Jeff M. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Once again, Dorothea Benton Frank makes the Lowcountry come alive to her readers in her newest story, “Folly Beach”. She takes all the amenities of the South (pecan pie, sweetgrass baskets) and intersperses them with touches of the North in New Jersey, where part of the story takes place. Cate, as the main character, is someone the reader can relate to, her life filled with maternal and spousal issues, yet finding the inner strength to conquer adversity. I recommend this book to any previous Dot Frank readers and new readers will be embraced by her warmth and compassion, as they read through the story lines.
(Review was provided by my wife, who has read all of Dorothea Benton Frank's past novels).
Debbie S. (Paso Robles, CA)
Good Summer Reading
This story that intertwines the past and the future of residents of Folly Beach, South Carolina is both witty and charming. The characters draw the reader into their lives and the sights and smells of a small beach town seem real.
Not having read Dorothea Benton Frank before, I was pleasantly surprised and will certainly look for other books by this author.
Would be a good read for those looking for a nice, good romance to read.
Teresa R. (Evansville, IN)
While the author's books are always some of my favorites, this book was by far her best. It captured my attention immediately and mixed two of my favorite elements- a little history and a lot of southern! The book tells two stories - one historical and one set in the present. The historical "play" - for lack of a better word - was interesting and thought-provoking. The present story is filled with quirky characters and good dialogue. Loved it!
Bettyann M. (Davidson, NC)
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
Newly widowed Cate Cooper returns to her childhood home in the South Carolina low country to put the pieces of her life back together. She moves into Porgy House, a small cottage in which Dorothy and DuBose Heyward long ago lived and wrote the libretto for Porgy and Bess. In alternating chapters Cate's story unfolds, as does the tale of the Heywards. Fiction is thus intertwined with non-fiction and combines to make a charming story. This is Dorothea Benton Frank at her best. I enjoyed it thoroughly as will, I am sure, all her many fans. This is a lovely, light summer read.
Katherine S. (seaford, VA)
Folly Beach Revival
A light romance, featuring Cate, a widow returning from New Jersey to her Low Country roots hoping to start her life over. Enjoyed the setting, atmospheric specifics, and the Porgy & Bess story, but was frustrated by the fairy tale ending. Found her initial set of dire circumstances more interesting and would have liked her new life to be less predictable.
Karen R. (Locust Grove, VA)
Home is the place that knows us best
That line sums up this wonderful novel. Dorothea Benton Frank's writing is filled with well developed and likeable characters, charm and humor. The chapters alternate between two periods of time, acts in a play that date back to the historic days of the Charleston Renaissance and to current life in Carolina Lowcountry. The coincidences in the past and present eventually come together and as a reader, I was fully satisfied with the result. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Frank's books.
Dorothy M. (Maynard, MA)
Just in time for the Beach Bag
Dorothea Benton Frank has written a light hearted romance in Folly Beach that is a love letter to the Carolina low country and a historical look at a 1920s-1930s artistic renaissance in that area. The story is centered around DuBose Heyward, the author of Porgy and his wife Dorothy who might have been more instrumental than history would indicate in bringing George Gershwin’s opera to life. Scenes from the play about their life together alternate with the modern story of the woman who comes to live in their former house when her life collapses around her and is swept up in the magic that is the Carolina low country.