Author: Dorothy Benton Frank
Publisher: William Morrow, Reprint: May 16, 2016
Let Summer Reading begin! A Dorothea Benton Frank novel is the right way to start the season. It’s light, fun, has a happy ending, makes you think about good friendships and good food.
As the story opens we meet Lisa, a single mom with a grown daughter. She’s an empathetic and caring geriatric nurse. She became friends with Kathy, a patient dying of cancer and Kathy’s two friends, Suzanne and Carrie, who visit often. After Kathy’s death the three women bond even further. Their blooming friendship sets in motion various events that will change all of their lives.
After Kathy’s death the three women join together to plan a memorial service, settle her affairs, and do whatever they can to help. There doesn’t seem to be anyone else. There’s a bit of a mystery about Kathy. When they go to Kathy’s home to clear out her clothes and personal effects, they become suspicious. They have a hunch that Kathy’s landlady is stealing from her. The problem is, how can they prove it? As they struggle they realize they need to know a lot more about Kathy.
In addition to the three friends, there are a couple of additional characters I really liked. There’s Miss Trudie, Suzanne’s fiesty 99-year-old grandmother. She’s a real hoot. There is nothing senile about her. I also liked Paul, a guy who showed up to play the organ at Kathy’s funeral. He’s a former boyfriend and a savvy architect. Paul also helped the women, and maybe extra help for one of the women. (No more than that. I’m not spoiling it for you.)
There are a couple of pluses in this book, not mentioned in any of the publisher’s literature, that I really liked. First there is Lisa’s dog, Pickles. He’s a sweet companion to Lisa, but he also wins over the heart of nearly everyone. The second plus I enjoyed was all the food talk. It was a casual part of the story. The characters talked about what they were cooking for dinner or what they ate at local restaurants. There was even a conversation about the best way to boil shrimp. All the Single Ladies would make a good choice for those book clubs who also feature food.
There is something about this author and summer that just seems to go together. It’s probably the South Carolina summer heat, the author’s witty humor and those rich-but-light-hearted characters. It all works together to call to the reader. They make the reader want to get a nice glass of something yummy to drink, a chair in a shady spot and the ability to leave this world behind for a few hours. Let your self go.
Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. To see other stops on the book tour, visit the schedule here: Dorothea Benton Frank Book Tour Schedule