It’s time for another book review! This wonderful summer weather has been perfect for sitting on the porch and reading in the afternoons. I don’t know what it is about sitting on a porch, but it makes reading so pleasant. My most recent finished read is Slight South of Simply by Kristy Harvey. I downloaded it to my Kindle Paperwhite for the long Fourth of July weekend and just recently finished it.
This is the first book of the Peachtree Bluff series. The series takes place on the Georgia coast in Peachtree Bluff. The story centers around Ansley and her three grown daughters. Ansley is a 9/11 widow who lives in her family home on the coast. She’s built up her own interior design business and does well for herself. Peachtree Bluff is a small, idyllic coastal town where everyone knows everybody.
Coincidentally, all three of her daughters come home for various reasons, bring along their young children with them. Her oldest daughter Caroline’s 13-year marriage has ended after a horrible affair, leaving Caroline a single mom with one daughter and another on the way. Sloane, her middle daughter, is married to a serviceman who is deployed. The youngest daughter Emerson is an actress filming on location near Peachtree Bluff, and she also decides to stay at the family home for the summer.
As the summer goes on, it’s obvious that Ansley is overwhelmed by the girls being back home. Add to that, a blast from the past shows up and some of Ansley’s secrets that she’s kept from her girls are revealed.
I absolutely loved the characters. As far as my reading style, I prefer to read about strong characters who know themselves and yet still have room to grow. Each of the girls have a strong sense of self but each had obstacles to overcome. Since I don’t have any sisters, the sisters/mother relationship was really fun to read. I might have a somewhat idyllic view of sisters as an outsider, but their bond was inspiring.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted read this summer, take a look at this one! The second book in the series, The Secret to Southern Charm, was released this summer. I’ll be starting that one soon!
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