Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank

I just finished reading a Dorothea Benton Frank book called Folly Beach. I love books set in the South at the Beach.

Here is what amazon.com had to say about Folly Beach:

Home is the place that knows us best…

A woman returns to the past to find her future in this enchanting new tale of loss, acceptance, family, and love.

With its sandy beaches and bohemian charms, surfers and suits alike consider Folly Beach to be one of South Carolina's most historic and romantic spots. It is also the land of Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she'd wind up in this tiny cottage named the Porgy House on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, thanks to her newly dead husband whose financial—and emotional—bull and mendacity have left Cate homeless, broke, and unmoored.

Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories. Once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort within its welcoming arms. An artist, writer, and colleague of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly with her beloved husband, DuBose. And though the Heywards are long gone, their passion and spirit lingers in every mango sunset and gentle ocean breeze.

And for Cate, Folly, too, holds the promise of unexpected fulfillment when she is forced to look at her life and the zany characters that are her family anew. To her surprise, she will discover that you can go home again. Folly Beach doesn't just hold the girl she once was… it also holds the promise of the woman she's always wanted—and is finally ready—to become.

Folly Beach, filled with the irresistible charm, saucy wit, and lush atmosphere that have won her the devotion of fans and propelled her books to bestsellerdom, is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank.

My review: I enjoyed this book and all the references to George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, etc. At first I had a hard time getting used to every other chapter being an Act in a Play but as I read the book I got used to that style of writing. It also explained alot of the history for the present day people and what they were experiencing. I really liked the main character, Cate. She had alot to deal with and she did! Her aunt and her special friend, were characters too. The only disappointing part of the book for me was the ending. I felt like as the tale unfolded there should have been more substance to the ending. Overall the book was a good summer/beach read.


Mary said...

Sherri, your thoughts about the ending has been mentioned in almost every review I've read of Folly Beach. I'm glad you enjoyed the rest of the book!

Sherri said...

Mary-Wow, I haven't read any reviews of the book. It isn't a surprise though-she just wrapped it up quickly and so predictable. I was really disappointed. Better luck with the next book I read!

Darlene said...

This is part of a series I think that I would like to read but I refuse to start any more series right now. Lol. I read Full of Grace by her and it remains my favorite.

Donna said...

Haven't read that one, Sherri. Right now I'm reading Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons and I love it.

Sherri said...

Donna, I read that book to and loved it also!!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sherri, I was think of you as my daughter's 2nd knitting book will be out in Oct. It's called Weekend Hats.

Hope u r doing well.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

For some reason, I'm just reading this now. Sounds really interesting. I love new beginnings, haha..., especially when they take you to the seahore.

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My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!