On Folly Beach

On Folly Beach

Book - 2010
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Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Janie Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy the local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Janie from the loss of her husband. Janie is at first resistant. So much has already changed. But after finding love letters and an image of a beautiful bottle tree in a box of used books from Folly's Finds, she decides to take the plunge. But the seller insists on one condition: Janie must allow Lulu, the late owner's sister, to continue selling her bottle trees from the store's backyard. For the most part Janie ignores Lulu, and sifts through the love letters. But the more she discovers about the letters, the more she understands Lulu. As details of a possible murder and a mysterious disappearance during World War II are revealed, the two women discover that circumstances beyond their control, sixty years apart, have brought them together, on Folly Beach. And it is here that their war-ravaged hearts can find hope for a second chance.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : NAL Accent, c2010
ISBN: 9780451229212
Branch Call Number: Fiction Whi
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 25, 2013

MAY CONTAIN SPOILER. Thoroughly enjoyed this story & how author brought WWII & the present. It's so true that many children were born during this era, not to be raised by biological parent(s). It happens in every war & other similar circumstances.

Jun 16, 2012

I was captivated by the story which held my attention. The writing is nothing exceptional and neither is the character development. However I was very interested in the WW2 historical aspect of the novel. The setting was well fleshed out. I felt like I was there on the island. I will try another book by this author.

Jan 03, 2012

This is a very good novel. Newly widowed Emmy finds some notes and love letters in the margins of some books she is sorting. Various circumstances draw her to Folly Beach - the source of the notes. She is able to determine that the notes were written during WW2 and the relatives of the note-writers are still around. The best character is Lulu, who is now the family's beloved, cranky and eccentric seventy-seven year old Aunt, but in 1942 she was a nine-year old with a fascination for Nancy Drew . This means she folowed people and found out more than any nine-year old should know. The narrative weaves back and forth between the present (well 2009) and 1942. Mystery and romance combine in this enjoyable novel.

pab44274 Jun 05, 2011

A great read. Want to read more by Karen White.


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