Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank

84%

18 Critic Reviews

The delight the reader finds in Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank is a life that is much more simple. 
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Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank is back home in the Carolina lowcountry, spinning a tale that brims with the warmth, charm, heart, and humor that has become her trademark. Porch Lights is a stirring, emotionally rich multigenerational story—a poignant tale of life, love, and transformation—as a nurse, returning to Sullivans Island from the Afghanistan War, finds her life has been irrevocably altered by tragedy…and now must rediscover love and purpose with the help of her son and aging mother.

An evocative visit to enchanting Sullivans Island with its unique pluff mud beaches, palmetto trees, and colorful local lore—a novel filled with unforgettable characters, and enlivened by tales of the notorious Blackbeard and his bloodthirsty pirate crew and eerie Edgar Allan Poe stories—Porch Lights stands tall among the very best works of not only Dottie Frank, but Anne Rivers Siddons, Rebecca Wells, Pat Conroy, and other masters of the modern Southern novel as well.

 

About Dorothea Benton Frank

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New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Morrow. 324 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, History, Arts & Photography. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Jul 01 2012
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Critic reviews for Porch Lights
All: 18 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2012

Frank’s target demographic may be put off by the portrayal of Annie and other aging Boomers as positively geriatric.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Zack Kopp on Jun 20 2012

The combined momentum of decades of family tradition is transformed to a healing salve for the most untraditional troubled soul. 

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on Jun 15 2012

the action never lags. The story is told from the alternating viewpoints... pushing the plot line forward and encouraging people to continue reading to see what happens to these lovable characters

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jacqueline Cutler on Sep 09 2012

As summer fades, Annie and Jackie figure out what they must. And as our summer also ends, "Porch Lights" is the perfect novel to cap it.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by Missy Abbott

this book really examines relationships in a way that is at times touching, comical and relatable.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Cindy Conger on Aug 20 2012

Porch Lights, Benton's 13th Lowcountry book, doesn't disappoint.

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Elephant Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Melody Lima on Aug 19 2012

For some light fun summer reading, while hanging out on the porch, Porch Lights: A Novel shines on family, friendship, and the joys of the beach.

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Star News Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Steelman on Jun 24 2012

Frank stage-manages her domestic drama with generous doses of gentle comedy and romance.

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Star News Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Steelman on Jun 24 2012

Nice scenes. Light comedy. Family problems, more or less easily solved..."Porch Lights" sets a high bar for beach reading.

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library

Below average
Reviewed by Doris on Aug 06 2012

If you are looking for a strong plot Porch Lights will disappoint you. 

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Charleston City Paper

Excellent
Reviewed by Cara Kelly on Jun 13 2012

Frank weaves in facts about the area's rich past and cultural heritage through Charlie's fascination

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Fond du Lac Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Joanne Mengel on Oct 07 2012

Another great story by one of my favorite authors. 

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Book Loons

Good
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Jul 01 2012

Porch Lights goes down as easily as one of the cocktails that Jackie and Annie share on their porch.

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Maurice on Books

Good
Reviewed by Maurice on Jun 09 2012

I love how Frank has incorporated  Edgar Allen Poe into this story.

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Reviews From The Heart

Good
Reviewed by Heart2Heart on Jun 07 2012

The delight the reader finds in Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank is a life that is much more simple. 

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Anita Books

Good
Reviewed by Anita on Jun 20 2012

It is obvious why this book is on The New York Times’ Best Seller list.

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A Worn Path

Good
Reviewed by A Worn Path on Jun 28 2012

Porch Lights is a love letter to both complicated family relationships and South Carolina's Low Country.

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Eli's World of Books

Good
Reviewed by Eli on Oct 10 2012

This book was so entertaining to me that I had to force myself to slow down and spread the joy an extra day or two.  

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