Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale [NOOK Book]

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Experience the wild beauty and sultry magic of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's Carolina Lowcountry—where the pull of family is as powerful as the ocean tides and love can strike faster than lightning in summer. . . .

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 ...

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Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale

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Overview

Experience the wild beauty and sultry magic of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's Carolina Lowcountry—where the pull of family is as powerful as the ocean tides and love can strike faster than lightning in summer. . . .

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.

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Cate enjoyed South Carolina's Folly Beach as a child, but when she returns as an adult she's not just widowed but broke—her faithless husband wrecked their finances. Still, she slowly opens herself to the possibilities. The one-day laydown on June 14 and 250,000-copy first printing attest to the ongoing popularity of Frank's Lowcountry titles, and the ten-city tour will help. Buy multiples wherever Frank is popular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062091406
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Series: Lowcountry Tales Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 10,569
  • File size: 629 KB

Meet the Author

Dorothea Benton Frank

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She divides her time between the New York area and the Lowcountry.

Biography

An author who has helped to put the South Carolina Lowcountry on the literary map, Dorothea Benton Frank hasn't always lived near the ocean, but the Sullivan's Island native has a powerful sense of connection to her birthplace. Even after marrying a New Yorker and settling in New Jersey, she returned to South Carolina regularly for visits, until her mother died and she and her siblings had to sell their family home. "It was very upsetting," she told the Raleigh News & Observer. "Suddenly, I couldn't come back and walk into my mother's house. I was grieving."

After her mother's death, writing down her memories of home was a private, therapeutic act for Frank. But as her stack of computer printouts grew, she began to try to shape them into a novel. Eventually a friend introduced her to the novelist Fern Michaels, who helped her polish her manuscript and find an agent for it.

Published in 2000, Frank's first "Lowcountry tale," Sullivan's Island made it to the New York Times bestseller list. Its quirky characters and tangled family relationships drew comparisons to the works of fellow southerners Anne Rivers Siddons and Pat Conroy (both of whom have provided blurbs for Frank's books). But while Conroy's novels are heavily angst-ridden, Frank sweetens her dysfunctional family tea with humor and a gabby, just-between-us-girls tone. To her way of thinking, there's a gap between serious literary fiction and standard beach-blanket fare that needs to be filled.

"I don't always want to read serious fiction," Frank explained to The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "But when I read fiction that's not serious, I don't want to read brain candy. Entertain me, for God's sake." Since her debut, she has faithfully followed her own advice, entertaining thousands of readers with books Pat Conroy calls "hilarious and wise" and characters Booklist describes as "sassy and smart,."

These days, Frank has a house of her own on Sullivan's Island, where she spends part of each year. "The first thing I do when I get there is take a walk on the beach," she admits. Evidently, this transplanted Lowcountry gal is staying in touch with her soul.

Good To Know

Before she started writing, Frank worked as a fashion buyer in New York City. She is also a nationally recognized volunteer fundraiser for the arts and education, and an advocate of literacy programs and women's issues.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Great Summer Read!

    Dorothea Benton Frank does it again! Her latest book tells the story of Cate Cooper, a widow whose husband left her broke, humiliated, and with a soiled piano ( you'll understand once you read it). She heads down South to Folly Beach to stay with her crotchety Aunt Daisy and Daisy's partner Ella. These two ladies were wonderfully portrayed in this book. Cate goes to live in a cottage once owned by a couple who worked with George Gershwin on one of his musicals. Each chapter starts with a vignette about Dorothy Heywood and her husband Dubose, all of which tell a sub story in itself. Cate finds the inspiration to start a new life, career, and romance on Folly Beach. I especially enjoyed her interaction with her son Russ and his obnoxious wife, Alice. As usually happens when I finish one of Ms. Benton Frank's books, I want to head for the beaches of South Carolina and soak up the south and all of its ways !

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    loved it!

    I loved reading this book! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours. Very ideal for the hot summer days!

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

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    Excellent

    Her newest book, Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale is added to my favorites. I tend to pull back from authors who write with a "cookie cutter" mentality, in an effort to pump out novels for a publishing schedule. This book is NOT one of those. Dot takes a different route with this story. It starts in New Jersey and then moves to Folly's Beach where Cate Cooper discovers the history behind a quaint little cottage. It's not time travel but the story is told with some retrospective, in the form of play. The scenes from the play start each chapter.
    I have to say, I loved this. It's so different it made me think and really absorb the story and the characters, rather than a typical beach read that I can finish in 1-2 days. There were some pieces that were written a little "light", I thought. Some areas that could have been more detailed but really didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.

    And, as a nurse, I'm usually disappointed when there are medical references. That's an area that's usually lacking when it's not the main focus of the story, maybe lack of research. Not so in this case. Just another reason why Dot continues to win me over.

    It wasn't until after I finished Folly Beach that I actually read some reviews by other readers. I was surprised that many were disappointed by the change in how the story is told. I couldn't disagree more, it brings a freshness and helps to connect past with the present.

    If you haven't read Dorothea Benton Frank, you should. If you have, you'll love this!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2011

    Same old, same old Dorothea Benton Frank story and a guarantee to dumb yourself down within the first few pages...

    If you've read any of her other books, basically you've read this one already. I usually find her books entertaining (especially for a Summer read) even though the theme is always the same, but this time I just am bored. The dual story line is annoying, and the characters in the modern-day plot line are shallow simpletons. Also, Dorothea's prose has always been very low-level, but this time it breaks records for that. Be prepared to lose a few brain cells over this book.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Very Disappointed

    I purchsed this book before it was released as I truly have loved all her books. This book does not come close to her other books. I cannot recommend it to my friends. I will anxiously await anther book and hope it is more like her previous books. July 2, 2011

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

    One of my least favorite Dorothea Benton Frank books.

    I got to about the middle of this book and finally gave up, something that I rarely do. Sorry, I'm really a fan of Dorothea's books, but not this one.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    The only thing I liked about this book was the picture of the beach!

    This is the first book that I've read by this author and I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. It starts off quickly with her husband's suicide and then turns into a total sleeper. I'm all for the build up of a story but at least throw us a bone to keep us turning the pages! My advice is save your money and skip this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

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    Not one of my favorites

    When I read the synopsis of Folly Beach, I through it sounded like a feel-good, lighthearted book. I felt like it dragged on a bit and it was difficult to get into. I'm not sure if it's the tone or the story that lacks imagination, but I was disappointed by Dorothea's latest book.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Boring

    Thete just wasn't enough spice to keep me interested in this book. I read about halfway through and put it away.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Based on nook sample

    jac2848- did not like nook sample (47 pgs). Starts off w play, then about how selfish & ungrateful her husband was and his suicide.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    A good read

    Folly Beach is highly recommended. The best yet of the Lowcountry books by Dorothea Benton Frank.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Highly recommend!

    I am a huge fan of Dorothea Benton Frank. She has made this Northerner long to be a Southerner! I was skeptical at first with the going back and forth between the Heywards in the 1930's and modern Cate but I just fell in love with the Heywards as I went along. Love Cate and John as well as her pluck. Her family was great. Give this book a chance and you won't regret it. It is a great escape. I know where I want to head when my Vermont winters get too brutal. I can smell the ocean, the wonderful meals and the warm sun.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Two summer books rolled into one!

    Cate Cooper had the life most would envy. She had a beautiful mansion, great staff to wait upon her every need, family and friends who adored her and a husband who worked hard to get everything in life he believe he deserved. Yet Addison would stop at nothing to get what he wanted, no matter who he had to climb over to get it.

    So besides the grief Cate feels when she finds Addison has committed suicide leaving behind the remnants of a sorry note, she is not ready for just how upside down her world is about to become. When women at the funeral announce they have not only been sleeping with her husband, some wonder who will provide for the children they had with Addison. She also learns that everything in her life will be taken from her leaving her with only her children and friends she can rely on.

    Losing her home and everything in it, she agrees to move to Folly Beach to help her Aunt Daisy take care of some rental properties. She begins to restore her life as she stays in a home called Porgy which her aunt has named after the Heywards, who apparently stayed in the home during their lifetime while writing Porgy and Bess. It's through her time here that Cate begins to learn more about herself and the life she has left behind.

    In the book, Folly Beach by Dorothy Benton Frank, the reader is delighted to a play woven into a fiction story. Part of the book involved a play involving Dorothy and DuBose living in their home in Folly Beach from their time as playwrites and actors from the 1920's and 30's. This play will eventually be something that Cate will write after spending time in the home and researching the characters of the Heywards while trying to get her own life right again. So what the reader is getting is a foreshadowing of Cate's future life as she uncovers more about the life of the Heywards.

    I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and LOVED it once I got the hang of how the story was woven together. I truly felt for the character of Cate who was dealt an unfortunate hand in losing her husband and in learning what a dual life he lived. This book is a great summer read and rates a 5 out of 5 stars. I love the duality that you get in a sense of having two books in one.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    A good story

    This was a good story and held my interest. A quick read for a summer day.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Highly Recommended- love that she wants to bring you to SC!

    I loved this book. BEing from the Lowcountry, I knew exactly where and what she was talking about. I now want to go out and look for all the places that were in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Mistkit????

    Mistkit?????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    IMPOSTER ALERT

    THERE IS ONE KYLE THE OTHER ONE IS AN IMPOSTER HER NAME I HANNAH THERE IS TWO KYLE IMPOSTERS IF YOU DNT KNOW THE REAL ONE ASK EMILEE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Scarlet

    Its to late now he loves her and im never getting him back. I cant go bac to camp if i do ill kill her. If he ever rembers me ill be at spark res 1

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

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    Historic LowCountry

    A novel of loss, acceptance, family and love. Another Lowcountry charmer where a woman returns to Folly beach to find her future after losing everything (even her husband’s suicide), where she finds love, romance, and family. Folly Beach holds more than just memories as she finds once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort and she writes a play to recapture this time. Full of southern charm, cocktails, and humor. As usual the audio was entertaining; however, did not enjoy the novel as much as Frank’s other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Yes and No

    Love Dorathea's work, the characters come to life but this one was not my favorite. I did not care to jump back and forth on the play write chapters. Truthfully I skipped those parts and got all the information I needed from the present day story line.

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