Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel

Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel

by Dorothea Benton Frank
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Same Beach, Next Year (Signed Book) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 29 days ago
I love all of Dot Frank’s books, but this one was especially engaging and a different twist on the storyline and characters than some of her others. Loved the characters, the plot and the gorgeous descriptions of the places...the Stono River house, Wild Dunes and especially Corfu, Greece. I can hardly wait for the next book!
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was a very interesting story. It kept me captivated throughout !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story line, romantic relationships, family ties, exciting travels...quick read, very enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all the family characters and their history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author. Makes me want to visit greece.
Anonymous 15 days ago
KrittersRamblings 7 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Dorothea Benton Frank is one of those authors when pitched their book by anyone I don't read the synopsis, I just say YES! I picked this book up and by the first few chapters I was nervous this was going down a road I wouldn't enjoy - cheating couples and such, without spoiling TOO much there may be a little of it, but it by no means was as much as I thought it could be. So let me back up a little. There are two couples and a man and woman from each couple have a little bit in their past, their high school days, but happen at the same vacation spot with kids in tow and from there their lives take a turn. I love how they come and go out of each other's lives but clearly make an impact.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
KittyAB1 More than 1 year 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!
Pa_Sue More than 1 year 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you want to be part of the family !
bookchickdi More than 1 year 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.)