REVIEW: ALL THE SINGLE LADIES BY DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK

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FROM GOODREADS:

 

The perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with an emotionally resonant novel that illuminates the power of friendship in women’s lives, and is filled with her trademark wit, poignant and timely themes, sassy, flesh-and-blood characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry.

Few writers capture the complexities, pain, and joy of relationships—between friends, family members, husbands and wives, or lovers—as beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank. In this charming, evocative, soul-touching novel, she once again takes us deep into the heart of the magical Lowcountry where three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by another amazing woman’s death.

Through their shared loss they forge a deep friendship, asking critical questions. Who was their friend and what did her life mean? Are they living the lives they imagined for themselves? Will they ever be able to afford to retire? How will they maximize their happiness? Security? Health? And ultimately, their own legacies?

A plan is conceived and unfurls with each turn of the tide during one sweltering summer on the Isle of Palms. Without ever fully realizing how close they were to the edge, they finally triumph amid laughter and maybe even newfound love.

 

 

MY REVIEW:

 

South Carolina Low Country is one of my favorite places to spend the afternoon. ALL THE SINGLE LADIES is a quick read and filled with wonderful characters. All of their one liners had me laughing out loud, and I fell in love with each of them through out this wonderful story. ALL THE SINGLE LADIES starts out with Kathy is in her last days, her battle with cancer at its end. She is young, only fifty years oldn and her friends are rallying around her hoping to keep her around longer. Her nurse, Lisa St. Clair has gotten very close to her as well as to her best friends, Carrie and Suzanne.

Lisa, a divorced nurse who is struggling to make ends meet suddenly loses her house and Suzanne steps right up and offers her a room in her house. The women have become so close while dealing with cleaning out Kathy’s apartment and Lisa is shocked that Suzanne would help her out in such a huge way. ALL THE SINGLE LADIES is about these three woman who are so far, unlucky in love but they never give up and keep on trying. I love the support they have for each other, and their friendship is heartwarming. I love how Dorothea Benton Frank portrays their struggles and how they find the strength to keep smiling and moving forward.

All three of these friends are a bit older, and it is awesome to see that they aren’t giving up on finding happiness. This is the third novel by Dorothea Benton Frank I have read, and I have loved them all. I’m on a quest to read all the others because I love that the stories are not really depressing or too heavy. They are the perfect way to spend the day. I want to move to the Low Country and find friends just like Lisa, Carrie, and Suzanne. I can’t forget Suzanne’s grandmother, Trudie! She is 99 and always says exactly what is on her mind, and it is hysterical. While these friends try to solve the mysteries that surround Kathy’s life they bond over Krispy Kremes! What could be better than that? ALL THE SINGLE LADIES is filled with friendship, challenges, and mystery. Being single doesn’t mean you have to be alone! I can’t wait to read more of Dorothea Benton Frank’s novels.

 

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.

 

KK~sunglasses~_Susan

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5 thoughts on “REVIEW: ALL THE SINGLE LADIES BY DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK

  1. Great review! I read this one back in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed it! Dorothea Benton Frank always has a great story and wonderful characters! I love the setting as well, especially since we vacation in Pawleys Island and Charleston every summer, so reading her books are like visiting old friends! 😊

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