Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

100 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Renowned New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank’s literary legacy lives on through her daughter, Victoria Benton Frank, who recently emerged as a talented writer in her own right. Frank’s debut novel, “My Magnolia Summer,” pays homage to her mother’s literary roots by setting the story on picturesque Sullivan’s Island, just like her mother’s debut. Drawing from her experiences living in both Charleston and New York City, where she honed her culinary skills, Frank weaves a compelling narrative that is both spicy and heartfelt, filled with unexpected twists, turns and plenty of good laughs. With her mother’s talent and influence as a guiding force, Frank embarked on her own creative journey, bringing her unique perspective and experiences to the craft. In “My Magnolia Summer,” Frank expertly captures the essence of Sullivan’s Island, a place her mother held dear. The island’s charm, natural beauty and rich history serve as a backdrop for a story that explores themes of love, family and self-discovery. Frank’s intimate knowledge of the island, coupled with her mother’s legacy, adds an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative, making the setting come alive. However, Frank’s novel goes beyond echoing her mother’s work. She brings her own flair and personality to the story, infusing it with her experiences from two distinct worlds — the Lowcountry and the Big Apple. Having worked in the bustling kitchens of some of New York’s finest restaurants, Frank provides a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, giving readers a glimpse into the culinary world and the challenges that come with it. The result of Frank’s novel is a compelling blend of flavors, both literal and metaphorical, that tantalizes the senses and engages the emotions of the reader. Her writing style is peppered with humor, ensuring readers will find themselves laughing out loud as they follow the protagonist’s journey through love, loss and unexpected surprises. The twists and turns of the plot keep readers on their toes, eager to unravel the mysteries and secrets that unfold throughout the pages. “My Magnolia Summer” is a heartfelt tribute to Frank’s mother, infused with the love and admiration Victoria holds for the place they both called home. It is a novel that will surely captivate readers, transporting them to the enchanting world of Sullivan’s Island while showcasing Frank’s own creative brilliance. In The Genes Daughter of renowned author writes novel of her own BY KAT I E F I NCH the islands Vi c tor i a Benton Frank , daughter of New Yor k Times bes t se l l i ng author Dorothea Benton Frank .