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  • Writer's pictureJoan Fernandez

By Invitation Only

By Dorothea Benton Frank

Pull me up a chair, I’m there!

Oh, what a charming, charming delightful fun read! I want to move to South Carolina and work at Diane’s peach farm stand right now.

Pull up a chair at the kitchen table with Floyd and Miss Virnell and meet Susan, too, the arrogant Chicago socialite. Then watch the sparks fly. For in this lovely book their two worlds–Southern lowcountry and Chicago upper crust money–collide.

Author Dorothea Benton Frank’s deceptively smooth writing brings her characters to vivid colorful humorous life. Forced together by the Romeo/Juliet love affair of Diane’s son and Susan’s daughter, the two mothers find they’re each a fish-out-of-water in each other’s worlds when their kids decide to marry. When crisis hits both camps, the story ultimately resolves in a satisfying testament to true worth, generosity and family.

I loved this story. I suspect the cast of characters will stay with me for a long time.

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