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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Return to Sullivans Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

Apparently this is a sequel and I haven't read the first book (Sullivans Island) but it didn't really make any difference. The story was fine on its own.
Beth has just graduated from Boston College. She worked hard at her studies even when her classmates were out partying. She applied herself well and is poised for graduate school when her relatives, mostly her mother and aunt, decide that she gets to babysit the family house on Sullivans Island while they do other things with their lives. Beth is resentful but gives in to pressure. The house is haunted, which is creepy but she is used to it. She finds a couple of part-time jobs, one of them being a writer for the local paper. Her first story revolves around the old familiar buildings being torn down and new strip shopping mall being put up and how the island residents feel about it. She meets the builder, Max Mitchell, and instantly falls in love with him. She also meets Woody, a friend of her cousin's who also manages her trust fund. Woody is a nice guy but not as exciting as Max. She decides to invest in Max's company and that's when everything falls apart.
I thought this book was a fun quick read even though there were things about it which were annoying. Beth was very stupid at times for someone who is supposed to be so smart. I didn't buy the whole house-sitting thing to begin with. Beth's aunt hired Cecily, the grand-daughter of their former housekeeper, to keep an eye on things because she didn't trust Beth to do it. I wondered why they didn't just hire her and let Beth go on to graduate school like she wanted to do. I also did not like the ending at all. It was very unsatisfactory. I was waiting for the big blowup and conflict resolution as well as a resolution to the romance and it just didn't do it for me. Sigh...the language wasn't too bad at least, the main problem with this book was Beth's willingness to hop into bed with Max. I would have to rate this one a PG-16 for the sex.

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