Best Five Books to Read to Get a Feel for the South Carolina Lowcountry


If you plan to visit South Carolina, a trip to the Lowcountry is a must. Situated along the South Carolina coast, the Lowcountry encapsulates a cluster of counties in the lower region of the state.

Whether it's a stroll through the downtown streets of Charleston, a frolic in the surf at Folly Beach, or a drive through picturesque Beaufort, the Lowcountry is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.

If you're planning a trip to the Lowcountry soon, or just want a beautiful setting to escape to, these five books are your best bets for getting a feel for what life in the Lowcountry is like.

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
A list about the Lowcountry is not complete without author Pat Conroy. The iconic writer known for The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini released South of Broad in 2009. The book follows the tumultuous life of Leopold Bloom King and his group of friends. The story is set in Charleston and spans two decades, drawing on themes of friendship, race, family, and love.

On Folly Beach by Karen White
Known for The House on Tradd Street series that is set in Charleston, author Karen White has also written several other novels set in the Lowcountry, including On Folly Beach. This enchanting novel takes place on Folly Beach, an island off the coast of Charleston, and follows Emmy Hamilton after the loss of her husband. Emmy buys a bookstore and comes across a box of love letters and is intrigued to follow the story behind the letters that ranges from WWII to modern day.

Pawleys Island by Dorothea Benton Frank
Set in the "arrogantly shabby" setting of Pawleys Island in Georgetown County, this book with the same name follows Rebecca Simms after the dissolution of her marriage. Rebecca comes to the island to make a fresh start, but a cast of island characters changes her life once she's invited into their circle of friendship.

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
The first installment of Monroe's Lowcountry Summer trilogy, The Summer Girls is set on Sullivan's Island, a seaside town in Charleston County. The novel follows Carson Muir and her dynamic relationship with her two half-sisters who return to their grandmother's beach house one summer.

Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs
Book one in the Tea Shop Mystery series, Death by Darjeeling takes place in Charleston and follows the adventures of Theodosia Browning, the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia caters events and is quite successful until an unfortunate event at a garden party. A guest is found dead and Theodosia is compelled out to find the real killer and save her business.

Rebecca S. Robertson is a freelance writer and co-owner of Design & Word in Myrtle Beach, SC. Along with a love of writing, she adores reading, traveling, cooking, and shopping.

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