On Folly Beach is a great Summer Read. I think it was a great way to kick off my summer reading list! On Folly Beach combines two different eras with the connection of war. You start out in 1942 during WWII and you meet the main characters there, two sisters Maggie and her younger sister Lulu. They run a general store which ends up being more of a book store because Maggie likes to lend people books from her collection. She has a cousin Cat, who lives with them and you'll find out quickly that she's the antagonist in the story. The second era is present day 2009 and you meet Emmy who has lost her husband in Afghanistan and her world is completely devastated. Her mother owns a book store in Indiana and ends up talking her daughter, Emmy, into buying Folly Finds, the book store on Folly Beach that Maggie and Lulu had owned. What draws Emmy there is a box of books that she finds cryptic yet romantic messages in and she's determined to find out as much as she can about these mysterious messages.
She moves to Folly Beach and ends up meeting Lulu who is an old stubborn woman, who makes beautiful bottle trees to catch bad spirits and also to communicate with loved ones, you'll find out why she's like that when you read the book. And you end up seeing many similarities between Emmy and Maggie and what connects them in a way that only true loss can. The book goes back and forth between Maggie's era and Emmy's era and you see how their stories unfold and ultimately who is writing the messages in the books.
There's mystery, romance, and deception with a bunch of twists that make this novel and great read, during the Summertime or any season for that matter.