Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel

Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel

by Dorothea Benton Frank
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Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel by Dorothea Benton Frank

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062390783
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 4,374
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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.

Hometown:

New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

Place of Birth:

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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Same Beach, Next Year (Signed Book) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Author needs to go back to her original writing style. I love her books about sisters and family. I've read All of her books..have been dissapointed with the last few..
Anonymous 8 months ago
After the first few chapters I found it rather boring. There is not the sass and character building found in her other books. More interesting stories can be formed using the lowcountry as background
Anonymous 4 months ago
Not what you expect from this author. Missing the humor, detailed descriptions of place, and likable characters that usually make her writing so much fun to read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Fun story line, romantic relationships, family ties, exciting travels...quick read, very enjoyable!
Anonymous 4 months ago
A good story - a good summer read. People who seem to have it all, generally don't. But with true reflection, and true love and patience things will work out. I enjoy the setting and the characters and found this an easy, enjoyable read. And Greece - someday we hope to visit there ourselves. JDL 7/4/17
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved all the family characters and their history
Anonymous 5 months ago
Such a great Lowcountry story. I just loved this book. I didn't want to put it down to do other things. This was such a great telling of the power of friendship, love and family. I laughed, and I cried right along with the characters. Dorothea Benton Frank did a marvelous job in weaving this tale that covered years of summer vacations on the Isle of Palms. Definitely doesn't disappoint and it's a perfect beach read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
My first book by this author. Makes me want to visit greece.
KittyAB1 7 months ago
I have read most of Frank's books, but this one is just not up to par. I found myself skipping over long paragraphs about midway through the book just to move on. Predictable characters with predictable outcome. I have loved her books in the past, but this one borders on a soap opera. Go back to the original style of writing about the lowcountry!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Makes you want to be part of the family !
Pa_Sue 8 months ago
Adam and Eve were teenage lovers who are separated. Years later when married to other people they meet once again. Will they love each other again?? What about their spouses.....their children?? A book not to be put down!
bookchickdi 8 months ago
It's almost a shame that Dorothea Benton Frank's books always have such gorgeous covers because every year when I buy the newest one, I inevitably mess up the pretty covers with sunscreen. I guess she shares some of the blame, after all, her books are a summer right of passage. Summer has not officially arrived until I have the latest Dorothea Benton Frank book in my beach bag. This summer's book is Same Beach, Next Year set in her beloved Lowcountry of South Carolina. Each year Adam and Eliza and their young twin boys Luke and Max spend a few weeks at a vacation condo not far from home. Adam is a hardworking successful construction business owner and Eliza is a fabulous cook, who yearns to write a cookbook. One year, a new couple takes the condo next door and it turns out the woman is Eve, Adam's first love. Eve is married to Carl, a hardworking, successful pediatrician and they have a young daughter, Daphne, about the twins' age, and they are joined by with Eve's mother Cookie. The two couples get along famously, and although Eliza has her antenna up a bit about Adam and Eve, the fact that Carl is extremely handsome and shamelessly flirts with her distracts her somewhat. The four become fast friends, and along with Ted, Adam's father, and Ted's girlfriend Clarabeth, it's one big happy family as they meet every year for two weeks and swim together, golf together and eat together. Cookie likes to stir trouble, and she is hyper-critical of her daughter, which literally drives Eve to drink. Time flies by and Eve turns to Adam when she fears that Carl has been cheating on her. That sets in motion an incident that threatens two marriages and their friendship. One of the things I love best about Frank's book is that she makes her characters relatable. Eliza has two sons (so do I), her dog Rufus is her best friend (mine was Malcolm, my late beloved basset hound) and Eliza loves to cook, as do I (well, most of the time). This book is written from the perspectives of both Eliza and Adam, and I found it intriguing how Frank got into Adam's mindset. I have to say, though, I found his behavior and rationalizations puzzling, although I think each character makes some head-shaking choices here. Since Eliza is a cook, we get some wonderfully descriptive foodie scenes, from Eliza's trip to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to Eliza's family Christmas breakfast (I could almost smell the cinnamon on the page) to the feast that Eliza has with her Greek family in Corfu. Same Beach, Next Year is another Dorothea Benton Frank winner, it's got everything you want in a summer beach read- great characters, sassy dialogue, interesting family and friend dynamics and a road trip to Greece. Maybe I should try covering my book in plastic so the sunscreen doesn't ruin the beautiful cover. You may recognize the book's title- an homage to the Alan Alda-Ellen Burstyn movie, Same Time, Next Year, which if you haven't seen, you should. (It was a play first.)