Same Beach, Next Year

Same Beach, Next Year

eBook - 2017
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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2017.
ISBN: 9780062390806
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Apr 11, 2019

I am quite disappointed in 'Same Beach, Next Year'. The characters are banal and annoying, the women either utterly spineless or calculatingly rude .... sometimes both ... at the same time! While the story develops along a calendar line the flow is abrupt with few bridges between large time gaps. It's told alternating from the point of a husband and wife. I found myself having to go back to the chapter beginning to figure out who is speaking and when it's happening. The dialog goes from lucid to sophomoric, with the characters often saying one thing and thinking something else (often rude) entirely. These are not typical Southern bred polite people.

I kept reading hoping the book would get better but it didn't. I have liked other DBF books but this one just left me bored, disappointed ... and hungry with the authors obsession to describe every food purchase, every single moment of prep for even the most mundane toast and scrambled eggs and every morsel eaten in excruciating, mind numbing detail.

One good line, although it was thought toward a disliked character in a rather ugly (although not undeserved) manner: "You can't make a second career out of pointing out someones flaws and expect them to love you, I said to myself. That seemed to be Cookie's job."

All in all, I think I'm going to cross DBF off my 'authors I like to read' list. I much prefer Mary Alice Monroe for great Southern flavor.

2 stars - I'd rather vacation with the loud 5 yr old kids than any of the adults in this book, even in the beautiful places lovingly described.

Dec 18, 2017

I'm new to this author. I really enjoyed this book.

Sep 28, 2017

Skip it.

Sep 12, 2017

I started this book and quickly put it down because the writing was terrible. I tried it again about a week later, got through maybe three more pages, and stopped again. I'm all for a silly beach read, but the writing was intolerably cheesy and juvenile.

Sep 03, 2017

I wasn't able to finish this book. Normally I like her series and her writing but this one just was difficult to slug through. Disappointing

Jul 11, 2017

Didn't finish this book - couldn't hold my interest.

May 24, 2017

I love Dorothea Benton Frank's annual beach books, but this one was disappointing. The plot was stilted and disjointed and not terribly credible. Maybe that's because the author claims she's never had a fight with her husband.

Who doesn't know, for example, that one of her twin sons has been dating (for years) the only daughter of her very good friend?

Same Beach, Next Year won't leave you yearning for long walks along the beach or crab cakes or a vacation in Carolina's Lowcountry in the middle of July.


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