Saturday, October 23, 2010

100 Word Review: On Folly Beach

We spent the past week in South Florida visiting my parents, so I wanted to read a "beach book" while I was relaxing at the beach (actually, I was chasing kids, collecting shells with kids, applying sunscreen to kids, keeping kids from getting caught in a rip current, trying to get sand off of kids--you know...relaxing). "suggested" (many times) that I would like On Folly Beach by Karen White.  Since and I have a very intimate relationship, I downloaded the book to my Kindle and hit I-75 south.  After finishing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo earlier this week, I eagerly looked forward to something, well....less brutal, horrifying, and haunting.  On Folly Beach was exactly what I was looking for (and, unlike Dragon, Folly is refreshingly clean in language).  What a great historical mystery novel set in South Carolina.  This was my first Karen White book, but it won't be my last.  Thank you!  You know me so well (and you should after all the $ I've given you).

Here's my 100 word review of On Folly Beach.

Two wars. 

Two widows.

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.


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