Plantation (Lowcountry Tales, #2) by Dorothea Benton Frank

Plantation (Lowcountry Tales, #2)

Pat Conroy called Dorothea Benton Frank’s debut, Sullivan’s Island, “hilarious and wise,” while Anne Rivers Siddons declared that it “roars with life.” Now Frank evokes a lush plantation in the heart of modern-day South Carolina—where family ties and hidden truths run as deep and dark as the mighty Edisto River… Caroline Wimbley Levine always swore she’d never go home again. But now, at her brother’s behest, she has returned t...

Details Plantation (Lowcountry Tales, #2)

TitlePlantation (Lowcountry Tales, #2)
Release DateJul 1st, 2001
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, American, Southern, Romance

Reviews Plantation (Lowcountry Tales, #2)

  • Carolyn
    I've read several excellent novels set in the Low Country of the U.S. Southeast (roughly, along the tidal coast between Charleston and Savannah) by three authors: Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Dorothea Benton Frank. Though a long way from being a native, I'm familiar with the territory because my husband grew up in Savannah and one of my brothers has lived in the Charleston area for 45 years or so. As with the others, this book's character...
  • Kimberly
    The characters in Plantation are fantastic! Love them (Miss Lavinia) or not (Frances Mae), they are all vividly portrayed and intriguing. Certain characters reminded me so much of members of my own family, especially Trip's brood (I probably shouldn't say that, haha!). Frank's descriptions of the ACE Basin are so colorful and graphic you can feel the mugginess in the air, taste Miss Sweetie's strawberry jam, and smell Miss Lavinia's roses. This i...
  • Zainab
    Ehh it was a pretty good book.
  • Gloria
    This may have even been better than Sullivan's Island, which was the first Frank book for me. It was so clever and funny, but yet so poignant. The characters were so well developed--it was a really fun read, for sure. Hmmm, which Dorothea Benton Frank book I will tackle next?????
  • JudiAnne
    I picked this novel up at a local library book sale for 25 cents and I got a big surprise when I opened the book and started reading. I couldn't stop turning the pages of this mesmerizing story of a family in distress in the Low Country, which are the islands surrounding Charleston, SC. As I was reading this wonderful novel I couldn't help thinking the the writing style seemed similar to a cross between Pat Conroy and Fannie Flag, two popular sou...
  • Clare
    One star is too many for this book. In the spirit of full disclosure, I need to say that I could not get past the first 100 pages before I put it down in disgust. The author relies on stereotypes (a pregnant woman thinks she is going to have a girl because she craves pink food), improbablities (a woman says nothing to her husband after calling his hotel room and his jealous ex-wife answers the phone), and misinformation (the information shared re...
  • Stacy
    moves right to the top of my list.......can't wait for "Lowcontry Summer"......God Bless Dottie Frank!
  • Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo
    I love Dorothea Benton Frank. She always writes wonderful stories with very strong women characters and Plantation is no exception. Millie is wonderful with her fiery personality and her Gullah dialect and her potions. She is a great sidekick to Miss Lavinia, the Queen of Tall Pines. Miss Lavinia is eccentric as they come. She rules her little world with a strict discipline - Miss Manners must be proud. She is irreverent. She is funny. She is war...
  • Rebecca
    Lord, I love this woman's writing. If you are looking for fast-paced excitement and steamy sex, buy a different book. But if you want to sink into a slow, sensuous taste of the deep South, with all its traditions, its failings, and its triumphs, if you want to feel the low, sleepy waters of the Low Country move like warm honey through your veins, then Plantation will take you there in style. ALL of Dorothea Benton Franks books that I have read to...
  • Christina
    Nice easy read. I liked it a lot...was it a five star read? heavens, no, but it was an entertaining easy read where I didn't need to think at all so it was just the book to get me out of my reading slump.It dragged a wee bit for the last third, but then don't all things drag a bit in the South ? :) 2 and a half star read...I gave it the extra half here on good reads, because it helped me get out of my reading slump.
  • Susan Serra
    This is my third Dorothea Frank novel. Just love all of them. So much fun to read, and her characterizations are WONDERFUL! You can truly immerse yourself within this story. Now, for those of you who know me know that I am a New England girl through and through. But, I LOVE these novels. Don't be afraid to read them out of sequence, as each stands on its own. This story involves daughter who has left her Lowcountry world behind for a fabulous mar...
  • Lena
    A little dated, but I really enjoyed this book. I liked the main characters, but I wish everyone wasnt so mean to Frances Mae and her kids. She didnt do anything to deserve it other than grow up with less money and education than everyone else. She was obnoxious, but everyone was just as mean to her as she was to them. A little dated, but I really enjoyed this book. I liked the main characters, but I wish everyone wasn’t so mean to Frances Ma...
  • Patricia
    I enjoyed the Prologue tremendously. The next 100 pages were just okay, but it kept getting better after that. I loved the character development and the setting in the Lowcountry of South Carolina!
  • Judy Churchill
    I love this author. Frank describes the lush low country of coastal South Carolina in a way that transports one there. Like her other books this one is rich on multiple levels. Old family wounds are healed, the family matriarch dies leaving a rich legacy, and her son and daughter realize a fresh start in life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • Marcia
    Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank has been on the "gotta get to this book" list for some time. Now that a follow-up book, Lowcountry Summer, has just come out, I figured it was time to get to Plantation which I had downloaded to my Kindle last year.Plantation was a story of a family finding its true self again after years of misinterpretations and misunderstandings. I enjoyed seeing Caroline Wimbley Levine find her true heart and home, although...
  • Amanda
    I really enjoyed reading this book, until the end; not that the ending was bad...I just don't care for sad endings. The whole book tended to be on the humorous side but the ending took a turn for the serious that didn't really mesh with the tone of the rest of the book. The main character, Caroline, deals with major life changes with a quick wit and sassy southern charm. She grows up idolizing her father who was taken away from the family far too...
  • Alyce Joines
    An "eyes wide open" look at mother-daughter relationships, Plantation introduces us to Caroline Wimbley Levine who left her southern home for the big city, married and had a son. She also left behind her mother, Miss Lavinia, and her brother, Trip. Caroline comes back to the plantation after both call her with wildly varying stories of an incident in which Miss Lavinia fired a gun at Trip. Finding the truth behind this story and many others which...
  • Jacqui
    I love the molasses-y southerness of this book - the music of the speech, the visceral presence of the setting, the irreverent reverence of Mother, the slow waltz of character interplay. And it was the perfect book for this moment in my life. warning: sort of spoiler alert for next paragraph... Having just been blind-sided by the sudden death of my mother, I, like Caroline in the novel, find myself stopped short by brief glimpses of her presence...
  • Natalie
    A masterpiece in what I would call "character-driven fiction." Much like my own writing, it's not the plot-points that sell this as much as the characters, think Fanny Flagg but faster moving fiction. The mother in this novel is one of the best female characters I've seen in a long time and quite original, warm, funny, inviting. It's told from the daughter's point of view in first person. You will bawl your eyes out towards the end when the mothe...
  • Linda
    I have read several books by Dorothea Benton Frank that I have enjoyed very much. However, I did not like Plantation as much as the others. The story is good, a grown daughter returning to South Carolina to care for her mother, however I never really connected with the daughter. She seemed to behave in ways that didn't seem in character. The descriptions of the Low Country of South Carolina are very well done. The loving and devoted housekeeper w...
  • Meg
    Shit on this book. It's my own fault that I kept going, but I felt it was pretty good until 350 pages or so. I couldn't stop when I was that far invested and then it just got so much worse. Layers and layers of BS cliche southern woman rediscovering her love of home and freedom from a shit marriage and reacquaintance with her faith. Vomit on a stick! Just serve me up a 12 pack of American cheese instead; I'd feel just as disgusted upon finishing....
  • Cindy Heaton
    I guess I'd rate this one at 3.5. I liked it better than Sullivan's Island because I felt the story progressed a bit better. I am finding an unlikely amount of love interests in her stories. It seems that every man these women meet just about fall in love with them and no one ever really seems angry when the romance fizzles. And they are always so friendly with each other. No hurt feelings or jealousy. Seems a bit unrealistic to me, but it was a ...
  • Lorna
    I loved Frank's Sullivan Island so I thought I would love this one too. I picked up and put it down, picked it up and put it down. Then last week I picked it up again and finished it in two days. I love the southern humor and the voodoo herbs. This is a fun read once you get past the first couple of chapters it swings into gear and you'll be laughing all the way to the end.
  • Joanieg
    I loved this book so much. The setting was beautiful, the characters were awesome (you either love them or love to hate them), loads of good family drama and a touch of romance. Miss Lavinia will make you laugh out loud. My favorite DB Frank book so far, but I've got a lot of her books to go yet. One of my very favorite authors.
  • Susan Willingham
    I should have read this one first, but I accidently read Lowcountry Summer first (which is the continuing story of the Wimbley family.) I love Miss Lavinia, owner of the plantation. She is an exact copy of my mother-in-law! Perfect manners, everything served in just the right way, with the perfect linens, dishes, and goblets. Lots of humor and sarcasm galore.
  • Gwenette
    This book was a big disappointment. I had previously read A Lowcountry Summer by the same author, and this is the backstory for the characters, but SO much ridiculousness ensued that I barely made it through the book. I ended up disliking most of the main characters.
  • Debbie
    This is a "ten star" book. I just could not stop reading this book and I really laughed and cried. DBF is one of the best story tellers .. hands down. I just wanted this book to go on and on. If you are looking for a great summer read HERE IT IS!
  • Connie
    This is a beautiful book that is both touching and funny. I loved it. I will certainly be reading more of Dorthea Benton Frank's work!
  • Miandmiksmom
    This was a good book...I love the Southern culture and the story. It seemed to go on and on though...maybe because I had too many books that I was excited to read sitting on my bedside table!
  • Sarah
    Somewhere around page 478 of 583 (mass paperpack edition), I slammed the book shut. Done. I read it.