Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank
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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 2:14pm

This was an absolutely beautiful novel!  I recommend it to everyone!  I cracked this one from my personal shelves open because the last two library books were flops.  I have loved every book by Dorothea Benton Frank book I have ever read.  I just knew she wouldn't let me down!  And I was right!

BOOK SYNOPSIS:  "Hilton Head, a South Carolina retirement heaven - at least it's supposed to be, but for Big Al and Connie Russo, the move from New Jersey to this southern paradise has been fraught with just a few complications.  Especially for their daughter, Grace.

Well, that's what she likes to be called.  Her family insists on Maria Graziella.  Seriously, enough with the Neapolitan.  That might have been okay in New Jersey, but now it's just plain silly, and Grace at thirty-two is, horror of horrors, still unmarried.  No wonder her family drives her crazy.  Well, that and the fact that she's living with the man she would marry if they both weren't so commitment phobic.  Michael is a doctor and a scientist and Grace is pretty sure he's also an atheist.  Over the years, Grace has become a bit, ambivalent about her faith, but her family is as old-fashioned Italian as they come.  So the stage is set for a major showdown that just might change Grace's outlook on life, family, and the New South.

Happy Reading!

Bev

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 8:18pm

Bev - 

She is one of my top authors. I know that anything I read from her, Anne Rivers Siddons and James Patterson are going to be wonderful and not disappoint. Glad to see someone else who really enjoys this author.

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Registered: 09-08-2003
Sat, 09-29-2012 - 8:47am

Melissa,

I am always surprised at the number of people who haven't heard of her.  I'm always singing her praises.  I like James Patterson, too.  I've never read any of Ann Rivers Siddons books.  I do have one on my shelf.  I'll have to take it down to read this winter being we seem to have similar tastes in our selections.

Bev

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Sat, 09-29-2012 - 1:39pm

Bev,

I'm one of the people who haven't read her books. I don't know why since they seem to be the type of books that I would enjoy. Do you recommend reading them in order because some of them appear to be sequels?

Kathie

 Kathie

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Registered: 09-08-2003
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 12:56pm
Kathie,
None of the books I have read have anything to do with the others, so read them in any order. They are all based in the low country area in South Carolina, but they are all very different stories. I have loved every one of them and highly recommend them. They are truly a breath of fresh air after being bombarded with all the true crime, forensic explicit and paranormal books of late. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy those books, but sometimes I just need a lighter, refreshing novel and Dorothea Benton Frank always delivers a story I enjoy.