The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey | Review

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.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

Book Details:

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Published by Gallery Books (April 3, 2018)
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Adult Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Family Relationships
Source: NetGalley
Format: Kindle, 400 pages
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Where to Buy:

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Review of The Secret to Southern Charm

When I completed reading the first book in this series, Slightly South of Simple, Book #1 in the Peachtree Bluff Series, I knew I had to read Book #2, The Secret to Southern Charm. Kristy Woodson Harvey introduced her readers to what appeared to be a charming family in Slightly South of Simple. The family consisted of a mom (Ansley) and her three adult daughters (Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson).

Each of the four women has a personal problem she is contending with in the first book. By the end, it appeared that each of them was nearing some sort of solution. But upon starting The Secret to Southern Charm, I’m sad to say their problems are still with them. No one seems to be making any progress toward resolution.

I grew tired of the rehash of these problems that four adult women can’t seem to bring under control. Complaining, crying, whining, and continuous tension did not make for a pleasant summer read.

However, Harvey continues to write with a fluid style, great descriptions and seems to have stalled here in her character development. Still looking forward to Book #3.

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Meet 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.

Connect with Kristy:
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Coming Soon:

The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall
Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

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