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Porch Lights

de Dorothea Benton Frank

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When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island. Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic--lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds.… (més)
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This was my first Dorothea Benton Frank novel. I didn't have very high expectations and thought it would be extremely saccharine, but it was a pleasant surprise. The relationship between Jackie and her mother, Annie, was written well. The grief of young Charlie for his recently killed father was poignant. Charlie could have been written a bit more precocious. I liked the friendship between Annie and Deb, and between Annie and Buster, their easy humor together was fun. Annie's reflections on getting older were humorous and interesting. I also liked the colloquialisms used by the family, although I have read reviews on here that dispute their accuracy. I enjoyed the atmosphere of Sullivan's Island as another character fleshed out in this book. The neighborly and slow-paced seaside way of life I found very appealing. I didn't really buy into the connection made between Jackie and the eligible neighbor, Steve. I found Jackie to be emotionally unavailable. I do not know whether this was intentional or not. This became a believability problem later on in tying up the story into a neat bow. The side story of Jackie's reflections on her tour of Afghanistan were too superficial and brief to be useful to the plot. It seemed like an afterthought that did not jive with the rest of the story. As others have said, the ending after the climax was not well thought out and too swift and tidy to be believable.
Would I recommend this novel? Well, if someone asked for an easy, gentle read of family life in an oceanside community. Yes! This author does not intend to soar to great literary heights here. I find it annoying when reviewers criticize a book of this genre for lack of content. The same as walking into a hometown diner and expecting a gourmet meal. You're the one being silly. Sometimes I just want a positive book for escape where I don't have to think too hard. This book doesn't pretend to be anything else.
Would I read this author again? Yes, with reservations. I gave it four stars compared with others of its genre. From viewing the covers, and reading some synopses from other works of DBF, they all seem to have the same setting and formula, so I would not read them back to back. I would probably read another, late this summer or next summer. A beach read that is easy to put down and pick up again.
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  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
Any time an author can get me to pick up a book with a storyline I might not usually consider, I have to give a lot of credit to that author. This story involves a grieving widow who decides to spend the summer with her mother, hoping to help ease her son's sadness about his father.

I don't like sad books, so I wouldn't normally read one with a grieving widow as the main character. But I love the writing style of Dorothea Benton Frank. I love how her characters seem determined to pull themselves through. In my opinion, this isn't a sad book.

I love the character of Annie, the mother to Jackie. And I love the descriptions of many dinners outside on a deck by the ocean. It makes me hungry and it makes me want to go to the beach :)

Great beach read, whether you're actually at the beach or not. ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Very good book - have finished all her books...now have her latest book on hold at library (library doesn't have book yet - don't think it's been released yet,.
  GlendaElliott | Feb 26, 2018 |
This is a great read for hurricane season. Even devastating things in life can be worked out when family comes together. Jackie and her son Charlie build a new life with help from Sullivan's Island.
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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
I needed a light hearted read and I did not know Dorothea Benton Frank. The name alone drew enough interest then add it takes place mainly in a beach house called The Salty Dog. With a spunky 58 year old Southern Lady and her tangled family dynamics revolving around her 10 year grandson and a husband who has been "fishin" for 11 years well......you just gotta know what takes place under those Porch Lights! I'll be reading more DBF when I need more light reads. ( )
  BONS | Feb 15, 2017 |
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When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island. Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic--lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds.

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