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Review: Porch Lights

May 5, 2013

Porch Lights

When Jackie’s fireman husband dies fighting a fire, leaving her a single mom, she decides it’s time to make some changes in her life.  She’s not going to reenlist in the Army so she can stay in the US to care for her son, Charlie, and, after years away, she’s going to visit her family and her childhood home in the lowcountry of South Carolina.  Jackie and Annie (her mom) haven’t always seen eye to eye, but Annie is determined to make the best of this visit.

Porch Lights, by Dorothea Benton Frank, is a story of love and family sprinkled with the magic of South Carolina’s lowcountry and a little bit of history which all adds up to an enjoyable read.  If you’re looking for a book to pack in your beach bag this summer, you certainly can’t go wrong with this one.

Jackie is going through such a difficult period.  She wants to succumb to her grief but knows she has to keep things together for ten year old Charlie.  He idolized his dad and has become withdrawn since he passed away.  Jackie decides they need to get away and can think of no better place than the lowcountry.  Of course, that means she’ll have to put up with her mother which isn’t always easy for Jackie.  Things don’t go exactly as Jackie planned but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Told alternately from Jackie’s and Annie’s points of views, Porch Lights is somewhat predictable, but that doesn’t really matter because Frank makes readers care so much about the characters.   The story is as much about the journey as it is about the outcome and what a pleasant journey it is!  With great characters, a marvelous setting, and a dash of Edgar Allan Poe, this book is sure to please those who enjoy women’s fiction.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


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26 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2013 8:05 am

    Sounds like a perfect summer read!

  2. May 5, 2013 8:17 am

    She certainly has a loyal following. One of these days I’m going to have to give her a try!

  3. May 5, 2013 8:27 am

    I really enjoyed Porch Lights, and reading Sullivan’s Island now!

  4. May 5, 2013 8:57 am

    Wow, this sounds fantastic. And I like that it’s women’s fiction that even has a dash of Edgar Allan Poe 🙂

  5. May 5, 2013 9:05 am

    I haven’t read any of her books – this sounds like it would be a good one to try.

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 5, 2013 10:32 am

    Sounds good and I love that cover.

  7. May 5, 2013 11:37 am

    Haven’t tried this author yet. I know she’s pretty popular too. Someday!

  8. May 5, 2013 12:49 pm

    This sounds like a good read – especially that dash of Edgar Allan Poe!

  9. May 5, 2013 1:51 pm

    Great review-I loved this book! I can’t wait to read her new one.

  10. May 5, 2013 2:33 pm

    This one sounds better than the one book I tried (and didn’t enjoy) by this author.

  11. May 5, 2013 2:50 pm

    I’m curious about where Poe comes into the story!

  12. May 5, 2013 3:34 pm

    Excellent review, Kathy! The dash of Edgar Allan Poe also makes me curious!

  13. May 5, 2013 3:51 pm

    Dorothea Benton Franklin’s books are such a sweet beach read…there’s something in her writing style that just slows the world down. beautiful review!

  14. redladysreadingroom permalink
    May 5, 2013 4:58 pm

    I’ve only read one book by this author and it was okay for me. This one sounds better and I know she has a great following and the books sound wonderful. This sounds like a good summer read so I may give it a try.

  15. May 5, 2013 7:13 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by this author – she’s never my favorite read of the year, but her novels are kinda like putting on my favorite pair of slippers. They just feel warm and comfortable.

  16. Patty permalink
    May 5, 2013 9:27 pm

    I have The Last Original Wife to read and review…this sounds good, too…her books are always relaxing and fun!

  17. May 5, 2013 9:52 pm

    An author I intend to read someday. This list is so long that I’m not sure how much weight to give it 🙂

  18. May 6, 2013 3:15 am

    Thanks for a lovely review.

  19. May 6, 2013 4:31 am

    Sounds like a good read! I haven’t read this author yet.

  20. May 6, 2013 6:43 am

    I have this one and I’m going to have to add it to my list of summer reads.

  21. May 6, 2013 9:46 am

    I swear I was a low country girl in another life. I’ve always LOVED Dorothea’s books! My review for this one is coming up later this week.

  22. May 6, 2013 12:38 pm

    I’ve read a few of her books and loved them. This is on my to read list as well!

  23. May 6, 2013 12:45 pm

    I’ll keep this one in mind for my summer reading list.The Poe tie-in sounds intriguing and I like that it’s dual POV.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    May 6, 2013 3:07 pm

    I’m going to start this one this week. I don’t read books like this to be surprised — more like comfort food!

  25. May 7, 2013 10:42 pm

    You know, I’ve never read one of her novels before. I’d like to start and this one sounds perfect to slip in my bag for the rest of Little League season.

  26. May 8, 2013 3:25 am

    I’ll take a dash of Edgar Allen Poe in my novels any time!

    I’m so glad you’re a part of this read along! I’m looking forward to your thoughts on The Last Original Wife.

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