On Folly Beach

On Folly Beach

Large Print - 2010
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To most people, Folly Beach, South Carolina, is simply the last barrier island before the Atlantic Ocean. To some, it's a sanctuary, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy the local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband in Afghanistan. Though she resists at first, Emmy finds a box of love letters and an image of a beautiful bottle tree at Folly's Finds. That box seals the deal, but the store's seller has a condition: Emmy must allow Lulu, the late owner's sister, to continue selling her bottle trees from the store's backyard. Emmy quickly agrees. She had grown up with one in her backyard, so for Emmy, it had always been a source of refuge. Emmy sifts through her old love letters, and Lulu sells her bottle trees, neither of them paying much attention to the other. But as details of the love letters are revealed, the women discover that circumstances have brought them together, and it is here on Folly Beach that their war-ravaged hearts can find hope and second chances.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781602857957
Branch Call Number: LP FIC WHIT
Characteristics: 575 p. (large print) ; 23 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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