On Folly Beach Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 they are 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 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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|Listening Length||14 hours and 8 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 01, 2010|
|Publisher||Listen & Live Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #41,288 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#950 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,245 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#1,771 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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On Folly Beach switches from present day 2009 to 1942, during World War II, showing the struggles of two women, Emmy and Maggie, who are trying to cope with their lives and loss. Emmy lost her soldier husband in Afghanistan, and Maggie lost her love to the perils of war through secrets and deception. Even though these women were from different times, they were brought together by the things in life that keep us all going and that can make us crumble--love and loss. Emmy tries to remain the person her husband, Ben, fell in love with while fighting with the fact that she never said good-bye. This haunts her and prevents her from letting go and moving on with life. Maggie has taken care of everyone else but herself. The people in her life are secretive, and the man, Peter, she has waited for her entire life deceives her in many ways. From one lie to the next, Maggie is able to overcome and forgive. Both of these women carry the same phrase in their hearts--Come back to me.
I either liked or disliked the characters in this book, and to some degree, understood their troubles. Most of all I had the pleasure of crying with Emmy and Maggie. This book demonstrates the sacrifices of war, and I learned about how close the Germans were in taking over the U.S. with spies and U-boats. Seeing Germany and the U.S. today gives me a greater appreciation of the struggles German citizens had under Hitler's dictatorship, and how Americans dealt with the scarcity of supplies for the sake of defending our land.
I recommend this book to anyone who has experienced war, loss, and/or love.
I was a little nervous about the bouncing back and forth in time with the two stories of the two women joined together by wars 60 years apart. But the time jumps are done well and you don't lose track of either story.
Karen's character work is beautiful and I find myself feeling very close to her character, and these were no different. I could feel Emmy's loss and sadness and I'm happy to see her slowly grieve and finally move on at the end instead of just falling for the first man she came across. I have hopes she stayed at Folly Beach at the end of the novel. I also liked Lulu from the start, even if she first came off as rude and someone you would dislike. I felt very sorry for her, having to see a friend dead after drowning and then later watching two people die in one night. I don't think I found a single character to dislike in this book. Even Cat was someone I felt huge sympathy for.
The only problem I had with this book is Peter's end. I find it hard to believe that his end could come as it did. I don't want to spoil anyone so I'm not sure how to word it. I just don't think that character would let him die as he did.
The foreshadowing of another death is obvious but it still took me by surprise.
The book is still beautifully done and it was fun to piece everything together. I'm just sad that I have read it for the last first time, but it most certainly won't be the last time I read it.
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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