Dorothea Benton Frank novels are filled with smart and witty fiction that every listener wants in their library: 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 in love for more than 14 years.
As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, SC, 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 Sullivan's 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, are swept up into the world of the ultrarich, and explore 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 Sullivan's 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.
©2016 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Having never read a book by the author previously, I took a chance hoping for a good summer book. Unfortunately, I found the writing simplistic and uninteresting.
Character, humor, and drama witten with intelligence and heart, from fantasy to non-fiction is what I'm after in a great listen.
Other than ultra polite conversation between one couple and the ridiculous immaturity of others, this vapid audio book left me wondering how it ever found a publisher. Clearly not my cup of tea.
I used to really like Dorothea Benton Frank. In this book she did not flesh out the characters. I felt like a first grader could've written about it -- it was the most boring thing I've ever read. The plot had potential if she had just left out the lifestyles of the rich and famous parts. The characters were boring, one dimensional, and uninteresting. Sorry, Ms. Frank.
I always look forward to Dorthea Benton Frank novels. This one was very disappointing. The story didn't get interesting until 3/4 of the way through the novel. And the story seemed to be written annoyingly basic: she said, he said, she said, etc. I didn't know if I would finish the book. I'm glad I stuck through the first three quarters. The plot finally got interesting around chapter 15. Definitely my least favorite of all her stories.
This was a fantastic book with an interesting story. The cast of characters are just that--characters! I really enjoyed every minute of it and couldn't put it down. Great narration for a great book.
One of her best.
Totally unexpected ending. A clever twist.
Her tone, her expressiveness, humor, feeling...everything. Especially the southern accent.
Bob or Mauritsa.
Every book I've read by Dorothea Benton Frank has been thoroughly enjoyable. Just glad I found one more.
I enjoyed this book a lot even though there wasn't as much low country magic as I like. How about some more stories with Livvy and her life in it. We are all just in love with that character.
He "said", she "said". It wasn't up to par for Dorothea Benton Frank.
It sounded like she was reading it for the first time... too monotone.
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