Friday, June 3, 2016

ALL SUMMER LONG by Dorothea Benton Frank

    Whoever said opposites attract must have put a bee in this author’s ear because that is precisely the case with lead characters Olivia and Nick.  She is a sophisticated New York interior designer with an A list client list.  He is a retired professor and historian who doesn’t care whether or not there’s a Rigaud candle in the room but is happy doing his research.  When the couple married she promised they would return to his beloved Sullivan’s Island in Carolina’s low country when the time came and that time is now. Unfortunately the time may be now but it is not ripe as Olivia’s business has sharply declined and she hasn’t shared this information with Nick.

    However, in the meantime while Olivia frets they’re invited to join mega rich friends on a yachting trip.  Mega rich doesn’t quite cover it as Bob has not only a luxurious fully staffed yacht, but his own fleet of planes, a submarine at the ready and a roving eye.  He is the proud father of little Gladdie who appears to be spoiled to the nth and is  presently wed to Maritza who had once worked in the galley of the yacht.    Gladdie’s nanny is Ellen who is evidently having an affair with Bob and planning on being his next Missus.  The other guests on the yacht may be well off but the females are among the rudest to be found.

    So, thanks to wild and wealthy friends Olivia and Nick are treated to trips to exotic locales as well as champagne and caviar (both beluga and Osetra)  laced meals, all of which readers can vicariously enjoy.  Now, add to this Olivia’s financial troubles plus worrying that the house she bought on Sullivan’s Island being too much, her assistant’s attraction to a young workman, someone falling into a towering wedding cake, and a missing passenger just to keep things moving.

    Truth be told there’s never a dull moment in All Summer Long.  However, for this reader the constant sniping among several female characters tended to grow wearisome.  Nonetheless would surely recommend it as an entertaining beach or hammock read.

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