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Monday, June 27, 2011

Folly Beach Giveaway and Review

Cate Cooper had the life most would envy. She had a beautiful mansion, great staff to wait upon her every need, family and friends who adored her and a husband who worked hard to get everything in life he believe he deserved. Yet Addison would stop at nothing to get what he wanted, no matter who he had to climb over to get it.

So besides the grief Cate feels when she finds Addison has committed suicide leaving behind the remnants of a sorry note, she is not ready for just how upside down her world is about to become. When women at the funeral announce they have not only been sleeping with her husband, some wonder who will provide for the children they had with Addison. She also learns that everything in her life will be taken from her leaving her with only her children and friends she can rely on.

Losing her home and everything in it, she agrees to move to Folly Beach to help her Aunt Daisy take care of some rental properties. She begins to restore her life as she stays in a home called Porgy which her aunt has named after the Heywards, who apparently stayed in the home during their lifetime while writing Porgy and Bess. It's through her time here that Cate begins to learn more about herself and the life she has left behind.

In the book, Folly Beach by Dorothy Benton Frank, the reader is delighted to a play woven into a fiction story. Part of the book involved a play involving Dorothy and DuBose living in their home in Folly Beach from their time as playwrites and actors from the 1920's and 30's. This play will eventually be something that Cate will write after spending time in the home and researching the characters of the Heywards while trying to get her own life right again. So what the reader is getting is a foreshadowing of Cate's future life as she uncovers more about the life of the Heywards.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and LOVED it once I got the hang of how the story was woven together. I truly felt for the character of Cate who was dealt an unfortunate hand in losing her husband and in learning what a dual life he lived. This book is a great summer read and rates a 5 out of 5 stars. I love the duality that you get in a sense of having two books in one.

For more great information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, click on the link below:

Thanks to the generous folks at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a copy of this book to one lucky follower of this blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. Must be a follower of Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address.

3. I need a way to contact you if you're the lucky winner, so please be sure to include your email address along with a comment of why you would love to win a copy. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. The giveaway will end on July 5th, so please be sure to leave me a comment telling me why you would love to win a copy. I will notify the winner by email.


  1. What a heart-wrenching story. The kind that God can mend in a beautiful way!

    I am a follower.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. Very heartbreaking, if pain doesn't kill us, we learn from it. I am a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank. My favorite is Shem Creek.


  3. I've never read any of her books but I've heard they are very good! I'd love to read this one!
    I follow on GFC
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  4. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Sounds like a really great read.

  5. Yes I am a email subscriber.
    Sounds like a tear jerker of a book please enter me.


  6. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel...i enjoy reading dorthea benton frank's books very, very much :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. I'm glad it all worked for you once you got into it - thanks for being a part of the tour!

  8. I am looking for a great summer read. Everything happens for a reason.
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  9. I am a GFC follower

    This sounds like a wonderful story.

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  10. Sounds like a great beach read. I'm a GFC follower: theresan
    Theresa N

  11. I love her books. Anything with a beach would be a good read for the summer.

  12. I would like to win this to enjoy on the beach. I could get lost in it.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  13. What an inviting cover, please count me in for the giveaway, I follow your blog via GFC. kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

  14. I've loved every book I've read by Dorothea Benton Frank. Glad to know how much you liked this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy for myself!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  15. This sounds like a good read—please enter me to win! I follow you via Networked Blogs!

  16. Sounds like it would be a good summer read. (It does have the word 'beach' in the title!)

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  17. Wow! This sounds like such a great book! After reading the description above I went through a variety of emotions: sad that Cate lost her husband and that he committed suicide. But as I read on, I began to feel incredibly angry that her husband left her is such a lousy situation........I now want to read this book to find out what happens next.

    I am a follower, an email subscriber, and I live in the USA. Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  18. Sounds like an interesting storyline. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com


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