About All Summer Long
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.
Frank reminds us there’s more to life than possessions, money, reinforcing happiness cannot be bought.
I really enjoyed Olivia and Nick, their love, strong marriage. When turbulence hits, they work it out in a constructive manner, heal their wounds and move forward. A couple understanding forgiveness, commitment and the importance of communication.
Wasn’t a huge fan of uber wealthy Bob and Maritza, although their trivial issues and vapidity added plenty of entertainment and excitement. In the end, this troubled couple inadvertently taught Olivia and Nick what’s important along with being thankful for what you have and don’t have. Surprisingly Bob and Maritza learn a few lessons and promises are made.
Frank always crafts such lush atmospheric reads, you’ll enjoy Sullivan Island, New York and Necker Island along with rich architectural details both interior and exterior, tid bits of Lowcountry history as well. You feel the sea air on your skin, the rhythmic swaying of the yacht as you romp along with Olivia and Nick and their privileged pals all summer long.
Fun beach read, especially fans of lifestyles of the rich and famous and all the nuances accompanying the burden.
About Dorothea Benton Frank
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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Publisher: William Morrow (May 31, 2016)