Happy Monday all!
Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming story! Many thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for my invitation to the tour!💐
A delightful story packed with charm, humor, and heart!
Dorothea Benton Frank has constructed an engaging tale oozing with Southern charm. I really enjoy reading southern fiction, I am fascinated by the south and its history and traditions. I also really enjoy books with colorful well developed characters and this book had those in abundance! This book left me with a big smile on my face and a craving for peach pie!
Two very different women from two very different backgrounds. Diane is a single mother living on the family farm in South Carolina earning a living off the land. Susan is a socialite living in Chicago wanting for nothing.A collision of north and south occurs when Fred (Diane’s son) and Shelby (Susan‘s daughter) get engaged. What transpires is two very different engagement parties, one with a cow and sweet tea and one with champagne and glitz. A glamorous wedding with an off the charts price tag. BUT then tragedy hits both families that ultimately brings them closer together than they would have ever thought.
I loved Diane, the farm, and the sense of family. Susan was a total which, but I think this was done to show a huge contrast between these women. I would tend to believe that most people wealthy or not would not have behaved the same in the same situation, but it did make for an entertaining story. This book was really such a fun and lighthearted read. I loved the characters and the emphasis on the importance of family. Looking forward to my next book from Miss Frank.
*** many thanks to William Morrow for my copy of this book ***
About the Book
The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. While the mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, who dabbles in the world of public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary carrara marble pedestal, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons.
Soon By Invitation Only zooms to Chicago, where the unraveling accelerates. Nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane is the antithesis of the bright lights and super-sophisticated guests attending her son Fred’s second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn’t be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias’ dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Frederick, aka Fred, they will not stand in her way—although Susan does hope her friends won’t think her daughter is marrying
By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers.
Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?
By Invitation Only is classic Dorothea Benton Frank—a mesmerizing Lowcountry Tale that roars with spirit, humor, and truth, and forces us to reconsider our notions of what it means to be a Have or a Have Not.