Even though she’s a Jersey girl for part of the year, Dorothea Benton Frank is still a Dixie girl at heart and one of our Lowcountry favorites. Frank, author of 12 New York Times bestselling novels, uses her love for the Lowcountry to create captivating novels, and her newest one is no exception. Be a lady who lunches while listening to the author discuss her newest book, The Last Original Wife. “She may even read a sampling of it,” says Sara Peck of Blue Bicycle Books. In Frank’s 14th book, mid-life divorce is the central theme but love and friendship play important roles too — as does Frank’s characteristic Southern charm. And being born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, Frank knows a thing or two about the South. The cost of the ticket includes a hardcover copy of the book as well as lunch. Attendees will dine on parmesan flatbread topped with balsamic marinated flat iron steak, fresh mozzarella, tomato, prosciutto, basil, arugula, and oven-cured tomatoes.