The Secret to Southern Charm
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).

The Secret to Southern Charm Details

TitleThe Secret to Southern Charm
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ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501158100
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GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction

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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret to Southern CharmKristy Woodson HarveyMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫PUBLISHER Gallery BooksPUBLISHED April 3, 2018A warm, witty and entertaining book perfect for a sunny day at the beach.SUMMARYThis is the second novel in the Peachtree Bluff series which features the three Murphy sisters and their mother as they struggle with the hardships life throws at them. Sloane‘s world is turned upside down when she is told that her military-strong husband, Adam is missing in action in Iraq. Finding the streng The Secret to Southern CharmKristy Woodson HarveyMY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️PUBLISHER Gallery BooksPUBLISHED April 3, 2018A warm, witty and entertaining book perfect for a sunny day at the beach.SUMMARYThis is the second novel in the Peachtree Bluff series which features the three Murphy sisters and their mother as they struggle with the hardships life throws at them. Sloane‘s world is turned upside down when she is told that her military-strong husband, Adam is missing in action in Iraq. Finding the strength to climb out of bed or parent her two boys was impossible. Thankfully, her mother and sisters are there to help. Her mother Ansley puts her personal and work life on hold in order to support Sloane and to care for her own aging mother. Sisters, Caroline and Emerson are finally after three weeks able to coax Sloane out of bed. As she was emerging from her funk Sloane’s strategically place painting easel called out to her. She began painting again, and painting helped. But other family issues soon arose. Ansley’s mother health was declining, and Emerson didn’t feel well either. In the midst of all the chaos, a new neighbor moved in next door to Ansley. Actually, it was not a new neighbor but it was Jack, a lifelong friend and love-interest of Ansley’s. Jack holds all the secrets of her past. Jack was the one person she wanted a future with, but just not right now. REVIEWThis little gem should be devoured on a beautiful day at the beach with wine and special brownies. The Secrets of Southern Charm is three generations of strong women who face life’s major challenges and overcome. It may not be easy, but they do it. The characters are well-developed and the sense of family is beautiful and strong. Even the family friends are delightful. I want Kimmy and Hippie Hal hosting my next birthday party. And Kyle can deliver my coffee everyday...and I don’t even like coffee. Do you think I can get him to bring me a sweet ice tea instead! Kristy Harvey’s story telling is witty and warm. She creatively uses letters from Adam to Sloane before he was MIA to exhibit their loving relationship and highlight some of their issues. The tension Harvey created by Ansley’s fears of her past coming to light is very palpable and masterfully done. While I did not read Harvey’s first book in the Peachtree Bluff series it did not stop me from enjoying this one. Never once did I believe I was missing something, but just the same, I have ordered the first one, Slightly South of Simple, which will just have to be read second! I’ll bet it will be just as entertaining as this one. The Secret of Southern Charm is recommended for those who love Southern fiction or anyone who wants to know what the secret is!Thanks to Netgalley, Gallery Books, and Kristy Harvey for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chris Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    Touching story about family and life. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When it comes to family, it can be complicated. Arguments. Fights. Misunderstandings. When it all comes down to push and shove however, family is usually there to pick you up and brush you off.This story is about a typical southern family. It is second in the series but I never read the first book. However, I never felt lost about what I may have missed as the author reconstructed back stories as they applied.Told from a dual point Touching story about family and life. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When it comes to family, it can be complicated. Arguments. Fights. Misunderstandings. When it all comes down to push and shove however, family is usually there to pick you up and brush you off.This story is about a typical southern family. It is second in the series but I never read the first book. However, I never felt lost about what I may have missed as the author reconstructed back stories as they applied.Told from a dual point of view, daughter and mother, we get a peek inside of an emotional minefield family who’s husband and soldier was missing in action. It is heartbreaking and emotional, but yet we see how family is there to help with the healing process. The author teaches us that we can move on, existing, and still function even with a broken heart.And that’s just the daughter story. We also get mom‘s story. Emotional about caring for her mother. Her secrets. Her desires. We see that it’s hard to face the truth without hurting people. But this author took us on a ride of her anguished choices and the effects on her life.The story had a lot of ups and downs for me. Both women had secrets and lies that they had to deal with that changed their life and those around them. I don’t want to say there was a happy ever after per se, but choices were made that would put a smile on your face in the end.Delving into this family story will tie you up in their emotions and issues. This author writes a compelling and sometimes painful story that makes us thankful for family, messy or not. And she does it with beautiful southern charm.* copy received for review consideration* full review - http://amidlifewife.com/the-secret-to...
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret to Southern CharmKristy Woodson HarveyMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫PUBLISHER Gallery BooksPUBLISHED April 3, 2018A warm, witty and entertaining book perfect for a sunny day at the beach.SUMMARYThis is the second novel in the Peachtree Bluff series which features the three Murphy sisters and their mother as they struggle with the hardships life throws at them. Sloane‘s world is turned upside down when she is told that her military-strong husband, Adam is missing in action in Iraq. Finding the streng The Secret to Southern CharmKristy Woodson HarveyMY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️PUBLISHER Gallery BooksPUBLISHED April 3, 2018A warm, witty and entertaining book perfect for a sunny day at the beach.SUMMARYThis is the second novel in the Peachtree Bluff series which features the three Murphy sisters and their mother as they struggle with the hardships life throws at them. Sloane‘s world is turned upside down when she is told that her military-strong husband, Adam is missing in action in Iraq. Finding the strength to climb out of bed or parent her two boys was impossible. Thankfully, her mother and sisters are there to help. Her mother Ansley puts her personal and work life on hold in order to support Sloane and to care for her own aging mother. Sisters, Caroline and Emerson are finally after three weeks able to coax Sloane out of bed. As she was emerging from her funk Sloane’s strategically place painting easel called out to her. She began painting again, and painting helped. But other family issues soon arose. Ansley’s mother health was declining, and Emerson didn’t feel well either. In the midst of all the chaos, a new neighbor moved in next door to Ansley. Actually, it was not a new neighbor but it was Jack, a lifelong friend and love-interest of Ansley’s. Jack holds all the secrets of her past. Jack was the one person she wanted a future with, but just not right now. REVIEWThis little gem should be devoured on a beautiful day at the beach with wine and special brownies. The Secrets of Southern Charm is three generations of strong women who face life’s major challenges and overcome. It may not be easy, but they do it. The characters are well-developed and the sense of family is beautiful and strong. Even the family friends are delightful. I want Kimmy and Hippie Hal hosting my next birthday party. And Kyle can deliver my coffee everyday...and I don’t even like coffee. Do you think I can get him to bring me a sweet ice tea instead! Kristy Harvey’s story telling is witty and warm. She creatively uses letters from Adam to Sloane before he was MIA to exhibit their loving relationship and highlight some of their issues. The tension Harvey created by Ansley’s fears of her past coming to light is very palpable and masterfully done. While I did not read Harvey’s first book in the Peachtree Bluff series it did not stop me from enjoying this one. Never once did I believe I was missing something, but just the same, I have ordered the first one, Slightly South of Simple, which will just have to be read second! I’ll bet it will be just as entertaining as this one. The Secret of Southern Charm is recommended for those who love Southern fiction or anyone who wants to know what the secret is!Thanks to Netgalley, Gallery Books, and Kristy Harvey for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Last year I read Slightly South of Simple and fell head over heels in love with not only Peachtree Bluff, but also the characters and Harvey’s smooth, fluid writing. I couldn’t wait to revisit Ansley, Caroline, Sloane and Emerson and now I want to pack my stuff move to Peachtree Bluff! Ok, at least take a vacation there?!If the cover of STSC doesn’t make you long for warm weather then I don’t know what will, it’s gorgeous and the inside is just as pretty. This time around the story centers more Last year I read Slightly South of Simple and fell head over heels in love with not only Peachtree Bluff, but also the characters and Harvey’s smooth, fluid writing. I couldn’t wait to revisit Ansley, Caroline, Sloane and Emerson and now I want to pack my stuff move to Peachtree Bluff! Ok, at least take a vacation there?!If the cover of STSC doesn’t make you long for warm weather then I don’t know what will, it’s gorgeous and the inside is just as pretty. This time around the story centers more on Sloane and her despair and hopelessness as her husband Adam, is missing in action. It flips between her point of view and Ansley’s and the entire family is in crisis mode for various reasons. This was much more emotional for me than the first book, it played off of some of my own worst fears and Harvey writes with a passion that tugs on the heart, it’s beautiful and insightful.The characterization in this series is fantastic, this family of women are all relatable on some level and are the kind of people I would want as friends. I loved finding out more about Sloane, many of her chapters began with an old letter from Adam and they simultaneously broke my heart and made me swoon. You do still uncover some more details about the rest of the family, but Sloane is definitely front and center and her thoughts and feelings about motherhood, being a sister, wife and daughter were SO relatable that Harvey could be plucked them right out of my own head.Once again this had it all, family drama, secrets, romance, humor and charm, I literally cannot wait for the next book. This is one to pick up when you want to be lost in the pages of a book, pack it for your next vacation, I don’t think you’ll regret it.The Secret to Southern Charm in three words: Endearing, Warm and Wise.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    I love all books by Kristy Woodson Harvey. This is my 4th book of hers. I liked this one alright. I preferred her others. This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    A story of second chances, love, family, biology, nature v nurture, and the bond that can never be broken.Three sisters ( Sloan, Caroline, and Emerson) are involved in process of uncovering their true identity by way of their own mother (Ansley) who puts her own life on hold to process grief.So many troubled lives ; the passing of the girls father during 911 terror attack, the loss of their grandmother, the near loss of a sister who stricken and fallen ill yet through it all they uncover the tie A story of second chances, love, family, biology, nature v nurture, and the bond that can never be broken.Three sisters ( Sloan, Caroline, and Emerson) are involved in process of uncovering their true identity by way of their own mother (Ansley) who puts her own life on hold to process grief.So many troubled lives ; the passing of the girls father during 911 terror attack, the loss of their grandmother, the near loss of a sister who stricken and fallen ill yet through it all they uncover the tie that bonds them together.Questions arise over their biological parent yet what's love got to do with it is actually at stake because biology is only part of the story. Can you truly have it all? Can you have a blended happy family? Can a missed chance become a golden opportunity to find love later in life?Ansley has always been there for everyone else will her family do the same for her? When the going gets tough the tough get going and this story was a true southern charmer .The fact that Sloan's husband (Adam) has gone missing is just one more piece of the will to survive and see it through till the end.Nothing seems to break this family apart and nothing should if all goes well.I love stories that remind you of the real reason we all need love, support, guidance, nurturing, and affection. This is just one of those happy go lucky ones that you won't want to miss.Thank you to Kristy, NetGalley, and Aldiko for providing me this copy.I hope everyone enjoys this touching , heartfelt, romantic, and challenging story as much as I have.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret to Southern Charm is the second book in Harvey's Peachtree Bluff series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It picks right up where she left off in Slightly South of Simple (aren't these titles the best?) with Ansley and her daughters Caroline, Sloan, and Emerson. Grammy is there too, as well as the kids, the estranged husband, the old flame, and all of the loving members of the community. While the first book focused mostly on Caroline, this book moves over to Sloan and continues with the h The Secret to Southern Charm is the second book in Harvey's Peachtree Bluff series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It picks right up where she left off in Slightly South of Simple (aren't these titles the best?) with Ansley and her daughters Caroline, Sloan, and Emerson. Grammy is there too, as well as the kids, the estranged husband, the old flame, and all of the loving members of the community. While the first book focused mostly on Caroline, this book moves over to Sloan and continues with the heartaching drama that ended Slightly South's story. Charm weaves in Emerson as well, and I have a feeling the third installment will add more to her plate than anyone could have imagined. Ansley better gather her strength for this one. In the midst of everyone's stories, Harvey perfectly describes that southern atmosphere (and fantastic design choices) we love to read about and wish we lived in. Gorgeous sunsets, evenings on the porch, and loving neighbors wrap this family up in all the southern charm (see what I did there?). Escape to Peachtree Bluff and spend some time with the gals. Grab some wine while you're at it. I received an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Note - this is Book 2 in the Peachtree Bluff series. You need to read these books in order to get the most enjoyment out of them."This putting on a brave face, carrying on, helping others, being kind and humble and giving, believing with all your heart that the world could be a better place and that maybe you could make it that way...that was Southern charm."The second book in the Peachtree Bluff trilogy takes us back to Georgia and the family that we loved from book 1 - Ansley, the mom, and her Note - this is Book 2 in the Peachtree Bluff series. You need to read these books in order to get the most enjoyment out of them."This putting on a brave face, carrying on, helping others, being kind and humble and giving, believing with all your heart that the world could be a better place and that maybe you could make it that way...that was Southern charm."The second book in the Peachtree Bluff trilogy takes us back to Georgia and the family that we loved from book 1 - Ansley, the mom, and her three daughters - Caroline, Sloane and Emerson. Book 1 centered on Caroline's life and book 2 centers on Sloane but both books are about the issues facing a family and the love and unbreakable bond between the family members.This is a fantastic book by a wonderful author who always writes believable characters. I live in the South and I know these people in my day to day life and I was so happy to have them back for book 2 and can't wait to read about them again in book 3. Once you get to know the family, you'll laugh with them and cry a few tears and think about them long after you read the last page. I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    the secret to southern charmByKristy Woodson HarveyWhat it's all about...This book is the second book in this author’s Peachtree Bluff Series. It literally takes up where slightly south of simple stops. Ansley...still has her three daughters, their children and all of their issues living with her. In this book even more family drama has been added. The nature of Ansley’s first two daughters conception is always just about to be revealed but Ansley never quite manages to tell them the truth. Her the secret to southern charmByKristy Woodson HarveyWhat it's all about...This book is the second book in this author’s Peachtree Bluff Series. It literally takes up where slightly south of simple stops. Ansley...still has her three daughters, their children and all of their issues living with her. In this book even more family drama has been added. The nature of Ansley’s first two daughters conception is always just about to be revealed but Ansley never quite manages to tell them the truth. Her relationship with almost boyfriend Jack is in jeopardy even though he lives just next door. Her mother is living with her, too, due to health issues. Thank goodness for big houses, houses down the street and guest houses. I enjoyed this book but I would have been lost without reading the first book. These books are so connected that their true enjoyment would be lost without each other. And be prepared because this book ends in such a manner that you know another book has to be in the works. Why I wanted to read it...I wanted to read this book because I really enjoyed the first book and this one just began right where the first one stopped. It’s almost difficult to discuss this book without discussing the first book because they are so connected. What made me truly enjoy this book...I loved all of these characters for a myriad of different reasons. Ansley and her daughters Caroline, Sloane and Emerson were entwined in each other’s lives and dramas. There were beautiful as well as sad scenes in this book. While reading it I felt as though I was learning some valuable life lessons. But also while reading it I questioned some of this books issues...everyone but Caroline and Sloane seemed to have some idea of who their sperm donor was...and the way they were conceived just seemed unlikely to me...you will have to read both books and see if you agree with me about this. Seriously! Why you should read it, too...If you love lovely Southern books that take place in quaint beachy towns and that have lots of lovely characters mixed in with a few irritating characters...this is a series that will provide you with delicious enjoyment. I know I shall be waiting for the next book...I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss and Amazon. It was my choice to read it and review it.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of “The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson HarveyKudos to Author Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of “The Secret to Southern Charm”, the sequel to “Simply South of Simple” for writing such a captivating, heartwarming, emotional, intriguing and enjoyable novel. I spent the weekend having a Kristy Woodson Harvey Marathon,, because I wanted to read both books, and enjoyed them. I loved both books and do want “MORE” as soon as possible. I think this novel can be read as a stand alone My Review of “The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson HarveyKudos to Author Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of “The Secret to Southern Charm”, the sequel to “Simply South of Simple” for writing such a captivating, heartwarming, emotional, intriguing and enjoyable novel. I spent the weekend having a Kristy Woodson Harvey Marathon,, because I wanted to read both books, and enjoyed them. I loved both books and do want “MORE” as soon as possible. I think this novel can be read as a stand alone, however, I enjoyed the colorful cast of characters and became involved in the family drama and dynamics. The genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for the story is mostly in the present, but going to the past only when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The story takes place mostly in the southern town of Peachtree Bluff.Kristy Woodson Harvey has written about several generations of mothers, daughters, and sisters, and now there is a new generation,as the grandmother comes back to the home. Ansley owns the house, her daughters, their children and her ailing mom. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated, perhaps due to the circumstances. The daughters,(sisters) each have their own problems, and there are some dark secrets that exist in the family setting, that could possibly change the course of events in the story.The theme in this story seems to deal with second chances. Do people deserve a second chance? Can things be forgiven? Do you move on, or work at it? I love the way the author discusses the importance of family, support, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this charming, delightful, and intense family drama for readers that enjoy Women’s Fiction. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • Diane Perry
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I fell in love with the first book in the series. I was pleasantly surprised that this second book is even better. All of these characters are so relatable and loveable. This story puts a spotlight on Sloane and her marriage. We also see this family come together and support one another through heartbreak and fears. We see the strength and the resilience of all these women. Unputdownable!
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  • Ethel
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the series, the first being "Simply South of Simple." There is something about books in the Southern fictional genre that keeps pulling me to them. This was no different. The cast of characters in this novel are sincere, lovable and warm. Ansley, the mother and her 3 daughters set the stage for the hardships, secrets and love that keeps this a page turner. Sloane, whose husband Adam is MIA, Caroline who is separated from her husband James, and Emerson an actress and he This is the second book in the series, the first being "Simply South of Simple." There is something about books in the Southern fictional genre that keeps pulling me to them. This was no different. The cast of characters in this novel are sincere, lovable and warm. Ansley, the mother and her 3 daughters set the stage for the hardships, secrets and love that keeps this a page turner. Sloane, whose husband Adam is MIA, Caroline who is separated from her husband James, and Emerson an actress and her boyfriend Mark bring to life a Southern family in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia. What is the secret to Southern charm? Is it the accent? Is it the way a family comes together in times of need, there to hold each other up? Or is it the sentimental warmth that exudes from each of them or the way they approach the realities of life? It could be all of the above, but one thing for sure, this book took me in and wrapped me in its softness.While this is a sequel and told from a different perspective from the first, I know I will read the third in the series. My thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jessica Sorentino
    January 1, 1970
    When Slightly South of Simple came out last year, it immediately became my favorite beach read. Now in April, it's sequel: Secret to Southern Charm will be released. Everything I loved about the first book stays true in the second: the sweet narration, the easy-to-like characters, the southern lifestyle and the up-to-date references are all easily found in the pages. I wanted to read this book faster, but had no time! I encourage you to read Slightly South of Simple before Secret to Southern Cha When Slightly South of Simple came out last year, it immediately became my favorite beach read. Now in April, it's sequel: Secret to Southern Charm will be released. Everything I loved about the first book stays true in the second: the sweet narration, the easy-to-like characters, the southern lifestyle and the up-to-date references are all easily found in the pages. I wanted to read this book faster, but had no time! I encourage you to read Slightly South of Simple before Secret to Southern Charm to really enjoy this mother- (adult) daughter series.
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret to Southern Charm is a heartwarming book about three generations of women; women who love unconditionally and wholeheartedly; women who are harboring secrets, and pain, and loss. Reading their stories is like visiting with old friends; I’d like nothing better than to sit on the porch, drinking sweet tea, and have them spill their secrets and longings with me. In true southern style, this book is filled with charm, humor, and heart. This is the second book In the Peachtree Bluff series The Secret to Southern Charm is a heartwarming book about three generations of women; women who love unconditionally and wholeheartedly; women who are harboring secrets, and pain, and loss. Reading their stories is like visiting with old friends; I’d like nothing better than to sit on the porch, drinking sweet tea, and have them spill their secrets and longings with me. In true southern style, this book is filled with charm, humor, and heart. This is the second book In the Peachtree Bluff series, and it felt like I was going home, being reunited with old friends. Be sure to read the first book, Slightly South of Simple, so that you can get to know these women and the backstories that have brought them together. Kristy Woodson Harvey has become the queen of southern fiction with her poignant and heartfelt stories!
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret to Southern Charm is book 2 in the Peachtree Bluff series. I liked the first book, Slightly South of Simple, but absolutely adored book 2! I could picture myself with all these wonderful women, laughing, crying and drinking sweet tea. The Secret to Southern Charm is a heartwarming story of hope and second chances. I hope Kristy Woodson Harvey is hard at work on book #3 because I cannot wait to read more of this amazing series!
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  • Sharlene
    January 1, 1970
    Another successful visit to Peachtree Bluff. This is book two in the series. Ms. Harvey is definitely a voice in Southern fiction and I enjoyed this book immensely. We have the story of Sloane in this book and her dealing with her military husband missing in action. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading about family relationships. It will pull you in quickly and you will be gobbling up pages as you fall deeper in love with all the characters. A great read.
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  • Aida Alberto
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from NetGalley. Let me start with wow just wow. This book is fabulous. It yanks on your heart strings and you just have to continue reading. I honestly thought it was a light and fluffy piece of reading but it was anything but that. It's a strong complex story with characters you easily become emotionally invested in. Hurry and pre order this book so it'll be waiting for you on release day. Prepare to loose all track of time as you become engrossed in this book. Happy readin I received this book from NetGalley. Let me start with wow just wow. This book is fabulous. It yanks on your heart strings and you just have to continue reading. I honestly thought it was a light and fluffy piece of reading but it was anything but that. It's a strong complex story with characters you easily become emotionally invested in. Hurry and pre order this book so it'll be waiting for you on release day. Prepare to loose all track of time as you become engrossed in this book. Happy reading!
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  • Jamie Brenner
    January 1, 1970
    I love Southern fiction (Anne Rivers Siddons has always been one of my favorite storytellers) and with Kristy Woodson Harvey we really have a new, fresh voice in this space. The Secret to Southern Charm is s a delight: mothers and daughters, sisters and lost love, a lush setting. I just fell into it and had that lost-in-a book feeling the entire way through. Highly recommend.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 so I will round to 4. Full review to come on my blog, but overall I enjoyed it. Didn't realize it was a sequel until midway through, the first book is only $1.99 on Amazon (Kindle) right now so I just purchased it to read.
  • Kate Tilton
    January 1, 1970
    A great follow up to the first book in the series! Kristy has a skill of telling the greatest tales with seemingly ordinary people. Usually I look for fantasy stories for entertainment, but I adore the stories Kristy weaves of family, love, and the lies that could destroy it all.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    ****Spoilers ahead*****. I received a copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review so here it is. I wanted to like this book. I like the idea of this book and it really could have been a great book. Sadly it fell flat for me. It was like she wrote the story and then was told it wasn’t long enough. So instead of adding depth to the story, she just rehashed the same tired thoughts over and over. If I read one more time how Sloan’s felt Adam was the love of her life and how she knew from the ****Spoilers ahead*****. I received a copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review so here it is. I wanted to like this book. I like the idea of this book and it really could have been a great book. Sadly it fell flat for me. It was like she wrote the story and then was told it wasn’t long enough. So instead of adding depth to the story, she just rehashed the same tired thoughts over and over. If I read one more time how Sloan’s felt Adam was the love of her life and how she knew from the moment they met, it was meant to be, I might have tossed my phone out the window. Or from Ansley how she loved Jack and wanted to tell the girls he was their father but they just couldn’t ..... once was fine. Twice even. But over and over and over was just too much. The other big thing that bothered me was this: I am a Southern lady. We don’t throw name brands around like the breeze blows through the magnolias out back. If a woman starts brand dropping where I live, she’s a fake. And annoying. I don’t care what brand of lamps or carpet or shoes each person has on. It’s overly pretentious in my opinion.Now all that being said, the basic storyline was good. It had some merit. Just felt like the author was trying to crank out more words.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! I have fallen in love with this family and really enjoyed the second installment of their story. Kristy weaves such a wonderful storyline that made me feel like I was part of it. Now I can’t wait for book #3!
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. I perfect Beach read- light and fluffy but complex in some ways. I liked the main characters which is a plus.
  • Deirdre
    January 1, 1970
    Kristy Woodson Harvey was an intern at the newspaper where I work, so I've known her for a while. This books shows continued development in her writing, the plot is more complex, as are the characters. She does a great job with the three sisters all facing major life changes, and an equally great job writing about their mother, Ansley. 'Southern Carm" is about Sloane, the middle daughter, devastated when she learns her husband, Adam, is missing in Iraq. Ansley is caring not just for her daughter Kristy Woodson Harvey was an intern at the newspaper where I work, so I've known her for a while. This books shows continued development in her writing, the plot is more complex, as are the characters. She does a great job with the three sisters all facing major life changes, and an equally great job writing about their mother, Ansley. 'Southern Carm" is about Sloane, the middle daughter, devastated when she learns her husband, Adam, is missing in Iraq. Ansley is caring not just for her daughters and grandchildren, but her own mother, making this a multi-generational saga with lots of heart and plenty of complications. Look for a full review at www.SaliburyPost.com in late March.
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come soon,Quick thoughts:I adore Kristy Woodson Harvey's books and The Secret To Southern Charm has so much to enjoy.The relationship between the sisters. Ansley learning and thriving in her new phase of life. Coffee Kyle. How some secrets are slowly being uncovered. LOVE this book!
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  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I was extremely pleased to discover the sequel/second in a series to “Slightly South of Simple” just simply for the reason that the first book practically ended in a cliff hanger and we all screamed for more! You can’t have a book about 3 sisters not give each one their own platform to tell their story – and Ainsley hasn’t completed her journey either so I am already eage Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I was extremely pleased to discover the sequel/second in a series to “Slightly South of Simple” just simply for the reason that the first book practically ended in a cliff hanger and we all screamed for more! You can’t have a book about 3 sisters not give each one their own platform to tell their story – and Ainsley hasn’t completed her journey either so I am already eagerly waiting for the 3rd installment.What I loved: I felt that Ainsley grew as a person by leaps and bounds in this book. Having to face the loss of a 3rd family member – it takes so much love, patience, forgiveness, and strength that a person, albeit a fictional one at that, can come out of the experience completely changed.What I didn’t love: Am I horrible that I just don’t go gaga over Sloan and Adam as a couple? I read a caveman type attitude from Adam and see major issues for them in the future as he adjusts to a different military life. In face, outside of Jack – most of the men in this series seem to have an off-putting vibe.What I learned: Children can remember even the smallest detail from the past – even when you think they aren’t paying attention.Overall Grade: B+www.FluffSmutandMurder.com
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  • Paula Pugh
    January 1, 1970
    So many stories within one family make for a delightful read. Strength is found when none was present and decisions are made that seemed impossible. This is the story of the struggles of four women-a mother and her three daughters- as they navigate the rough waters of life. Slone’s husband has been reported missing in action with no information on his whereabouts. Emerson is home to evaluate her career as an actress and has a health issue plaguing her. Caroline is recovering from a cheating husb So many stories within one family make for a delightful read. Strength is found when none was present and decisions are made that seemed impossible. This is the story of the struggles of four women-a mother and her three daughters- as they navigate the rough waters of life. Slone’s husband has been reported missing in action with no information on his whereabouts. Emerson is home to evaluate her career as an actress and has a health issue plaguing her. Caroline is recovering from a cheating husband and coping with making a decision to leave him or try to make things work. Ansley, the mother, is at a crossroad in her relationship with her long term love, Jack, a man she shares a deep history with and who she has always loved. The women find strength, comfort and wisdom in each other as they deal with the uncertainty they all face.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I came into this having not read the first book, and was definitely among those begging for a third in the Peachtree Bluff series! I absolutely adored this book. I have to be honest with you, when it starts off with a deployment missing in action situation, as a military wife, I braced myself for one of two things. Either it wouldn't feel realistic to me, as I've found a lot of fictionalized military life to be so far away from my real world experiences that it's turned me off what might've been I came into this having not read the first book, and was definitely among those begging for a third in the Peachtree Bluff series! I absolutely adored this book. I have to be honest with you, when it starts off with a deployment missing in action situation, as a military wife, I braced myself for one of two things. Either it wouldn't feel realistic to me, as I've found a lot of fictionalized military life to be so far away from my real world experiences that it's turned me off what might've been a great story. Or it would hit so close to home and real world military wife worries that I wouldn't be able to read it. To me, the story was closer to real world but mixed so beautifully in a story of family and love that it made it readable. I'm pretty sure every military wife has wondered if they'd be able to tell if something had happened to their husband while they were deployed. Would you wake up in the middle of the night and just know? I felt like the depiction of military life and deployment living was really accurate, down to the hidden credit card bill from buying your children thing to make up for their daddy being gone. I can SO relate.Along with the military story line, I loved everything about Peachtree Bluff, and this family. They are not all perfect, and holy cow have the girls underestimated the life their mother has lived! But the town reminds me of a southern Stars Hollow (of Gilmore Girls fame)...a place that seems so perfect, it can only live in fiction. The minor characters were wonderful and fully fleshed out, the setting painted with vivid colors, and Lord if I could have my last birthday be like the Grammy's!!This book is definitely sweet tea and sunshine wrapped up in binding, with a pretty lady in her swimsuit on the cover. Once again I'd say that I'm probably gravitating towards the more lighthearted books at the moment because I'm yearning for summer, and my mind isn't in the right place for thrillers and suspense. But I read this book cover to cover in one sitting, staying up WAY past my bedtime in the process, and immediately gushing on twitter (at like 3 am) that I LOVED it. I think you'll definitely enjoy it if you're a fan of Southern books and settings, beachy reads, and books that cover family dynamics and mother/daughter relationships.A huge thanks again to Kristy Woodson Harvey for sending me The Secret to Southern Charm! I can't wait to read Slightly South of Simple...even if it means reading the books out of order. I need more Ansley and her daughters.You can find the full review, and all of my writing at www.tomesandtequila.com
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    This warm and witty novel is the sequel to ‘Slightly South of Serious’ and is therefore the second in the Peachtree Bluff series. It is mainly set in and around the family summer home in Georgia, nestling beside the ocean and where the family are gathered together for the summer, fondly reminiscing about their idyllic childhoods. It is the story of a grandmother, a mother called Ansley and her three daughters Caroline, Sloane and Emerson, together with their children. Each of the adults is going This warm and witty novel is the sequel to ‘Slightly South of Serious’ and is therefore the second in the Peachtree Bluff series. It is mainly set in and around the family summer home in Georgia, nestling beside the ocean and where the family are gathered together for the summer, fondly reminiscing about their idyllic childhoods. It is the story of a grandmother, a mother called Ansley and her three daughters Caroline, Sloane and Emerson, together with their children. Each of the adults is going through very challenging times in their lives. It is an engaging saga about families, love, loss and second chances, with each character supporting the others and with their own story to tell.With tensions running high this beautifully written novel sizzles with action and the dilemmas of modern life. The characters are skilfully crafted, interesting and easy to relate to. In time as you read on they seem to become your own family circle and friends, so that you really care about what is happening in their lives. The story is told in a series of conversations and letters from the past, poured over and treasured. Heartbreakingly one husband is mourned, one is missing in action far away from home and another has cheated on his wife, but is remorseful and working hard towards a reunion. There are also new tender romances, family secrets, unexpected sadness and a few other surprises in store.I would like to thank Chicklit Club for sourcing this novel for me to read and review. Thanks also to publisher Gallery Books and to author Kristy Woodson Harvey who signed her gorgeous novel and matching card with a warm and friendly message just for me. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading the next in this lovely series.
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