Monday, July 06, 2009

Return to Sullivan's Island

Dorothea Benton Frank's Return to Sullivan's Island is a sequel that features a new generation of islanders coming of age in and around the old beachfront homestead.

Dorothea (Dot) Frank is an experienced and talented author, but this is not her best work.

Dialogue is awkward, to say the least. How about this statement? "Yeah, I know, anyway, at the end of the day, there's nothing more important in the whole world than your family." I visualized the scene in sepia tones with our main character wearing bright shiny ruby slippers. Maybe if she clicked her heels together three times, the manuscript would go back to the editor for one more revision. It certainly needed it.

I'd like to give Dorothea Benton Frank the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she was rushed to a deadline or pressured to create a sequel she didn't like. Plot potential, some interesting characters, and a truly lovely setting could be the basis for a wonderful story. Return to Sullivan's Island is a disappointment. Luckily, the original Sullivan's Island is much better. I recommend reading Sullivan's Island instead. Come back again; I'll have a review up for that book soon.

I received a copy of Return to Sullivan's Island from Mothertalk in order to read it and complete this review.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will skip this--I despise badly written dialogue.

7/06/2009 6:48 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

I recently received a couple of romance novels from some publishing house. One had stilted dialogue, like your Frank, and the other was engaging. Life's too short for bad dialogue.

7/06/2009 9:59 PM  

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