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Same Beach, Next Year

(Lowcountry Tales #11)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  12,835 ratings  ·  1,165 reviews
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.

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Published May 16th 2017 by HarperAudio
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Fluff Smut & Murder
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Seriously? I can't even do a "normal" review on this one.

Ugh. How silly are you that you are easily convinced that no one speaks your language in a foreign country? That's what Google translate is for.

And what kind of self righteous pig are you married to who thinks its okay to lust after his first girlfriend for 25+ years and think you haven't done anything wrong?

Instead of enjoying this, I just read it with a confused face.

Maybe the next one will be better.
Shelby Kuretsky
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
The language the characters used felt contrived, the plot line obvious, and mostly the characters were unlikeable. Not a fan of this one.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I only give this book two stars begrudgingly because of the beautiful South Caroline low country back drop. This was the sappiest piece of drivel I have read in a long time....horrible plot lines and predictable characters. Sad that this is such a popular book!
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Y'all? I'm not sure there's any "chick lit" better than Dot Frank. The stories are DAMN GOOD. Always.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dorothea Benton Frank usually oozes Southern charm and personality into her characters, but this is not the case with Same Beach, Next Year. The characters and plot failed to grasp my attention, perhaps because they both lacked dimension. If felt like I was watching a firm reel titled "This is your life Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl." In an attempt to bring readers into the story, the author suffered from too much information, but not enough substance. I wish that Dorothea Benton Frank would recapt ...more
DJ Sakata
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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!
Jun 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I think this will be my last DBF book. Technically her writing has really gone downhill, with timeline errors, typos, repeated phrases. Not sure if that is on her or her editors.
The tone of her last few books has been very mean-spirited and shallow and this book is no exception. Without meeting her, the main character decides that her husband's high school sweetheart is a slut, yet she is lusting after the friend's husband. She is extremely judgemental, yet criticizes others for their "un-Christ
Mia Sparks
Jul 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I took “Same Beach, Next Year” with me on my beach trip this past week thinking it would be a great beach read. I was wrong! I had to force myself to finish this book and the only reason I did not put it aside is because it was the only book I brought with me and I never go without a book. The countless pages of dialogue (which seemed unnatural at times), the main characters, the plot, especially the premise Adam and Eve were just awful!! I really have no words to describe how much I disliked th ...more
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 an
Jun 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was dreadful. She spends the first half of the book patting herself on the back about their wonderful life and listing all the lovely things that they own. Not ONE of the characters is particularly likable (except for Ted and Clarabeth and the Greek family). There is no connection or character development. Eve's daughter is almost a complete non-entity and suddenly she's marrying Max. I saw no development of the undying friendship between the couples. This is a book peopled by stick figures ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was a particularly bad novel with pages of pablum for content. I almost feel sorry for the sad little women who read this and think of this as something good. They obviously haven't devoured a truly well-written book. Oh well. Pablum is good, I suppose until one has had a big juicy steak.
I love beach books and this one had some great qualities. However, the characters were not very relatable. Also, it seemed like some events were rushed and not realistic.
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-fiction
I am a real fan of Dot Frank and know that when her new book comes out every spring, it's time for summer and the beach! I have enjoyed all of her books but this is one of my favorites -- but I think that I say that every time I read one of her books.

Eliza and Adam had been happily married for several years and were spending their vacation on the Isle of Palms with their toddler twin sons when Adam sees Eve - his first love from high school. Eve is at the same vacation complex with her husband
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I saw some really potential when reading the synopsis of this book. It was quirky, had the promise of some real struggle of heart and morality and self-discovery. But as I read on, I was thoroughly disappointed by the lack of depth for most of the characters. Eliza was probably the most interesting character with the most compelling storyline, and the rest were somewhat entertaining. But the extremely annoying part throughout the entire is her husband Adam. He is such a narcissistic, immature ma ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
So I didn't hate this book as much as I did her past 2. I wanted something light and frothy and summer-ish. The story was entertaining enough, I loved the Lowcountry setting, and then we were on to Greece, my favorite part of the story. DBF's sass and sarcasm is always a delight to me. Eliza did have me laughing out loud. Then the book got kind of dopey. The ending was just thrown together and awful. Just not my cup of sweet tea, y'all.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wish I would've kept track of how many times I rolled my eyes while reading this one. It reads as though it is written by a middle-aged, wealthy, Southern woman who went to Greece one time. And I don't mean that in a good way.
Lisa Zetes
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorite Dorothea Benton Frank books. This book was too me boring and slow.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to receive this Hardcover copy from the publisher in the mail. I opened the package and started reading it and did not stop! Nothing says summer is coming and makes me want to sit by the beach that a book by Dorothea Benton Frank.



I thought the format of the book really worked, we heard both sides of this sometimes hilarious , other times serious  tale. Adam and his wife Eliza are the narrators of this story that spans about two decades. The formula for the book is typical D
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank is a must read if you like novels which grab you from the first page, and don't let go until the last! This one was a departure for Frank, as it was less funny and sassy, and more sophisticated and deep. Eliza and Adam & Eve and Carl (or is it Adam and Eve and Eliza and Carl?) are neighbors each year at their beach rentals in coastal South Carolina. During their first summer there, Adam discovers that Eve is his long ago, deeply loved and lost girlf ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-arcs
While vacationing on the Isle of Palms, Adam and Eliza Stanley strike up a friendship with Carl and Eve Landers—something Eliza didn’t expect to happen, given that Adam and Eve were once childhood sweethearts. Despite an awkward beginning marked by Adam acting like a besotted school boy with Eve, as well as Carl’s shameless flirting with Eliza, the unlikely friends spent the next two decades vacationing together with their families. But when two of them are found in a compromising situation, the ...more
Donna Hines
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Dorothea Benton Frank's books are simply magical. They bring out the best and are so lighthearted , airy, romantic, and beautiful.
So much more is written between the lines that what we can ever witness physically. Her books are the emotional highs of life.
I have several books on my TBR list by Dorothea yet to read. However, this was novel was superb. Expertly written, fab characters, perfect plot and setting.
It truly is ironic when everything seems to simply come together and fall into place (g
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Predictable and boring in places. Too neatly packaged.
Barbara Nutting
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition corny as Kansas in August! Betty Crocker meets Rock Hudson with the strains of Lawrence Welk in the background, just as Ozzie and Harriet drop by for a glass of wine. Very 50’s and ridiculously sappy. Everything was constantly repeated, as if it wasn’t bad enough the first time. The dialogue was super stupid and the characters like cut-out paper dolls. I would have drown the twins. I have read all her previous books but no more. I only finished this because I was away from home with n ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the cover and the setting, South Carolina Lowcountry. Both were pretty. I didn't like the characters or the story. The characters were bland and annoying. The story didn't go the way I wanted it to go. A very disappointing book.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I was disappointed with this book. I didn't like the characters and couldn't relate to them. I love Dorothea Benton Frank's books, but not this one.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time. I skimmed through the last half to find out what happened, basically hating all the characters except the twin sons.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A couple vacations on the Isle of Palm in South Carolina. When Adam sees his high school love, Eve walk across the parking lot of the condo complex, it is almost as if he has fallen in love all over again. Eliza and Carl, their spouses can't help but notice the fire that starts burning right before their eyes. As unlikely as it seems, the two couples enjoy each other's company and continue to come to the condos together for two weeks every summer. Enter into the mix Adam's father and his girlfri ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think DFB can write a bad book. This is another huge winner. I look forward to the yearly offering from the low country and they never miss.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This summer, beach read was better than most stories. Enjoyed the part about Greece! This is a great vacation read: good plot, amusing characters and nice settings......(3.5 summer stars)
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Dorothea Benton Frank was a New York Times best-selling American novelist of Southern fiction. She worked in the apparel industry from 1972 until 1985 and then organized fundraisers as a volunteer, before becoming a novelist.

She is best known as the author of twenty novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

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