Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Folly Beach

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Folly Beach, South Carolina is the lush setting for Dorothea Benton Frank's self same titled novel. The story follows middle aged Cate Cooper's life and its recent tragic turn of events.Her creep of a husband, Addison, hangs himself in their living room after losing all of his (and his partners) money. His mistress shows up at the funeral with pictures of their love child and their palatial home is being foreclosed on. Forced to hock her wedding ring for cash, Cate soon finds out it's a fake. Talk about a bad day!
Emotionally broken and financially bankrupt, Cate retreats to her aunt's home on Folly Beach. Aunt Daisy owns a myriad of beach rentals and offers Cate an extended stay at Porgy House.
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so named because DuBose and Dorothy Heyward
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lived there while writing the screenplay "Porgy and Bess".Soon Cate is all caught up in the history of the Heywards and their musical colleague George Gershwin.
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The little beach cottage nurses Cate's wounds and soon opens the door for not only a passionate and nurturing romance with a drop dead gorgeous college professor, but a newfound career path.
Folly Beach is a story of personal triumph amidst great loss and proves what I have always suspected. You're never too old and it's never too late to love again.
Ms. Frank's novel parallels Cate's storyline alongside the Heywards. Any fan of musical theatre will enjoy the behind the scenes glimpse of the making of a Broadway hit.
Despite the sometimes serious subject manner this is a fun read (especially for those of us around Cate's age) and got me Googling George Gershwin and The Heywards. I even discovered that there is a new Broadway rendition of Porgy and Bess starring Audra McDonald.
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Love her!
Well, read Folly Beach and rent Porgy and Bess. Or better yet, read Folly Beach and go see Porgy and Bess. New York is lovely in the spring.
To find out more about the novel visit Ms. frank's website here.
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Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

this sounds so interesting! I love books with an historical twist like this. Thanks for the recommendation.

Julie Harward said...

Sounds like one you could get lost in! ;D

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Ooh, what a treat this one seems to be! I'm so glad you enjoyed it - thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

Decor To Adore said...

This sounds like my type of book! Thank you.

Anita Cedar Hill Ranch said...

You make it all sound so intriguing. Thanks.

trish said...

I love the idea of reading Folly Beach and then going to see Porgy & Bess! Also, your inclusion of actual people in your post is really cool! I love books that make you want to learn more about a specific time/area/people in history.

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