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.
so named because DuBose and Dorothy Heyward
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.
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.
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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