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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Epigraph

 

CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

CHAPTER 14

CHAPTER 15

CHAPTER 16

CHAPTER 17

CHAPTER 18

CHAPTER 19

CHAPTER 20

CHAPTER 21

CHAPTER 22

CHAPTER 23

CHAPTER 24

CHAPTER 25

CHAPTER 26

CHAPTER 27

CHAPTER 28

CHAPTER 29

CHAPTER 30

 

Author’s Note

CONVERSATION GUIDE

A CONVERSATION WITH KAREN WHITE

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

Praise for the Novels of Karen White

The House on Tradd Street

“Engaging. . . . The supernatural elements are not played for scares, but instead refine and reveal Melanie’s true character. . . . A fun and satisfying read, this series kickoff should hook a wide audience.”

—Publishers Weekly

 “The House on Tradd Street has it all: mystery, romance, and the paranormal including ghosts with quirky personalities. For me this is White’s best work and I am looking forward to the sequel.”

—BookLoons

 “White delivers funny characters, a solid plot, and an interesting twist in this novel about the South and its antebellum history.”

—Romantic Times

 “Has all the elements that have made Karen White’s books fan favorites: a Southern setting, a deeply emotional tale, and engaging characters. ”

—A Romance Review

 “The key to this quirky charmer is the depth of the lead characters, especially the heroine and even some of the ghosts. Fans of paranormal romantic suspense will want to read this wonderful tale as Karen White provides a fine treasure hunt mystery with a nasty spirit inside a warm romance in which readers will say yes that they believe in ghosts and in love.”

—Midwest Book Review

Written by today’s freshest new talents and selected by New American Library, NAL Accent novels touch on subjects close to a woman’s heart, from friendship to family to finding our place in the world. The Conversation Guides included in each book are intended to enrich the individual reading experience, as well as encourage us to explore these topics together—because books, and life, are meant for sharing. Visit us online at
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. “If you enjoy ghost stories with some mystery thrown into the mix, you are going to love this one. The sights and smells of the old house, along with excellent dialogue and good pacing, add up to a wonderful, mysterious, and ghostly tale.”

—Romance Reviews Today

 “Brilliant and engrossing . . . a rare gem . . . exquisitely told, rich in descriptions, and filled with multifaceted characters.”

—The Book Connection

 “Karen White is an extremely talented and colorful writer with tons of imagination. If you are not a believer of paranormal, you will be after reading this novel.”

—Fresh Fiction

 

The Memory of Water

 “Beautifully written and as lyrical as the tides. The Memory of Water speaks directly to the heart and will linger in yours long after you’ve read the final page. I loved this book!”

—Susan Crandall, author of Pitch Black

 “Karen White delivers a powerfully emotional blend of family secrets, Lowcountry lore, and love in The Memory of Water—who could ask for more?”

—Barbara Bretton, author of Just Desserts

 

Learning to Breathe

 “White creates a heartfelt story full of vibrant characters and emotion that leaves the reader satisfied yet hungry for more from this talented author.”

—Booklist

 “One of those stories where you savor every single word . . . a perfect 10.”

—Romance Reviews Today

 “Another one of Karen White’s emotional books! A joy to read!”

—The Best Reviews

 

Pieces of the Heart

 “Heartwarming and intense . . . a tale that resonates with the meaning of unconditional love.”

—Romantic Times (4 stars)

 “A terrific, insightful character study.”

—Midwest Book Review

The Color of Light

 “[White’s] prose is lyrical, and she weaves in elements of mysticism and romance without being heavy-handed. An accomplished novel.”

—Booklist

 “A story as rich as a coastal summer . . . dark secrets, heartache, a magnificent South Carolina setting, and a great love story.”

—New York Times bestselling author Deborah Smith

 “As lush as the Lowcountry, where the characters’ wounded souls come home to mend in unexpected and magical ways.”

—Patti Callahan Henry, author of Between the Tides

 

More Praise for the Novels of Karen White

 “The fresh voice of Karen White intrigues and delights.”

—Sandra Chastain, contributor to At Home in Mossy Creek

 “Warmly Southern and deeply moving.”

—New York Times bestselling author Deborah Smith

 “Karen White writes with passion and poignancy.”

—Deb Stover, award-winning author of Mulligan Magic

 “[A] sweet book . . . highly recommended.”

—Booklist

 “Karen White is one author you won’t forget. . . . This is a masterpiece in the study of relationships. Brava!”

—Reader to Reader Reviews

 “This is not only romance at its best—this is a fully realized view of life at its fullest.”

—Readers & Writers, Ink

 “After the Rain is an elegantly enchanting Southern novel. . . . Fans will recognize the beauty of White’s evocative prose.”


WordWeaving.com

 “In the tradition of Catherine Anderson and Deborah Smith, Karen White’s After the Rain is an incredibly poignant contemporary bursting with Southern charm.”

—Patricia Rouse, Rouse’s Romance Readers Groups

 “Don’t miss this book!”

—Rendezvous

NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY TITLES BY KAREN WHITE

The Girl on Legare Street

The House on Tradd Street

The Lost Hours

The Memory of Water

Pieces of the Heart

Learning to Breathe

The Color of Light

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First published by New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

 

First Printing, May 2010

 

Copyright © Harley House Books, LLC, 2010

All rights reserved

 

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA:

 

White, Karen (Karen S.)

On Folly Beach/Karen White. p. cm.

eISBN : 978-1-101-40437-9

1. Folly Beach (S.C.)—Fiction. 2. South Carolina—Fiction. 3. Bookstores—South Carolina—Folly Beach—Fiction. I. Title. PS3623.H5776O5 2010 813’.6—dc22 2009053832

 

 

 

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To my parents, Catherine Anne and Lloyd Sconiers.Thank you for your love and guidance.

Acknowledgments

 

I would like to thank the generous and gracious residents, past and present, of Folly Beach, South Carolina, especially Mary Rhodes, Bill Bryan, Ruth Rahaley, and Beth Lamm, for helping me with my research for this book. I would also like to extend a huge thank-you to the indomitable Marlene Estridge, city clerk for the city of Folly Beach, for the kind generosity of her time and information and her enormous patience with all of my questions. Now I know why there was a song written about her.

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