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Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel Paperback – August 5, 2014
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What I liked:
I love a good southern novel and this book hits the spot on that front. Boykin is from the south and you can tell it. People who write about the south often don't understand that southern mentality unless they have lived it and it's obvious on every page that this author knows her stuff. I loved the feel of this novel, from the cover to the smooth prose to the general air of southern charm and hospitality. Boykin was able to capture the time she wrote about in such vivid detail and expression. I loved that and I think it made this novel believable and enchanting.
Vada Hadley was girl after my own heart. As my grandfather used to say, "she knew her own mind!" Marriage in general, back in the old days had little to do with love and a lot to do with family. Combing fortunes and making family empires bigger and stronger. That was certainly a factor in marrying Vada off to Justin McLeod. She didn't love him and he didn't love her. Not exactly a marriage made in heaven, but it was what her family wanted. I was glad that Vada struck out on her own and found out what she really wanted in life. Sometimes it all about learning who you are and not about what others expect of you.Read more ›
Palmetto Moon is an easy read, I finished it in a busy day and a couple of hours the next. I like that there were no hot and heavy sex scenes, since I don't read them anyway, I didn't have to skip over them! Yay!
The lead and secondary characters are well-developed. The plot flows and I identified with the characters. Her descriptions of places were accurate (I temporarily live near Memphis and part of this story takes place there).
I did feel cheated a bit in that I didn't get to know Darby better. Everyone else seemed to know all about her in the book but the reader wasn't given too many details.
All in all a great summer read. :D
Read this story if...
*you love southern fiction
*you love fairy tales
*you love quick, light reads
*you love a happy ending
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having the story set in 1947 Charleston gave everything a classic southern charm that really added to the characters and setting. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really loved this book! It was an easy read that kept my attention. After reading this book, I had the pleasure of inviting the author, Kim Boykin, to our book club. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
By Melissa Amster
Kim Boykin’s novels have come highly recommended through one of the Facebook reading groups I participate in. Read more
Beautifully written story with memorable characters set in 1947 Charleston. This is the second book of Kim Boykin's that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Book Hoarder Letty
This story runs slow as molasses, but in a good way. Once you calm down and go with the tempo of the writer, it is a very enjoyable read and not what I expected. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DeLane Califf
Some parts weren't believable to me, but the characters were endearing and I like the way the story was set in 1947 in Charleston. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
I had very high hopes for this book. However, it didn't quite meet the expectations I had. The characters development was weak other than for the main character, Vada Hadley. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ali McKinney