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Return to Sullivan's Island

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

warm family drama

Having just graduated from college in Boston, wannabe writer Beth Hayes returns to her family home on Sullivan Island, South Carolina while her mother spends time in Paris; mom had asked her daughter to house-sit while she is in France. Beth looks forward to the quiet ...
Having just graduated from college in Boston, wannabe writer Beth Hayes returns to her family home on Sullivan Island, South Carolina while her mother spends time in Paris; mom had asked her daughter to house-sit while she is in France. Beth looks forward to the quiet time at her family home Island Gamble to contemplate her future and hopefully begin her writing career though she lacks confidence in her skills.
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She also looks forward to seeing the extended family, the successful twins Sophie and Allison, Susan, and Uncle Henry; she also plans to hug her Miss Manners-reincarnation Aunt Maggie, her Uncle Timmy and her stepfather Simon before the trio travel to California. Beth soon enjoys her trysts with total opposites Max Mitchell and Woody Morrison, but that will darken her RETURN TO SULLIVAN ISLAND.
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Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the Lowcountry with a warm family drama that is filled with humor, compassion, and sadness. The extended cast is solid, but this is clearly Beth's tale as she struggles with a lack of confidence when faced several times with difficult choices. Readers who appreciate deep complicated relationships will enjoy the RETURN TO SULLIVAN ISLAND.
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Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 15, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This was simply NOT Dorothea's best work.

I am usually an avid fan of Dorotheas, but the main character was simply not believable. She was just too silly for my notion. I love anything about the S. Carolina coast so I read all of the book, but I was surely disappointed.

posted by doolittlegardening on August 23, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2009

    Disappointing

    I cannot recommend this book. Do read Sullivan's Island. I would also recommend Bulls Island, Isle of Palms, and Shem Creek.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

    I Know it's Bad When I Start Skipping Pages.

    Having just finished Sullivan's Island I was thrilled to see Return to Sullivan's Island available and ordered it right away. I had been asking all of my friends and family to read the original as I enjoyed it so much. I can't say how disappointed I was about 100 pages into Return. It was so sophomoric and predictable I could barely finish it and was continuously skipping pages just to get to the end. Don't even bother with this one unless you are a vapid 23 year old.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    not so great

    I usually love her books. This one fell way short, the characters were just not real enough and the house ghosts too silly. If this was the first book of hers I read, I probably would not read her again. But I know her previous books were more plausible, more enjoyable, better character development and great summer reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Return to Sullivans Island

    It was slow to start. I couldn't get into the ghost thing. It seemed
    written for someone much younger than me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Disappointed...

    I always look for new books from this author. This book was a big disappointment. The writing is sketchy, the characters shallow, the dialog trite. I'm very sorry she has fallen to this low level. It reads as if she lost interest and was counting on her former books to sell this one. It worked: however I won't be hoodwinked again.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Definitely not her best work

    I was so disappointed in this book, at least until I reached the last quarter of the book. I have loved Ms. Benton's work, have read all of them but this one was not thought out or put together anywhere near as well as her others. I felt like it was either ghost written or phoned in ..until the last part. Not very interesting characters and the ending was a total surprise, nothing led up to it in any way. I did not like most of the characters, and everything was telegraphed way in advance with one exception....and that was not resolved. Please Ms. Benton, go back to your old style and continue on in that genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Disappointing

    I have read and enjoyed all of Ms. Frank's previous books. Return to Sullivan's Island, as far as I am concerned, is not up to par. If I didn't know better I would have thought someone else wrote it....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    Disappointing

    Predictable, too many "golly"s and perky exclamation marks. Nowhere near the originality and interest of Sullivan's Island and Plantation. Seems as though she's just cranking out a book a year now.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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