Porch Lights

Porch Lights 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

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 mainlWhen 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.

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  1. Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of ten novels.Dottie has appeared on NBC s Today Show, Parker Ladd s Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library organizations and the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation She has also been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Book Festival, Novello, North Carolina s festival of books and the Book and Author annual event in Charleston, SC, sponsored by the Post Courier.Before she began her writing career, Dottie was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various non profits in New Jersey and New York.Dottie, who was born and raised on Sullivan s Island in South Carolina, currently divides her time between South Carolina and New Jersey.

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  1. Really wanted to love it but I did not I am sure I am in a minority around here, Dorothea Benton Frank is a local hero But this booked dragged on and on I found the dialogue between the characters to be ridiculous I have been here a long time as has my family, for many generations I have yet to hear a single low country person or Charleston native every speak in the way these people spoke It was so silly, they all sounded like they were in some really bad highschool play I was embarrassed that t [...]

  2. This is a pleasant read, especially if you ignore the uninspired writing and the truly awful dialogue The things the 10 year old boy says are completely unbelievable It is told in alternating voices, and whether by design or because of the lack of skill of the author, the voices sound almost too similar to differentiate The setting is good though, and some of the characters are interesting, but this is not a set your hair on fire story by any means It s pretty much Mac n cheese If you want a lov [...]

  3. Unlike others, I thought this book was terrible I rated it 1 star, but if I could, I would have rated it a half star.The story line is so unbelievable that I had a hard time getting through the book I kept thinking it would get better WRONG.Her husband dies a horrid death, and 2 months later she s falling for the handsome Dr next door to her parents home If she was so devastated, I would think it would take longer than a couple of months to get beyond that grief Less than 9 months later she s en [...]

  4. Book ReviewByC Neuroticus Absolutus I just finished reading Porch Lights by Dorthea Benton Frank, another story about life on the barrier islands of South Carolina They say write about what you know best Ms Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island and weaves a treasure trove of knowledge and experience into one story after another about the South Carolina Lowcountry I ve read eight of the dozen books she has written, each with charming, lovable characters who draw the reader into real life [...]

  5. Ms Frank never fails to amuse and entertain me Her characters always touch my funny bone and in this novel Annie Britt, matriarch and owner of her home, The Salty Dog down on Sullivans Island, makes me giggle out loud with her thoughts and words Things like I had two hormones left Benedict and Arnold and I still believed I could handle Dr Love That s why the Lord invented dimmer switches There comes a time when we re all better off in the dark Annie s daughter Jackie and her sweet ten year old s [...]

  6. This is a typically enjoyable read from Dotty Benton Frank The locale is Sullivan s Island, a favorite place of ours and where the author is from , what is not to love The main character has lost her NYFD husband to a fire related accident She comes to Sullivan s Island to spend the summer school holiday because she is concerned about the prolonged depression of her ten year old son The beautiful setting and presence of family work their magic and both Jackie and her son begin to recover from th [...]

  7. Porch Lights are a sign of welcome or a symbol that you are waiting for someone to come home and that s exactly what you, the reader, will find when you read the latest novel by Dorothea Benton Frank, Porch Lights I guess the hardest thing for someone to deal with in life is to lose someone that they love Dealing with the loss and finding a way to move forward when it feels like you lack the motivation to do so would be a challenging thing to do Yet that is exactly what Jackie and Charlie McMull [...]

  8. I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.This is the first book that I have read from this author I found her writing style to be very smooth and easy to understand.The story is told from the viewpoints of Jackie and Annie Jackie is a military nurse who has lost her firefighter husband Annie is Jackie s mother The two are supposed to be complete opposites, but as the story unfolds, we see how alike they are.Jackie s 10 year old son, Charlie, is having a very hard time coping with the loss [...]

  9. When I read Frank s Sullivans Island books, I feel as though I am on the island too, taking part in best friends lives I want to live in her books.Jackie is called home from active duty in Afghanistan to bury her firefighter husband and to figure out how she and her ten year old son will go on without the man they loved so deeply Settling on the idea of going home to visit her family on Sullivans Island is the beginning of the healing that takes place for Jackie and her son as well as for her fe [...]

  10. Well its way better than the hurricane sisters This is satisfactory read I started it as an audiobook and 3 chapters in I had to order the book from library book That voice was horrible reading a southern story The book got better when I read it.

  11. I love DBF She can write a good southern novel, and transform you in the moment The story is told by Jackie and Annie A mother and daughter that are complete opposites of each other Jackie has recently became a widow and trying to raise her son Charlie Charlie is not dealing with his Dad s death well at all Jackie decides to go to Sullivan s Island to stay with her Mom, and try to pick up the pieces I saw the mix reviews on this book, and I really wander if some that reviewed didn t get Frank s [...]

  12. I have fallen in love with Sullivan s Island which is located in South Carolina I hope to visit there for real someday

  13. Porch lights is a fun, heartwarming story of family and friends, their conflicts and never ending love There is a smorgasbord of luscious, fresh low country food that will set your saliva glands in motion and descriptions of various assorted cocktails, exotic cheeses and pates eaten on the porch every night The porch lights on the island are to welcome anyone who wants to join In NYC Jackie is a prim and proper army nurse recently home from Afghanistan to attend the funeral of her fireman husban [...]

  14. One of the oldest traditions of finding your way home involves leaving a light in the window a candle, a hurricane lamp, an electric lamp, and porch lights In Frank s novel, Porch Lights, she uses this tradition to symbolize Jackie s return from the darkness, to her home Jackie and her son Charlie have suffered the devastating loss of Jimmy, Jackie s husband and Charlie s father They are living in the home they made as a family in New York, trying to put their lives back together Jackie and Char [...]

  15. Every time I read one of DBF s books I want to move down south and get adopted by a big ole family and live like the characters in her book do This book tells the story of a much fractured family Annie and Buster is a married couple, both retired, that have been living apart for 11 years since he got fed up with her controlling ways From Annie s point of view, it was the day after their daughter s wedding, he had his junk all over the porch, and they had a bunch of relatives coming over so of co [...]

  16. There should be writers like Dorothea Benton Frank, who have the knack to pen down stories that part with wisdom about family dynamics all the while keeping the narration so genuine and witty You will say there are many out there who write just like her, but not to me I think Dorothea Benton Frank is unique Extremely unique Her books enchant me every time I immensely liked Porch Lights This story was perfect I wish it had gone on forever I wished I lived there with the Britt family and their ne [...]

  17. Dorothea Benton Frank is the perfect Southern hostess She invites the reader onto her front porch on beautiful Sullivans Island, SC, pours the sweet tea and tells a funny and heartwrenching story of family Jackie McMullan has just flown back from her third tour of duty in Afghanistan on bereavement leave because her husband, Jimmy, a New York City fireman, was killed while saving people in a burning building in Brooklyn She and her 10 year old son Charlie escape to her parents home on Sullivans [...]

  18. This is a beach read I really enjoyed it and I know I ll read of Frank s work Like most of the genre, it was fairly predictable However, it was well done, I found the characters interesting, and there were few if any typos and spell grammar checker errors you know, those things that get corrected by a computer and no one actually takes the time to realize they re now incorrect For example and I know I ve read this in than one recent book she he they poured over the map Really Was it easier to [...]

  19. Jackie is a grieving widow She returned home from her third tour of duty as a nurse in Afghanistan because her husband, Jimmy a firefighter in NYC had died while fighting a fire She was the only parent left for her ten year old son, Charlie and both of them were depressed Although she was often at odds with her mother, Jackie decides to return home to stay with her mom on Sullivan s Island for the summer Her parents are estranged but she is hoping that having his grandparents in his life will he [...]

  20. I absolutely loved this book I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dottie Benton Frank in her Sullivan s Island home a few weeks ago This was for a freelance project and is about her newest book, The Last Original Wife, which I cannot wait to read DBF, a true SI native, wrote yet another heart warming tale of coming home in Porch Lights.She clearly did a ton of research on her native island mostly to satisfy her 10 year old character, Charlie s inquisitive mind.Young Charlie and his mothe [...]

  21. I really enjoyed this book The descriptions of Sullivan s Island and the surrounding areas had me feeling like I right there at the house on the beach I came out of the gym with no windows after finishing the book and almost expected it to be raining I thought the author did a nice job combining elements of history, geography, literature, and a great story all in one book The information about Edgar Allan Poe, about the Civil War, and about the Lowcountry all flowed with the story really well in [...]

  22. I love Dorothea Benton Frank s books though, from reading the descriptions, I can never tell which ones I ve read because they all follow a similar theme someone finds themselves either unexpectedly drawn or returning to the South Carolina low country following some significant life event The story wasn t the most original but the vivid characters and amazing Sullivan s Island backdrop made this a book worth reading If you re a Southern or lover of Southern food, don t be surprised if find yours [...]

  23. I LOVED this book Y all know I am a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank, but even so, I admit the past couple of books have been good, but not great NOT THIS ONE Once again the Lowcountry Sullivan s Island work their magic on wounded souls Dorothea does SUCH an incredible job describing things about the Lowcountry that some people never see or truly appreciate the amazing food, incredible sunsets, ocean breezes, salty marshes, and yes, PLUFF MUD Every time I read one of her books I awaken anew to the b [...]

  24. The passion of two high risk jobs in a loving marriage sets the backdrop for loss, devastation, and the ensuing grief of a mother and her ten year old son who is spiraling into depression Hoping to find temporary reprieve, they travel to Sullivan s Island where salted breezes and the loving arms of family and friends offers instead a deeply healing balm and the courage to move forward Sprinkled with a healthy dose of wit and wisdom, Dorothea Benton Frank does not disappoint.

  25. I quite enjoyed this book, and will check out some of her other titles as well The only thing that bugged me was the voice of the boy Kids just don t talk like that It didn t ruin the book of course, but it bugged me.

  26. Another winner from DBF I haven t met one of her books that I didn t like They are not world changing or anything that will stop you in your tracks, but they are just great story telling I can feel the ocean breeze on my face and the sand between my toes, no matter the time of year.

  27. This was another fantastic book by Dorothea Benton Frank It makes me want to get a beach house on Sullivan s Isand.

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