Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sullivan's Island Book Review

Sullivan's Island (Lowcountry Tales) by Dorothea Benton Frank was sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for ages.  I got it at a book sale years ago and still hadn't read it because I had been checking out so many books from the library.  I actually ran out of library books and started to panic but luckily there was something that was staring me in the face.  I am super excited to pick up this book.
The book was about Susan Hayes growing up in Sullivan's Island, SC and living her adult life going through a divorce.  It went back and forth between the past and the present with different chapters and the date was nicely written at the top so you didn't get confused :) Susan's husband cheated on her with a young woman just a little older than their daughter.  She was crushed when she came home at lunchtime to get some paperwork that she needed for a presentation and found her husband in their bedroom with his mistress.  He packed up and left the house that night.  It took Susan months to get her life back together with the help of her daughter and sister and the peace of Sullivan's Island.   
There is a little bit of a Southern dialect in the book which is a little hard to read at first but then I started reading it like I had been speaking that way all along.  I almost said iffn I did something out loud.  Do you think that I would have gotten a few fun looks??  Although the Southern dialect is in there, it adds to the value of the book and makes you feel like you are there.

I thought it was such a good book that I looked into some of Dorothea Benton Frank's books so that I could check out a few more at the library.  I hope that you check out your local library or bookstore and see what you think!  I think that you will find it as charming as I did.  I can't wait to add a few others of her books to my list!!

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