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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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)

  23. 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!!

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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!

  35. Monday, September 12, 2016

    Kimberly Richards

    Maricopa, Arizona USA

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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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!

  46. 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

  47. 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 .

  48. 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.

  49. 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!!

  50. 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!

  51. 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

  52. 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!

  53. 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

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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 ~

  57. 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!

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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

  67. 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.

  68. 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,

  69. 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.

  70. Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Joan Hornburg

    Tualatin, OR USA

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

  71. 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.

  72. 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 (?)....

  73. 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!

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. 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"!

  79. 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

  80. 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"!

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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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