All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, March 7, 2017
Filled with her trademark wit, poignant themes, and rich characters, the perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with a sensational novel that follows the travels of one couple through a tumultuous summer.
Dorothea Benton Frank’s magical stories take us deep into the heart of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry. In her novels, this lush landscape comes alive in all its vibrancy and color. She ignites all of our senses with her vivid descriptions of landscape and atmosphere. In her novels you hear the ocean washing the shore on different islands so profoundly that you can nearly hear the sea gulls squawking, too.
This is a story of people whose lives are changing—a southern gentleman returning home to lead a more peaceful life and his talented New York wife who is not quite sure she is ready to make the transition. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, downsizing. And while they are doing this, they are getting glimpses into other people’s lives over the course of a summer, holidays that will amuse, shock and transform them.
This irresistible story is home to captivating characters as funny, complicated, and real as our best friends—husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, friends and family who wrestle with the complexities, pain, and joys familiar to us all.
Finally, we’ll come to recognize the face of love, the kind that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. That leap changes them all.
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My thoughts about All Summer Long ~~
First line—"Whether the subject of change was partners, possessions, or places, some people had an easy time letting go. A fixture in the crown of Manhattan's classic interior designers, Olivia Ritchie was not such a person."
I have read several of Dorothea's books now and I have loved all of them. This one, All Summer Long, takes the reader into the world of the super rich. Olivia is the talented interior designer to those who have the money. And I, as the reader, lived vicariously in that rich world for a short time.
As in Dorothea's other stories, this one is filled with great characters; some you come to love and some you'd love to hate. There is such a wide range of characters, from the humble couple from Nebraska who are definitely in over their heads when they attend the wedding of their daughter, to the bitchy ex-wife who stirs up so much trouble. They all come to life for the reader.
And lessons are learned as the characters grow and change; money does not always equal happiness and you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Cliché lessons, maybe, but it was a wonderful journey watching the characters figure it all out.
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About the author
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.
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