by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Series: Peachtree Bluff #1
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.
Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.
Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart
SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE by Kristy Woodson Harvey is the perfect book to take to the beach this summer.
The first in the Peachtree Bluff series, this women’s fiction novel takes you to the seaside town of Peachtree Bluff as Ansley finds her beachfront home filled to the brim. Her oldest daughter Caroline has a crisis, Sloane her second daughter’s husband is deployed and free spirit Emerson, her youngest, lands an acting job locally. Harvey delivers a heartfelt novel about sisters, family, love and loss. You’ll want to pack your bags and spend the summer with them.
The tale unfolds in alternating chapters between Caroline Murphy the eldest daughter of Ansley and Ansley herself as she reflects on her life, deals with a full house, and has a second chance at love. Life is messy, hard and never perfect but as Harvey shares the hardships in this families lives, she also shares the wonderful blessing and moments along the way.
Caroline fled Peachtree Bluff and headed back to her roots of New York. She had a plan and until a week ago the perfect life. Very pregnant with her second child, she is shocked when her husband James announces he is in love with someone else. A someone else who just happens to be a successful young model. Unable to deal, she packs her bags and heads home. I wasn’t sure of Caroline at first, she values things that don’t hold as much meaning to me, but as Harvey peeled back her layers she exposed a delightfully strong, level-headed woman I could relate to.
Ansley is a strong woman who lost her husband during 9-11 and I couldn’t help but admire her strength. I loved learning her history as she shared her marriage, her relationship with Jack and the children. The more Harvey shared the more I felt for and respected her. I loved the feud she has with the next door neighbor and her dealings with the community. The book offered a sense of community and welcomes readers with open arms.
We get to know the other sisters, but this was Caroline’s story. Sloane the middle child is married to a serviceman who is deployed. With her two children in tow, she heads home at Caroline’s urging. On the outside, Caroline seems like this perfectly calm military, mini-van, yoga pants loving, homeschooling Mom. But is it all an act? Emerson is a free-spirited actress whose career drives her. I am anxious to learn more about both of them.
SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF PERFECT delivers a compelling southern tale filled with secrets, love, and family all wrapped into a charming tale with humor and heart. Harvey captures the complexities of siblings, marriage, and family beautifully. I slipped into the tale and was completely at home. I loved the southern charm, the beachside setting and Ansley’s secrets.
The next book, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, will share Sloane’s story and continues Ansley’s. I cannot wait!!Make Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey your next beach read. Click To Tweet
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