Same Beach, Next Year

Same Beach, Next Year

by Dorothea Benton Frank

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062390806
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 10,616
File size: 1 MB

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.


New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

Place of Birth:

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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Same Beach, Next Year (Signed Book) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the first few chapters I found it rather boring. There is not the sass and character building found in her other books. More interesting stories can be formed using the lowcountry as background
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Dot Frank’s books, but this one was especially engaging and a different twist on the storyline and characters than some of her others. Loved the characters, the plot and the gorgeous descriptions of the places...the Stono River house, Wild Dunes and especially Corfu, Greece. I can hardly wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story line, romantic relationships, family ties, exciting travels...quick read, very enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story - a good summer read. People who seem to have it all, generally don't. But with true reflection, and true love and patience things will work out. I enjoy the setting and the characters and found this an easy, enjoyable read. And Greece - someday we hope to visit there ourselves. JDL 7/4/17
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author needs to go back to her original writing style. I love her books about sisters and family. I've read All of her books..have been dissapointed with the last few..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting story. It kept me captivated throughout !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all the family characters and their history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author. Makes me want to visit greece.
Anonymous 9 months ago
booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
Dorothea Benton Frank does it again! What a roller coaster ride of emotions. This one has you falling into the lives of two families as they meet for the first time (or is it?!) at their condo in Isle of Palms. You will experience life with them as their children grow older, lives of their family members change, how their emotional connection is challenged. The story is also one that will bring out definite opinions on the behavior of some of the characters. Do you understand what's happening, what might have happened, would could have happened? One thing is for certain, you will be invested in their relationship and will truly have strong feelings about how they each respond to their partner's behavior. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to another Lowcountry saga by Dorothea Benton Frank. I love her style of writing and how she draws you into the story she weaves together with her words.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: He was with a woman, a very large woman, who had to be at least ten years older than him, if not twenty. She was towering over a grinning Ted, wearing a black mink coat to the ground, high heels that could produce altitude sickness, and enough makeup to scare the hell out of Estee Lauder… “Merry Christmas, y’all!” she said in a smoky voice that suggested a lifetime of dedication to tobacco products. Let’s be honest. Who could please Cookie? She’d find fault with the pope himself! He’d come to dinner and bring baked ziti and she’d hate it! She’d hate the pope’s baked ziti! She’d tell him it tasted like dog $*. Believe me! I’ve given this a lot of thought! The air was thick with contentment, something you might run through your fingers if you held your hand outside the window. I wished I could grab some, put it in a jar, and keep it with me. My Review: I always eagerly anticipate reading a Dorothea Benton Frank book as I admire and relish her easy pace, bright wit, observant insightfulness, relatable plots, and twists of clever irony. She is a skilled illusionist and uses colorful distractions and crafty sleight of hand to keep us guessing; things are seldom what they seem. I adore her quirky and vibrant characters who aren’t always likable or admirable but take Southern eccentricity to a new level of entertainment. Reading her books is like going on a fun yet relaxing vacation with a seldom seen but trusted friend.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I love the setting of Lowcountry. The beautiful settings, the wonderful beaches, and the rich foods are all things I think of when I hear Lowcountry. As I read Same Beach, Next Year I would not help but picture myself at the beach, eating in the restaurants or dining rooms with the characters, I could hear their voices, see their children, and learn their southern charm ways. I am a Benton Frank fan. She is an author that I look forward to her newest release. Same Beach, Next Year seemed different to me. There were things that just seemed off, seemed not quite right. A couple goes to their beach house and miraculously the teenage love of the husbands life shows up with her husband. There is no doubt that the teenage couple still have some feelings for each other after 25 years of being apart. As a wife I’d struggle with this and it would not be okay. I’d want to trust my husband but I doubt I’d be okay with the 4 of us being friends. There were too many clues that things were not okay. Eliza, the wife of the man from the teenage couple, was a little much. She had reason to doubt her husband but I felt like she wanted her husband, Adam, to be too perfect. He did so much wrong but she didn’t give him any leeway either. Life is full of mistakes, we all make them, but forgiveness is a wonderful thing. Eliza was just so judgmental, of everyone. Carl, the husband of the girl from the teenage couple, was a little too perfect. He was able to make things happen when someone needed medical care, he was too rich, too competitive, and not understanding enough with his wife, Eve. There was no one who was innocent in this story. Everyone had their own guilt, their own responsibilities in their marriages, and their own faults.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and was entertained by the many personalities that made up each family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Dorothea Benton Frank is one of those authors when pitched their book by anyone I don't read the synopsis, I just say YES! I picked this book up and by the first few chapters I was nervous this was going down a road I wouldn't enjoy - cheating couples and such, without spoiling TOO much there may be a little of it, but it by no means was as much as I thought it could be. So let me back up a little. There are two couples and a man and woman from each couple have a little bit in their past, their high school days, but happen at the same vacation spot with kids in tow and from there their lives take a turn. I love how they come and go out of each other's lives but clearly make an impact.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what you expect from this author. Missing the humor, detailed descriptions of place, and likable characters that usually make her writing so much fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great Lowcountry story. I just loved this book. I didn't want to put it down to do other things. This was such a great telling of the power of friendship, love and family. I laughed, and I cried right along with the characters. Dorothea Benton Frank did a marvelous job in weaving this tale that covered years of summer vacations on the Isle of Palms. Definitely doesn't disappoint and it's a perfect beach read.
KittyAB1 More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Frank's books, but this one is just not up to par. I found myself skipping over long paragraphs about midway through the book just to move on. Predictable characters with predictable outcome. I have loved her books in the past, but this one borders on a soap opera. Go back to the original style of writing about the lowcountry!
Pa_Sue More than 1 year ago
Adam and Eve were teenage lovers who are separated. Years later when married to other people they meet once again. Will they love each other again?? What about their spouses.....their children?? A book not to be put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you want to be part of the family !
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
It's almost a shame that Dorothea Benton Frank's books always have such gorgeous covers because every year when I buy the newest one, I inevitably mess up the pretty covers with sunscreen. I guess she shares some of the blame, after all, her books are a summer right of passage. Summer has not officially arrived until I have the latest Dorothea Benton Frank book in my beach bag. This summer's book is Same Beach, Next Year set in her beloved Lowcountry of South Carolina. Each year Adam and Eliza and their young twin boys Luke and Max spend a few weeks at a vacation condo not far from home. Adam is a hardworking successful construction business owner and Eliza is a fabulous cook, who yearns to write a cookbook. One year, a new couple takes the condo next door and it turns out the woman is Eve, Adam's first love. Eve is married to Carl, a hardworking, successful pediatrician and they have a young daughter, Daphne, about the twins' age, and they are joined by with Eve's mother Cookie. The two couples get along famously, and although Eliza has her antenna up a bit about Adam and Eve, the fact that Carl is extremely handsome and shamelessly flirts with her distracts her somewhat. The four become fast friends, and along with Ted, Adam's father, and Ted's girlfriend Clarabeth, it's one big happy family as they meet every year for two weeks and swim together, golf together and eat together. Cookie likes to stir trouble, and she is hyper-critical of her daughter, which literally drives Eve to drink. Time flies by and Eve turns to Adam when she fears that Carl has been cheating on her. That sets in motion an incident that threatens two marriages and their friendship. One of the things I love best about Frank's book is that she makes her characters relatable. Eliza has two sons (so do I), her dog Rufus is her best friend (mine was Malcolm, my late beloved basset hound) and Eliza loves to cook, as do I (well, most of the time). This book is written from the perspectives of both Eliza and Adam, and I found it intriguing how Frank got into Adam's mindset. I have to say, though, I found his behavior and rationalizations puzzling, although I think each character makes some head-shaking choices here. Since Eliza is a cook, we get some wonderfully descriptive foodie scenes, from Eliza's trip to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to Eliza's family Christmas breakfast (I could almost smell the cinnamon on the page) to the feast that Eliza has with her Greek family in Corfu. Same Beach, Next Year is another Dorothea Benton Frank winner, it's got everything you want in a summer beach read- great characters, sassy dialogue, interesting family and friend dynamics and a road trip to Greece. Maybe I should try covering my book in plastic so the sunscreen doesn't ruin the beautiful cover. You may recognize the book's title- an homage to the Alan Alda-Ellen Burstyn movie, Same Time, Next Year, which if you haven't seen, you should. (It was a play first.)