"It is a generally accepted fact that at some point during your birthday you will reassess your life." So begins Dorothea Benton Frank's
novel Lowcountry Summer.And boy does her heroine Caroline Wimbley Levine have a life to reassess. Caroline has taken over the reigns as mistress of Tall Pines Plantation from her late mother Miss Lavinia and she has more family shenanigans than you can shake a stick at! Let's see... her brother Trip's alcoholic soon to be ex-wife has a blow up with his current girlfriend, her rebellious nieces with no home training (because the alcoholic sister in law from hell is their white trash Mama) are having inappropriate relations with the help and a cougar with a kid is after her college age son.
Caroline deals with all these goings on with southern grace and the help of her dear friends Millie and Miss Sweetie. Of course there is a little late night romance with a sexy beau, or two to help her take her mind off her troubles.
Ms. Frank's novel is a fun, easy read perfect to take along to the lake on a long weekend. It would also be a fun book club selection, especially if the hostess can make shrimp and grits!
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