Frank crafts unique characters, including Linda, a southern girl with Jersey grit, and Mimi, who is as lovable as she is quirky. Frank's latest cheers the soul with classic wit and the discovery of true friendships.

In the new installment of Frank's Lowcountry series, Linda Breland leaves behind her fast-paced New Jersey lifestyle after discovering that her ex-husband plans to marry a much younger woman and one of Linda's two teenage daughters, Gracie, is hanging out with the wrong crowd. What begins as a visit to her sister Mimi back home, turns permanent.

Teenager Gracie has the hardest time adjusting, but the charm of the Lowcountry works its way into her heart when she and her mother find the perfect rental, and she befriends Alex, the son of Linda's new boss.

(Aug., 320 pp., $21.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick