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On Folly Beach Paperback – May 4, 2010
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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 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 more. But the more she discovers about the letters, the more 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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As Emmy settled into her new life, she uncovered buried secrets about the residents of Folly Beach. My biggest problem with books that focus on the lives of two different women decades apart is that it's always too easy for the woman in the present to discover information about the past. Somehow White overcame this obstacle with ease. Like Lulu's sister, Emmy was also drawn to books, so I accepted it when she found notes in the margins of the old books in her bookstore. The clues were reveled at perfect times and progressed the story naturally. Of course, Emmy wouldn't have been able to heal her broken heart without another male character, and Lulu's great-nephew filled the void perfectly. His relationship with Emmy evolved slowly, which for once, seemed realistic.
There were some great secrets and twists in this book. I was impressed with the writing and strong storylines and can't wait to read more by this author.
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Seamlessly interwoven stories.
Lulu--a Nancy Drew wannabe--the character that ties past to present.
Bottle Trees--An African slave tradition to ward off evil spirits--central to both stories.
A brilliant blending of history and mystery...
Secret messages written in book margins...
A wonderful story of bravery, grief, redemption, love, forgiveness, and...learning when to move on.
Not a predictable, mushy, romance novel.
Read it on the beach or in front of a crackling fire...just read it.
I'm very tempted to put a bottle tree in my yard.
I bet you will be, too.
I enjoyed the weaving of family history past and present. I want a bottle tree!!!!