About All Summer Long• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 7, 2017)
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 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 more 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.
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.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for a copy of All Summer Long for a honest review.