Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale : With its glistening sandy beaches, laidback Southern charm, and enticing Gullah tradition, Folly Beach has long been one of South Carolina's most historic and romantic spots. It is also the land of Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she'd return to the rambling beach house named for this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, thanks to her newly dead husband, whose financial and emotional perfidy have left Cate homeless, broke, and unmoored. Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories. Once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort within its welcoming arms. An artist, writer, and sometime colleague of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Hayward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly with her beloved husband, DuBose. And though the Haywards are long gone, their passion and spirit lingers in every mango sunset and gentle ocean breeze.