Return to Sullivans Island (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jun 30, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the enchanted landscape of South Carolina's Lowcountry made famous in her beloved New York Times bestseller Sullivans Island to tell the story of the next generation of Hamiltons and Hayes.

Return to Sullivans Island

Whether you were away from the Lowcountry for a week or for years, it was impossible to remember how gorgeous it was. It never changed and everyone depended on that.

Newly graduated from college and an aspiring writer, Beth Hayes craves independence and has a world to conquer. But her notions of travel, graduate study, and writing the great American novel will have to be postponed. With her mother, Susan, leaving to fulfill her own dreams in Paris and her Aunt Maggie, Uncle Grant, and stepfather, Simon, moving to California, Beth is elected by her elders to house-sit the Island Gamble. Surrounded by the shimmering blue waters of the Atlantic, the white clapboards, silver tin roof, and confessional porch have seen and heard the stories of generations of Hamiltons. But will the ghosts of the Island Gamble be watching over Beth?

Buoyed by sentimental memories of growing up on this tiny sandbar that seems to be untouched by time, Beth vows to give herself over to the Lowcountry force and discover the wisdom it holds. She will rest, rejuvenate, and then reenter the outside world. Just as she vows she will never give into the delusional world of white picket fences, minivans, and eternal love, she meets Max Mitchell. And all her convictions and plans begin to unravel with lightning speed.

There is so much about life and her family's past that she does not know. Her ignorance and naiveté nearly cost her both her inheritance and her family's respect. But Beth finds unexpected friends to help her through the disaster she faces: her wise and charming Aunt Sophie; Cecily Singleton, the granddaughter of Livvie Singleton; and Woody Morrison, the solid young investment banker.

This wonderful ensemble of characters could be your own family, but watch what unfolds as they succumb to the island's spell. If everything happens for a reason, then Beth's return to Sullivans Island teaches her that betrayal and tragedy are most easily handled when you surround yourself with loyal family and friends in a magical place that loves you so much that it wants to claim you as its own.

  

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

A story about a young woman spending a year in the family home on an island off the coast of Virginia (I think). The home has a reputation for being haunted. The girl starts off as an arrogant ... Read full review

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User Review  - fefferbooks - LibraryThing

I don't know who wrote the first 50 pages of this book, but it doesn't seem like the usual DBF. I slogged through it, bored, and then BLAM! There were the interesting voices I was waiting for. What the heck happened? Oh well. Glad I hung on. Read full review

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Contents

Beth
1
Bon Voyage
25
Family Jewels
51
Alone at Last
71
Hello Trouble
97
The Mother Ship Is Calling
121
Goose Bumps
141
New Shoes
159
Afterglow
214
Bank on It
235
Woody
256
High Anxiety
277
Bad News
296
Dark Cloud Silver Lining
317
Fault Lines
335
Epilogue
353

Cheap Talk
179
Tabasco Night
197
Acknowledgments
367
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About the author (2009)

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She divides her time between the New York area and the Lowcountry.

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