- Title: On Folly Beach
- Author: Karen White
- ISBN: 9780451229212
- Page: 284
- Format: Paperback
Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war But it s the personal battles of Folly Beach s residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own 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 wFolly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war But it s the personal battles of Folly Beach s residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own 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 the local book store, 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 its back yard For the most part Emmy ignores Lulu as she sifts through the love letters, wanting to learn But the she discovers about the letters, the she understands Lulu As details of a possible murder and a mysterious disappearance during WWII are revealed, the two women discover that circumstances beyond their control, sixty years apart, have brought them together, here on Folly Beach And it is here that their war ravaged hearts can find hope for a second chance
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Karen White's books need to come with a warning on the cover that prepares the reader to not be able to do anything else but continue reading until the book is finished. On Folly Beach was a nice, comfortable summer read.
Emmy Hamilton is at a loss after her husband’s death in Afghanistan. Her mother convinces her to move to Folly Beach, a South Carolina barrier island, to take over a bookstore. Reluctant at first, Emmy only makes up her mind to go when she finds a sort of love letter written in the margin of an old book that came from that store, Folly’s Finds. The first person she encounters is an irascible old woman, Lulu, who seems downright hostile. When she finds out that a condition of her purchasing t [...]
Totally loved it. It reminded me of my own books, so clearly it was the sort of story that resonates with me. Karen did a beautiful job balancing different points of view and different time periods. A delight.
Avoid. I can't believe so many people think this is a 4-star book. I've lived on Folly Beachnned on Folly Beachd ma'am, this is not a realistic representation of Folly Beach. Anybody interested in a true interpretation of the Low Country needs to read "The Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy. The description of the flavor and life of the Low Country is truly lyrical, and the plot climax an actual surprise. As far as "On Folly Beach" went, I never felt that the characters really took life. They were " [...]
From my blog[return][return]Filled with emotion, longing, secrets and hope, On Folly Beach by Karen White is a beautiful look at two women, brought together by circumstances unknown to the other, who learn they may not be as dissimilar as they each originally believed. The story is told alternating between present day Folly Beach 2009 and 1942 Folly Beach the year that changed so many lives. Emmy, at the urging of her mother, drives to Folly Beach to consider purchasing Folly's Finds from Abigai [...]
I very much enjoy Karen White's writing, and this was no exception. I just couldn't put the book down today (luckily it was a "snow day" so it was okay to binge read)! There is a lot to offer here and a lot going on. It was not hard to follow the 2 timelines, though and each had great things to offer a reader. As you read, you try to sort out the different family mysteries that the truth of have become almost lost over time. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and studies the lengths we w [...]
Emmy Hamilton arrives in Folly Beach, South Carolina with a heavy heart. Her beloved husband, Ben, has been killed while fighting in Afghanistan; her mother, though compassionate, can barely stand for the grief of it all. Devastated at having to watch her own daughter lose someone so dear to her, Emmy’s mother encourages her to travel to the East Coast and purchase an old bookstore — Folly’s Finds — after purchasing boxes of old books on eBay.Sifting through the novels, Emmy begins to fe [...]
This book has so much going for itSouthern location, bookstores, Nancy Drew, book lovers, loss loves, broken hearts, an intriguing mystery and strong family connections. There wasn't a page that I didn't enjoy reading and even though I wanted desperately to see how Emmy and Lulu's stories would end, I truly didn't want this book to run out of pages!!! I love how White took historical facts and weaved them into her story. It really made everything come alive and I could visualize each character, [...]
Man! Sometimes I get into a reading funk where I start a lot of duds and have to abandon them. This month has been the opposite of that. Reading heaven!So, my friend Ellen recommended I read The Beech Trees, another book by Karen White, but our library didn't have it so I reserved this one instead. And she was right, Karen White is wonderful. One thing I loved about her is that every sentence was beautifully crafted, and feelings were described in a new and interesting way. This is the kind of b [...]
3 stars. I love Karen White. She has become one of my favorite authors. She is very creative with her stories and I usually am in complete love with her writing. I didn't feel that with this book even though it was a great story and it had a nice sense of place, regarding both time periods. With this book, the main thing that was a miss for me were the characters. In the beginning they were so unlikable and the dialogue between the love interests was so painful. It was very stilted. They eventua [...]
Karen White has combined her lovely, lyrical writing with a beautiful setting and two intertwined and intriguing stories to make a very satisfying read.The two stories alternate -- one of librarian and Midwesterner Emmy, a new widow whose husband has died in Afghanistan and who, at her mother's urging, has purchased a book store at Folly Beach, South Carolina. There her story intersects with that of Lulu and her now dead sister Maggie who owned the store during WWII. The author skillfully weaves [...]
I had never read a book by Karen White before, but if they are all like this one, I will be reading more. One of the things that I really like about my on-line book clubs is that I end up meeting people who can introduce me to wonderful new authors. Folly Beach, South Carolina is a small island whose main population is summer tourists. In the 1940s, though, in the thick of WWII, it was a place for many soldiers to gather. This book tells two stories of Folly Beach, one current and one from the 1 [...]
As most people who follow my reviews know, I rarely cross to the dark side (commercial fiction) in my reading. In fact there’s usually only two reasons why I do and they are 1. subject matter that fascinates me and this is rare and 2. a place that I want to read about. On Folly Beach by Karen White fits into both categories. Folly Beach South Carolina is a place that my character Jane Townsend visits in my novel Crossing Paths. It is a brief visit but my research into the place has ensured tha [...]
This is my first Karen White novel and I loved every minute of it! This intriguing novel is the perfect mix of mystery and history. The mystery begins when a young widow finds notes written in the margins of books. The notes take her on a journey to the 1940s as she discovers the secrets of a South Carolina family. This book is also about book lovers, which always immediately helps me identify with the characters.This book was a great choice for our book club party, especially for the history bu [...]
This book was awesome. We had a storm today in PA knocking out power which forced me to finish this book. I love all the historical facts, some which I was not even aware, shared and also the way it melded the present with the past. Plus it was set at my favorite book location, the beach. This book was a page turner for me.
uneventful, took me forever to read this book!!
Loved it! This book has it all--a little history, a little mystery, and a bit of romance. Plus it has Folly Beach for it's backdrop!
I absolutely loved this one! But this is Karen White we're talking about so who's surprised? Emmy is trying to pick up the pieces of her life and move on after her husband dies overseas when her mom buys a box of old books from Folly's Finds in Folly Beach, South Carolina. In the books, she discovers what appear to be love letters between the margins of the books. The tale that follows jumps between Emmy's present and that story of that past she finds in those margins. This wonderfully woven mys [...]
I listened to this novel and I am not really an audio book person. This may have diminished the score because I was frustrated at times with the narrator reading too slowly. The story takes place over two different time periods, one during World War II and the other in 2009. The story was ok but very predictable. The characters were a little frustrating as well as you knew what mistakes they were going to make and I just wanted to tell them to make better choices. I did want to finish this story [...]
Karen White has a talent that shines and glitters like diamond chips, upon black velvet, in the sunlight. Her writing voice is amazing and never ceases to thrill me. For me, On Folly Beach was an intricate, intriguing and delicate blend of two stories interwoven into one. There is the story of Emmy Hamilton who has lost her beloved husband, Ben, to the war in Afghanistan. With his death, comes the end of Emmy's dreams and plans for the future. It is not until Emmy's mother gives her a push (as w [...]
This was an interesting tale that went between the early 40's and 2009. Emmy lost her soldier husband in Afghanistan and her mother convinces her that buying a book shop on Folly Beach and going there to heal would be a good thing to do. When Emmy arrives she meets the family who she is purchasing the book store from and finds that there are a few quirky things that go along with buying the shop. As she begins to organize the house she has rented, she finds notes and messages written in the bord [...]
It took me a year to finally read this book. It was a very slow start. I read a few pages last summer, put it down and tried again a few months later. STILL couldn't get into it. Tried again THIS summer and it clicked. I loved the dual storylines, but would have been just as happy to read the WWII as its own novel and longer. I was much more drawn to that cast of characters as a whole. The dual storyline was a great addition though! This is not your usual summer, fluffy, chic lit beach read. Thi [...]
I was very disappointed with this book. This was our June's book club booka summer read. Many things irked me about this book. The dialoguee descriptionse clichese oh-so-slow plot. I guess it is the typical summer read, because it was not a 'thinking book'. There was one part of the story that made me suck in my breath and that was when Maggie learned that Peter was the father of Cat's baby. Other than that this book was so boring.
This book just kept getting better and better. Part of the book took place in 2009 and the other in 1942. Each part easily transitioned into the other. There are alot of subplots that move into each other and the last 50 pages or so put everthing together. Does the guy get the girl in the end? I'm not sure, but the book certainly shows how family secrets and lies can do nothing but harm.
I really enjoyed this Karen White does it again!!! I can almost smell the ocean and feel the sand between my toes!!!
Eh. It took me a long time to finish this one. More because of life than the book. I liked that the mystery kept me guessing the entire time, but I did get confused about who was who on occasion. Solid three star book.
I fell in love with Karen White's writing style after reading a few of her earlier work - The Lost Hours and the Tradd Street series so when I knew she has a new book coming out this month, I just knew I have to read it!Set in the 1940s and the Year 2009, On Folly Beach tells the story of the life of three women - Emmy during the present day, and Margaret and her younger sister, Lulu during the WWII period. Told in a third person perspective and with Emmy's and Margaret's stories alternate betwe [...]
On Folly Beach is a wonderful novel full of full-bodied characters that drag you in from the beginning and make you love them. Set in WWII era, this is the story of Maggie, a young woman who owns the local bookstore and is raising her little sister Lulu after they have lost their parents. The girls beautiful cousin, Cat, has lost both of her parents as well and is living with the sisters on Folly Beach. Cat has recently lost her husband, Jim, in the war but of all three girls she seems to be the [...]
Having vacationed on Folly Beach, this book caught my eye on the shelf of new books at the library. Then I realized I had read a mystery by this author before about a realtor inheriting an old haunted house in The House on Tradd Street, set in Charleston. Old houses, Charleston - just my kind of thing. On Folly Beach has its own mystery from the past, this time set in World War II, but the books are very different. This one has a more somber atmosphere, and switches between two timelines, one pr [...]
When Emmy Hamilton's husband dies in the war, she isolates herself in her hometown in Indiana, until one day, almost in an uncharacteristically unusual way, her mother pushes her to buy a bookstore in Folly Beach, South Carolina, where she herself grew up, and then offers her an additional incentive. A box of old books, shipped from the store Folly's Finds that contains a unique image of a beautiful bottle tree. Perusing the books leads to another discovery that seals the deal for Emmy.She takes [...]
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