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To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy a local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.
Emmy is at first resistant. So much has already changed. But after finding love letters and an image of a beautiful bottle tree in a box of used books from Folly's Finds, she decides to take the plunge. But the seller insists on one condition: Emmy must allow Lulu, the late owner's difficult sister, to continue selling her bottle trees from the store's backyard.
For the most part, Emmy ignores Lulu, and sifts through the love letters. But the more she discovers about the letters, the more she understands Lulu. As details of a possible murder and a mysterious disappearance during World War II are revealed, the two women discover circumstances beyond their control, 60 years apart, have brought them together... on Folly Beach. And it is here that their war-ravaged hearts can find hope for a second chance.
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By L. Persyn on 08-08-10
You won't want to get out of your car
Karen White's intriguing novel perfectly blends mystery and history. The mystery begins with notes written in the margins of books. The notes take a young widow on a journey to the 1940s as she discovers the secrets of a South Carolina family. Once you start listening you won't want to stop...I found myself sitting in the car, wondering what was going to happen next.
This book is also about book lovers, which always helps me identify with the characters. On Folly Beach encouraged me to do more research about Folly Beach, WWII and life in the 1940s.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By TLJ on 11-17-15
Running out of patience
What disappointed you about On Folly Beach?
Don't care for stories about "nice"/bordering-on-martyr personalities. Running out of patience and may not bother even finishing it. Disappointing
3 of 3 people found this review helpful