Priscilla B. (Marietta, GA)
When I saw this book listed on first impressions, I thought what a fun read. I was disappointed. The story and characters stuck me a rather shallow. even for a "beach read". At times I'd read along and enjoy it and then I wouldn't! It felt almost like two different people were authoring the story and each had different visions of the characters. Usually I enjoy escaping into light fiction, a big Mary Kay Andres fan! However, unless you absolutely love anything that even mentions Charleston, S.C. or Folly Beach, I would not go out of my way to read this book. "Porgy and Bess" fans might enjoy it.
Susanne B. (Canton, OH)
In my opinion this was definitely a "beach book." I enjoyed the historical aspect of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward - I will research more about them. I liked the low country setting although I have read other authors that I Iiked more such as Anne Rivers Siddons. The Cate and John relationship was too quick to be real in my opinion and the dialogue between them toward the end was rather high schoolish. As I said it is a nice beach read.
Elizabeth K. (glenshaw, PA)
Dorthea Benton Frank takes us back to low country. This time we have the bonus of aquainting ourselves with George Gershwin, Dorthy Heyward and her husband DuBose. They were all involved with the writing of "Porgy" in 1925. It all came about after Cate, a new widow in contemporary times, moved to Folly Isand and lived in a tiny cottage named "Porgy House," where the Heywards once lived. The two time periods were intertwined beautifully.
Terri H. (Battle Ground, washington)
"'S wonderful ! 'S marvleous !"
"'S wonderful ! 'S marvelous !
(That) You should care for me !
'S awful nice ! 'S paradise !
'S what I love to see!"
The juxtaposition of story lines, the beach air, the sun and the sand, all added to this very delightful summer read. Slightly predictable, but who cares? It's Folly Beach !
Sharon A. (Tierra Verde, FL)
The Folly of Reading
Initially I found the back & forth between the current story and the play confusing. It caused the reading to be a chore at the beginning. The current story was well written and interesting, it made me want to go to Folly Beach. The character development & interaction was great. At the end I went back and read the beginning and the light bulb came on.
Susan R. (Julian, NC)
Folly Beach - Past and Present
I have read every book that Dorothea Benton Frank has written and this is absolutely the best one yet. She does a fantastic job of presenting a story inside the story. The modern story is about Cate Cooper and the changes in her life that cause her to move back to Folly Beach. The other story is about Dorothy and DeBose Heyward who lived on Folly Beach during the 20s. The author manages to keep both stories interesting and ties them together well. Absolutely a great beach read and one that I would highly recommend
Robin F. (Tucson, AZ)
I live in the Sonoran Desert with an ocean hundreds of miles away. I think heaven must look like Folly's Beach with oyster shell roads and houses on stilts. I am one of many fans of Dorothy Franks Benton who celebrate the arrival of a new book by this author. And, Folly's Beach is a good reason to celebrate.
Within the first page of this book I was drawn into the plot and characters. I knew these people, cared about them and could hardly wait to know more. Folly's Beach is one of those rare books that hooked me immediately and, before I knew it, I had read and finished the book in two days. It is cleverly written moving between current time and a play narrated by a talented woman named Dorothy Heyward who lived 80 years ago. I was familiar with George Gershwin and DuBose, but I have to confess that I had to Google Heyward. What a remarkable woman.
Thanks to Franks for enlightening me. This book offers up family ties, forgiveness, love and more. It's the perfect summer read.