Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank (audio)

Title: All the Single Ladies   
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank     
Narrator: Robin Miles  
Published: June 2015, Harper Audio / William Morrow  
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes / 386 pages  
Source: Personal copy via Audible / Publisher via TLC Book Tours


In this fast-paced and evocative novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank again takes us deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery.

Lisa St. Clair knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A dedicated nurse with a healthy sense of humor, she single-handedly raised her truculent daughter, Marianne, after her ex walked out on them twenty-four years ago, sending them a lottery ticket once a year as support. Once day he reappeared and lured their daughter into a dubious but lucrative venture in Colorado. Now mother and daughter aren't speaking.

So when Kathy Harper, Lisa's favorite patient, loses her battle with cancer, Lisa finds herself drawing closer to Carrie and Suzanne, the devoted friends who were always by Kathy's side. As these three women's lives inevitably connect, they share their concerns about men, getting older and the horrors of maintaining financial stability. Suzanne's ninety-nine-year-old grandmother, a former chanteuse, offers unexpected perspectives on the mores of the day.  Carrie's greedy ex-stepchildren are a chorus of cackling crows. And Lisa's mother just can't help herself as she henpicks herself to distraction.

Somehow their conversations always return to the enigma of Kathy. Who was she? What did her short life mean?

Lisa, Carrie, and Suzanne power walk the beaches of the Isle of Palms with Pickle, Lisa's adorable Westie. Gradually they uncover the truth of Kathy's life and unfurl plans to secure their own futures, as fate steps in to help them discover that being single doesn't have to mean being alone. Dorothea Benton Frank shows us that friendship is as powerful as the turning tide and that love is about more than just finding the right person. You'll fall under the magical spell of the Lowcountry and of all the single ladies who have a whole lot of living to do.

My thoughts: This is the third book I've read/listened to by Dorothea Benton Frank and I am now hooked. I just love her writing style and her sense of humor that she infuses into her books! And I love that her books seem to come out just in time to kick off the summer season.

This latest book is told from one character's point of view - that of Lisa St. Clair, a geriatric nurse. I found this to be particularly interesting at times, because we find everything out about everyone through her. This is the bit different from the other two DBF books I read so far (The Last Original Wife and The Hurricane Sisters) - and I liked how it played out. After a patient dies at the facility where Lisa works, she realizes that she has become close to her friends and decides she not only wants to continue the friendship, but it's probably healthy to do so.

I just love the characters that Dorothea Benton Frank creates. They're fun, sassy and the kind of gals you'd hope to have in your life. While these women are all a bit older than me, I do hope when I get to be that age, that I have the type of friendship these women - Lisa, Suzanne and Carrie - have forged. And then there's Miss Trudie...Oh how I loved her! She's the type of grandmother everyone wants. She's sassy and saucy and doesn't hesitate to speak her mind, yet has a heart of gold. 

This book has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery to be solved, some mother-daughter issues that desperately need to be worked out, new relationships that start, new friendships that blossom, and learning to be happy with what you have. While this might seem like a lot, it still manages to have that light-hearted feel to it and makes for a great beach read. I can't wait for the next book to come out and hope between now and then to pick up a few of Dorothea Benton Frank's backlist books that I have yet to read.

Audio Thoughts: Robin Miles did a fantastic job with the audio of this book. She is able to give each character their own unique voice and never once did I feel confused as to who was speaking. I just love listening to read the story and feel that she is the perfect match for Dorothea Benton Frank's books.



About the author: 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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5 comments:

  1. I've only read one of this author's book, I think. The Last Original Wife and I really liked it. I've had a couple of her early books on my shelf for a really, really long time. This current book sounds like a winner. Although the song keeps going through my mind over and over. LOL

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  2. I have read any of Frank's books but I keep meaning to and this looks like a great one to start with. It sounds like a fantastic cast of characters!

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  3. Don't you just love when an author just hits the right note with you :) YEAH!

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  4. Not on Audible for me - yet anyway. Although there are many others of hers to keep me listening. I have only read Bulls Island and that was a long time ago. I have The Last Original Wife in paperback on my shelf though. Probably from reading your review!

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  5. Her books always seem so cozy and comfortable - I can't believe I haven't read any of them yet!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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