- I was looking for some summer beachy-type reads and this looked the part.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
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One of the things I enjoy most about being on book tours is discovering authors I might not have been exposed to otherwise. I’ve seen Dorothea Benton Frank’s name before, but never considered that these books might be something I’m interested in. A series of steps led up to me asking to be on this tour – most of those steps involving an introduction of some sort to southern literature, and the final culmination being that I am, hands down, a fan of it. Beth Hoffman, Rebecca Rasmussen, Sarah Addison Allen, Kathryn Magendie – all names of authors who have thrilled me, taught me to love this easy-going, sweet, magical style and now I’ll be adding Dorothea Benton Frank to the list.
Folly Beach is book number #8 in the Lowcountry Tales series. I haven’t read books 1-7 (and have already started to request them from Paperback Swap) but it didn’t make a lick of difference, because this book had me hook, line and sinker with the opening act of the play involving the Heywards, Gershwin, and The Porgy House. Frank did a beautiful job of weaving the story around each act of the play, and kept me completely mesmerized and in love with both sets of characters – that of Dorothy Heyward and Cate Cooper.
Now, in the interest of full honesty, there were a few parts that were so obvious, and worked out so conveniently well that I did roll my eyes a little bit – but just a little bit, because I was too happy at the progression of the story and loved the characters so much that I wanted the best for them, even if it was predictable.
This is the perfect beach-time, summer read. The only thing that was missing while I read Folly Beach was the sound of the ocean, the warmth of the sun on my legs and a drink at my side, complete with little umbrella.
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