One enchanted summer, two couples begin a friendship that will last more than twenty years and transform their lives.
A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms, one of Charleston’s most stunning barrier islands, brings former sweethearts, Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship—and flirt with an unexpected attraction—of their own.
Year after year, Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl eagerly await their reunion at Wild Dunes, a condominium complex at the island’s tip end, where they grow closer with each passing day, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak. The devotion and love they share will help them weather the vagaries of time and enrich their lives as circumstances change, their children grow up and leave home, and their twilight years approach.
Bursting with the intoxicating richness of Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved Lowcountry—the sultry sunshine, cool ocean breezes, icy cocktails, and starry velvet skies—Same Beach, Next Year is a dazzling celebration of the infrangible power of friendship, the enduring promise of summer, and the indelible bonds of love.
From the very beginning of Same Beach, Next Year, I was reminded of stories and movies I had enjoyed that featured friends getting together in a special place on a regular basis.
We follow the characters through their lives as they experience marital issues, accidents, and family tragedies. Even the threat of infidelity stalks them.
My favorite part was when Eliza took a trip to Corfu on the Greek Islands to reconnect with her mother’s family, and rediscovered that she could make some independent choices that would be good for her and for her marriage.
A delightful excursion through a family’s life that brought friends into the family circle, too. 4.5 stars.