Frank is well known for her love of the Low Country of South Carolina, a setting she vividly brings to life here. Her stories are the best of women’s fiction, heart-warming, funny, thoughtful and lyrical in the language she uses to make the reader love the Low Country as well. Folly Beach features alternating narratives, one about a contemporary woman who is looking for the life she really wants now that her husband is gone and her children grown and the other about a couple who marry in the ‘20s. Once you pick this book up, you won’t want to put it down again. Frank’s Low Country novels are always magical but this one is a dream.
Cate Cooper has come to realize she isn’t happy with her life. Not her big expensive house with lavish furnishings. Not the expensive clothes or cars. Not the friends who are not really friends but mostly clients of her husband. And why should she be? Her husband picked them all out. Her son and daughter have grown and moved away. She has a sister and brother-in-law who are wonderful and live close by, but she wants a different life. As happens, she learns it is important to be careful what she wishes for. When her husband dies she learns she knew nothing about their life and within days she loses the house, the furniture, the cars and friends from his firm who he had cheated out of their money. She discovers he was known by all for his affairs and had a second family. When she goes to visit her Aunt Daisy on Folly Island, she finds her new life, love and self. Interspersed in the narrative is the play she writes there, about another couple, from another time. (MORROW, Jun., 336 pp., $25.99)