Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bardwell's Folly: A Love Story” as Want to Read:
Bardwell's Folly: A Love Story
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Bardwell's Folly: A Love Story

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Dori Bardwell's father was the white Southern author of THE novel about slavery, a man who settled his large family up north in a replica of a plantation house and never spoke of his past. A tragic accident pulled Dori from college to care for her only remaining brother, but now the money is running out, her ex-boyfriend appears intent on revenge, a media baron has designs ...more
Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Sheer Hubris Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bardwell's Folly, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bardwell's Folly

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.07  · 
Rating details
 ·  144 ratings  ·  16 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Bardwell's Folly: A Love Story
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a very pleasant read this was.
This authors work is always a delight to read.

It's like putting on a pair of comfy slippers, grab your throw, hot chocolate and laze on the sofa and read. That's how much I lover her books.
So pleasant to read and you don't have to work hard.

Dori and her brother live in a house that replicates their Fathers house, a southern plantation house, this is in Massachusetts.

It's known historically as Bardwell House.

There's a lot of controversy, family secrets and even
Writer's Relief
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the tragic deaths of their parents and siblings, Eudora (Dori) Bardwell was forced to leave college to care for her brother, Salinger, in the family’s home. Their father, Nathaniel, author of a famous novel about slavery, had left the plantation-style house to a trust, but now that trust is in financial crisis. Two new trustees are elected to try to sort things out: a wealthy media magnate who is way too interested in the manuscript Nathaniel left unfinished, and Dori’s ex-boyfriend, Joe G ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a most interesting and surprising read. Dori Bardwell is just about coping with her father's literary legacy and his big old house she can't afford to keep up much longer, an old boyfriend and a new friend, her exhausting job, her stoner brother, and annoying ladies at teatime. But it all becomes too much when she's plunged into the middle of a social media controversy over an ill-considered racist joke. She escapes into the pull of a past she's always avoided, and goes in search of ans ...more
Pamela Faust
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this because I enjoyed The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire. The main character’s name, Dori, was adorable and I thought the Robert Putney-Lewis guy would be a good villain because of his detestable name. I was a little disappointed that he wasn’t really that bad (his dad was), but generally happy with how he turned out. I love this author’s style of making us privy to what the character is thinking, despite how inappropriate it probably is. It makes me stop and be grateful t ...more
Harry Ramble
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging romantic tale with some surprising and rewarding twists

This is the second novel of Sandra Hutchison’s I have read (The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire was the first) and she has a crafty way of leading you by the hand to unexpected destinations. Bardwell’s Folly starts out in a comfortable place, with all the characters and trappings of a cozy pastoral romantic comedy, then expands gradually into something else: a journey of self discovery that involves elements of racial strife and c
Courtney Stuart
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Eudora (Dori) Bardwell is one of two children left in the Bardwell family after a tragic accident killed her entire family. Her father was a Pulitzer Prize winning author who wrote one of the best known books on anti-slavery. He died with somewhat grandiose ideas as to his legacy which left his two surviving children in virtual poverty. Dori is working two jobs to make ends meet. The family home has been left to create a memorial focused on her fathers writing and she is left to the mercy of the ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-2016
Bardwell's Folly is hard to nail down. Is it literary fiction or women's fiction? Is it humorous and satirical or serious? Should a reader come away being entertained by the story as told, or is there some hidden meaning or point to be gleaned by looking a little deeper?

The answers to all of these questions are obviously a big resounding yes. Or no. Whatever you want the answer to be to any of those questions including “all of the above,” it fits the bill. I was amused by Dori, but still took wh
Rita Talsma
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

When I see the romance genre heading I expect a bit of fluff and a quick read with plots that carry over again and again. Not so, this. Funny, thought provoking, intelligent and time well spent with characters who felt very real.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two -- Two -- Two Books In One!

This is the story of Dori, a red-headed, underemployed, fledgling spinster living in a rapidly dilapidating mansion in the Berkshires willed to her by her Pulitzer Prize-winning father who also left her no money. One day, Dori runs into her high school sweetheart, Joe, who she hasn’t talked with in a decade due to a very public argument that ended their relationship. He’s still a hottie; even hotter since they dated because now he’s a volunteer firefighter who owns
Donna Engler
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it.

However, I wasn’t ready for the rather abrupt ending. I think there should be a follow up book when Dori really does get a degree and after she and Joe have one or two kids. I loved that she had an African-American friend. I’d love to read more about that friendship. I really feel there should be more to the story.
Debra Davis
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bardwell's Folly

When I started reading, I wondered where is this going? I thoroughly hated "the board" and the control over the surviving two children. I appreciated the brother just slugging the board. The significant portion of the book is the trip to meet Dori's grandparents. Maya brought so much social relevance into the plot. Definitely recommend this book.
Becky Burciaga
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
What could have been view as just another romance goes much deeper with family secrets and race relations...the characters move through the story with humor and grace. There is an immediate connection with the characters who are rich and multidimensional. This author is new to me, but having enjoyed this story so much...I couldn't put it down once I started reading...I know I'll be seeking out more of her books.

This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a thought provoking story of a young woman's emotional journey, a story of loss and consequences. It is well worth the read. ...more
Jennifer Worsham
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sandra Hutchison has done it again! Like The Awful Mess: A Love Story and The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire before it, Bardwell's Folly appears on first glance to be a typical book about women and human interactions in modern day life. But a few pages down the road, you really want to know more about each character. You're pulled in, and surprised by events and people's reactions to them. All three of her novels are the kind of books you keep trying to read while making dinner and after it's be ...more
Kelly Tyree
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Barwell's Folly was a book that really highlighted and explored the life of an author who was tragically killed along with his wife and some of his children. Dori Bardwell and her brother are the only family that was not killed. Her father was a white author who wrote a book about slavery. He even had a replica plantation house built. Dori resides in the home but it is maintained through a foundation that her father set up. Dori struggles with the feelings she has about her father. He was an alc ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read Sandra Hutchison’s first two novels (The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire and The Awful Mess) and loved them both. Now there is a third novel for me to love and tell all my reader friends to grab a copy.

In this story, Eudora “Dori” Bardwell and her stoner brother, Salinger, are living in a small town in upper Massachusetts. The house is a replica of a southern plantation home her father, Bedford Bardwell, built as a living legacy to himself and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Tea and S
Dolores Seamon
rated it it was amazing
Nov 29, 2017
iris roth
rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2017
Helen Sica
rated it liked it
Mar 09, 2019
Debbie Ellis
rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2019
Duane R Rubash
rated it really liked it
Dec 15, 2018
shirley williams
rated it it was amazing
Feb 02, 2017
Jane Berezow
rated it it was ok
May 07, 2022
Susan Meyer
rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2019
rated it really liked it
Dec 09, 2016
Susan Cole
rated it it was amazing
May 05, 2017
rated it liked it
Dec 21, 2016
Patti Gilliland
rated it liked it
Mar 05, 2017
Robert N McCoy
rated it really liked it
Mar 15, 2017
rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • French Braid
  • Above the Bay of Angels
  • The Road She Left Behind
  • The Emerald Horizon (The Star and the Shamrock #2)
  • Everything You Are
  • The Homecoming of Bubbles O'Leary (The Tour #4)
  • A Nantucket Affair (Nantucket Beach Plum Cove, #4)
  • A Riviera Retreat
  • The Tour
  • Murder and a Christmas Gift (Evie Parker Mystery #7)
  • A Christmas Caper (Sugar Martin Vintage Cozy Mysteries Book 3)
  • A Grave Gala (Sugar Martin Vintage Cozy Mysteries Book 2)
  • Murder at the Seaside Hotel (Evie Parker Mystery #5)
  • House Party Murder Rap (Evie Parker Mystery #1)
  • Murder at the Tea Party (Evie Parker Mystery #2)
  • Hit List (Stone Barrington, #53)
  • The Summer Sisters (The Waratah Inn #3)
  • Christmas at the Waratah Inn (Waratah Inn, #4)
See similar books…
Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Sandra Hutchison survived her parents' move to the small town of Greenfield, Massachusetts and eventually stopped sulking about it, though it's possible she's still working it out in her fiction. She currently lives in upstate New York.

A former adjunct professor, high school English teacher, acquisitions editor, marketing manager, creative director, and freel

News & Interviews

For those with a taste for nonfiction—or even just a curiosity about what’s out there—we’ve gathered below the most popular nonfiction titles...
18 likes · 5 comments