All Summer Long (Signed Book)

All Summer Long (Signed Book)

by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Overview

Dorothea Benton Frank novels are filled with smart and witty fiction that every reader wants 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 in love for more than fourteen years.

As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, S.C., 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 into the world of the ultra-rich 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 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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062566355
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

Place of Birth:

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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All Summer Long 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of her books and the last few were such a let down from her previous work. The characters were trite and the dialogue was simplistic. Couldn't even finish it. Feels like she's phoning it in.
AHHP More than 1 year ago
To the former reviewer , Siddons didn't write this. This book was a total disappointment. It read like I would imagine a romance novel would read. Frank started out in her career giving the reader a wonderful feeling of the low country. This book is awful. I hope she gets back to her old style I have read all of her books and the first few were by far the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally relish and anticipate all Dorothea Frank books I was sorely disappointed in this purchase. Please go back to what you know and give us southern girls the stories we so crave . A faithful follower.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For shame! Other reviewers were right. Dorothea Frank just really didn't bother to write a decent story. Save your money one this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually love her books but this one's a snore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her last 2 books have been more traveloque than novel. I wish I hadn't spent the money on a book that simply cannot compare with earlier books.
eriereader More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes as I have loved Frank's previous novels but reading this novel was pure torture, like watching paint drying. Olivia, the main character, is not very likeable and neither are most of the others. There is no story to speak off, just moving from one vignette to the next. I finished it but it will be a long time before I read this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no way this awful book was written by the same writer who wrote such wonderful books about the low country years ago. I only made it to page 64 before I had to put it down for good. The characters are not likable the plot is unrealistic. Shame on the publisher for allowing this book to carry Dorothea Benton Frank's name just to make money. I will NEVER buy another of her books as this is the second one in a row that cannot have been written by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring! Made myself finish reading it because I paid for it . Trite and not an interesting plot. I have read so many of Dorthea B Frank books-but the last few have not been special. Probably the last one I will buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the time. No plot. Boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of her best, but I did enjoy it.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
All Summer Long is being promoted as the perfect summer read and it is exactly that. The different locations from Manhattan, Nantucket, Spain, and Sullivan’s Island were absolutely wonderful. The author did an amazing job describing not only the scenery but also the way the locals lived. From the fishing, barges, and Southern ways near Sullivan’s Island to the yacht and food in Spain I could picture where the characters were visiting and the incredible lifestyles they are living. Olivia, the main character and story teller, is living a life that people dream of. She has the dream job of interior designer to the biggest and richest, she is truly in love with her husband and him with her, and she gets invited on exotic vacations with her customers. Yet, everything isn’t as it seems for her. She is worrying about how she will continue to live her in her lifestyle and about the move from Manhattan to the South. I loved how determined she was to make everything right and how faithful she is to her customers. She not only works hard but she is a friend in their times of need. Olivia is also fiercely independent. Even though she is married she is not reliant on her husband for everything. She is in control of their money, runs her own business, and makes her own decisions. I found her refreshing from the sometimes needy women found in women fiction books. All Summer Long had everything I love. Love and passion, drama, and happiness. If you are looking for a fun summer read this is perfect. I recommend picking up your copy today.
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2342881 More than 1 year ago
Total waste of time and money. Pre-ordered, soooo disappointed. Absolutely NO story - wouldn't even qualify as a romance novel. Hiss, boo.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: 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. My Review: 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! What a disappointment.
Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
Whoever said opposites attract must have put a bee in this author’s ear because that is precisely the case with lead characters Olivia and Nick. She is a sophisticated New York interior designer with an A list client list. He is a retired professor and historian who doesn’t care whether or not there’s a Rigaud candle in the room but is happy doing his research. When the couple married she promised they would return to his beloved Sullivan’s Island in Carolina’s low country when the time came and that time is now. Unfortunately the time may be now but it is not ripe as Olivia’s business has sharply declined and she hasn’t shared this information with Nick. However, in the meantime while Olivia frets they’re invited to join mega rich friends on a yachting trip. Mega rich doesn’t quite cover it as Bob has not only a luxurious fully staffed yacht, but his own fleet of planes, a submarine at the ready and a roving eye. He is the proud father of little Gladdie who appears to be spoiled to the nth and is presently wed to Maritza who had once worked in the galley of the yacht. Gladdie’s nanny is Ellen who is evidently having an affair with Bob and planning on being his next Missus. The other guests on the yacht may be well off but the females are among the rudest to be found. So, thanks to wild and wealthy friends Olivia and Nick are treated to trips to exotic locales as well as champagne and caviar (both beluga and Osetra) laced meals, all of which readers can vicariously enjoy. Now, add to this Olivia’s financial troubles plus worrying that the house she bought on Sullivan’s Island being too much, her assistant’s attraction to a young workman, someone falling into a towering wedding cake, and a missing passenger just to keep things moving. Truth be told there’s never a dull moment in All Summer Long. However, for this reader the constant sniping among several female characters tended to grow wearisome. Nonetheless would surely recommend it as an entertaining beach or hammock read.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Whether the subject of change was partners, possessions, or places, some people had an easy time letting go." I love capturing the essence of the novel I'm reviewing by its opening sentence and this one launches All Summer Long, the latest novel from best selling author Dorothea Benton Frank. Readers who are looking for something wonderful to read this summer, will definitely want to add this to their beach or lakeside bag as it is sure to provide you with simply all the entertainment and virtual escape you will need. Olivia Ritchie, an interior designer and owner of her own company, has been living in two worlds. One in New York where she has made a wonderful living working on upscale designs for some of New York's wealthiest clientele. She has a great marriage with her husband Nick Seymour, an English professor and southern gentlemen who has made Olivia promise that one day they will leave the rat race and settle back in his childhood home of Charleston, South Carolina. For Olivia that day has come. The one thing she has failed to do, is to clue Nick in on their finances. He has retired and while drawing his retirement, small pension and social security, Olivia had always felt confident she could handle all the finances. That is until the market began to dry up and clients could no longer afford those expensive homes that fed her salary requirements to keep the lifestyle she loved afloat. Without telling Nick, she agrees to sell their New York condo in lieu of keeping her promise and downsize to Charleston. It also means that her love of collecting trinkets to decorate their home, will have to go as well. But she vows she will do what is necessary to keep them alive until her next client comes through, which in this case is Bob and Martiza Vasile. To say they're are rich is a complete understatement and this affords them the luxury of experiencing what it's like to be rich without all the hassle when they are invited on trips to private islands aboard a yacht, last minute trips to Spain for their son's wedding or whenever Maritza need's a good friend to talk to, Olivia is the one to call. But like the saying goes, life isn't always greener on the other side and when Olivia and Nick see what turmoil Maritza and Bob's marriage is, they vow to do all they can to help. I mean if you can't help your very well off friends, who can you help? After all, these trips are all 100% paid for by the Vasile's who don't seem to have a bottom to their bank account. I received All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank compliments of William Morrow Publishers, a division of Harper Collins Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my personal honest unbiased opinion. I absolutely LOVED this novel. From the catty arguments between the rich friends who show up on these excursions, to the far fetched things Bob decides to spend his money on. It's like living vicariously through this novel what it might be like to either have that kind of money or simply be able to enjoy it from those who do. I love the relationship that Nick and Olivia have as well because at the heart of it all, they have what works, and it shows that money can't buy it all. I would rate this one 4 out of 5 based on my rating system as there is some profanity used in this novel that might offend readers. Without that, it would be a 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Benton Frank, stick to what you do best- writing novels about real people and the low country! This book is not only a bad plot, the dialog and the characters are unbelievable and not worthy of you!! It's sappy in places and in other places it reads like a first novel by an author trying to impress her audience!! Very disappointed, because I am always so excited for a new book from you!!
SiouxSW More than 1 year ago
I love Siddons' books and have read all of them. This one, however, was really a bad read. it almost seemed like someone else authored it compared to her previous works. The dialog and the stories seemed so frenetic and unreal to me and I found myself clenching my teeth while I read the book. Truth be told - couldn't finish it. Don't waste your money......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry i was rping on war and peace. I just goy off cause im an attention who.re