Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: The Secret to Southern Charm (Peachtree Bluff #2) by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The Secret to Southern Charm (Peachtree Bluff #2) by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Blurb from Goodreads:
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 Review:
Although I was a bit tentative to start this one given how book 1 in this series ended, I am pleased to say that I loved this book even more than the first.  First, the characters are all so well developed.  Next, I love the alternating POV just as much as I did in the first book - so well written and seamless.  Finally, I love the setting.  Such a perfect beach read!  These books are not trite at all but they are so enjoyable even in the midst of hard times and a realistic portrayal of family.  I can't wait for book 3!

The Secret to Southern Charm comes out next week on April 3, 2018 and you can purchase HERE. You can read my review of the first book in this series HERE.
But, no matter how happy you are in your marriage--and, believe me, I was--marriage is real life and it's real work. There are bills to pay, taxes to figure, laundry to be done, decisions to make.  The love is real, but the stress is real, too. While I was deeply happy in my life with Carter, there was no doubt that my mind wandered every now and then to that simpler time 
I understand with every ounce of my being that this is why people have affairs; this is how they convince themselves that they are in love with someone else. It's easy to resurrect that forgotten feeling when you have no responsibilities.


  1. I didn't request this one because I didn't love book one but sounds like I should give this one a shot!

  2. Thank you for this review and for taking time to read The Secret To Southern Charm!!!!


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