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. Thursday, January 03, 2019


    Los Angeles, Ca USA

    Wrapping up Christmas 2018. Thank you for your Christmas Pearl!

  2. Wednesday, December 19, 2018


    Bel Air, MD United States

    Ms Frank, I have just discovered you (By Invitation Only) and am so delighted that we've met! I love to read a variety of books but cherish a good STORY, well written. And here you are! I have been a volunteer in our local library for more than eight years, and I am embarrassed to confess that I never picked one of your books before now. Be assured that I shall make up for lost time!

  3. Saturday, December 01, 2018


    Hillsdale, Nj USA

    Too funny not to 95 year old Aunt wanted some library books. We had both read a couple of yours so I picked up Foley Beach and Porch Light. At a family dinner a couple of weeks later she announced her Morals were being lowered by the books I got her. The women are always jumping in bed with men?? Ofcourse everyone looked at me with astonished faces. She went on and on until I offered to take her to confession and then we all laughed. She then asked me not to pick out any more books for I went right home and read both books to find out what all the fuss was about. No one needs to go to confession. You had actually sighted Porch Light to your Friends at the Hillsadale Library. I Love all your books and the stories you share. Please keep the stories coming.

  4. Friday, November 30, 2018

    Renee Castro

    Mandeville, LA USA

    Several years ago, I read The Christmas Pearl and The Hurricane Sisters. Lowcountry Summer recently found its way to me and I knew I had to start at the beginning with Sullivan's Island ... I'm on a marathon read and just don't want it to end! Cannot wait for the release of Queen Bee ... it will, no doubt, be a huge success! Renee Castro

  5. Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Janis Alderman


    I am reading my first book ever written by you and I absolutely love it! It is Plantation. The characters are so vivid to me and I adore them all. I just ordered Sullivan's Island and I am sure that I will be ordering more. I can't believe I have never heard of you before now! Keep up the great work! Janis

  6. Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Kay Kotalik

    Brunswick Hills, OH USA

    I just love reading your books. We have going to South Carolina for the past 25 yrs, and can recognize many of the areas you refer to. I think my favorite book (among many) is 'The Last Original Wife'. I've gotten many of my friends hooked on reading your other books after reading Original Wife! Also love your sense of humor, keep it up!

  7. Saturday, November 03, 2018

    Laurie Henry

    Milford, OH USA

    Hello. I was just wondering if you were planning a book tour in 2019 that might take you near the Cincinnati area?

  8. Saturday, November 03, 2018

    Tracy Dods

    Girdletree, MD USA

    Hello, I've been listening to several of your books while I drive and I'm totally delighted with each one. The Low Country has been a big part of my relationship with my husband since the beginning. He is a Citadel Graduate and that's where our final resting place will be. I recognize all the places in your books and have memories of many of them with my husband. His first law enforcement job after graduating was on Folly beach. Thank you for sharing your talent of storytelling.

  9. Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Grandma Lenore

    Hartland, WI USA

    Your Facebook Live conversation was wonderful and the book cover reveal awesome. May 14, 2019 is a red letter day on the calendar for the release of Queen Bee. Thank you. Hope you feel better.

  10. Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Thalia Stoddard

    Wagener, South Carolina United States

    I just finished "By Invitation Only." Yes, I have had it since May, but, once I start one of your books, I read it so voraciously that it's over too soon. So, I hold off as long as I can. Thank you, once again, for writing such an absolutely wonderful book! I do so enjoy the way you use God, prayer, the Lowcountry, family, traditions, manners, customs, the comfort of food and your marvelous sense of humor (cruising the Big Pharma River)! You are one amazing lady! Thank you for sharing your incredible talent! Best Regards, Thalia Stoddard

  11. Friday, October 05, 2018

    Bess Ambers

    BOWLING GREEN, OH United States

    40,000 butterflies are all around my white asters.

  12. 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.

  13. Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Joanne Rawson

    Davidson, NC United States

    Are there really peach orchards in the low country?

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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. You'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.

  23. 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.... Don't stop writing, you provide so much joy to your readers. Thank you !

  24. 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.

  25. 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: '... the orange of romance simply wasn't worth the squeeze.' 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.

  26. 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!

  27. Sunday, July 29, 2018

    Maria Krokidas

    Edgartown , Ma USA

    My husband bought me same beach next year for my birthday. We have retired to Martha's Vineyard and he thought this a great beach read. He was right! What he didn'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

  28. 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.

  29. 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).

  30. Monday, July 23, 2018


    Marco Usland, Florida USA

    I've just finished reading 'By Invitation Only' (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. I've read several of your other books as well and loved them too. Great for summer reading- which is all year round in Florida!

  31. 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 .

  32. 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

  33. Tuesday, July 17, 2018


    Bella Vista, AR USA

    My husband's family vacations to Folly Beach every single year, so when I happened upon a book titled, 'Folly Beach,' 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. I'm not much of writer, but I can identify good writing. What makes Dorothea Benton Frank'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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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...

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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)

  40. 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!

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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?

  44. 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!

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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!

  51. 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'.

  52. 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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!

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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

  59. 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? '¤ï¸

  60. 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.

  61. 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 didn'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!

  62. 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!

  63. 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!

  64. 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!!

  65. 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

  66. 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.

  67. Tuesday, April 17, 2018


    Cohasset , Massachusetts USA

    I'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 'career' job. I feel so familiar with the area, it is as if she's simply gone to pay a visit to a beloved second home. Still, it's far away. To make her seem closer, I just reread Sullivan's Island. Next, I'll reach for Plantation, or Folly Beach, and before I know it, the time will come to visit her.

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. 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!

  71. 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 Sullivan'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

  72. 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.

  73. 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!

  74. Sunday, February 25, 2018


    Lexington , SC USA

    Ms. Frank I just adore your books. I've read all of the Lowcountry tales and just finished Bulls Island. I think it may be one of the best books I'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!

  75. 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!

  76. 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

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

  79. 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.

  80. 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

  81. 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!

  82. 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!

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