• Publisher: William Morrow (May 16, 2017)
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.
About Dorothea Benton FrankNew 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.
Find her on the web at www.dotfrank.com, or like her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Adam and Eliza have been vacationing with their kids, and they run into Eve and Carl. The thing is that Adam and Eve (see what she did there? haha), were high school sweethearts back in the day. Though they're happily married, the sparks fly between them and we start sensing the jealousy from their current spouses.
When the book began I thought that I wouldn't enjoy it, mainly because I'm really not interested in reading anything about cheating spouses and ruining perfectly good marriages, it just is not my cup of tea. But it's really not what the book is about.
Dorothea Frank has such a way with words and she weaves a tale of friendship, longstanding friendship that is valued even though there is a little strain and some pops of jealousy here and there.
These four people become the best of friends, vacationing every year at the same spot, watching their children grow together.
The book is filled with romance and angst, beautiful settings, delicious food, the Low country, friendship, love, marriage and family in particular.
Loved it, and would definitely recommend it as a great Summer Read :)