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Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the copy in exchange for my honest review 🙂
SAME BEACH, NEXT YEAR – Dorothea Benton Frank (out now!)
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to her magical Lowcountry of South Carolina in this bewitching story of marriage, love, family, and friendship that is infused with her warm and engaging earthy humor and generous heart.
One enchanted summer, two couples begin a friendship that will last more than twenty years and transform their lives.
A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms, one of Charleston’s most stunning barrier islands, brings former sweethearts, Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship—and flirt with an unexpected attraction—of their own.
Year after year, Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl eagerly await their reunion at Wild Dunes, a condominium complex at the island’s tip end, where they grow closer with each passing day, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak. The devotion and love they share will help them weather the vagaries of time and enrich their lives as circumstances change, their children grow up and leave home, and their twilight years approach.
Bursting with the intoxicating richness of Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved Lowcountry—the sultry sunshine, cool ocean breezes, icy cocktails, and starry velvet skies—Same Beach, Next Year is a dazzling celebration of the infrangible power of friendship, the enduring promise of summer, and the indelible bonds of love.
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!
I will say from the start, if you’re a fan of chick lit with some romance tons added in, then this will be the perfect beach/summer read for you! I’m not normally the best target audience for this but it’s always good to have a cleanser in between all of the dark thrillers. SAME BEACH, NEXT YEAR is my first Dorothea Benton Frank book and I have seen great things about her other books!
This one is about friendship, past love, and summer travels/memories. Things become complicated when Adam runs into his old high school flame, Eve, and he realizes he’s falling in love all over again. Despite this attraction growing again, Adam and his wife, Eliza meet with Eve and her husband, Carl, every summer for two weeks. This story spans almost two decades, so we get to see their friendships evolve and their kids grow.
I did enjoy Frank’s writing style and she did a great job setting the scene. This is the perfect summer read and one that I can see a lot of people bringing with them on a trip! The love square (not really a triangle when all four people are involved!) got a little confusing at times and I can see this whole concept being very frustrating for some readers. The characters are well developed and there are the ups and downs you expect to have when it comes to lifelong friendships and secret attractions that could tear apart two families.
I think that I may not have been the target audience for this novel, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the writing and the characters! I think this will be a hit with those that frequent the chick lit genre.
(Photo by Debbie Zammit)
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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