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Porch Lights | [Dorothea Benton Frank]

Porch Lights

When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivan's Island. Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect - even though relations between mother and daughter have never been smooth.
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Publisher's Summary

When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and 10-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivan's Island.

Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Captivated by the island's alluring natural charms and inspired by colorful Lowcountry lore, mother, daughter, and grandson will share a memorable, illuminating summer. Told in Annie and Jackie's alternating voices, and filled with Dorothea Benton Frank's charming wit, indelible poignancy, and hallmark themes, Porch Lights is a triumph from "the queen of Southern fiction" (Charlotte Observer).

©2012 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2012 HarperCollins Publisher

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    Tracers Sandy Springs, GA, United States 10-31-14
    Tracers Sandy Springs, GA, United States 10-31-14
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    "Drama, Mixed with Sarcasm...I Loved It."
    Would you listen to Porch Lights again? Why?

    Yes, this is one of the few books I have listened to that I would listen to again. I loved the characters, the description of the scenery and narrator. I was smiling all the way to work each day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ann's sarcastic attitude, mixed with her proper Southern style.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    The cat's mother.


    If you could rename Porch Lights, what would you call it?

    I would rename it. Porch Lights is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear other books read by Robin Miles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Murphey 03-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Great from Dorothea Benton Frank"
    If you could sum up Porch Lights in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, irresistible, and comforting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Porch Lights?

    Gus and Annie coming back together.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    Annie...Robin performed her so well that I felt like Annie was my best friend!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book and any book that is authored by Dorothea Benton Frank. She writes some of the best Southern Fiction ever! Also, I love the narration by Robin Miles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Saugus, MA, United States 10-18-13
    Angela Saugus, MA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure. I mean the characters were interesting, the setting, beautiful. But no meat to the story. It didn't keep my interest. And alternating between points of view was confusing. Charlie was cute though. Smart kid for his age.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dorothea Benton Frank again?

    Not sure


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Couldn't differentiate between points of view. Sounded like the same person


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Liked the characters and setting. There just seemed to be no story. The food descriptions


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 10-10-13
    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Porch Lights to be better than the print version?

    Yes, great narration with a great southern accent


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    The mother- glam-ma


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    History lesson, importance of family in rough times, learning to trust again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christi 01-20-13
    Christi 01-20-13
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    "Great descriptions make this book come to life!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Porch Lights to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the setting, the vocabulary and descriptions of scenery and meals. This book made me feel like I was sitting on a hammock enjoying the evening breeze with friends each time I went to read it.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well now if I told you, that may spoil it for other readers. Yet to answer your question...yes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Gautier, MS United States 09-03-12
    Kim Gautier, MS United States 09-03-12
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    "Great book! Love this author."
    If you could sum up Porch Lights in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, spirited, good times!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Porch Lights?

    The storm..


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked how she could change voices for each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it while traveling... really makes the trip better!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite authors..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BECKY Tucson, AZ, United States 08-03-13
    BECKY Tucson, AZ, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent entertainment!"
    What made the experience of listening to Porch Lights the most enjoyable?

    The reader was so realistic with her accents and expression.


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You could actually picture each character as they spoke.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book by the author but I will definitely read more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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