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. Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Virginia Moulding

    South Dennis, MA USA

    I love your books and as I was reading "Same Beach, Next Year" I noticed on page 37 that you mentioned Winchester, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. That small town is my husband's birthplace and he wondered how a South Carolina gal, living in the NYC area chose to refer to Winchester over the other suburbs. Do you have a connection to the town or just liked the name? If you have time, you could email me an answer. Just curious.

  2. Wednesday, May 15, 2019


    Hot Springs , Arkansas USA

    Hello! My daughter and I are coming to Charleston next week. Through your books, Iâ ve fallen in love with a place Iâ ve never been. We canâ t wait to visit the places youâ ve written about. Maybe we will bump into each other! Iâ ll be traveling with your new book! Thank you for inspiring my travels.

  3. Sunday, May 12, 2019


    Georgetown , SC USA

    Dorothea, I have read all your books about the South. Have loved, loved and throughly enjoyed them. I live in Georgetown SC and would love it if you wrote a book about the town â then I could really relate to the places youâ re writing about. Keep writing and Iâ ll keep reading!

  4. Friday, May 10, 2019

    Lori Hey

    Chapel Hill, NC USA

    I found out about your stories from my Mom, who is a big fan. First I read By Invitation Only, quickly followed by Same Beach Next Year. I loved them both and couldn't put them down! The stories were engaging, the characters were life-like,, and the settings were multi-sensory! Now I'm a fan, too! Have a Happy Mother's Day!

  5. Tuesday, May 07, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

    Big OOPS ! I have just written a missive to you but got two things wrong !!! Firstly, the first book I read was FULL of Grace and not Amazing Grace and secondly it must have been 2010 when I read it as it was only published in 2008. Hahahahaha ! I hope I gave you a little chuckle. Put it down to a senior moment of a 69 year old woman.....

  6. Tuesday, May 07, 2019

    Beverley Allen

    Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom

    Hi Dottie I wrote to you some time ago to tell you how much I loved the book of yours I had just read. I'm a South African living in the UK and found Amazing Grace in a book exchange book case in a small hotel on the Italian Island of Elba in 2006. I have subsequently read all your books and wait, with bated breath, for Queen Bee to be available on the 28th. Your characters seem to speak to me. Especially the feisty, slightly irreverent, women. I have often read a passage in your book which feature my own words of expressions and have to laugh out load. My poor husband thinks Iv'e taken leave of my senses. Because of your books I have long wanted to visit the Low Country and this might just be a possibility for us in April 2020. I have been searching online for accommodation and have found it very expensive for us. The wonderful southern B & B's look absolutely wonderful but out of our price range. Would it be too presumptuous of me to ask for some advice about somewhere to stay central to Charleston and the islands . I would so appreciate any help you could offer. Do please feel free to tell me that you have better things to do with your time.

  7. Wednesday, May 01, 2019


    Orlando, FL USA

    Love your books. I have read them all and eagerly await your next one. You have such a way with words.

  8. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Jennifer Allen

    Florence, SC USA

    Hi, I just found your books a couple of years ago and I've read several now. I see that you came and spoke and did a book signing a few times here. Will you be coming back to Florence? I would absolutely love to meet you and have a book signed!!

  9. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Irene Crawford

    EDINBURGH, Midlothian United Kingdom

    I just wanted to say as a person who is not an avid reader, I discovered one of your books in my local library in Edinburgh about a year ago. I have been hooked ever since. I am now on my 10th book . Unfortunately, there were only two in our libraries, but I purchase them from Amazon. There are some despatched from the UK. I love your characters, stories and saucy wit. I can't help but feel there is a lot of you in your novels. I have fell in love with South Carolina, due to your vivid descriptions of the Isles, people, food and sunsets etc. If you ever find yourself in our lovely city of Edinburgh, i am sure you would be given a warm welcome, or indeed in the city of my birth, Glasgow.

  10. Monday, April 29, 2019

    Peg Janik

    The Villages, FL USA

    Hi Mrs Frank, I have just finished your very last published book and am so sad! Can't wait for Queen Bee and have already pre-ordered. Having just found you about a year ago after falling in love with all that is South Carolina shore area & particularly Low Country, I have to say that your books are wonderful! I started reading them about a year ago and am sad each time one ends. I then start a new one and think that the nest one can't possibly top the prior one....but I am never disappointed. Each story and set of characters unique with a background of the Low Country. I laugh, I cry, I giggle, I think! Love them! I may have to start at the beginning again.

  11. Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Ann Burke

    McLeansboro, Illinois United States

    Just read By Invitation Only, and I fell in love with the characters. Was happy to see how they each saw the best in each other, even though they were different. Keep writing your wonderful books.

  12. Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Nancy Smith

    Mount Dora, Florida United States

    Hi Dorothea: I am a big fan of all your books alwayes on the lookout for your next one. Keep up the good work Love them all Thank so much.

  13. Thursday, April 04, 2019

    Nadine Raineri

    Santa Clara, CA, CA USA

    I am a late reader of Ms. Frank's books...just finished Sullivan's Island. Picked it up randomly at my Senior Center book exchange, and am so glad....Was entranced from start to finish and have questions: - Your picture though in black and white looks like you have blue eyes, are the Asalit Blue refered to in the book? - Wish I had had a Livvie in my life. - I did have a big sister, and to this day at 89 and 91 we are the best of friends. - Having six children myself, I know the money it takes to feed and educate them, though Susan often comments to needing money, there always seemed enough to feed them as children, and as a adult, to get a fancy haircut, shop for clothes and entertainment. Loved the dry humor throughout, in fact read it twice before returning it to the exchange, will certainly read another book of this author.

  14. Thursday, March 07, 2019

    Janiene DeCecco

    Ocala, FL USA

    I've been a voracious reader as long as I can recall. Used to read with a flashlight under the covers in my teens on Friday & Saturday nights so my Mom didn't know I wasn't sleeping. , I have a wonderful community library that I have been raiding for almost 2 years to the tune of a dozen books every 8 weeks. The moment I read the first 3 pages of "The Land of Mango Sunsets", I knew I was in for a wonderful experience. I wasn't wrong! Thank you for fabulous characters, sinfully delicious plot and a narrative that took me from Manhattan high society, with all it's plasticity & pretense, to the S.C. Lowcountry and the down home reality and true love personified there.

  15. Friday, March 01, 2019

    Michelle Mora

    Redondo Beach, CA USA

    Thank you SO much, Dorothea! I recently lost my 9 year old stepson to stage 4 cancer: it was a long and very tortuous battle, especially to see someone so young to have to go through 26 months of brutal treatment. I now have found myself reading (more like devouring) books like my life depended on it. I came across By Invitation Only at my local library & picked it up, not knowing about you, your writing style or your work. When I first started reading it, I thought 'this book isn't for me' and 'it's too mature for me'. Well needlessly to say, I finished the book in 2 days. Thank you so much for providing a story so beautiful, witty, well-written and easy to understand. I truly felt like you poured your love out into that book. I know have looked up some of your additional books and are planning to read more. Thank you again for lifting my spirit.

  16. Sunday, February 24, 2019


    Columbus, Ohio USA

    My new favorite author. I have read 5 of your books in the last 8 days. I love reading stories that take place in or near Charleston SC. my favorite place on earth. The way the characters are developed brings every story to life. Can't wait to start the next adventure.

  17. Sunday, February 24, 2019

    Brooks hamilton

    Georgetown, Sc USA

    Oh no I didnt, want it to end. I just finished Full of Grace .... maybe the BEST one yet. But I say that each time I finish one ... I've gotta say your books have put such a smile on my face and spontaneous laugh out loud. You write the same way I talk and God love you for that ... maybe has something to do with we are beach girls born and raised in SC.... Pawleys for me and I know your roots. I have been recuperating from some really fierce Vertigo/nausea. All I can say is don't get it . But I can get so happy just by picking up another book... I'm bout to run out of haven't read so May hurry up and get here..... I could sure give you some material for a juicy book if you ever run dry. Well now I need to do Bible study homework..... Love you as if we had been born cousins .....Brooks Hamilton

  18. Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Tudy Boldin

    Kalamazoo, MI USA

    Dear Dot: Our Polar Vortex gave me the opportunity to read for the umpteenth time 'The Last Original Wife'. After doing so, I went to your website to see any new news. Well, what a surprise to see that you had posted news of the passing of Rosamunde Pilcher. I am very grateful that you did let readers know of her passing. She also has been one of my favorite authors. I discovered her while living in Australia, as I discovered many modern British authors. Through her books, I learned a lot about the craft of writing itself. She was a superb storyteller, and could always make her characters come to life. She will certainly be missed. By the way, I am anxious to start your new book, 'Queen Bee'. Having read just the excerpts on Amazon, it looks to be another winner.

  19. Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Monica Cronin

    Calcium, New York United States

    I'm starting from the beginning of your books, and I'm about ready to change my Florida retirement to a Lowcountry retirement! Love love love every word you write, and I have one request: could you add a Shrimp and Grits recipe, please and thank you? One final thing, when you compared Eric and Rusty to Alfalfa and Darla, I just knew we'd be friends if we ever met. Thank you, you've no idea how much you've brightened my dark, dreary winter.

  20. Friday, January 25, 2019


    Fort mccoy , Florida USA

    Have read all you books . Love them all. Great escape in a crazy world

  21. Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Sandra A

    Mechanicsville, MD USA

    My aunt turned me onto your books last year. I am in love with them!!!!! The low country books I have read so far are outstanding. I want to move there to live near these characters. Keep up the great work.

  22. Friday, January 11, 2019

    Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida USA

    The first book I read was Shem Creek, I bought it from Costco in Marina del Rey, CA The last one I just finished was Same Beach, Next Year. I felt that last book was the best I have read of your work, the others were wonderful to say the least. I am a first generation Chinese-American woman who came to North America when I was eleven, your story of Eliza and her Greek roots really hit home. The longing of going back to one's root is always there in the heart no matter how westernized one has become. I am no different. Though I was trained as an architectural designer I now do painting and gilding on goatskin parchment and wood panel. I hope to meet you in person one day. Sincerely, Yvonne Fok-Gundersen

  23. Monday, January 07, 2019

    Ann Ricker

    Blooming Grove, Texas USA

    I've read all of your wonderful books (twice) and lots of people know you are my favorite author ( I work at a library!). Can't wait for Queen Bee in May. I see in one of your books that you have or had a brother living in Irving, Texas, so would that help to get you to Texas for a book signing? Visiting the Low Country is definitely on my bucket list, all because of you!

  24. Sunday, January 06, 2019


    Walnut Creek , Ca USA

    This is the first time I have written to a writer. I have read a few books by Dorothea Benton Frank before. I just finished reading, By Invitation Only, and felt compelled to share how much I enjoyed the novel. I felt as if I knew each of the characters and wanted to root for their healing. The book was entertaining and uplifting! I will recommend it to friends. Blessings, Tricia

  25. Saturday, January 05, 2019


    Danville, CA USA

    Dear Dot I met you in Charleston almost 25 years ago. You gave a garden party talk (to the wives of the PGA Board of Directors) about your new book- Sullivan's Island. I was hooked after the first few pages and haven't missed a book you've written. My Niece who is turning 39 shortly- spent her whole life in Orange County, CA. 3 years ago she and her husband decided they wanted a quieter life for their 2 kids (now 7 yo girl & 4 yo boy) - and where did they pick to move to???? MT. PLEASANT!!!!!!!!!!! You could have knocked me over with a feather... I of course immediately sent her all your books- and she is a big fan of yours now also!! She sent me a text picture a few weeks ago from Foley Beach where she was with her kids. My jaw dropped because I had just been doing some genealogy research and discovered my Great Great Great Grandfather was in the Civil War and spent a great deal of time on Foley's Island and in Charleston... To think my niece was walking on the same soil/sand... Can't wait to go back and visit soon. Keep up your great writing- I love you gal!!! Janice

  26. Thursday, January 03, 2019


    Los Angeles, Ca USA

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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!

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. Friday, October 05, 2018

    Bess Ambers

    BOWLING GREEN, OH United States

    40,000 butterflies are all around my white asters.

  37. 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.

  38. Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Joanne Rawson

    Davidson, NC United States

    Are there really peach orchards in the low country?

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

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