We recently caught up with New York Times Bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank and chatted about her new bookSame Beach, Next Year available May 16th. Order your copy here!
What inspired you to write Same Beach, Next Year?
An old novel written by Wallace Stegner called Crossing to Safety was the original inspiration for Same Beach, Next Year. Crossing to Safety takes a deep look at long-term friendship and long-term marriage. Of course, my novel takes place decades later. So, I wondered what kind of changes there may have been that might influence the characters to behave differently.
When a chance meeting brings former sweethearts Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together on the Isle of Palms, how do their respective spouses react to the encounter?
Eve’s husband, Carl is oblivious. He’s so self-centered that he can’t imagine Eliza won’t swoon at the sight of him, which she very nearly does. On the other hand, Eliza is onto the re-kindling of her husband’s affection for Eve. For that, she wants to kill him. Eliza wonders how this chance encounter will play itself out. And, she has to admit Carl is super attractive and, moreover, seems to be attracted to her. Is she in danger, or is Adam playing with fire? Could this be a dangerous flirtation?
As the years pass, how do each of the couples, Adam & Eliza Stanley and Eve & Carl Landers, adjust to their budding friendship?
As time goes on, there is a growing suspicion between Carl and Eliza that Adam and Eve may have crossed the line and resumed their love affair. To say much more than this would give away too much. Suffice it to say, it gets hot!
As the couples age, what role does the annual reunion play in their lives?
I think it’s important to note that love never dies. Toward the end of this story, which I hope is not the end of their lives, the depth of their friendship is called into play. And here’s the question: How far are they willing to go to literally save each other?
And finally, what tips may you share with moms concerning the importance of love, friendship, and marriage?
You have to have someplace and someone to go to where you can tell the truth. You also need people in your life you can trust with deep secrets and dark questions. The joy, trust and friendships like the ones enjoyed by the main characters in this book are built over time. At the end of the day, one might count them among their truest and most valuable treasures.
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