Thursday, October 27, 2011

LOW COUNTRY SUMMER by Dorothea Benton Frank

Publisher: William Morrow
Date published: March 2011
ISBN: 978-0062020734
Trade Paperback
Women’s fiction
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Caroline Wimbley Levine returns to Tall Pines Plantation and a family, who are struggling after the death of her mother, the Queen of Tall Pines.Caroline’s brother, Trip, has two rather wild daughters and his wife is an alcoholic.He wants a divorce and is already dating the woman of his dreams.Caroline’s son is also dating, a girl who he is very secretive about.Trip’s wife gets involved in an alcohol induced car accident and injures one of their girls.And all this happens on Caroline’s birthday.Caroline decides to take a hand in the girl’s upbringing when Trip’s wife goes to rehab.As the new generation raises its head, hurts, betrayals and dark secrets will come to life, and before peace can settle, peace must be made with the past.

On the one side, this story takes you into the Deep South with all its smells, tastes and sounds.On the other side, you meet a family that seems so crazy it’s hard to believe they can be real.I was a bit surprised over the bigotry and racism going on and some of the actions by the family in front of others raised my eyebrows.But, maybe Ms. Frank wanted to run the full gamut of problems and show how this family dealt with it.It’s almost like a soap opera, and I must admit I did skip a few pages to get a bit further into the story.For example, Caroline becomes concerned that the girls are not eating well and wants to give them more healthy food.But, they are always presented with biscuits, ham, sausages and bacon.All in all, this is not a book that I would voluntarily pick up and read, but I think there are many who would enjoy it.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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