Review: All Summer Long



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.

Rating: 4 stars


All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank is a thought provoking read. A woman goes through inner struggles as to what will happen to her and her husband as well as their future. She’s at the point in life where everything is fastly falling apart and her husband has no idea…they have plans to move and like every other woman, the main character has doubts. Will it be good or bad…and will they survive the storm to come? This new summer title brings the realities of life and the unpleasantness of failure. All Summer Long is the first novel I have read by this talented writer. I liked following the character’s journey and thoughts as the plot unfolded. However, the story itself seemed a bit too depressing with the anxiety of work, the uncertainty of the future, and the unknown of what may or may not happen to the marriage…

Readers will find themselves completely lost in Oliva Ritchie’s problems. Her issues feel like they were mine and that I was the one shouldering all of her worries. Taking a huge step into the unknown is a fear that everyone has. Here, Dorothea Benton Frank has masterfully covered the life of a marriage between two opposites. Drama, intrigue, and a bit of humor can be found within this well-developed and well-written story. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the characters were believable and the plot carried an emotional journey that felt real.  I recommend this new novel to readers everywhere.

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