertainment and fun reading your books has been - look forward to 2017's new one- what a gift you have

  185. Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Anne gardner

    Pigeon, Mi USA

    I just finished reading my first book by you...Sullivan's Island. What a delightful read. You have a way of making the entire family feel as if it were my own. I look forward to reading many more of your books .

  186. Tuesday, July 26, 2016


    Corbin, Ky USA

    Today l brought home the book full of grace. Of all the books to Read l chose a story l am living. My son last June was told he has glioblastoma. l dropped all and went to his side. We were told two months it has been one year I believe in prayer and God has held all our hands through these months. He is now at the end . Thank you for your books that l have loved. They male me laugh cry and just fell good. I spend a lot of time reading while setting by his side. I dream of the beaches and one day soon l hope to go to my favorite place to rest. So please keep writing and may God bless your books.

  187. Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Sondra Moffat

    Pollocksville, NC USA

    I just closed the cover of "All Summer Long," and said to myself..."I've got to send Dot a note." I just love you! I've read every one of your books, and wait impatiently for the next one. I loved this one, and I'm totally in love with the low country. I live in coastal North Carolina, so I'm familiar with the ambience of coastal living. I just move right into your books and live there until I close the cover. Please don't stop writing about Charleston and the islands off its coast. You absolutely make it all come alive! Once again, let me say that I love you, Dot, and I love your books!!

  188. Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Renee O

    Henrietta, NY USA

    Love, Love, Love your books!! Got hooked on them last winter and have now read all of them. Just finished All Summer Long and because of your books I am vacationing in Charleston and surrounding areas this summer!! Can not wait to experience what you write about first hand!

  189. Thursday, July 21, 2016


    fitchburg, ma USA

    hi dorothea ok i pick up your book all summer long so i love it very much so iam butiing you on my list thank you god bless hope to here from you if you do email peggyweaver have a great summer ps i donot do face book or twrrite

  190. Saturday, July 16, 2016

    Stacey Mcnabb

    Loudon, Tennessee United States

    I just discovered your books this summer. I've been reading the Lowcountry books & have loved them! I'm an elementary teacher & have really enjoyed reading your books this summer while im off from school. They make me laugh & cry. Super hard to put down. I tell all my friends how great your books are. I look forward to reading more!

  191. Friday, July 15, 2016

    Elizabeth Jones

    Columbia , SC USA

    I just finished Hurricane Sisters and basically read it in one sitting. I could not put it down! As with reading your other books, I had to see how the story turned out! Thank you for a cast of memorable characters who play out this wonderful story of significant redeeming social value. Elizabeth

  192. Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Heather Hogue

    Louisville, Kentucky USA

    My 95 year old grandmother (I fondly call her Nana), who is also named Dot, absolutely loves your books. After reading one, she just recently asked me to go out and buy all of them! So, through cleaver searching, I found them all and I must say, your books have given her many hours of enjoyable reading! My Nana, Dot, is quite a remarkable woman, growing up a true Southern woman in Kentucky all of her life, she has led an amazing journey all the way from working with the Salvation Army during the war, to helping her grandfather run the only grocery in our town, and then later owning it and running it as her own, not to mention all the other countless adventures she's had! She is a consistent role model to myself as well as all of our family! At 95 years old, she continues to be as just a remarkable, living in her own home, independent and full of wisdom, wit and fun! I just wanted to share with you a little about such a amazing woman that I love dearly who is a devoted reader and fan of yours.

  193. Monday, July 11, 2016

    Anne Park


    Years ago I had read and thoroughly enjoyed SULLIVAN'S ISLAND. WE have vacationed many years at IOP and love Chareleston. My teacher group vacationed at Hilton Head this year and I brought PLANTATION with me. I kept reading the funny and juicy parts to my friends. They were hooked! I love your style and I love visualizing these places and people in your books. I went ahead and bought 3 more of your books and will be passing them around!

  194. Saturday, July 09, 2016

    Elizabeth S. Jones

    Columbia , SC USA

    I have fallen in love with you and your writing! I began Sullivan's Island on Wednesday evening and finished it Friday morning. I then picked up Folly Beach Friday night and just finished it. WOW I can hardly put down your books . This afternoon I will be joining you at Shem Creek. Thanks for the amazing Lowcountry trips! Hugs and love from a happy reader ~

  195. Wednesday, July 06, 2016

    Jean Stivason

    Bridgeville, PA USA

    I just finished All Summer Long. Loved it as I do all of your books. My favorite though is Last Original Wife! I never considered myself to be a fast reader but I usually can read your books in 2 or 3 days. I just hate to put them down....I can't wait to see what happens next. My second favorite of yours is the first book of yours that I ever read....Isle of Palms. I found d a hard copy in our local library for $1.00. It was a few years since it was written. The title peaked my curiosity because we had just visited a friend living in My. Pleasant and he took us to the Isle of Palms. Once I read it I was hooked!!!!! Can't wait every year for your new books to come out. I so wish to meet you someday. We come to Myrtle Beach quite often but you never seem to be in the area at the same time. We are coming in Sept. and plan to visit Sullivan's Island for the first time. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!! Please never stop writing!

  196. Wednesday, July 06, 2016

    James Percy Cunningham

    Carrollton, GA USA

    More interesting childhood place for thee; far greater success for thee than me; far better lookin' are you than me; but a whole year older than me are ye. Yippee! purported author J.P.C.

  197. Monday, July 04, 2016

    Saundra Slack

    Griffith, Indiana USA

    Just finished All Summer Long. It was very entertaining. I think I have read all your books except two. Loved them all because I could picture being at all the places you talk about. We have been coming to Wild Dunes for thirty three years. We love Sullivan's Island, Donleavy's, and Long Island Café. They have the best shrimp ever. We like the small café atmosphere. Lots more people in Charleston and Mt Pleasant now. We go for the month of October since we retired and it is not so crowded and really have little desire to go into Charleston since the market isn't the same and so many tourists. It is still a beautiful city if you have never been there and so much to see. So much history. Hoping your next book is about Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms. We are getting older and every year we think will be our last to be able to make the travel. As we leave on the connector we shed tears. What wonderful memories. Thank you for your books that I can read in Indiana and pretend I am there.

  198. Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    lynn foscue

    high point, nc USA

    I just finished ALL SUMMER LONG...I love this story.It may well be my favorite Dottie Frank work yet.Hope you are on Sullivans Island whooping it up with family and friends.Would love to see you back in High Point sometime.Are we on your book tour? We had something exciting in the neighborhood this weekend.A wedding...but I guess you knew about that. They kept it pretty quiet.Love to you and yours and heres hoping this one stays on the NY Times best seller list for a long,long time.Congrats to you.

  199. Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Sharon Roberts

    Pawleys Island, South Carolina United States

    It looks like your tour is winding down! Yeah for you!!!!! Now go stretch out on a beach towel and read my book. Its only 80 pages. Hardly seems fair to call it a book...oh well. Am waiting with bated breath ( what the heck is bated breath? Baited breath? Yuk.) Anyway, I need you. All Summer Long was fun and fabulous! Went back to reading Plantation cause I overlooked it somehow and now am rereading Pawleys Island, cause I live there and I love it. The book and the place, in case you were wondering. Ok. Enough. Relax, rest, and r-e-a-d my book, My Journey, His Plan. I think you are amazing.

  200. Monday, June 27, 2016

    Suzy Lindfield

    Lone Tree, CO USA

    I just finished your book while on vacation. What a fun book! I was shocked when you mentioned my hometown of Tekamah, NE! How on earth did you ever choose my hometown of 1800 people to be in your book? What a fun moment to experience in the story!! Blessings, Suzy

  201. Saturday, June 25, 2016

    Sara Fowler

    Thaxton, VA USA

    I just finished reading "All Summer Long" wonderful story. I have read all of your books and they just keep getting better.

  202. Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Bobby Couch

    Hartselle, AL USA

    I did it I just got 4 of your books .They All summer long, Return To Sullivan's Island, Isle of palms , and Folly Beach. I am on chapter six of Folly Beach already.

  203. Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Bobby Couch

    Hartselle, AL USA

    Wow you are a amazing writer with a catchy pen name. I was looking at ever thing I could about Folly Beach trying to find the April of Folly Beach that I lost in 1967. You have so many good books I only have post card printed in The Folly Current. It's called One day with April in the June 2016 paper. I have two book wrote but have not tried to publish them. I think I going to buy all of your books starting with folly Beach of course. Are you going to be doing any more book tours this year ? I just found your books last night and I did not see any tour dates left.

  204. Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Roni Larini

    Bernardsville, NJ USA

    I just finished reading "All Summer Long". What fun to find myself as a really good character in the book. Thanks so much. I keep buying books for family and friends and the Bookworm in town is doing well. I look,forward to seeing you again in October and I am inviting my three daughters to join me to meet you. One friend lives on KiawahnIaland for part of the year and I sent the book to her. She was very funny asking how that happened, but I knew that she would enjoy reading it as so much of it took place in her "backyard". Thanks so much. I was very concerned about Nick for awhile, but glad it all worked out. Thanks for doing this. The Friends of the Shelter made out very well and I have enjoyed the notoriety in town. Looking forward to,seeing you in October. Roni

  205. Friday, June 17, 2016

    Zelda Nichols

    Murrells Inlet, SC USA

    Comment One - Ok Dot - you finally did it, you may remember years ago I wrote that your books influenced my needing to learn about lowcountry so much that I had to investigate the area for myself. Upon doing so my husband and I bought two beach rental properties near Pawleys. Now we have gone the final step and bought a house for ourselves in Murrells Inlet and just finished moving fron NC to SC. Thank you so very much again for your unique style of writing which brings my to Comment Two - How did you get inside my head for All Summer Long? Page 174 and 175 is exactly how I am feeling. Downsizing is a huge adjustment and I totally get how Olivia is feeling except she still has a bigger home. She could be me on these two pages especially with husband settling right in to their old offices while al, my stuff is on the floor too. I am laughing and crying with this book, it is really hitting home except we are not even close to being billionaires.

  206. Friday, June 17, 2016

    Pat B

    st peters, MO USA

    Holy Cow, I started by reading "Full of Grace" and in two weeks have readd "Return to Sullivan's Island, Folley Beach, Lowcountry Summer and Bull Island". Have five more of your books on my nook and can't wait to get to them! Why can't they make a decent movie like your books. Your characters come alive and I want to meet each and every one of them over some crab cakes and iced tea. Thank you for many hours of enjoyment. Looking forward to many more hours of reading,

  207. Friday, June 17, 2016

    Melinda Gassaway

    Hot Springs, Arkansas USA

    Dear Dorothea, I have just finished listening to the audio version of "All Summer Long.." What a delight. Your novel's characters are so well drawn, albeit not all likable., but certainly these interesting personalities added to the fun of your latest literary hit. Thank you for adding so much pleasure to our summer days.

  208. Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Joan Hornburg

    Tualatin, OR USA

    Love your books. Wish you would visit the Pacific Northwest.

  209. Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Janet Ellis

    Bartlett, TN USA

    I saw you in Memphis last night and I was tickled pink. Could not wait to get home and call my sister (she is an avid reader, also loves your books) to tell her I got to have my picture with you!!! Keep on writing, we will never get tired of reading your wonderful beach books.

  210. Monday, June 13, 2016

    Carole Davenport Haywood

    Paducah, KY USA

    Love your books although they do make me a tad homesick..When we are back in Charleston for vacations we stay East of the Cooper..although I grew up on James Island, Riverland Terrace.. I have a neat subject for you concerning Riverland Terrace and Europenan Royalty (?)....

  211. Monday, June 13, 2016

    Maria Hurst

    Manchester, CT USA

    Just finished All Summer Long and enjoyed it very much! So glad to see you will be at the CT shoreline bookstore R. Julia - it is a beautiful town. I emailed them a long time ago and asked them to please arrange to have you make a presentation there because you have tons of fans in CT! We recently visited a dear friend who relocated to a lovely development in Chapin, SC - on our way back to CT from Naples where we spend the winter. Best of luck with your tour - I notice your latest is already number 3 on the best sellers' list!

  212. Monday, June 13, 2016


    springer, oklahoma USA

    Just discovered your books. They are great. You have a marvelous way of writing all the right words and feelings. Will continue to search for your books.

  213. Sunday, June 12, 2016


    Camden, SC United States

    I can't thank you enough for helping me acclimate to my home in SC. Raised in Bergen County NJ and relocated to SC after a horrific divorce you helped me to understand my new home and I appreciate it. Shem Creek gave me such insight to understand the culture behind the facade in SC. I both love and understand each and everyone of your characters and look forward to your new books each year. You always make me feel at home when sometimes I don't feel that way. Looking forward to your new novel next year.

  214. Sunday, June 12, 2016


    Nampa, Idaho USA

    I'm sad to say I only discovered your books 3 months ago and since then, I've read all of them!! I have never been to South Carolina and had no desire to, but now I am dying to go! Thanks to you I know exactly where to stay and what destinations I should check out!

  215. Sunday, June 12, 2016

    Lynn Stroud

    Nantucket, MA USA

    I just now finished your All Summer Long and enjoyed it so much. Not only have i rented houses on Sullivan's Island, but we winter in Virgin Gorda overlooking Necker Island, andI have spent 66 summers on Nantucket!!! So you can imagine how I identified with your story line! And you used names of people I know! It was a great time reading this book. Thank you, Dorothea!

  216. Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Margaret Nicholson

    Gravenhurst, Ont. Canada

    Just read Full of Grace, so different from your other books I have read. I really enjoyed the "miracle"!

  217. Friday, June 10, 2016


    Charleston, SC USA

    Well Dottie, you have another winner. Patty actually allowed me to read All Summer Long before she sank her meat hooks into it. When I took it back to the condo after the Litchfield signing she was still in the middle of another book so I got first shot at it. So I began my read on the porch overlooking the Atlantic. Fantastic story and side stories; amazing cast of interesting characters ( almost too many for an old man like me to keep straight); pleasurable journeys to the tropics, Nantucket, The Bay of Palma, and the Sea of Sardinia; and of course your usual elements of truth which are thinly disguised and easily noticed by some of us. And you always seem to find a way to weave in occasional words of wisdom. There's a passage on page 256 about people with all this stuff, but no joy. AMEN! However, I must admit that I'd like a shot at trying to be happy with money. I have a friend who says that money can't buy happiness but it makes unhappiness a lot more tolerable. And then there's the reference on page 274 to everyone seeming to rewrite the rules of society to justify their behavior. Ain't it the truth and it's getting worse every day. It's nice to see a story where people from around the country and different backgrounds find common ground, become friends, and get along. But in the end it's still supper down here and dinner on Nantucket (epilogue). :) Cheers, Steve

  218. Thursday, June 09, 2016

    Donna Harrell

    Williamston , NC USA

    Dearest Dottie...May I just say, I hold you solely responsible for the fact my furniture needs dusting, and I have absolutely no earthly motivation to do anything about it. Reason being...I bought a copy of "All Summer Long" yesterday at Barnes and Nobles in Greenville, NC, and cannot put it down! This book is another "ringer" for sure! Congratulations, and thank you for this delightful "beach read"!

  219. Wednesday, June 08, 2016

    Gail Panzer

    Beaverton, Oregon USA

    Dorothea, I have read all your books and always anxiously await your next. However, the reason I am writing is to thank you so much for acknowledging the passing of another favorite author, Pat Conroy. It was he who turned me on to South Carolina & the low country. I have visited several times & am always ready to go back. I was so fortunate to have met him as he arrived for a reading in Portland, OR. I will always miss him.

  220. Tuesday, June 07, 2016

    joan weindorf

    stockholm, nj United States

    WOW! You are an incredible writer. I am so glad my friend handed me one of your books, Sullivan's Island. I looked up your profile and I have added several other books on my "To read" list.

  221. Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    Lynn Billings

    Spartanburg, South Carolina United States

    I love your books! I spent my summers between Edisto Island (met your sister Lynn) and visiting a great aunt on Tradd Street. I am waiting on a book from you with the title, "Edisto Island". Thank you for your work.

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