“Raine said: 3 stars
PORCH LIGHTS by Dorothea Benton Frank is a story of family and friendships. Jackie comes back home to Sullivan island with her 10 year old son Charlie after her losing her husband. Her mother, Annie (a colorful character) nurtures her. The other characters include Steve (convenient widowed doctor who lives next door), Deb (Annie's best friend - the sub story of this friendship is great!) and Buster (Annie's estranged husband).
This book was pleasant and was really more of a character study than a story. I enjoyed it but I did expect more "oomph", and you pretty much know how everything is going to fall into place as you read this book. There are a few boring points where the author becomes preachy about the Afghanistan war (Jackie was a nurse stationed there); also, there are some fun facts about Edgar Allan Poe, since he lived in that area for a time.”