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Slightly South of Simple: A Novel (The Peachtree Bluff Series) Paperback – April 25, 2017
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"Kristy Woodson Harvey cuts to the heart of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the unique responsibilities, secrets and privileges that conveys. Discover four women who are at once different yet utterly the same, and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… it’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE." (Cassandra King)
"With a charming, coastal Southern setting, Slightly South of Simple is a heartfelt story about the universal themes of love, loss, forgiveness and family. I'm thrilled to hear that this book is part of series and look forward to getting to know this cast of strong Southern women even better." (- Erin Z. Bass Deep South Magazine)
"Kristy Woodson Harvey really knows how to tell a southern tale. Every single time her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. Slightly South of Simple is the same. One gracious, old home inherited from Grandma, one mother who has so many secrets if the walls talked they would pour out like lemonade on a hot summer day, and three headstrong sisters, all working their way through the chaotic mess and joy of life, together. I loved it." (--New York Times bestselling author Cathy Lamb)
"Heartfelt and warm, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE deftly explores the familial ties that bind us— and those that have the power to break us. Kristy Woodson Harvey's cast of characters— and the charming beach town of Peachtree Bluff— will crawl into your soul and stay there." (--Colleen Oakley, author of Close Enough to Touch)
"If you haven’t already guessed it, we love our Southern fiction just as much as we love our sweet tea. The small coastal towns, the family chaos, the sexy tousled-haired neighbor that can fix anything that's broken...and we mean anything.
Harvey, considered to be the “it girl” of Southern fiction, introduces the first novel in the Peachtree Bluff Series this spring. Child, this book is everything! We’re hoping to see this soapy read on the Hallmark Channel.” (―Jamey Giddens Daytime Confidential)
“Harvey’s devotion to realistic character development pays off by the end of the novel, which provides clear resolutions to some plots and leaves other hanging in a way that practically begs for a sequel…because Harvey is meticulous about closing out each character’s arc in a satisfying way….SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE is so warm, inviting and real...” (--Bookpage)
“Fans of Nancy Thayer and Patti Callahan Henry will devour this story of the first of three sisters, the men in their lives, and the mother who bonds them all.” (―Booklist Online)
“My prediction is that writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” (―The Huffington Post)
“If you’re looking for a new series to get lost into, this story of three sisters and their mother will have you flying through the pages.” (Glitter Guide)
“…full of heart, emotion, and Southern charm…” (PopSugar)
About the Author
Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons—especially fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend every free moment. The author of Slightly South of Simple, Dear Carolina, and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kristy is also the founder of the popular interior design blog Design Chic.
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In SSOS, our narrators are Ansley, the fifty-something mother of the three sisters, and Caroline, the eldest sister. We learn quickly that the personalities of each sister are starkly different, but somehow there is something relatable within each one. Ansley was easily likeable, and while Caroline was gruff and tough and even condescending at times, by the end of the book, I found her softer vulnerability. Overall, this is one of the best types of beach reads-full of depth, family secrets, entertaining, easy-reading, and characters to love. I will be preordering the next in this series as soon as it's listed.
If you are new to KWH's books, while her books are all favorites of mine, I would suggest starting with Dear Carolina, then reading Lies and Other Acts of Love (which is probably still my favorite- so incredibly good!), and then moving on to this series. I think reading them this way gives a real taste for the flavor of her writing, and all of them are perfect escape reads with added depth. I absolutely love this author!
Plot Ansley has three daughters who for all different reasons return home to Peachtree Bluff. Ansley herself (mother) has quite a back story and that is all revealed as the story progresses. The story is told from Ansley's and daughter Caroline's point of view. Caroline is deciding what to do as her husband has been unfaithful in a spectacular way. She is very pregnant and has an older daughter of about ten - Viki. Ansley has been dealt a hard card in life but the way she has picked herself up and looked after everyone is outstanding. There is a little plot twist that turns things somewhat as well.
What Appeals to me?
I loved the setting of course and the sisters relationship with each other was a drawcard. Each of the main characters is dealing with difficulties that are definitely quite south of simple! I did like too how Caroline grew as a character. Also that the characters each had their quirks and challenges. I just wish Ansley would think of herself just a little bit more.
And so... I see this is #1 in the Peachtree Bluff series so I am looking forward to catching up with this family in the future.
Run out and pick it up for your mama for Mother's Day, or for yourself!
Who will be interested in this story?
This is a lifestyle book in fiction for shear entertainment of persons who is aquanted to Southern culture and who can identify with the places and events that are the building blocks of this narration.
The main theme is change within relationships of the protagonist family. How they cope with the ups and downs of life in the town.
The writing style is easy and in place to accommodate the moods and ideals of each party where they interplay with impacting results on the inner circle of family and friends The breaking down and mending of relationships drive the story forward.
This is the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series of 3 and is a book for the younger generation of women. But because it deals with relationships, all of us can benefit from reading it.
More about Slightly South of Simple :
The story is set for telling the tale of the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and secrets from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and change their definition of what it means to be a family.
Caroline, a daughter, swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff. She was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, —back to "that hick-infested rat trap" where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York elitist has fallen apart in a very public, embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape gossip with her nine-year-old daughter and heads home to her mother, Ansley.
Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband left her with next to nothing. Now as the owner of a waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline home.
But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and the youngest daughter a successful actress named Emerson, joins them, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more disconcerting, is when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives, might finally be forced into the open.
We explore and feel the powerful bonds and drama between sisters and mothers and daughters. Kristy Woodson Harvey gets to the core of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the unique mindset, secrets and privileges that is conveyed in that authentic lifestyle. Discover four women who are at once different yet utterly the same, and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast.
The author showcases her delicate and fine perception of a Southern life. Her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. One old home inherited from Grandma, one mother and many secrets and three headstrong sisters, all work their way through the chaotic mess and joys of life.
The book reads like a soap opera, full of heart, emotion, and Southern charm.
14 March 2018
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