Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review: On Folly Beach + 2 copies for giveaway!

Author: Karen White
Pages: 388
Genre: Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours

Synopsis from TLC: To most people, Folly Beach, South Carolina, is simply the last barrier island before the Atlantic. To some, it’s a sanctuary, 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 in Afghanistan. Emmy is at first resistant, but intrigued after finding love letters and an image of a beautiful bottle tree in a box of used books from Folly’s Finds, and decides to take the plunge. The store’s seller insists on one condition: Emmy must allow Lulu, the late owner’s elderly sister, to continue selling her bottle trees from its back yard. Emmy generally ignores Lulu as she sifts through the love letters, wanting to learn more. But the more she discovers of the letters’ authors, the closer she feels to Lulu. As details of a possible murder and a mysterious disappearance during World War II 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…

My Thoughts:
This book has so much going for it...Southern location, bookstores, Nancy Drew, book lovers, loss loves, broken hearts, an intriguing mystery and strong family connections. There wasn't a page that I didn't enjoy reading and even though I wanted desperately to see how Emmy and Lulu's stories would end, I truly didn't want this book to run out of pages!!! I love how White took historical facts and weaved them into her story. It really made everything come alive and I could visualize each character, smell the ocean, and feel the heartbreak.

For me a good book not only entertains, but also can help expand my knowledge of history and folklore. I've never heard of bottle trees nor had any idea about the stories behind them. Slaves from Africa thought that you could capture evil spirits within the bottles, thus keeping you safe from harm. When the sun rose the next day, the spirits were then destroyed. 

She headed down the street without glancing back, hearing again the sound of the wind crying into the necks of open bottles, afraid of what she might see if she did.

Add to this, the time period of World War II,German U-boats off the eastern coastline, Foreign spies and you really have an interesting history lesson going on. History came alive within this book and I felt connected to each time period and to all of the characters. Even the ones that I didn't like so much on a personal level. I feel that she told Emmy and Lulu's story with incredible insight and she made you understand that even though they're separated by years in age, that when you lose someone you love during wartime, the loss and the feelings experienced are universal. I could easily see myself re-reading this one at some point and I normally don't re-read anything! Looks like I'm going to have to visit Folly Beach and bring this book with me! Maybe I'll come home with a bottle tree too!!!!

Highly Recommended!

Thank you to TLC for asking me to be a part of this book tour.
Check out the other tour stops HERE.

I'm so excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to win a copy of ON FOLLY BEACH. This is open to U.S/Canadian residents. Please let me know in the comments if you would like to be entered in the drawing by leaving me your email address!!! I will pick 2 winners on Sunday. Books will be shipped to the winners directly from the publisher.

I was not compensated for my review.


  1. Sounds great! Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  2. The idea of the bottle tree is really nice, I'd like to see one

  3. I would love to win and read this novel.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  4. I'm getting ready to start this book because I'm going to a Book Your Lunch event for Karen White next week. You've gotten me really excited about it!

    When I drive down to my parents, I pass a folk art shack and always admire the bottle trees as I drive by.

    No need to enter me.

  5. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! This sounds amazing!! I would loveeeeeeeeeee to be entered Staci!! And hehehehehehehe....U know my email addy!!!! I'm that 'one' with the rants!! LOL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. I would love to be entered as I know this is one I will be reading!


  7. WOULD love to be included


  8. It sounds like a wonderful novel!

    aliteraryodyssey at gmail dot com

  9. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! I didn't realize the book mentions Nancy Drew -- that is so cool! Thanks for being on this tour!

  10. This sounds like a great book. I don't usually read books with history like this in it, but I want to because it sounds very interesting. I would like to enter your contest!

  11. No need to enter me! Just wanted to say how excited I am to read this oen and happy that you enjoyed it so much. White is a phenomenal writer -- one of my favorites! Yay!

  12. I so love this book too...for many reasons! I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! No need to enter me in the contest - Great review!

  13. Oh yes please enter me! I see what you mean by a Southern swing lately. This sounds quite interesting and I like to research the things I read as well. Plus Nancy Drew sold me :)


  14. Sounds like my type of book. I love when history is mixed in. Makes it interesting. Please enter me. :)

  15. The more I read about this book, the more I want to read it for myself. Please enter me in the giveaway, Staci! Thanks.

    literaryfeline AT gmail DOT com

  16. I love the sounds of this book. I would definitely like a chance.


  17. I got a copy of this from the publisher and have started it, but had to set it aside for a book club read. I'm looking forward to getting back to it. And I know someone who has a bottle tree! :)

  18. This South Carolina gal would love to read this!!


  19. Another great tour book. You are really lucking out. This one sounds terrific. I like the quote below the picture. Beautiful writing.

  20. It sounds wonderful, thanks for the chance to win.

  21. I really enjoy Karen White, so I would love to be entered!


  22. Sounds like a wonderful read and I'm wishing I would have signed up for this one now. Thanks for the review.

  23. This book sounds awesome. I love the bottle trees idea. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

    lillyswistek at gmail dot com

  24. Historical novel, plus mystery, and a good plot. Count me in!

    harvee44 at

  25. I would love a chance to win this. Count me in please.

    mommysreading at dassaro dot net

  26. I've never heard of bottle trees either. Looks like another one I have to add to my wish list.

  27. Great review, Staci!! I loved this one as well! You know, I had never heard of a bottle tree before, but am now quite intrigued, lol!


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