Porch Lights

  • by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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).

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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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- lucy

Who DOESN'T love the South and the Front Porch???

This is a delightful, funny, story of the relationship between a mother and daughter that needs some mending . . . it is full of southern charm. The generational differences between the younger woman (who has just lost her husband) and her mother are amusing, confusing and misunderstood by both women. To complicate things, she is raising a young son, now with no father. She really doesn't want to move back home to the south . . . but now with no husband/father for her son, she decides to go, if only for a little while. Let the fireworks begin. :)
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- Debbie "Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio