Monday, February 5, 2018

The Secret To Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

My Thoughts
This is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series and Kristy does not disappoint!  I loved every page from beginning to end and have already inquired with Kristy when #3 will be out! 
Sloan's husband is MIA and at the start of this novel she is inconsolable and hasn't left her room for weeks.  If you were in the same situation, would that be you?  I believe that I would follow the same pattern.
Little by little her mother and sisters try to get her out of her shell and her niece breaks through at one point and that was the push that she needed.
Her mother, Ansley, on the other hand has her own demons that she has to figure out and muddle her way through. 
But she realizes that it never seems to be a good time to go down that path - with her mother's illness and Sloane's husband MIA and Caroline's husband fooling around, when will these poor woman get a break to breathe and rebuild!
Little by little they start to find their way and they leave you wanting to know more by the end!

Drink Selection
I located the PERFECT drink - The Southern Charm  - a little bourbon, a little Southern comfort (and a few other details and there you have it! 

5 wine glasses all the way!  No explanation needed!
About the Author
Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's school of journalism and holds a Master's in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.

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