All Summer Long

All Summer Long Filled with her trademark wit poignant themes and rich characters the perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with a sensational novel that follows the travels of one couple though a tu

  • Title: All Summer Long
  • Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • ISBN: 9780062390752
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Filled with her trademark wit, poignant themes, and rich characters, the perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with a sensational novel that follows the travels of one couple though a tumultuous summer.Dorothea Benton Frank s magical stories take us deep into the heart of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry In her novels, this lush landscape comes alive in all iFilled with her trademark wit, poignant themes, and rich characters, the perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with a sensational novel that follows the travels of one couple though a tumultuous summer.Dorothea Benton Frank s magical stories take us deep into the heart of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry In her novels, this lush landscape comes alive in all its vibrancy and color She ignites all of our senses with her vivid descriptions of landscape and atmosphere In her novels you hear the ocean washing the shore on different islands so profoundly that you can nearly hear the sea gulls squawking, too.This is a story of people whose lives are changing a southern gentleman returning home to lead a peaceful life and his talented New York wife who is not quite sure she is ready to make the transition They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, downsizing And while they are doing this, they are getting glimpses into other people s lives over the course of a summer, holidays that will amuse, shock and transform them.This irresistible story is home to captivating characters as funny, complicated, and real as our best friends husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, friends and family who wrestle with the complexities, pain, and joys familiar to us all.Finally, we ll come to recognize the face of love, the kind that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith That leap changes them all.

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    About "Dorothea Benton Frank"

    1. Dorothea Benton Frank

      Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of ten novels.Dottie has appeared on NBC s Today Show, Parker Ladd s Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library organizations and the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation She has also been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Book Festival, Novello, North Carolina s festival of books and the Book and Author annual event in Charleston, SC, sponsored by the Post Courier.Before she began her writing career, Dottie was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various non profits in New Jersey and New York.Dottie, who was born and raised on Sullivan s Island in South Carolina, currently divides her time between South Carolina and New Jersey.

    157 thoughts on “All Summer Long”

    1. Ms Frank is my favorite author. However, I gave up reading this book in chapter 3. This has none of her usually heartwarming cast of southern charm. None of the characters are likeable. So disappointed in this book


    2. Nothing was happening. Half way through and I was BORED. I'm getting better at abandoning books that aren't worth my time


    3. OK, get ready I'm going there.what the Hell has happened to DBF? I used to enjoy her books. These last 2 were AWFUL. This book was full of the worst characters, from Olivia and Nick who talked to one another like the dialog from an old black and white movie, to her mega rich friends Bob and Maritza, who lavished them with gifts, money and super fabulous tripsd all the while Olivia is hiding a secret that she's broke. Really. But still, they "manage" with an assistant, a "pied a terre" in NYC AND [...]


    4. Very disappointing. Not much of story, unlikeable characters, too much about the terrible wealthy characters and way too many exclamation points.


    5. Such a disappointment. I loved Ms. Frank's early work, so this is really sad for me.Technically, this is poorly written, with run-on sentences, too-often repeated phrases, and continuity issues. (They were standing, and then stood up?).The author has the wrong characters in scenes, and abruptly switches characters too often.The characters are shallow, hateful and self-absorbed, and not likeable. I especially disliked all the woman-on-woman sniping. I read lots of books, many with people who are [...]


    6. Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 2.5 STARSI suppose I had high expectations since this was my first from this author and I'd heard nothing but amazing things about her. But this book . . . really didn't work for me. Ostensibly, it's about Olivia, an interior designer for Manhattan's elite who is getting ready to retire to her husband's hometown of Charleston except she hasn't told him that she's blown their retirement fund on a few projects that didn't pan out. So she's forced t [...]


    7. I like reading. I like Charleston. I like reading books set in Charleston. So, Dotty Frank's All Summer Long should have been a walk in walk in Waterfront Park, Slam dunk at the Joe (and maybe TD Arena at CofC for the dunk), day at the beach (Folly, Sullivans, Isle of Palms, and heck, even Kiawah, Seabrook, or Edisto) for me. Right?Except it wasn't. The only things that engaged me in this book was the dedication to Pat at the beginning (assuming that Pat was Pat Conroy) and the memory of flying [...]


    8. What a disappointment! I've always looked forward to Frank's annual book that features the Lowcountry of South Carolina and often a cast of quirky characters. In fact, I've read all of them from Sullivan's Island on through, a guilty summer pleasure of mine. But it looks like I will have to cultivate a different guilty pleasure this year since the Lowcountry was on the periphery and there was only one character, Nick, who in my estimation had some redeeming qualities and he was the one who grew [...]


    9. Could very well be me, but I gave up about 1/4 of the way through this book. The characters, the dialogue, all of it just annoyed the hell out of me.Not my style of book at all, and there are too many good ones out there to keep on going.


    10. This was perhaps the worst book I've ever finished. I kept thinking it would get better. Frank's early books set in the Low Country were delightful beach reads. This didn't even deserve one star. Really awful. How can a writer deteriorate so?


    11. I just adore anything by Dorthea Benton Frank! I really found myself completely "sucked in" with All Summer Longe story, the characters, all of it. Hopelessly addicted in seconds! ☺️


    12. A book spending too much time on the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Many of the characters were spoiled and unlikable. Olivia, the main character, is an interior designer on a happy marriage. Moving from what seems to be described here as horrible Manhattan to the idyllic city of Charleston, Olivia finds herself in financial trouble. A light fast read but not essential.


    13. A special thank you to HarperCollins and LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Stunning Hardcover!Dorothea Benton Frank,the "Queen" of Southern Fiction, returns followingAll the Single Ladies(2015) with her kickoff annual summer beach read—ALL SUMMER LONG.It just wouldn't be complete without our DBF fix! From glamorous Manhattan,Nantucket, Spain to Sullivan’s Island, SC- a couple from different walks of life. A crazy tumultuous summer; coming to find happin [...]



    14. This book was disappointing. It had Dorothea Benton Frank's easy style and readability. However, I found myself saying, "Really? I should care about these characters because?" repeatedly during the book. I couldn't find any sympathy for any of themThe main character, Olivia, is an interior designer who comes across as a leech and free loader under the guise of professionalism and friendship. i couldn't find any sympathy for her money problems. Maritza and Bob Visile were super rich people who we [...]


    15. I won this book on first reads.This book was justokay. Like many other reviewers have mentioned this would be a good book for a quick read on the beach.The issues I had with it were the characters themselves and the setting of the plot. Olivia in particular was difficult to "connect" too and I didn't feel like I ever got over my initial dislike towards her entitled, "Champagne taste on a beer budget" attitude. Which is were the second issue comes into play, the entire book focused on (as other [...]


    16. I'm a big fan of this author. As I read this I wanted to shake her! Where's her low country folk? Apparently not stuck on some yacht that can't dock at a US port bc the owner didn't want to pay taxes! I really 'felt' nothing for these spoiled ostentatious ridiculous characters. Oh boohoo they couldn't buy a 26 million dollar house. Seriously? I kept waiting for Robin Leach and sure enough he did show up! I'd rather a book about Betty and Ernest!! Really left me with a sour taste


    17. I’m very excited to be today’s stop on the blog tour for All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank! Before I begin, I’d like to thank TLC Book Tours for allowing me to participate, and William Morrow Paperbacks for sending me my review copy.All Summer Long tells the story of Olivia, a New York interior designer, who is married to Nick, a just-retired history professor. Years ago, Olivia promised to move to Sullivan’s Island when Nick retired, and the time to make good on her promise has a [...]


    18. I say this every year, but it isn't summer until I've read the latest by Dorothea Benton Frank, and it's true for this year. Her books are the start of my summer and I always enjoy them. I absolutely adore this author because every time I read her books I wonder to myself why am I not living in the Carolina Lowcountry? Probably because I'm poor and have responsibilities like the loser adult that I am. But someday, the Lowcountry is on my travel list because it is the epitome of the south, summer [...]


    19. Long time DBF fangirl here. I was extremely surprised to see the terrible reviews this book was getting and luckily I didn't pre-order this year's DBF release as I usually do. I paid attention to the reviews and instead of purchasing, waited to download this from our local library. Thank goodness! Thank you very much to everyone that posted an honest review. You saved me money.All that said, I think I see what DBF was trying to do in All Summer Long. She was trying to provide a stark contrast be [...]


    20. 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 vampir [...]


    21. It breaks my heart to rate one of Dottie Frank's books so low, but I have to be honest. She is one of my favorite contemporary authors and yet, sadly, this books falls short of her previous works. It is like a Southern version of a Danielle Steel novel. I have nothing against Danielle Steel novels but that is not what I expect when I read Ms. Frank. One of the main problems, in my opinion, is that she veers too far away from her backyard of the Low Country. The sense of humor I have come to expe [...]


    22. This book could have benefited from a more astute editor. For example, how could Roni, Olivia's thirty year-old assistant, have an eighty-five year old mother? There were also several grammatical errors I found upsetting. Wake up, people!Like John Grisham, Ms. Frank seems to have fallen into the trap of template fiction. I am tired of the ridiculous and worn-out Southern stereotypes. Go to England and write about that.


    23. I usually love her books. This one feels forced, and repetitive, to say the least. The plot is implausible and as one character indicates, filled with first world problems. Money, or the lack of, when you can afford to buy a house on Sullivan's Island, provides the plot line but I felt absolutely no connection to this story or the characters. Not the author's best effort, and seriously thinking of not even finishing the book though I'm halfway done.


    24. I was not able to get into this one. I didn't like the characters, they were shallow and concerned about personal possessions. This book focused on the wealthy, and I couldn't connect with the greed and the lifestyles. It was not a good fit for me.


    25. I was really disappointed in this book. Dialogue was forced. Not really a plot. Ms. Frank needs a new editor. On page 210 there was a HUGE error! I am being generous with 2 stars.


    26. Olivia - interior designer in NY who is on the brink of bankruptcy, she needs new clients to keep her business going, quite a hoarder, many expensive knick knacks.Nick - husband, absent minded professor about to retire - moving to Sullivan's Island. doing up beach house bought by Olivia, so they are about to down size, which gladdens minimalist Nick's heart. Also happens to be anxious and a little OCD about hygiene on planes etc.Nick and Olivia have their peccadilloes, yet they love each other a [...]


    27. I am a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank's novels set in the Lowcountry and had looked forward to this book coming out. I did finish it but truly if it had been by an author I was unfamiliar with, I probably would have abandoned it. The novel did not flow and seemed disjointed. Her novels usually capture you and take you along a cohesive journey. This novel was peopled with characters who were nasty. There was an excess of descriptions of an affluent lifestyle that was so over the top it was unappeal [...]


    28. It took me several chapters to get into this story and that is unusual for one of my favorite authors, Dorothea Benton Frank. It also took me awhile to warm up to Olivia, the central character to this book. She and her husband Nick are moving to Nick's old stomping grounds of Sullivan's Island as they are getting older and looking at his retirement. Most of this book focuses on billionaire Bob and his wife Maritza. As they all gather together for a wedding on Bob's yacht there are cat fights and [...]


    29. How awesome is it to have friends who are billionaires? That is the burning question explored in All Summer Long. Olivia and HUSBAND, who was so boring I can't remember his name, are our heroes. She is an interior decorator, he’s a professor, and they have pursued these occupations successfully in Manhattan for many years. Now HUSBAND thinks they are ready to retire to the Outer Banks of South Carolina, where he grew up. Olivia is not so keen on this plan. Besides not wanting to leave the city [...]


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