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FOLLY BEACH by Dorthea Benton Frank

I had the good fortune this past spring to spend a couple of days on Folly Beach, South Carolina, so of course when this book crossed my desk I was intrigued. I was expecting a total beach read and it was that but with an added dose of historical fiction thrown in which is always a good thing for me!

"Folly Beach" by Dorothea Benton Frank, alternates between telling the story of Cate Cooper, a recent widow, who returns to her childhood home on Folly Beach to find out who she really always was meant to be and the true story of Dorothy and Du Bose Heyward, who co-wrote "Porgy and Bess" with George Gershwin. Both stories play out while the characters stay in the "Porgy House" at Folly Beach and that is what weaves the stories together.

If you are looking for a light beach read with an added touch of history, "Folly Beach" is perfect for you!

HEFT by Liz Moore

"Arthur Opp is heartbreaking. A 58-year old former professor of literature, he weighs 550 lbs., hasn't left his Brooklyn apartment in years and is acutely attuned to both the painful and analgesic dimensions of his self-imposed solitude. Kel Keller, a handsome and popular high school athlete whose mother drinks too much to take care of him or even herself, faces his own wrenching struggles. The pair, apparently connected only by a slender thread, at first seem unlikely as co-narrators and protagonists of this novel, but they both become genuine heroes as their separate journeys through loneliness finally intersect. Though Moore’s narrative is often deeply sad, it is never maudlin. She writes with compassion and emotional insight but resists sentimentality, briskly moving her plot forward, building suspense and empathy. Most impressive is her ability to thoroughly inhabit the minds of Arthur and Kel; these are robust, complex characters to champion, not pity. The single word of the title is obviously a reference to Arthur’s morbid obesity, but it also alludes to the weight of true feelings and the courage needed to confront them. Heft leads to hope." (People Magazine )

My daughter recommended this book to me and it IS a great read! I couldn’t do a better job than the reviewer above who sums this book up to perfection.

Give this captivating story a chance…you won’t be disappointed!

Holy Orders: A Quirke Novel by Benjamin Black

Dr. Quirke , pathologist, amateur detective, lover of brandy, brooder, and compelling character in several Benjamin Black (pen name of Man Booker Award winner novelist John Banville) novels is again asked by Dublin's Chief Inspector to go 'round with him to interview the possible suspects in a murder investigation. And so the plot quickly unfolds. Eventually, the murder is solved in a plot driven by the involvement of Phoebe, Quirke's daughter, as she becomes involved with the sister of the victim, as well as, the connections to the well loved parish priest, who is being shipped off to Africa, and the frightening, neighboring gypsy/tinker campers. In addition, to the vivid character descriptions of the story, the setting of 1950's Ireland contains intense foreboding, especially when the rains are only briefly interrupted by sunshine.

Paper Towns by John Green

John Green takes you through the souls and thoughts of what teens are thinking about as they enter and mature through their senior year. Paper Towns is a love story that we all can think back on from when we were in high school and makes you remember that ultimate crush you had.

Paper Towns takes you on an adventure through lost towns that are abandoned but never forgotten by Margo Roth Spieglman. As Margo’s “friend” Quentin goes to these paper towns he finds out who Margo Roth Spieglman truly is and that she is not a lost soul after all. This book even creates its own version of Wikipedia called Omnictionary. It is through Omnictionary that the adventurious suspense of where Margo Roth Spieglman can be found will come to fruition.

If you like suspense, true love and adventure, then this is the book for you.