Dorothea Benton Frank novels are filled with smart and witty fiction that every reader wants 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 in love for more than fourteen years.
As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, S.C., 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 into the world of the ultra-rich and explore 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.
All Summer Long
I tried to wait until I went to the Isle of Palms for summer vacation to read this book, but I just couldn't! It was too good. I could hardly put it down. It was set in three places I love: NYC, Sullivan's Island and Nantucket! What a joy to read about these places and the people in the novel. I won't say more except I recommend ALL SUMMER LONG by Dorthea Benton Frank.
All Summer Long
Loved this one as much as all the others! Makes you want to head South and meet all these folks! Can't wait for the next adventure!
Worst Book Ever
I have always enjoyed this author's stories of life in the low country, and have often recommended them to others. I was happy to see her latest offering and purchased it without reading the reviews. Big mistake! As other reviewers have mentioned, the characters were not engaging, dialog was ridiculous, and there seemed to be no plot. I always finish books I start to read, but this is painful!