“Caroline Murphy 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, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.
Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, 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.
Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.”
Let me cut to the chase and keep my SSOS review SIMPLE. This book gave me all the feels. Instantly i fell in love with Caroline and everything she stood for. She’s stubborn as nails but loving as can be. Caroline devotes herself to her family and this book shows you just that. When so much changes in her life she heads south. I mean, everything is better in the SOUTH! Not only is Caroline heading south so are her two sisters, Emmy and Sloane. I really loved getting to hear about their sibling love/hate relationship. Caroline is strong willed but has some hard decisions to make. After such embarrassment can she go back to her husband or will she move back to New York single?!
Ansley is a wonderful mother who with open arms opens her home and guest house for her children. Since being widowed and having her grown children out of the home Ansley has found her calling as a Interior designer. I enjoyed the back history of Ansley and her late husband Jack. Gosh did they have a bond and understanding like no other. We learn that Jack was unable to have children but wanted them so bad that he would do anything to have them. When Ainsley takes on a design job of redecorating a house boat she has no idea that it will lead her straight back to the arms of her past. This tale is straight from a book literally. Ainsley holds a lifetime full of secrets but how long can she keep them secrets with the past back in her life?!
The only things that I didn’t like about this book is that it had to end and now I’m left waiting for the next book to release. Needless to say, I’m a fan of the Peachtree Bluff Series and have been left longing for the next book. It also helps that author Kristy W. Harvey is a super amazing lady. So amazing that she sent me her manuscript (as pictures below) which she also signed. It is with great joy that I am able to write this review for her. Keep doing what you do Kristy, you’re amazing!!