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On Folly Beach by Karen   White
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Aug 21, 2010

really liked it
Read from August 17 to 21, 2010

I really enjoyed this book set on the beach in the SC lowcountry. The author used the very popular style of tying two related story lines... set 60 years apart... together into one cohesive novel. The book explores how the life of Maggie O'Shea in 1943 affects the modern day life of recent war widow Emma in 2009.

As is the case in most books written this way, one story line is infinitely more interesting than the other. In this book the life of Maggie, her little sister Lulu and their cousin Cat is what keeps you turning the pages for more. The more modern story line of Emma and the descendents of Maggie tends to slow down the narrative and bog the reader down. I ended up skimming the overly descriptive and emotional sections in the Emma story just to get back to Maggie's story quicker.

Overall though a really good book that will evoke suprising emotion and give the reader not only a wonderful story but some interesting information about life in the US during WW2.
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