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Porch Lights

Frank, Dorothea Benton (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island. Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic--lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds. Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect--even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you'd call smooth. Over the years, Jackie and Annie, like all mothers and daughters, have been known to have frequent and notorious differences of opinion. But her estranged and wise husband, Buster, and her flamboyant and funny best friend Deb are sure to keep Annie in line. She's also got Steven Plofker, the flirtatious and devilishly tasty widowed physician next door, to keep her distracted as well. Captivated by the island's alluring natural charms and inspired by colorful Lowcountry lore--lively stories of Blackbeard and his pirates who once sailed the waterssurrounding the Carolinas and of former resident Edgar Allan Poe--mother, daughter, and grandson will share a memorable, illuminating summer. Told in Annie's and Jackie's alternating voices, and filled with Dorothea Benton Frank's charming wit, indelible poignancy, and hallmark themes--the bonds of family, the heart's resilience, and the strength of love--Porch Lights is a triumph from "the queen of Southern fiction" (Charlotte Observer).
Authors: Frank, Dorothea Benton
Title: Porch lights
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Local Note: 1 2 3 12 13 16 31
ISBN: 9780061961298
0061961299
9780062211767
Statement of Responsibility: Dorothea Benton Frank
Subject Headings: Widows Fiction. Mothers and daughters Fiction. Sullivan's Island (S.C. : Island) Fiction.
Topical Term: Widows
Mothers and daughters
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Dec 03, 2013
  • scrubble4 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Took too long meandering around and losing the storyline for me.

Jul 13, 2013
  • lucky38 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was an ok book. I have read a lot of her books and women are always the main characters. some of her women seem to be a little bit needy, like needing to share intimate details about their private lives. ick! where's the mystery in that? oh well, I have ordered her latest book so I must get something out of them!

Oct 24, 2012
  • sunny143 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An easy read with characters you can like and root for. Good lessons but a very simple book. Something for a lazy afternoon.

Sep 11, 2012
  • grandquilter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Easy read with good characters that kept the story moving along.

Sep 07, 2012
  • greenacres rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Beach read with a happy ending. This is probably one of the better Frank novels--one of these days I have to get to Sullivan's Island.

great summer backyard/beach read along with a glass of wine, cheese, crackers

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