FOLLY COVE

Holly Robinson

An emotional and rich new novel about family and secrets from the acclaimed author of Chance Harbor.
 
The Bradford sisters are famous in Rockport, Massachusetts: for their beauty, their singing voices, their legendary ancestors, and their elegant mother, Sarah, who has run the historic Folly Cove Inn alone ever since her husband disappeared.

The two youngest sisters, Anne and Elly, fled Folly Cove as soon as they could to pursue their dreams and escape the Bradford name, while Laura stayed and created a seemingly picture perfect life. After a series of bad decisions,

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An emotional and rich new novel about family and secrets from the acclaimed author of Chance Harbor.
 
The Bradford sisters are famous in Rockport, Massachusetts: for their beauty, their singing voices, their legendary ancestors, and their elegant mother, Sarah, who has run the historic Folly Cove Inn alone ever since her husband disappeared.

The two youngest sisters, Anne and Elly, fled Folly Cove as soon as they could to pursue their dreams and escape the Bradford name, while Laura stayed and created a seemingly picture perfect life. After a series of bad decisions, Anne has no choice but to come home and face her critical mother and eldest sister, reluctantly followed by Elly, another Bradford woman who’s hiding something.

As the three sisters plan a grand celebration for their mother’s birthday, they struggle to maintain the illusions about their lives that they’ve so carefully crafted. But when painful old wounds reopen and startling family secrets are revealed, they soon discover that even the seemingly unbreakable bonds of sisterhood can be tested…

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  • Berkley
  • Paperback
  • October 2016
  • 400 Pages
  • 9781101991534

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About Holly Robinson

Holly RobinsonHolly Robinson, an award-winning writer, has been a contributing editor to Ladies’ Home Journal and Parents, and her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Good Housekeeping, and More, among other publications. She lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband and their five children.

Praise

“Readers will be able to fly through the 400 pages of witty sarcasm, tearful revelations and sisterly bonding.”—RT Book Reviews

Discussion Questions

1. Why do you think Laura believed her husband, Jake, when he told her Anne tried to seduce him? What would you do if your husband said that about your own sister?

2. The sisters all have different relationships with their mother, Sarah, yet each of them feels like she’s a disappointment to her. Do you think Sarah loved her daughters equally? Is it even possible to love your children equally?

3. Laura stayed with Jake for many years despite the fact that he didn’t seem to desire her physically. What kept her in the marriage? Should she have left him sooner?

4. Were you disappointed by the resolution with Neil, or do you think it was better that the novel ended this way?

5. Two of the sisters, Anne and Elly, have lived away from home, while the third sister, Laura, stayed. How did leaving Folly Cove change Anne and Elly? Do you think it’s important to live away from the place where you grew up? Why or why not?

6. Why do you think Flossie stayed on at Folly Cove despite the tensions between her and Sarah? How would you describe the relationship between these two women?

7. If you had to predict what these characters will be doing five years after the novel ends, what would you say?