by Dorothea Benton Frank
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 31, 2016)
Dorothea Benton Frank novels are smart and witty fiction that readers want on their bookshelf: 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 have been in love for more than fourteen years.
As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, South Carolina, 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 Sullivans 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 and are swept up in the world of the ultra-rich, exploring 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 Sullivans 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.
She could be described as bitchy on occasion. Okay, somewhat often. Actually, she was a worrier, and sometimes she may have appeared to be aloof or maybe ill humored when she was just worried… But when she needed to, she could channel Grace Kelly.
My sweet husband is the cook in the family… It’s critical for him to love the kitchen. Otherwise we eat my cooking and die.
Actually, seeing Dorothy was enough to give you nightmares. Her complexion was geisha pale, and she wore dark vampire-red lipstick. She was so thin it was disturbing to see her in a swimsuit, and when she was dressed, she swaddled herself in fashions so bizarre that she look like Jane Jetson met Lady Gaga in a dark place.
Roni’s face was blood red. Olivia and Nick were beyond the age of sensing pheromones in the air, but had they been able to, they would’ve noticed that the room was swarming with them. Perhaps the entire house was suddenly flooded with them. It was as though they all were trapped in a snow globe full of raging, sexy, twerking pheromones. Even the normally super composed, all-business Jason Fowler was way off kilter and grinning like an idiotic schoolboy.
Colette’s earrings had to have been a guilt gift from Bob; at least they looked like something he might have brought home after he did something completely unforgivable. Olivia had the funny thought that great sex doesn’t last, but diamonds are forever.
All Summer Long was a delightful treat from beginning to end. I adored this sweet couple and their feisty and witty banter. Dorothea Benton Frank is a master wordsmith and I remain in awe of her skills. As with all her books, All Summer Long was smartly written, laced with crisp humor, vibrant and complex characters, clever dialogue, and keen observations and insights. I don’t think I could ever tire of reading her work.
About Dorothea Benton Frank
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.