I enjoyed the story but it wasn’t as “poignant”  and “compelling” as I thought it would be.  Caroline, the main character, is actually kind of a flake but she is a stone on the outside.  It is her daydreams and inner thoughts that capture her true identity.  She is tough on her teenage nieces who are acting out in typical ways feeling it is her responsibility to straighten them out!  The teens have seen their father separate from their mother because of alcoholism and a new woman has moved into their father’s life with the prospect of marriage in the near future.  The new woman is the enemy and all the girls’ anger and resentment is focused on her.  I guess the end is the best part of the story where a tragedy actually brings the family back together and the importance of family rings true.

Here is an excerpt from the library:

Dorothea Benton Frank is a native of the South whose novels vividly capture the wild beauty, laid-back atmosphere, earthy characters, and charming eccentricities of life in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Written with compelling honesty and emotional depth, her stories have touched readers from coast to coast, and propelled her to the top ranks of bestsellerdom nationwide.

  • Now this remarkable writer revisits some of her most unforgettable characters in this enchanting new story sure to make you laugh and cry. Return with her to Tall Pines Plantation in this long-awaited sequel to her beloved bestseller Plantation. . . .When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation, she never expected to make peace with long-buried truths about herself and her family. The Queen of Tall Pines, her late mother, was a force of nature, but now she is gone, leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place.In the lush South Carolina countryside, old hurts, betrayals, and dark secrets will surface, and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River.Wonderfully evocative, infused with humor and poignancy, and rich with the lyrical cadences of the South, Lowcountry Summer is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank, a deeply moving novel you’ll want to savor and share.

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