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Bulls Island It has been years since Elizabeth Betts McGee has returned to her once adored Bulls Island in the Carolina Lowcountry ages since tragic fate coupled with nasty rumors ended her engagement to fabulously wealthy Charleston golden boy JD Langley Having successfully reinvented herself as a top New York banking executive, Betts is now heading up the most important project of her career But it ll transform the untouched island she loved in her youth into something unrecognizable And it s forcing her to return to the bosom of her estranged family, where she may not be welcomed with open arms and uniting her with ex flame JD who s changed but perhaps not enough Bulls Island is a satisfying tale of honor, chance, and star crossed love, infused with Southern wit, grace, and charm from the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Pearl and The Land of Mango Sunsets


About the Author: Dorothea Benton Frank

Dorothea Benton Frank was a New York Times best selling American novelist of Southern fiction She worked in the apparel industry from 1972 until 1985 and then organized fundraisers as a volunteer, before becoming a novelist.She is best known as the author of twenty novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina.



10 thoughts on “Bulls Island

  1. says:

    I love Dorothy Benton Frank s books but the quality of her work has dropped off sharply with her last several books Bulls Island felt rushed Like she d slapped it together in a month or two It was too predictable and lacked the magic of Plantation or even Pawley s Island It was a struggle to finish Bulls Island I did t find Bett to be particularly likeable either.


  2. says:

    I was able to read an advance reviewer copy of this book It was an enjoyable read, although I think the end wrapped up waaaay too quickly and neatly Also, I expected to get a lotfeel for the South Carolina low country, but this was just about the character s relationships.


  3. says:

    Esay read Not her best with a rushed ending.


  4. says:

    Still struggling to finish I love this writer so I will keep at it.


  5. says:

    I listened to this book on audio cd while driving over the past couple weeks I enjoyed it so much there were times that I would sit in the car in the parking lot The book had everything Lowcountry, family, secrets, love, betrayal, redemption and hope Highly recommend


  6. says:

    Another good read by Dorthea Benton Frank She is the queen of, I did not see that coming.


  7. says:

    I m not going to try my hand at a hate review because this review of Guy Fieri s restaurant happened 5 years ago and I still don t feel like trying to enter the arena I picked this book up because I ve been to Bulls Island, and because my dad loves Bulls Island, and because the Lowcountry is half of my family, and because I thought I d get some good Charleston in with it This book is bad I read it compulsively over two days I m going to spoil the book, so read with caution.The book mostly I m not going to try my hand at a hate review because this review of Guy Fieri s restaurant happened 5 years ago and I still don t feel like trying to enter the arena I picked this book up because I ve been to Bulls Island, and because my dad loves Bulls Island, and because the Lowcountry is half of my family, and because I thought I d get some good Charleston in with it This book is bad I read it compulsively over two days I m going to spoil the book, so read with caution.The book mostly follows Betts, a Charleston born, Manhattan based account executive for a large firm in New York City Betts is the mother of Adrian, a well adjusted high school senior who is calmly applying to colleges Betts moved to New York City 20 years ago, soon after an argument between her fiance J.D s family and her own family led her parents to drive home in a storm, during which her mother was killed by a truck driver She was with child via J.D This child is Adrian No one knows Adrian exists except for Betts.Blamed for their deaths by her sister Joanie, Betts broke the engagement, cut all ties with everyone in Charleston besides her best friend Selah, who opened a bar named after her ex N.F.L Irish police chief husband, Ed O Farrell Soon after Betts moved north, J.D who gets a few first person chapters sprinkled randomly through the book hooked up with Valerie, a southern belle, and married her after getting caught sleeping with her by his aunt and uncle Valerie now has a substance abuse problem, which is referred to often and with a certain sanctimonious glee, brought on by her infertility Valerie and J.D live on J.D s family estate with J.D s mother and father, Louisa and Big Jim respectively, and the housekeeper, a former stripper who Big Jim impregnated and tried to marry, and her son, Mickey, J.D s half brother.Betts is assigned to a development in Bulls Island by her boss, Bruner, and balks on account of having to return to Charleston Before she goes, she begins hooking up with Vinny, a Jersey mafia guy who treats her very nicely She goes, and takes her secretary Sandi with her, who has a brother Cam who lives outside of Charleston, who will later marry Joanie She reunites slowly with people, J.D breaks up slowly with Valerie, everyone finds out quickly about the children and everything, and in the middle a boat blows up and kills Betts boss Bruner At the end, Betts and J.D are taking it slow If there is a thing that is bad about this book relative to what it s supposed to be, it is that we don t even get a kiss between J.D and Betts What is that This is my first official beach book The beach book doesn t require you to give it long, uninterrupted periods of focus by reminding you what just happened and clearly telegraphing what is happening and, at times, not even describing what has happened but instead referring to it as if it had already happened, you are free to move about the conversations happening around you, the scenery happening around you, the everything of the world happening around you Bulls Island, the beach book at its lowest common denominator, requires nothing of you but a desire for suspense and regret rehabilitated into joy


  8. says:

    Betts McGee was about to marry her childhood sweetheart when a tragic accident creates a fissure in their relationship Bett s flees to NYC, becoming a successful business woman, but never married When her company invests in a luxury housing development on Bulls Island, Bett s is sent to oversee the project Nineteen years had passed since Bett s left Charleston, and she will be working with her former fiancee s family Having had little contact with her family, and still harboring feelings for Betts McGee was about to marry her childhood sweetheart when a tragic accident creates a fissure in their relationship Bett s flees to NYC, becoming a successful business woman, but never married When her company invests in a luxury housing development on Bulls Island, Bett s is sent to oversee the project Nineteen years had passed since Bett s left Charleston, and she will be working with her former fiancee s family Having had little contact with her family, and still harboring feelings for her first love, can she mend fences and can old wounds be healed Okay for a beach read, but I found the characters rather shallow and self absorbed, and the plot too simplistic and predictable


  9. says:

    I m surprised I didn t like thisas I have read other books by Frank and really enjoyed them I thought the dialogue in this book was trite who really talks this way My other dislike was that it wrapped up far too quickly As I said, I ve enjoyed other her other books immensely, so I ll read , but if this were my first from this author, I wouldn t be back


  10. says:

    not as good as her others, a financial expert is sent to her hometown to work on a project with her ex fiance to develop a former wildlife refuge.


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