Shelf Candy Saturday (20) Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank

Shelf Candy Saturday is hosted by A Night's Dream of Books.
Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-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 Sullivans Island.
Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic - lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds.
Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect - even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you'd call smooth. Over the years, Jackie and Annie, like all mothers and daughters, have been known to have frequent and notorious differences of opinion. But her estranged and wise husband, Buster, and her flamboyant and funny best friend Deb are sure to keep Annie in line. She's also got Steven Plofker, the flirtatious and devilishly tasty widowed physician next door, to keep her distracted as well.

I can't say that this sounds like a book I would normally read but I do love the cover. I just want to curl up on that hammock, watch the sunset, then read a book under the soft lighing of those beautiful lights. *dreamy sigh*


  1. Oh Yay! Yes, I love the cover. She always has nice covers.
    I have never read her books but have I really been wanting to! It DOES sound like something I would read - don't ya think?

  2. It does sound like something you'd really enjoy!

  3. Hi, Jen!

    Thanks for participating in this meme, and commenting on my post!! Much appreciated!!

    This is indeed a very beautiful cover! It gives me such a mellow feeling, too...I would love to curl up in that hammock myself! I also get a very magical feeling from this image. And, since you've included the synopsis, I'm also interested in reading the book. The story sounds absolutely WONDERFUL. So onto my Goodreads TBR it goes!!Thanks for sharing this one!! : )

  4. Oh, I do really like the cover. Great choice. It makes me want a hammock, and a good book!
    Thanks for sharing


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