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Published by William Morrow
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Setting: South Carolina, Greece
Source: TLC Book Tours
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4* I really liked it! – Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank explores whether people really get over their first loves and can men and women really ever just be friends? Set in the beautiful Isle of Palms, South Carolina and Corfu, Greece, Same Beach, Next Year is a fun and entertaining addition to your summer reading list.
“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.”
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank is a fun and entertaining book to add to your summer reading list. It centers around the friendship between two successful, attractive, seemingly happy married couples, Adam and Eliza Stanley and Carl and Eve Landers.
Now parents of young kids, Adam and Eve meet on the beach decades after their high school romance was abruptly ended by circumstances outside of their control. But Eliza can tell from her husband Adam’s not so subtle moves that he’s still gaga over his ex. Why wouldn’t he be? Eve is a gorgeous woman who looks better now than she did in high school. And Eve’s husband Carl? He’s a handsome physician who flirts outright with Eliza from the moment they meet.
The couples’ friendship develops on the beach that summer and they consequently meet up at the beach every summer after. Though they try to deny it, the attraction is still there between Adam and Eve and Carl and Eliza. Everything is fine they think, until one incident changes everything. Suddenly, two marriages are on the verge of being torn apart. The way the couples handle it might just end up throwing Adam and Eve together for good once and for all.
Initially, each of the characters is set in their ways about what happens. There isn’t much room to give. Two claim they haven’t done anything wrong and two claim they are the victims and that what their partners did was inexcusable. They were at a stalemate for a long time and that’s when I wasn’t sure the characters could get past their own egos.
However, some distance, a trip to exotic Corfu, Greece and a terrible tragedy forces the couples to band together and deal with their feelings for their spouses and their friends once and for all. Up till then, the book was a typical beach read but when the drama hits, this book got really good. Finally, the characters put aside their jealousies, insecurities and what others expect of them and learn empathy, compassion and who they really are as people. Only then, can they figure out if they can make their marriages work or whether they were destined to be with someone else.
I was completely mesmerized by the pages that took place in Corfu, Greece. It’s one of my bucket list destinations and a pleasant surprise that this book helped me on my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge too. I thought I would jump through the pages or book a plane ticket right then and there. The amazing food, the Greek hospitality and the magnificent views were captivating and I felt like I was there.
This is the first book I’ve read by Dorothea Benton Frank. Overall, I really enjoyed Same Beach, Next Year and how she created mesmerizing settings, likable characters that you sometimes wanted to shake some sense into and put relationships to the ultimate tests. A fun and entertaining addition to your summer reading list.
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