Welcome to another installment of Rebecca Reads. This is a series wherein I share my favorite books, book lists, and book reviews. If you are an avid reader like myself, I hope you find these posts helpful. Let me know if there are any books on your radar that you think I should include in this series. Today’s book is The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Harvey.
The Secret to Southern Charm is written by Kristy Harvey. This is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series. I reviewed the first one here. This series is about Ansley and her three daughters, Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. Due to personal circumstances of each daughter, they have come back to Peachtree Bluff to live for the summer with their mother.
Each book is about one daughter, while the mother’s story is overarching throughout the whole series. In the first book, we learn that Ansley has a serious secret she needs to hide from her daughters. Someone from her past arrives in Peachtree Bluff, and her world is thrown upside down.
In Secret to Southern Charm, the story focuses on Sloane. Her husband is deployed to Iraq and is missing in action. No one knows where he and his team are after their plane went down. Luckily, in steps Ansley’s brother Scott to try and save the day. It was so suspenseful (but in a good way) from beginning to end. As Sloane is going through a rollercoaster of emotions, she travels down memory lane to the beginning of their relationship and the secrets she holds close to her heart.
Add in Ansley’s ailing mother to the mix and the story kept me guessing the entire time. The characters are developed even further in this second book, so I really felt a connection with a few of them. I am amazed at how Kristy Harvey juggles all her main and side characters. At no time does it feel excessive; instead, the side characters add another dimension to the Peachtree Bluff life. For me, this book was a page turner and it was really hard to put it down!
I know that summer is nearing an end, so it feels weird to recommend a summer read. But, it’s still summer (and will feel like summer for quite some time). If you are need of a little literary escape, I highly recommend this series.
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