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
Not at all sugary, but full of love, hope, and family healing.
the ending was unexpected and expected all at the same time. They all learned about themselves and each other as they grew as a family and friends. One unit filled with love and respect.
It's difficult to move on and live after a traumatic loss, but they found a way. Beautiful story, family is for healing.
The way it was presented and written
Want to read more of her books!
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.
Ann's sarcastic attitude, mixed with her proper Southern style.
The cat's mother.
I would rename it. Porch Lights is perfect.
I can't wait to hear other books read by Robin Miles.
Beautiful, irresistible, and comforting.
Gus and Annie coming back together.
Annie...Robin performed her so well that I felt like Annie was my best friend!
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.
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.
Couldn't differentiate between points of view. Sounded like the same person
Liked the characters and setting. There just seemed to be no story. The food descriptions
Yes, great narration with a great southern accent
The mother- glam-ma
History lesson, importance of family in rough times, learning to trust again
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.
No, I haven't.
Well now if I told you, that may spoil it for other readers. Yet to answer your question...yes.
Funny, spirited, good times!
I liked how she could change voices for each character.
I listened to it while traveling... really makes the trip better!
This is one of my favorite authors..
The reader was so realistic with her accents and expression.
You could actually picture each character as they spoke.
This was my first book by the author but I will definitely read more.
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