The Land of Mango Sunsets
Dorothea Benton Frank
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The Land of Mango Sunsets
Dorothea Benton Frank
384 pages
March 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Miriam Elizabeth Swanson is the wife of Charles, an up-and-comer in Manhattan. Miriam wears the best clothes, shops in the best stores, and volunteers for the most important society events. Then Charles decides to trade her in for a lingerie model half his age, and Miriamís world comes toppling down around her.

Kevin is the sincere, devoted friend who rents a room from Miriam to help her keep her townhouse. Kevin is not a love interest for Miriam, but he constantly encourages her to love herself.

Miriamís two adult children are distant, and she hardly knows her grandchildren. Still, she tries to maintain the life that she knew when she was married to Charles, even though she will admit that it no longer makes her happy.

When her mother invites her to return to her childhood home in Sullivanís Island, South Carolina, Miriam welcomes the opportunity to gain some perspective on her life. Although there much about her motherís island life seems strange to Miriam, there is more that reminds her of the good things in her life. The sunrises and sunsets that she and her mother share will help her to find her way back to who she has always been: a strong, caring, independent woman who is well worth getting to know.

Author Dorothea Benton Frank has given her readers many stories about lazy days at the beach in South Carolina, always good for a reprieve from the busy-ness of our days by spending a few days at the beach and sharing in the life there. This story is easy to read, and your heart shouts out to these characters as they struggle to find their way. This one is worth reading through in a day, as this reviewer did. It is a hard one to put down.

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