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Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us for lunch with Dorothea Benton Frank in the Perry Hotel's Rose Room on Tuesday, June 11th at noon to learn all about her newest book, Queen Bee. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $25.00 and come with lunch. To purchase tickets visit us in store, call us at 231.347.1180 or purchase them through our website. Please direct any questions to events@mcleanandeakin.com.


“If I could only read one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank." —Elin Hildebrand, the New York Times bestselling author

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank’s Carolina Lowcountry in this evocative tale that returns at long last to her beloved Sullivan’s Island. 

Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan’s Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she’s a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she’s quite ill but that doesn’t stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly’s sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly’s escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie.

Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what’s happening in their neighbor’s home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they’ll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will.

Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale—warm, wise and hilarious, it roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart.

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for an evening wine and cheese event with Dianna Stampfler on Wednesday, June 12th at 6pm to discuss her book, Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses. This is a free even though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite.
Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, with more than 120 dotting its expansive Great Lakes shoreline. Many of these lighthouses lay claim to haunted happenings. Former keepers like the cigar-smoking Captain Townshend at Seul Choix Point and prankster John Herman at Waugoshance Shoal near Mackinaw City maintain their watch long after death ended their duties. At White River Light Station in Whitehall, Sarah Robinson still keeps a clean and tidy house, and a mysterious young girl at the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse seeks out other children and female companions. Countless spirits remain between Whitefish Point and Point Iroquois in an area well known for its many tragic shipwrecks. Join author and Promote Michigan founder Dianna Stampfler as she recounts the tales from Michigan's ghostly beacons. 

Dianna Stampfler has worked in Michigan’s tourism industry for more than twenty years. In 2004, she launched Promote Michigan, a public relations consulting company specializing in the hospitality, tourism, agriculture, culinary, natural resources, recreation, history and culture industries around her home state. Dianna has penned countless articles for publications such as Pure Michigan Travel Ideas, Michigan Blue Magazine, Michigan Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Women’s Lifestyle, AAA Living, West Michigan Carefree Travel, Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide and many others. Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses is her first (but hopefully not her last) book.
 

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