Book Review – The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The secret is out…the wait is over!

The Secret to Southern Charm, the next installment of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff series has been released!

As I have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Kristy’s work which includes her previous novels and the blog, Design Chic which she writes with her mom.  Obviously, I was thrilled when she offered to send me an advance copy of her latest masterpiece!  *All opinions expressed are my own.

Review of The Secret to Southern Charm

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The Secret to Southern Charm picks up where the first novel in the series, Slightly South of Simple, left off.  Kristy does a fantastic job catching the reader up so it’s not essential that you read the first book – but I highly recommend it!  After reading the first in the series, I couldn’t wait to revisit the characters I had grown to love.  What a treat to to return to the sleepy southern town of my dreams.

The Secret to Southern Charm Review

The Secret to Southern Charm

Be ready to laugh, cry and lose some sleep because you won’t be able to put this one down!  The Secret to Southern Charm is a beautifully written story full of love, heartbreak, suspense and of course, that sweet southern charm!  Interior design enthusiasts will love envisioning the lovely decor of the charming southern homes.  Those homes provide the calming background for the complicated lives of the characters.

To give you a taste of the story, I have included an excerpt from

One of Southern Living’s Best Spring Break Reads

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).

Summer Reading Recommendation - The Secret to Southern Charm

(Book photos are by Smith Hardy Photography @smith_hardy_photo)

The Secret to Southern Charm would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift or a great addition to your summer reading list… if you can wait that long to read it!

*Thanks again to Kristy Woodson Harvey for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

If you would like to read the reviews I have written for her other novels, please click the links below:

Slightly South of Simple
Lies and Other Acts of Love
Dear Carolina

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  1. Thank you so much sweet friend for all your support and the wonderful review! You're the best!! xoxo Kristy

  2. Shelley, wow, that sounds like a good one! I'm adding it to my list and will come back and order it through your links when the time comes. (Since we can't get credit for our own Amazon orders, I like to start my shopping through another affiliate's site.)

  3. This is definitely on my to read list. I had the first one on my list but I still haven't read it yet. I think I was waiting for summer since these sort of seem like summer reads. Glad to you you liked it and are recommending it. Visiting via Saturday Sparks Link event.

  4. I haven't read any of her books, but this certainly sounds good! Thanks for sharing it on Party in Your PJ's! Pinned

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