Title: Lowcountry Summer
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books): “When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation, she never expected to make peace with long-buried truths about herself and her family. The Queen of Tall Pines, her late mother, was a force of nature, but now she is gone, leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place.
In the lush South Carolina countryside, old hurts, betrayals, and dark secrets will surface, and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River.”
Thoughts: Caroline Wimbley Levine is a true Southern gentlewoman – quirky, independent, aristocratic. Add to that being snobby, randy and a true busy body, and you have a fairly accurate picture of Miss Caroline. She is truly one unique individual. She is judgmental and somewhat hypocritical, especially when it comes to her nieces’ behavior, yet her heart remains in the right place.
Lowcountry Summer is a fun book that definitely shares the appeal of living in the South. Its discussion of history, of food, and of familial pride all describe a completely different approach to life. Family is essential and in spite of everything, the reader gets a sense that Lowcountry Southerners truly know how to live life.
With its cast of memorable characters, Lowcountry Summer is just what one needs to warm you up on a cold winter day. Miss Caroline provides some much-needed comic relief, and her refreshing approach to life is a great reminder not to take oneself too seriously. Much like Charleston and the surrounding areas, Lowcountry Summer is simply charming.
Thank you to Megan Traynor from HarperCollins for my review copy!