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In this warm and moving anthology, a group of bestselling authors and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy. Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into In this warm and moving anthology, a group of bestselling authors and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy. Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the Lowcountry of her native South Carolina—a land of beauty, history, charm, and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels.  From Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author, a sequel to Summer of ’69. From Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author, comes a heartwarming, humorous interview from the hereafter with Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank, two beloved icons of Southern literature. From Patti Callahan, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, comes The Bridemaids, a story about a trip to the South Carolina beach. From Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author, Mother and Child Reunion, a heartwarming story set under the warm South Carolina sun. Reunion Beach also features letters, short stories, poems, and essays from: Mary Norris, New York Times bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker Cassandra King Conroy, bestselling and award-winning author of Tell Me A Story Nathalie Dupree, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Marjory Wentworth, former Poet Laureate of South Carolina Gervais Hagerty, author of In Polite Company Jacqueline Bouvier Lee, Peter Frank, Victoria Peluso, and William Frank Infused with Dorothea Benton Frank’s remarkable spirit, Reunion Beach is a literary homage and beautiful keepsake that keeps this dearly missed writer’s flame burning bright.


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In this warm and moving anthology, a group of bestselling authors and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy. Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into In this warm and moving anthology, a group of bestselling authors and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy. Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the Lowcountry of her native South Carolina—a land of beauty, history, charm, and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels.  From Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author, a sequel to Summer of ’69. From Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author, comes a heartwarming, humorous interview from the hereafter with Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank, two beloved icons of Southern literature. From Patti Callahan, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, comes The Bridemaids, a story about a trip to the South Carolina beach. From Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author, Mother and Child Reunion, a heartwarming story set under the warm South Carolina sun. Reunion Beach also features letters, short stories, poems, and essays from: Mary Norris, New York Times bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker Cassandra King Conroy, bestselling and award-winning author of Tell Me A Story Nathalie Dupree, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Marjory Wentworth, former Poet Laureate of South Carolina Gervais Hagerty, author of In Polite Company Jacqueline Bouvier Lee, Peter Frank, Victoria Peluso, and William Frank Infused with Dorothea Benton Frank’s remarkable spirit, Reunion Beach is a literary homage and beautiful keepsake that keeps this dearly missed writer’s flame burning bright.

30 review for Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Alice Monroe

    When Dorothea Benton Frank passed away in 2019, her death rocked our world as writers and readers. And her departure left us wanting to do something special to pay tribute to Dottie's life and her legacy. REUNION BEACH is a beautiful anthology that captures her unforgettable spirit, joy, and humor in stories of reunions and love. It features short stories from me, Elin Hilderbrand, Patti Callahan Henry, Adriana Trigiani, and Cassandra King, recipes from Nathalie Dupree, a poem by Marjory Wentwor When Dorothea Benton Frank passed away in 2019, her death rocked our world as writers and readers. And her departure left us wanting to do something special to pay tribute to Dottie's life and her legacy. REUNION BEACH is a beautiful anthology that captures her unforgettable spirit, joy, and humor in stories of reunions and love. It features short stories from me, Elin Hilderbrand, Patti Callahan Henry, Adriana Trigiani, and Cassandra King, recipes from Nathalie Dupree, a poem by Marjory Wentworth-- poet laureate of South Carolina, and other wonderful friends and family. REUNION BEACH is the title of the next book Dottie had planned to write. Today, it's a literary homage and beautiful keepsake to the writer we all loved so much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Audiobook....11 hours and 47 minutes.... ....stories inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank.... by Elin Hilderbrand, Adriana Trigiani, Patti Callahan Henry, Cassandra King, Natalie Dupree, Marjory Wentworth, and Mary Alice Monroe.... narrated by Susan Bennett CONFESSION.... I haven’t read any of *Dorothea Benton Frank’s* books. And...I’ve only read one book by Erin Hilderbrand.....and no books by any of these other bestselling authors. I chose to read this (listen to the audiobook), out of love&friendsh Audiobook....11 hours and 47 minutes.... ....stories inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank.... by Elin Hilderbrand, Adriana Trigiani, Patti Callahan Henry, Cassandra King, Natalie Dupree, Marjory Wentworth, and Mary Alice Monroe.... narrated by Susan Bennett CONFESSION.... I haven’t read any of *Dorothea Benton Frank’s* books. And...I’ve only read one book by Erin Hilderbrand.....and no books by any of these other bestselling authors. I chose to read this (listen to the audiobook), out of love&friendship with my friend (sister-type friend), Toni. TONI....not sure what I’m going to write here — but whatever it is ....however it comes out — winging it from the hip— I dedicate this review to YOU....with my deepest love ....treasuring ‘you’....treasuring ‘us’. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE WOMAN & AUTHOR Dorothea Benton Frank. ( friends, fans, and family called her Dot or Dottie)... For a woman I never knew, never read, ......I feel privileged to have been invited to THIS PARTY CELEBRATION of her life, her stories, and the joy of meeting her friends, her tribe, her writing buddies, her family, her husband, best friends, and fans. I truthfully feel honored to have been a guest — Dottie, I miss you too ....I may never have met you, read you, ( until now: I loved your sections in this book).... but in just 11 hours and 46 minutes.....you taught me the value of laugher, happiness, ( the color ‘red’ )....How did you know it was my favorite color?.... you taught me the value of true friendships....the joy of CELEBRATIONS....and taking it upon yourself to to do whatever it took to make sure people were happy, that people were having fun no matter what they were doing— you lifted people’s spirits.....PEOPLE MATTERED TO YOU.....[I can relate so deeply]....but Dottie....you were REMARKABLE....(I don’t know how you did all that you did....but HOT DAMN your SUPER-BEING HUMANITY had me in tears. I’m sad for all my own flaws....for losing friends ( whom I still think about and miss)....because I made thoughtless mistakes... I was too harsh, too opinionated, wrong, too rude, too righteous.....( perhaps threatened but that’s no excuse).... I too value people with all my heart —-but at times I put my foot in my mouth and mess things up.....( it’s rare if I’m fully forgiven- but if I am- I’m thankful more than anyone knows).... Dottie..... you saw an element missing in life — THE VALUE of TRUE JOY— you found ways to have joy & happiness as a LIFE PURPOSE ....SO AS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in others lives!!! I don’t think ( until now- this book - 68 years old/ 69 later this month)....the POWERFUL UPLIFTING ‘choice’ lightness 'is' over darkness....(Choosing and creating lightness) And I’m clear — you were no pushover—and happiness was not a panacea to you... YOU WERE A VERY WISE WOMAN.... sure you saw all the meanness- ugliness - grief - injustice in life - you’d talk authentically and honestly with your friends and family about all these things....... but meanness and ugliness was not where you lived.... A few sentences that struck a cord with me: “Good manners are the moisturizers of life” “How do you know when it’s time to stop changing the world, and start writing?” “It’s more important for dialogue to ring true then be grammatically correct” “When you’re at peace, you see everything differently”. “Getting sick is not worth the time, it keeps you from doing the things you wanna do”. I BELIEVE FULLY WHAT YOUR DAUGHTER, *Victoria*, SAID ABOUT YOU.... “She turned humor into an art form and taught the world how to laugh” “Mom was at heart a teacher and storyteller” “When mom was in your corner, you couldn’t lose”. “People mattered to mom. She could take a random person and speak to them for 30 seconds and make them her best friend. I think that’s why she was so successful as a writer” “In this warm and moving anthology, a group of best-selling authos and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times best-selling Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy” AMEN! Beautiful! ....stories, essays, and poems...( set in Lowcountry of South Carolina), conflicts, arguments and resolution, marriages, divorce, more marriages, illnesses, deaths, friendships, and colleagues, food, recipes, wine, beach pleasures, fashion, aesthetic beautiful things, ( saying goodbye to those things no longer needed), awesome friendship bonding, (always with great food and drinks, sometimes a little weed), tidbits about her books, writing, and the business of the book world, and downright heartwarming vibrancy! This novel’s achievement is pretty special to many people.... It delights, it’s hilarious, and deeply affecting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    Review to be posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... “Reunion Beach”: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank. I admit to knowing little about Dorothea Benton Frank before listening to this anthology. While listening to this beautiful anthology, however, I learned that she was a great woman and that she was loved and adored. I originally chose to listen to this because it included a sequel to “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand: specifically, “Summer of ‘79” with the characters Review to be posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... “Reunion Beach”: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank. I admit to knowing little about Dorothea Benton Frank before listening to this anthology. While listening to this beautiful anthology, however, I learned that she was a great woman and that she was loved and adored. I originally chose to listen to this because it included a sequel to “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand: specifically, “Summer of ‘79” with the characters of Blair, Kirby, Tiger, and Jessie (fka Messy), however, other stories in this collection drew me in, in a way that I did not anticipate. While I loved “Summer of ‘79”, and catching up with old friends, my favorite story in this collection by far was “Postcards from Heaven” by Adriana Trigiani, which included postcards sent from the late Pat Conroy to Dorothea Benton Frank, “PC” to “DBF.” To say that I was swept away by their magic does not give these postcards the credit they deserve. The sheer ingenuity of this premise astounded me. The fact that I adored Pat Conroy and loved his novels, might have something to do with the fact that I loved the notes he sent to his dear friend, however, they made me laugh, smile, and yes, shed a tear or two. Adriana Trigiani, thank you for capturing my heart! Catching a glimpse of old friends in “Summer of 79” was a blast. Seeing Jessie all grown up threw me for a loop! Kirby hasn’t changed a bit and that is why I adored these characters and was happy as a clam to find out what they were up to 10 years later. My only regret? I wish this short story had been made into a full-length book as I couldn’t get enough of these characters! Perhaps that'll be in the works one day?! A girl can hope. I also adored “Peter’s Speech at the Celebration of Life for Dottie.” This is an anthology I won’t soon forget and one I recommend to all. 3.65 Stars Thank you to my local library for loaning me a copy of the audiobook. Published on Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Reunion Beach was originally going to be the title of Dorothea Benton Frank’s next new novel, inspired as she was by attending her fiftieth high school reunion in 2018. Shockingly, Dottie (as all her friends and fans knew her) was diagnosed with a rare blood disease around July 4th, 2019 and passed away September 9th, 2019. Dottie was beloved by just about everyone who knew her, fans, friends, professionals in the book and publishing world, and naturally, her family. So, her close author friends Reunion Beach was originally going to be the title of Dorothea Benton Frank’s next new novel, inspired as she was by attending her fiftieth high school reunion in 2018. Shockingly, Dottie (as all her friends and fans knew her) was diagnosed with a rare blood disease around July 4th, 2019 and passed away September 9th, 2019. Dottie was beloved by just about everyone who knew her, fans, friends, professionals in the book and publishing world, and naturally, her family. So, her close author friends decided to complete that book in her honor with this beautiful anthology. This ‘Reunion Beach’ is a tribute to Dottie as her friends remember her with stories, poems, essays and even recipes. Dottie was the ultimate Southern Hostess, having grown up in South Carolina, and threw the best holiday and birthday parties known anywhere. She was outgoing, funny, friendly, and always ready to lend a helping hand without even being asked, she just knew what, where and when. Carrie Fenton, her longtime Editor, states the facts in her Introduction to this book, but she also tells us what fun she and Dottie had working together. One item that I love and must note here, is two life rules Dottie had: 1. If you are ever choosing between two pairs of shoes, pick the red ones. 2. Remember to Sparkle. The list of contributors is too long to name each one in this review so be sure to read the Summary. But a few you will recognize are Elin Hilderbrand, Mary Alice Moore, Natalie Dupree, Mary Norris, and Adriana Trigiani, etc., including her husband Peter, her daughter, Victoria, and son William. Each person includes a story, essay, letter, etc. as a tribute to Dottie, in their own heartfelt style. My personal favorite is the section by author, Adriana Trigiani, and in particular, the “Postcards from Heaven” which she writes as if they were from her dear friend, Pat Conroy, fellow South Carolinian and author, who passed away on March 4th, 2016. As Adriana writes, ‘he kept in touch in his own style’ with sixteen letters or postcards from heaven. Let me tell you, these are perfection! They are funny, tearful, nostalgic, snarky, sad, and realistic. To me, they say it all from friend to friend. Adriana continues with imaging how Dottie would react to entering heaven and seeing Pat Conroy again and what their conversation would be like. You do not want to miss this. There is so much more I want to tell you, but you must read this for yourself. Even if you never read a Dorothea Benton Frank book, (I bet you will now!) or have only read one, you will still want to read this lovely book. Did I mention recipes, for food and drinks! Natalie Dupree has written several cookbooks! Anyway, I highly recommend it. Thank you Netgalley, William Morrow Books and All the Authors from Reunion Beach

  5. 4 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    If you are a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank, REUNION BEACH a must-listen/read! Also, Susan Bennett is award-winning! I adore her and one of my favorite narrators. I miss DOT so much, her books, humor, entertainment, sass, and tales of the Lowcountry. She was bigger than life. I always looked forward to her fab beach reads. You can imagine her smiling at this book and laughing out loud. I also ordered the hardcover. A perfect gift for Mother's day and book clubs. The stories are nostalgic, funny, an If you are a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank, REUNION BEACH a must-listen/read! Also, Susan Bennett is award-winning! I adore her and one of my favorite narrators. I miss DOT so much, her books, humor, entertainment, sass, and tales of the Lowcountry. She was bigger than life. I always looked forward to her fab beach reads. You can imagine her smiling at this book and laughing out loud. I also ordered the hardcover. A perfect gift for Mother's day and book clubs. The stories are nostalgic, funny, and sassy like the author and the food and wine will make your mouth water. I could actually listen to Patti Callahan and Mary Alice Monroe's stories for an entire book. The "Postcards from Heaven" was a nice touch and laugh out loud hilarious. This collection is a treasured gift and grateful to all the authors for this beautiful tribute to this beloved author. Highly recommend! My favorite stories: "The Bridesmaids" by Patti Callahan "Postcards from Heaven" by Adriana Trigiani "Mother and Child Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe Introduction by Victoria Benton Frank (her daughter) Peter's Speech at the Celebration of LIfe for Dottie (husband) Afterword by William Frank (son) "Essays by Dorothea Benton Frank" Included with the audiobook, you get a PDF (download) with all the delicious recipes mentioned and other enhancements! Well done. A classic. Highly recommend! #JDCMustReadBooks

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    Reunion Beach is a beautiful tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank filled with lovely short stories and essays from her friends and family. While it does fill slightly disjointed, the stories aren’t connected, it is a world class tribute to one lovely lady, and all of the writing is as beautiful as ever. I throughly enjoyed the stories!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I was a little underwhelmed by this book. While it had some good stories, I was disappointed that Elin Hildrebrand’s contribution had already been published. I struggled to get through the whole book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Reunion Beach is a tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank written by various friends and family. It is short stories and essays, some better than others. I am not a fan of short stories and normally avoid them, except I rather liked Dorothea Benton Frank's books. I know or knew nothing about her personally, but am sorry for her family and friends' loss. 3 stars Happy Reading! Reunion Beach is a tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank written by various friends and family. It is short stories and essays, some better than others. I am not a fan of short stories and normally avoid them, except I rather liked Dorothea Benton Frank's books. I know or knew nothing about her personally, but am sorry for her family and friends' loss. 3 stars Happy Reading!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I’ve only read one book by Dorothea Benton Frank and it was a short Christmas themed book (The Christmas Pearl). I gave that book a 5 star rating so I have no good reason as to why I haven’t explored her other books, especially since I like the setting of the Lowcountry in South Carolina so much in books by other authors. I have, however, read multiple books by four of the authors who contributed to this anthology so I enjoyed it very much. And I’m inspired to start reading DBF’s backlist and al I’ve only read one book by Dorothea Benton Frank and it was a short Christmas themed book (The Christmas Pearl). I gave that book a 5 star rating so I have no good reason as to why I haven’t explored her other books, especially since I like the setting of the Lowcountry in South Carolina so much in books by other authors. I have, however, read multiple books by four of the authors who contributed to this anthology so I enjoyed it very much. And I’m inspired to start reading DBF’s backlist and also some books by one of the other contributing authors who was familiar to me but I’d never read. RIP to a beloved Southern writer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I bought this book only to read Hilderbrand's novella Summer of '79. As with all of her books I flew through it. It was so worth getting this book. You will really be glad you read it. I bought this book only to read Hilderbrand's novella Summer of '79. As with all of her books I flew through it. It was so worth getting this book. You will really be glad you read it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    When Dorothea Benton Frank died at 67 years of ages in September, 2019. she left behind not only her family and many wonderful friends but also millions of loyal fans. We enjoyed her books set in the lowcountry of South Carolina and featuring strong women characters of all ages. She was planning her next book when she died and the title was Reunion Beach. A group of authors who loved her decided to put together a book in memory of her with the same title. This book features short stories from so When Dorothea Benton Frank died at 67 years of ages in September, 2019. she left behind not only her family and many wonderful friends but also millions of loyal fans. We enjoyed her books set in the lowcountry of South Carolina and featuring strong women characters of all ages. She was planning her next book when she died and the title was Reunion Beach. A group of authors who loved her decided to put together a book in memory of her with the same title. This book features short stories from some of the best Southern authors writing today as well as remembrances from her editor, her son and daughter and husband. Before each story, each author shares a memory of Dottie and this entire book shares their memory of her sprit, her love of her family and friends and the literary legacy that she has left behind. If you haven't read her books, she left behind 20 memorable novels. I can't recommend a book for you because I loved them all! Reunion Beach is a beautiful memorial to a fantastic woman and writer who helped to bring the lowcountry alive for her readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hanes

    This book is a tiny treasure that I will cherish for a long time! I hope to one day have friends and family love me the way they have loved Dorothea Benton Frank. Reunion Beach is a tribute to the late Dorothea Benton Frank. In this book are memories and stories told about times with DBF, or how they met her. This book also includes many short stories from some wonderful authors that I typically do not read (but I can assure you these authors are now on my TBR list!). I especially loved ‘Postcards This book is a tiny treasure that I will cherish for a long time! I hope to one day have friends and family love me the way they have loved Dorothea Benton Frank. Reunion Beach is a tribute to the late Dorothea Benton Frank. In this book are memories and stories told about times with DBF, or how they met her. This book also includes many short stories from some wonderful authors that I typically do not read (but I can assure you these authors are now on my TBR list!). I especially loved ‘Postcards From Heaven’ by Adriana Trigiani. In addition to the wonderful stories throughout this book, there are also recipes that are shared. In fact, I really want to make some cornbread after reading this. If you are a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank, you will want to get yourself a copy of this beautiful book. The authors all did a wonderful job, and I am so glad that I had the pleasure of reading this anthology. I would like to thank Goodreads and HarperCollins/William Morrow for an ARC of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I wanted to love this book and I did love parts of it. I loved a couple of the stories and enjoyed the letters to readers from "Dottie". I did however find myself skimming through a lot of the book anxious to get to my next good read. I wanted to love this book and I did love parts of it. I loved a couple of the stories and enjoyed the letters to readers from "Dottie". I did however find myself skimming through a lot of the book anxious to get to my next good read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    Such a lovely tribute to a such a wonderful author and woman. As a fan, I miss Dorothea BF soooo much! Be at peace, Sistah…y’heah?! <3

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma Martindale

    Must read for fans of southern authors.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Review to follow!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Wonderful tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank by some of my favorite authors.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Penwell

    I really enjoyed this book and all of the stories. All of them paid tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank. This is a VERY GOOD READ. The first time I met here, you were not a stranger to her she made you feel like someone she had known for a long time. This book so concentrates on that. A MUST READ if you enjoyed her books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Markley

    This book is a celebration of Dorothea Benton Frank by author's that called her friend. Through reminiscences of their friendship and original works inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank's writing a collection of author's contribute to this celebration of the beloved author. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review. This book is a celebration of Dorothea Benton Frank by author's that called her friend. Through reminiscences of their friendship and original works inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank's writing a collection of author's contribute to this celebration of the beloved author. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Lancia

    A beautiful memoriam to an obviously beloved woman. Elin’s Summer of 1979 was 5 stars and the reason I read this anthology. But, I really enjoyed the other stories too and am going to try out some new authors, include Dorothea Benton Frank, as a result

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan R. Theisen

    Very disappointing. The book is a series of essays by Frank’s author friends but there doesn’t seem to be any connection or flow. It spoils the memories of her books I so loved.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    If you have loved reading Dorothea Benton Frank’s books, you will like this. This is a collection of short stories, poems, essays, recipes and remembrances that are a love letter to Ms Frank, or Dottie as they lovingly called her. She sounds like a person we all wish we knew. So, why only three stars? Well, I’m not a fan of short stories. I found that I wanted more. I actually enjoyed the essays or notes from Dottie to her fans the most. I just wish it was Dottie’s newest book...the one she neve If you have loved reading Dorothea Benton Frank’s books, you will like this. This is a collection of short stories, poems, essays, recipes and remembrances that are a love letter to Ms Frank, or Dottie as they lovingly called her. She sounds like a person we all wish we knew. So, why only three stars? Well, I’m not a fan of short stories. I found that I wanted more. I actually enjoyed the essays or notes from Dottie to her fans the most. I just wish it was Dottie’s newest book...the one she never got the chance to write. Oh, how I will miss waiting to get her latest every summer!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    This anthology about Dorothea Benton Frank (Dottie) and was written by many bestselling authors, including Adriana Trigiani and Elin Hilderbrand. It was a tribute to Dottie because of her untimely and sudden death. Dottie was a huge bestseller since "Queen Bee" rocketed to number two in the charts. "Reunion Beach" features letters, short stories, poems, and essays written by Dottie's friends and her editor. It also includes her son and daughter's essays and a piece from her husband, Peter. "Reuni This anthology about Dorothea Benton Frank (Dottie) and was written by many bestselling authors, including Adriana Trigiani and Elin Hilderbrand. It was a tribute to Dottie because of her untimely and sudden death. Dottie was a huge bestseller since "Queen Bee" rocketed to number two in the charts. "Reunion Beach" features letters, short stories, poems, and essays written by Dottie's friends and her editor. It also includes her son and daughter's essays and a piece from her husband, Peter. "Reunion Beach" moved me so profoundly. I didn't know Dottie, but I felt I could recognize her on the street after reading this book. The author's collectively painted an intimate portrait of Dottie. This story was a memorial service in a book and was such a tribute to her life. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/adr...

  24. 4 out of 5

    L E

    What a lovely tribute. I had actually never heard of Dorothea Benton Frank when I picked up this advanced copy of Reunion Beach. I am a sucker for anthologies. I love the exposure to new authors. After reading this, I definitely want to pick up Frank's "Sullivan's Island" and give her a try. I also really enjoyed the stories by Elin Hildebrand and Mary Alice Monroe. It is clear Frank had a huge impact on her world. Thank you Goodreads and publisher for the free advanced copy. What a lovely tribute. I had actually never heard of Dorothea Benton Frank when I picked up this advanced copy of Reunion Beach. I am a sucker for anthologies. I love the exposure to new authors. After reading this, I definitely want to pick up Frank's "Sullivan's Island" and give her a try. I also really enjoyed the stories by Elin Hildebrand and Mary Alice Monroe. It is clear Frank had a huge impact on her world. Thank you Goodreads and publisher for the free advanced copy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    What a wonderful tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank! I admit I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but overall it had the "feel" of DBF. The Letters to My Readers she wrote that were included at the end of the book just made me miss her even more! There will never be another like her! What a wonderful tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank! I admit I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but overall it had the "feel" of DBF. The Letters to My Readers she wrote that were included at the end of the book just made me miss her even more! There will never be another like her!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    Delightful read! Very touching that all the authors came together to honor Dottie. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this anthology before its release.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Reunion Beach is a tribute to the late Dorothea Benton Frank, beloved author and friend. The book is a lovable tribute, and even someone who hasn’t read Dorothea Benton Frank will enjoy this sweet book containing stories from well known writers such as Elin Hildebrand, Patti Callahan Henry, and others. Although I haven’t read Dorothea’s books, I couldn’t help but feel that she was a larger than life presence, and a terrific friend and writer. I’m definitely adding her to my TBR list.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I enjoyed this tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank. The title stems from the own title Dorothea was going to use for her next novel. It was agreed upon that all the stories in the book would have some component of a reunion. Stories from Patti Callahan, Mary Alice Monroe, Adriana Trigiani, Elin Hilderbrand and Cassandra King were all included, along with a poem, some essays and recipes. I enjoyed the stories by each of the authors. Mary Alice Monroe’s story was poignant, Adriana Trigiani’s story w I enjoyed this tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank. The title stems from the own title Dorothea was going to use for her next novel. It was agreed upon that all the stories in the book would have some component of a reunion. Stories from Patti Callahan, Mary Alice Monroe, Adriana Trigiani, Elin Hilderbrand and Cassandra King were all included, along with a poem, some essays and recipes. I enjoyed the stories by each of the authors. Mary Alice Monroe’s story was poignant, Adriana Trigiani’s story was a great tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank and Elin Hilderbrand’s, Patti Callahan’s and Cassandra King’s stories were enjoyable. I definitely recommend this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed all of it so much. I only met Dottie once but she made me feel like i had known her a long time. I miss her so much but am thankful i have all her books to go back to and read again. I have enjoyed doing the book club with her daughter Victoria as well. She is so sweet and a lot like her mother. Thank you to all the authors who contributed to this great book. It was a warm tribute to a great writer.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hammonds

    4.5 ⭐️. This is a very special collection of shorts in honor of Dorothea Benton Frank… who died in 2019. Well done. The title was going to be her book but she died before it was finished.

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