As the story opens, she is barreling down Interstate 95, bound for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the land of her ancestors. Welcomed by the generous heart of her advice-dispensing sister, Mimi, Linda and her daughters slowly begin to find their way and discover a sweeter rhythm of life.
And then there's Brad Jackson, a former investment banker of Atlanta, Georgia who hires her to run his restaurant on Shem Creek. Like everyone else, Brad's got a story of his own - namely an almost ex-wife, Loretta who is the kind of gal who gives women a bad name.
The real protagonist of this story is the Lowcountry itself. The magical waters of Shem Creek, the abundant wildlife and the astounding power of nature give this tiny corner of the planet its infallible reputation as a place for introspection, contemplation and healing.
As in all her previous work, you'll find Shem Creek to be compulsively readable, irreverent but warm and blazingly authentic - and you'll dread reaching the last page. It is her vivid writing, colorful characters and rich narrative that have made Dorothea Benton Frank one of our nation's greatest storytellers. Shem Creek is a triumphant novel that proves we are all entitled to a second chance. The challenge is to learn how to recognize it when it comes and to know which chance to take.
(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Loved the story and the narration. The reader can make or break an audiobook for me. Sometimes I just give up and read the real book. I thought the narration was outstanding. Each character's voice was distinct and instantly recognizable as soon as I heard it. I know different people have different tastes, but I personally thought it was extremely well done. The story captivated me from the get-go and I very much enjoyed and cared about the characters. I found the complete audiobook humorous, engaging and a true pleasure from start to finish. 2 thumbs up from me!
The combination of the perfect modern southern romance, and the award worthy narration, makes this out of the hundreds of audiobooks I have, my all time favorite audiobook. It's sweet, sad, and very funny. You can't possibly be disappointed.
This lady really knows how to spin fantastic tells. it has been through her books that I have learn so much information about the Low Country of SC and the Ace Basin. Thank you Miss Frank.
I would change the readers. The forced ʻsouthernʻ accents and the obnoxious voice of Louise made this very painful to listen to.
Not the audio version. I found the characterization of Louise offensive - not sure if the intent was racial stereotyping, but that is how it came across to me. It certainly did not fit the character and at times the words werenʻt even understandable as spoken.
Not sure that some of them could have been much worse.
If you have ever read Dorothea Benton Frank you are in for yet another fabulous story. I have read almost all of her books but this one, well I tell you, it is my new favorite book of this genre EVER!! Treat yourself to the audio version and the hardback. The performance was brilliant by all who participated and the author's words spoken made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby. Can't say enough good things about Shem Creek.
THE STORY, ACTORS AND THEIR VOICES WERE WONDERFUL! I FELT I WAS PART OF THE STORY..
THEY ALL WERE MY FAVORITE!
FEELINGS AND VOICES!
EACH ONE SEPARATELY
CAN HARDLY WAIT TO READ ANOTHER ONE
I didn't enjoy the readers as much as I do Robin Miles, I felt the person who read the part of Brad sounded too old.
This story has it all. Funny, love, sad and a great story line. Sandra Burr as the narrator is wonderful. I would highly recommend this book.
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