Bulls Island, by Dorothea Benton Frank
ISBN: 9780061438431, Publisher: Harper Collins
One word to describe Bulls Island, by Dorothea Benton Frank- mesmerizing!
New York Times bestselling author, Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. Today, her and her husband, Peter, divide their time between New York and Charleston. They have two children in college.
A tale between two rivaling families- The Langley’s, high and mighty, with more money than an army would know what to do with, have been feuding with the Barrett family since seemingly the dawn of time. As if right out of a Shakespearian play, J.D. Langley and Betts McGee fall in love, much to the dismay of their families. But after a tragic accident ends their engagement, Betts leaves Charleston and flees to New York to begin again; leaving behind her family, the love of her life, and her best friend. Twenty years later, Betts is preparing her son for college and has comfortably left her past behind her. That is, until her company, where she is a top investment bank executive, decides to take on the Bulls Island project. Forced back to the home she thought she would never see again, Betts comes face to face with everything and everyone she tried so very hard to forget. As if the project wasn’t demanding enough, she has to encounter her erratic sister, her estranged father, J.D.’s psychotically cruel mother, and hold onto a secret that threatens to strip away all that she holds dear. Oh yeah, and attempt to not fall in love with J.D. all over again.
Bulls Island is a power-packed thrill ride designed to tear apart every emotional strand and your being. Dorothea Benton Frank’s clever and quirky dialog keep you engaged from cover to cover. It was immensely difficult to put down. Be prepared to get very little sleep until finished. The characters, even the secondary ones, were believable, endearing, and charming- down to every last flaw. The setting was phenomenal, making me miss my own family and comforts of my southern home. The plot flowed well and I couldn’t find a dead spot to save my life. Between the action sequences, the heart-break, the confusion, the fury, and the laughter… well, needlessly stated, it was a great title from truly a gifted author. Dorothy Benton Frank leaves her readers contented, satisfied, and overwhelmingly pleased. I can hardly wait for the next one.
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