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All Summer Long: A Novel Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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Praise for All Summer Long: “FICTION RECOMMENDS: I’m always willing to go wherever in South Carolina’s Lowcountry Dorothea Benton Frank takes me.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“[A] thought provoking read. [...] Drama, intrigue, and a bit of humor can be found within this well-developed and well-written story. [...] I recommend this new novel to readers everywhere. All Summer Long is a must read for all.” (San Francisco Book Review)
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Dorothea Benton Frank novels are smart and witty fiction that readers want on their bookshelf: soulful, edgy stories about realistic characters familiar to us all that explore the most deeply felt moments of life with wry humor and heart
All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple–prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband, Nicholas Seymour, an English professor and true southern gentleman. They are seemingly polar opposites, yet magnetically drawn together and have been in love for more than fourteen years.
As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, South Carolina, Olivia, the ultimate New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, and downsizing. Nick is ecstatic. Olivia is not. She can’t let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought. Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling, and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivans Island needs too much work. Thank God for her assistant, Roni Larini, her right (and sometimes left) hand.
As they find themselves pondering the next step of their lives, Olivia and Nick travel with her billionaire clients and their friends and are swept up in the world of the ultra-rich, exploring the globe with a cast of zany eccentrics over one tumultuous, hot summer. All as Olivia grapples with what lies ahead for her and Nick.
This is a story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are still looking for something more. Even the most successful people can often struggle to keep things together. All Summer Long asks the ultimate question: Can money buy happiness? From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to Nantucket to the beaches of Southern Spain, we’ll come to recognize the many faces of true love; love that deepens and endures, but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes everything.
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Also restaurants, hotels,sunglasses, sialstone Quartz, name brand linens.... On and on. I feel like she WAS a great writer once but not so much now Hate the product mention stuff. Also her cover art for the last 4 books has been redundant. Ladies in swimsuits and hats facing away from the viewer. Got it - been done.
Another point that I believe is important for a writer to keep in mind - if a sex scene is attempted it should not be a mechanical act or like something someone would read in a 'how to" manual. Sex, written properly should elicit sensations of deep emotional satisfaction and further the strong connection between the characters. Or, if the scene is written in the erotic genre, it should only be attempted by an author who believes they can write it well enough, with enough genuine passion, that the reader will say "Wow, that was original and done extremely well."
Writing a book is a major accomplishment and a tremendous effort. My hat is off to anyone who attempts it, and reviews are so highly subjective that neither the author or anyone who loved this book should be offended by a less than a glowing opinion.
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