Review: Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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.

**** 4 Star Review ****

I have been a fan of Harvey's since her first book. I am not one to usually read women's fiction, but Kristy has a way with words that always seems to draw me in from the beginning.

This book is a warm and touching tale of three generations of women thrown back together by circumstance. Their lives have taken different directions, but all roads always point back home.

I devoured this book. Between the family dynamics and drama, the romance, the heartbreak, the laughs... I fell in love with this book and its characters.

It doesn't matter what genre you prefer, this one is one of those books that I would recommend to anyone looking for a read that will sooth their soul.

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