Stupidity Pauses for a Book Tour – Return to Sullivans Island

I locked myself in the broom closet today, with one, brightly burning overhead bulb, to avoid all contact with stupers (short for peltingly stupid persons). I had to put aside my battles with stupidity so I could review Dorothea Benton Frank’s latest novel, Return to Sullivans Island.

If looks could kill, or should I say, if books could kill, this dust jacket would rub out quite a few readers. It is stunning and quite eye-catching; an author’s dream with Frank’s name set ablaze, top and center in brilliant red. The story itself is genial with many a charming moment sprinkled in this tale of twenty-three-year old Beth Hayes who craves adventure and independence, but is forced, arm-twisted politely requested by her elders to housesit the ancestral home on Sullivans Island, South Carolina while the rest of her clan take off for a year to pursue their own ambitions.

The story begins entertainingly enough: a bon voyage party is thrown, oddball relatives reunite and scatter in all directions afterward. Beth is left to fend for herself among the house ghosts (haints), which no one, including Beth and a few random house guests, seem to find too unnerving. Throw in a suave and dashing real estate developer who is really just a sleazy cad, a bevy of unexpected friends, a little deception by Beth herself and finally the curious death of one of Beth’s relatives, and you’ve got Return to Sullivan’s Island.

The book deals gently with fundamental issues such as celebrating family and misplaced trust and unabashedly desires to rouse the sentimentality in all of us. It’s easy to root for such amiable intentions.

If you’re in the mood for a fairly predictable, light-hearted beach read, you’ll find it in Return to Sullivans Island. Many thanks to the ladies at MotherTalk and especially to Project Manager, Lauren Sleeper, for giving me the opportunity to provide this review.

Don’t stop thinking!


5 Responses to “Stupidity Pauses for a Book Tour – Return to Sullivans Island”

  1. Sarah says:

    Sounds great! This seems like a book that a mom can read while keeping one eye on the kids. I love books that take place in the South!

  2. Elaine says:

    I would love to visit Sullivan’s Island one day. Did you ever see the Nick Nolte movie, ‘The Prince of Tides’? It takes place on Sullivan’s Island. Sounds like a good book for exactly what you described, thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Cheap Soma says:

    This sort of reminds of Luanne Rice’s Beach Girls. Lighthearted, funny, warm, and everything a beach read should be.

  4. Suzie says:

    Thanks for recommending this book.
    I am going to run out and buy one(if I don’t fall).
    I better think about buying it, I am not a fast runner.

  5. Mad Woman says:

    YAY! I was just looking for another book to read as I’ve exhausted my supply. Thanks!!

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