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: 368
  • Sales rank: 16,917
  • File size: 629 KB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    loved it!

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

    17 out of 19 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

    7 out of 8 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.

    5 out of 6 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.

    4 out of 4 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

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    Absolutely LOVED this book! Now I want to go to Mexico to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe! Enjoyed all of the books I've read so far -- can't wait to read the new one that just came out!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Full of Grace". The Rus

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Full of Grace". The Russo family are a very interesting and believe was an example an Italian-American family. It was never dull to read about.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    highly recommended

    Another great book. I love the author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    One of Benton Frank's better books

    I enjoyed the charachters and the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    It makes you think.

    I really liked this book. All of her books are about some kind of growth, and this was no exception. This book helps you to see miracles can happen to anyone.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    My least favorite Dorothea Benton Frank book

    I have read almost all of Dorothea Benton Frank's books and this is by far my least favorite. The storyline drags from the beginning. I kept reading in hopes the characters would become more interesting - but I was disappointed. Oh well, "can't win them all".

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    Enjoyable!!

    Unlike some others, I enjoyed this book very much. It was wonderful descriptive writing. It was the first book I had read by this author. The content was very interesting and good reading about a family that I could relate to , being of Italian descent. I liked it a lot!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    True to this Italian American from New Jersey!

    I am a huge fan of Frank. When I saw the review in regards to Franks knowledge of Italians and northerners I was worried but as I read this, I knew she did not let me down. Her descriptions of the Italian family life were spot on. As were her descriptions of northern points of view. (I'm originally from Morristown NJ). The only thing I thought was a stretch was her mothers secret but that is just my view. Other than that I thought the book was great and hoping there might be a sequel in the future!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Oh yeah!

    I loved this book -- I am surprised to see such low ratings here. I found the book so easy to read -- lots of emotions -- happy and sad. I sure do recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 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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