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Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale | [Dorothea Benton Frank]

Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale

Folly Beach is 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 a tiny cottage on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, leaving 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....
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Publisher's Summary

Experience the wild beauty and sultry magic of New York Times best-selling 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 lightening in summer....

Folly Beach is 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 a tiny cottage on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, leaving 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. 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. Filled with irresistible charm, saucy wit, and lush atmosphere, Folly Beach is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank.

©2011 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Stachowski East Troy, WI, United States 09-20-11
    Stachowski East Troy, WI, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "could not finish it.."

    I am a true fan of Dorothea Benton Frank - LOVED all her past books and was looking forward to this new release. SUCH a disappointment, the only audio book I've ever purchased and could not finish listening to. Skip it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    emilyclare USA 09-07-11
    emilyclare USA 09-07-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Disappointing."

    If you loved the early DBF books, you will probably be suckered in to this one just as I was...but I truly regret buying this book. The story was not entertaining at all to me.

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    Shelly Seattle, WA, United States 07-18-11
    Shelly Seattle, WA, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Can't finish listening"

    Narrator good but plot and writing style really annoying. Do not waste a credit. Too much "chick lit" and too little story. Everything too pat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 10-21-11
    Jeanne 10-21-11
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    "Cover Art Better Than the Story"

    Who wouldn't want to sit in those chairs beside the beach? Chosen as my summer folly, this book turned out to be a lurching, disjointed, and almost painful listen. Narrator Robin Miles does a nice job, but despite her efforts I had to force myself to return to this recording, often feeling I had been caught in an undertow. I would have enjoyed this book if it had not included painful interruptions of that terrible play. The best thing about the book was it's cover. The picture, fonts and layout captivated my attention. Too bad I couldn't have just bought a poster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 08-01-11
    Jane 08-01-11
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    "Great story - irritating narration"

    I enjoyed the storyline. Yes, it was predictable but entertaining. Don't we read to be entertained? I found the narration to be irritating. Too me the characters sounded monotone, some even sounded like they were irritated all the time. The male characters came across as dorks. For me, the voice for John Risley did not match my visualization of him. I will listen to more Dorothea Benton Franks but I won't be listening to anymore Robin Miles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Thurman 07-12-11
    S. Thurman 07-12-11 Member Since 2010

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    "What about Folly Beach?"

    Very little about Folly Beach.... just another romance. No SC feel...very light on descriptions and history. Why didn't the female character franchise her sister's bakery to SC so that the southern ambience could come to life through daily life/customers? Could have been a healing journey...but the plots were scantily developed. The female victim's husband committed suicide. Oh well.... The male victim's wife tried to kill him. Oh well. Side plots were too dramatic for such bare mentions....victim-romances belong in a novel called "Betty Ford Center", not "Folly Beach". Guess we'll have to stick to Conroy for the SC feel....even if his characters are bigger than life. The reader was clear and had some good dialect-sounds.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    lucy 06-28-11
    lucy 06-28-11
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    "One of her best!"

    A rich experience that highlights our financial times and a time of creativity in our past with similar financial constraints. DBF brilliantly highlighted many contrasts, the role of men balancing love, family and career and role of women in impowered relationship to the same. I loved her deeply expressed strength of the feminine that brings balance to adversity. It is a delightful southern experience!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kashgma 05-02-14
    kashgma 05-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loves everything that Dorothea Benton Frank writes"
    Where does Folly Beach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

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    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Robin Miles is what makes this author's books so fabulous. Have listened to other narrators and there is no comparison! Robin sounds like a true southern lady!


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    Robin Miles should narrate ALL of Frank's books! Seriously, the only ones that I will buy in the future will be narrated by Miles

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 04-16-13
    Melissa Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Worst book she has written"
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    I have been a fan of this author for years, as I am from the coast of SC and enjoy hearing about nearby places. I am accustomed to the happy endings that she includes in her books, but this one was just too much. The main character goes from the death of her husband to a move to another state, true love, writing a stellar play that is so grand that it is put on in Charleston, casting the play, rehearsals for the play, seeing a ghost, launching her daughter's hugely successful career and having a grandchild all in nine months. The only thing believable about this book and timeline is the grandchild. She should have let her win the lottery too as that would have fit all of the good luck this woman had in the book. Not worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    08-23-11
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    "Great Summer Read!"

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book. I downloaded prior to going to Folly Beach and enjoyed it while there. Her descriptions of the area were spot on and I enjoyed visiting several of the places she referenced in her book during my trip (Taco Boy, the Charleston Musuem, the lighthouse, the Porgy House)! The story held my attention and I felt the characters were family by the time the book was finished. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the beautiful descriptions of the low country and who enjoys a beautiful generational story. At times, I wanted to cry and 10 minutes later I would laugh outloud. Enjoy!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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