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When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and 10-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 Sullivan's Island.
Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Captivated by the island's alluring natural charms and inspired by colorful Lowcountry lore, mother, daughter, and grandson will share a memorable, illuminating summer. Told in Annie and Jackie's alternating voices, and filled with Dorothea Benton Frank's charming wit, indelible poignancy, and hallmark themes, Porch Lights is a triumph from "the queen of Southern fiction" (Charlotte Observer).
©2012 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2012 HarperCollins Publisher
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5 out of 5 stars
By lucy on 06-16-12

Another WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!

What did you love best about Porch Lights?

The descriptions of the Island life, made me miss living there. The story line was done exceptionally well, DBF does not disappoint in any way. I love the inclusion of so much history told in true southern story teller fashion. I couldn’t stop listening. A very moving story with out any sappiness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved Annie and Deb's friendship. The gift of a true friend was warmly presented.

What aspect of Robin Miles’s performance would you have changed?

The Narrator would leave character and would speak in an accent that wasn't southern for sure. It was only slightly annoying. I would not seek her out in future books.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By MS on 09-01-12

Liked this book - held my attention - nice story.

Was sort of predictible, but a nice story. Held my interest. Listened to the entire book. Narrator was good and her voice fit the characters. I love the South, so books based in the South are my types of books.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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