Sometimes a well established author can provide an escape. Dorothea Benton Frank is certainly well known for her books dealing with Southern families. Folly Beach is my book by this author but I sincerely doubt it will be my last.
About Folly Beach:
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.
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.
Cate Cooper thought she had it all; money, status, husband. While her relationship with her husband hadn’t been perfect lately she was utterly shocked when he killed himself. Addison had been a man who wanted the biggest and the best of everything and he worked hard for it. Cate had no blessed idea what drove him to suicide.
And then she did.
I’m not going to spoil the main drivers of the plot in this very engaging tale of a woman coming into herself in the space of this review. Beaten down with the knowledge, Cate returns to the comforts of her childhood – the aunt who reared her and Folly Beach, South Carolina. With little more than than the love and support of her sister and children Cate hops in her used car and drives into the warm and welcoming arms of Aunt Daisy and her partner Ella. There she moves into the “Porgy House.” The house where DuBose and Dorothy Heyward lived, loved and worked with George Gershwin on turning DuBose’s book Porgy into the operetta, Porgy and Bess. As Cate leaves the past behind and moves forward into her future she meets the love of her life John, who encourages her to write Dorothy Heyward’s story. To dredge up her long dormant dreams of being a playwright. Dreams Cate had suppressed under the weight of Addison’s need to hog the spotlight.
The book alternates chapters between Cate’s story and Cate’s play about Dorothy. It was interesting to learn about the real DuBose and Dorothy within the invented love story of Cate and John. The two love stories counterbalance each other and keep the book moving along. It’s almost as if the first chapter of Cate’s life was unnecessary to the tale as she left it behind so easily. It had such minimal impact on the overall story. Yes it was the impetus to get her to Folly Beach but she could have gotten there in many other ways. Her love story with John read true and felt real but her having that love story so quickly after the devastation dropped on her in the first chapters seemed unnatural. I really did enjoy the book, though and found it hard to put down. I found myself forgetting all about Addison and his evil deeds just as quickly as Cate did. The relationship she had with her children was interesting; I felt their characters were slightly underdeveloped.
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