After 20 years, Elizabeth "Betts" McGee has finally managed to put her past behind her. She hasn't been home to beautiful South Carolina and untouched Bulls Island since the tragic night that ended her engagement to Charleston's golden boy, J. D. Langley.
And why is that? Really, this is the story of two old Southern families. The Langley family has more money than the Morgan Stanley Bank. And they think they have more class. The Barrett family made their 19th-century fortune in a less distinguished manner: corner grocery and liquor stores. It's no surprise that when J. D. and Betts fall in love and decide to marry, their parents are none too pleased. And when the love affair comes to an end, everyone is ready to place blame.
Now 20 years have gone by, and Betts, a top investment bank executive, must leave her comfortable life in New York City to return to the home she thought she'd left behind forever. But spearheading the most important project of her career puts her back in contact with everything she's tried so hard to forget: her estranged sister, her father, J. D., and her past.
Once she's home, can Betts keep the secret that threatens all she holds dear? Or will her fear of the past wreck her future happiness? And what about that crazy gator? All will be revealed on Bulls Island.
©2008 Dorothea Benton Frank; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
Great Low Country love story with lots of twists and turns. Honest dialogue and some very funny parts. Interesting characters with story lines that play out through the book. Visually rich descriptions of Charleston and the islands.
Betts was a smart and funny heroine. She goes out and makes a life for herself and learns the value of family when she could truly appreciate it. Nice mix of NY and Charleston adventures.
I think Julia does a good job of varying tone and accent with the different characters without making herself one of them. Very easy going, pleasant read.
JD Langley. He is smart and gorgeous and he knows what he wants...finally!
Love Dorothea Benton Frank! Wonderful smart, funny and quirky characters that you care about. I love the meandering story lines that all come together in a smooth finish. Thank You!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were well developed, the story was very entertaining, and the narrator was excellent.
Hello! I'm a full-time nurse, part-time reader, chef, gardener and stylist! Love all my hobbies. Oh, and mother to Marley (shih-tzu) and Sam
I like Dorothea Benton Frank novels and this was true to her form. It has lots of low country references, love lost, family dynamics and love found. It was entertaining and enjoyable. It is not a book that inspires great thought, but it is a nice retreat at the end of a busy day.
Great story and great narrators. It is especially interesting to read as a Charleston native. It does give an accurate account of the lowcountry.
I've read several of her books and I've enjoyed all of them. This one was really good. I love her humor. She can make you laugh and then cry. Very well written. Can't wait for the next book to come out.
I have read her other books primarily because I live in Charleston, SC and found them interesting for that reason. Her characters generally lack depth and believability, but this is the worst book to date. I will not bother with future books if there are any!
I liked all of the characters, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ugly being J.D.'s mother. I have lived in the South all my life and I have never crossed paths with the likes of her. Really enjoyed Betts and the relationship she managed to keep the her best friend even though they lived worlds apart. The author has a good quick wit that made me laugh. I have to say she gave it a good shot at making me feel sorry for Valarie but it didnt work. J.D.,Southern Gentleman or not, was a bit far fetched as to his 'honor' and his language when ticked off for this day and age. All in all it was a really fun book.
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