Watermark Books & Cafe is pleased to welcome Dorothea Benton Frank for a reading and signing for her new book, "Porch Lights."
Dorothea Benton Frank first began to enchant and delight readers with her tales of life in Lowcountry South Caraoline with the publication of her first book in 1999. And with Porch Lights, thirteen years and twelve New York Times bestselling novels later, Frank has written a wonderful modern day story of life, loss, family, starting over, and the healing power of love set against the sultry and breathtaking backdrop of Sullivans Island, the place she has made famous.
After her fire fighter husband tragically dies in the line of duty, Jackie McMullen--herself recently back to New York from a nursing tour of duty in Afghanistan--decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island along with her devastated ten-year-old son, Charlie. Still grieving their terrible loss, Jackie and Charlie find solace in the peace and natural beauty of the place as well as in the loving attention of Annie Britt (Jackie's mother and "steel magnolia" matriarch of the family) and her estranged husband, Buster, who is also Jackie's father and Charlie's grandfather. Jackie and her mother Annie have not always seen eye to eye on a variety of issues, but both are thrilled to see the broken-hearted Charlie flourish in his new island surroundings and reconnect with his doting grandparents. Besides, Charlie has a new job walking the dogs of the next door neighbor, Dr. Steven Plofker, whose charmes are not lost on either Annie or the recently-widowed Jackie. Conflict and deep soul-searching ensue when neither Charlie nor his grandparents--Annie and Buster--want the mother and son to return to New York when the summer is over.
Interwoven with tales of the lore of the island, including its famous one-time resident, Edgar Allan Poe, and the pirates who long ago sailed the waters nearby, mother, son, and grandmother spend a memorable and illuminating summer together. Told in Annie's and Jackie's alternating voices and filled with Dorothea Benton Frank's irresistible charm, saucy wit, and indelible poignancy, Porch Lights is a trimph; and its themes of the bonds of family, the strength of love, and the resiliency of the human heart will stay with the reader long after all the pages have been turned.
Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina and resides in the New York area with her husband. She is the author of the bestselling novels Sullivans Island, Plantation, Isle of Palms, Shem Creek, Pawleys Island, Full of Grace, The Land of Mango Sunsets, The Christmas Pearl, Bulls Island, Return to Sullivans Island, Lowcountry Summer, and Folly Beach.