Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey ~ My Thoughts and a Giveaway!


The Secret to Southern Charm

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Series: Peachtree Bluff #2
Print and e-book, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Gallery Books

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).

My thoughts about The Secret to Southern Charm ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Time had lost it's meaning. I only realized it was night because the water outside my bedroom window at my mother's home in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, wasn't blue anymore. It was black and shining like fresh-paved asphalt ."

I fell in love with Kristy's writing and her stories when I read her first book, Dear Carolina, and with each subsequent book, my love for her and her words has just deepened. She is such a wonderful storyteller!

This newest glimpse into the lives of the gals from Peachtree Bluff picks up where the last one left off. Sloane's husband is still missing and relationships are still precarious. But no matter what, Ansley and her three daughters are there for each other, and do what needs to be done, even if that means telling it like it is.

I absolutely love my visits to Peachtree Bluff. I get to catch up with old friends while enjoying a refreshing taste of that good old Southern living. This is such a wonderful series and I highly recommend that you take a trip to Peachtree Bluff to see for yourself.

I received an ARC of The Secret to Southern Charm from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Slightly South of Simple (Peachtree Bluff #1)
Book #1
Read my thoughts about book #1 Slightly South of Simple HERE.

The Secret to Southern Charm is available from your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Target, Books-a-Million, Indiebound and wherever books are sold! It is being simultaneously released in paperback, hardback, e-book and audio, so check out your favorite version!


About the author

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of Dear Carolina (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2015), Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2016) and the Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2017). Dear Carolina was long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, has been optioned for film and has appeared on numerous “must-read” lists. Lies and Other Acts of Love was a Romantic Times top pick, a Southern Booksellers Okra Pick and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Slightly South of Simple was a Southern Bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Bestseller, one of PopSugar’s picks for “Ultimate Summer Reading” and one of Glitter Guide’s “Must-Reads for April.” The Secret to Southern Charm, the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series, releases April 3, 2018.

She blogs with her mom, Beth Woodson, daily on Design Chic, the inaugural member of the Design Blogger Hall of Fame sponsored by Traditional Home and winner of Amara’s Best Luxury Blog, sponsored by Roberto Cavalli, about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at

Harvey is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a master’s in English from East Carolina University, with a concentration in multicultural and transnational literature. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Traditional Home, Parade, USA Today, Domino, Our State and O. Henry. She has been seen in Women’s Health, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, The Huffington Post, USA Today’s Happy Every After, Marie Claire’s The Fix, Woman’s World, Readers’ Digest and North Carolina Bookwatch, among others. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and six-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.

Connect with Kristy

Blog | Goodreads | Design Chic

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  1. Can't wait to read The Secret To Southern Charm, Kristy!

  2. Thanks for this captivating and special feature and giveaway. This novel is a treasure.

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    1. Congratulations Kim, you are the winner! Now you'll get a chance to read this new-to-you author! Check your email.

  4. This sounds like a great book, I love the cover.

  5. Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of my favorite authors, Dear Caroline was my first book of hers to read.

  6. Thank you so much for reviewing and hosting a giveaway! xoxoxox

  7. Thank you for the wonderful blog entry! I love Kristys books and have them all except for The Secret to Southern Charm. In fact two are signed! I was introduced to Kristy by another author, Kim Boykin. I’d like to ask when Kristy realized she would like to write books and how she was drawn to low country writing. Also, what author inspired her?

  8. Can't wait to read. Thanks for the chance

  9. Who was the hardest character to write in your book & why?

  10. Question: What author/genre did you enjoy reading as a child and adolescent?

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  11. I love that Kristy blogs with her mother! It's a good bonding experience. :)

  12. Krist, what is your favorite book from this year so far?

  13. This is definitely a book I must read. I like what it’s about, the title as well as the cover.

  14. I am looking forward to reading your new book. I was very impressed when I met you at a book club meeting in La Grange a few months ago.

  15. i like the cover the book great read for the summer and then ilove t o read and blog it


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