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“In Kim Boykin’s novel, hair is not only wise, it’s witty and eloquent...The Wisdom of Hair is a lovely, engaging novel. Zora Adams is a heroine to root for!”—Wendy Wax, national bestselling author of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

The Wisdom of Hair has a big, beating heart, and I couldn’t put it down. What I loved best about the book was the pervasive kindness; page after page, good people try their best, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing. It’s hard to write an engaging novel about (mostly) nice people, but Kim Boykin has pulled it off.”—Ann Napolitano, author of A Good Hard Look

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Kim Boykin, author of The Wisdom of Hair, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes. Palmetto Moon is her second novel.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lowcountry
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425272109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425272107
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Palmetto Moon is a Lowcountry novel by Kim Boykin, a southern author with an air of sophistication and elegance. Her writing has all the southern charm and sweetness that can be wrapped up in a tale about a runaway bride. Palmetto Moon is set in the late 1940's when women were expected to be and act a certain way according to the conventions of the times especially in the south, but Vada Hadley had a mind of her own. Boykin knows her southern background and it's apparent on every page of this heartwarming novel. I'm looking forward to seeing where this author goes from here!

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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.
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This was an interesting take on a love story. Not often do we hear of a groom, especially a truly handsome and very wealthy one, being left at the altar. Our author has given us a story set in the genteel Southern society of Charleston to allow us to see inside the ways of wealthy families assuring that the name and corporate businesses will be retained for another generation by arranging marriages. But, despite the efforts of her parents our heroine runs away from her home on the eve of her wedding to take a job as a teacher in a tiny little Southern town. There she learns the true meaning of friendship as she befriends a penniless widow of a World War II soldier and her children. Sharing the small monies with which she has fled, she finds that helping someone else makes one's life totally different. She also learns that first impressions are not the lasting ones as she encounters a short order cook and falls truly in love. Just as things seem to be going well for her and she finds her place in a new society, her family locates her. The story is a bit predictable but is handled with such finesse of details that it makes for a very interesting read.
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LOVED IT! Kim Boykin's beautiful story and lovable characters bring to life why women's empowerment is so important. I couldn't put it down because I was rooting for the characters right up to the end. I needed to read a story like this about strong women who are respected and accepted by their lovers, families and friends. A book about women who bond together to achieve their goals. I don't like that women are constantly being called 'b*tches" in today's media ( music and films). Reality shows like 'The Real Housewives' are only able to achieve their highest ratings when female cast members are physically attacking each other. I think we have the opportunity to diffuse the messages being sent by today's media with more stories like Palmetto Moon. I believe that a woman who is able to achieve her highest potential will have very positive impact on her family and community just like we see play out with Kim's characters. Great book.
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I know the Lowcountry well and I enjoyed reading and learning about this time period.

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
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This was a very readable if predictable book. I enjoyed the setting and I liked the parts about Vada in the rooming house. That was interesting to me. I thought for the most part this book was pleasant and had a sweet tone to it. I felt like the people were depicted quite well and seemed genuine. I can almost see the landlady being nosy and peeking out her windows at her guests. It is another 'happy ending' book which is what I prefer above all others.
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This is a sweet, fairy-tale type story. It isn't entirely believable, but sometimes we all just want a happy ending. The characters were a little flat and stereotypical. The main character was not really likable- spoiled and self absorbed, she takes a job as a teacher but conveniently never steps into a classroom for the entire novel. That being said, this is a cute, fast beach read. It isn't bad at all. It isn't deep, but it isn't meant to be. When you need a light, quick, simple read with a happy ending, this is the one.

Read this story if...
*you love southern fiction
*you love fairy tales
*you love quick, light reads
*you love a happy ending
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