Christmas in Peachtree Bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Paperback, 368 pages
Publication: October 26th 2021 by Gallery Books
Genre: Chick Lit, Holiday, Christmas, Womens Fiction
From Goodreads: In the newest installment of New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff series, three generations of the Murphy women must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown—and the holiday season in the process.
When the Murphy women are in trouble, they always know they can turn to their mother, Ansley. So when eldest daughter Caroline and her husband, James, announce they are divorcing—and fifteen-year-old daughter Vivi acts out in response—Caroline, at her wits end, can’t think of anything to do besides leave her with Ansley in Peachtree Bluff for the holidays. After all, how much trouble can one teenager get into on a tiny island?
Quite a lot, as it turns out.
As the “storm of the century” heads toward Peachtree Bluff, Ansley and her husband, Jack, with Vivi in tow, are grateful they’re planning to leave for the trip of a lifetime. But Vivi’s recklessness forces the trio to shelter in place during the worst hurricane Peachtree has ever seen. With no power, no provisions, and the water rising, the circumstances become dire very quickly…and the Murphy sisters, who evacuated to New York, soon realize it’s up to them to conduct a rescue mission. With the bridges closed and no way to access Peachtree Bluff by land or air, they set sail on Caroline’s boat, The Starlite Sisters, determined to rebuild their beloved town—as well as their family.
My Thoughts: I finished this book just before I went to bed, and I dreamed of being in Peachtree Bluff. I saw Tyler and Vivi circling each other and trying to figure out the dating world. I saw Caroline worrying about Vivi and her acting out. I felt Ansley’s love at having all her girls together even with the hurricane heading their way. Everything about this book stayed with me and I loved it.
Kristy Woodson Harvey is amazing. Every character was realistic, the storyline was perfectly written, and the setting of Peachtree Bluff will always be my favorite. The smooth writing, the real feelings, and the loving family made this the perfect next book in this series. I love that the books do not have to be read in order but reading them in order will give the reader the backstory of the characters. Kristy Woodson Harvey does a great job of telling enough backstory of the characters so that new readers will know what is happening.
Christmas in Peachtree Bluff is a cozy and cute Christmas story. There is family drama, love, respect, and a hurricane.
Meet Kristy Woodson Harvery: (From Kristy’s website) Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of nine novels including Under the Southern Sky, The Peachtree Bluff Series, and the forthcoming The Wedding Veil. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, her work has been optioned for film and her books have received numerous accolades including:
- Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads
- Southern Living’s Best Spring Break Reads
- Southern Independent Bookseller Association’s Okra Pick
- Parade’s Big Fiction Reads Every Book Club Will Love
- Entertainment Weekly’s Spring Reading Picks
- Us Weekly’s Sweet Reads for Right Now
- Woman’s WorldBest Books
- PopSugar’s Ultimate Summer Reading
- USA Today Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
- New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List”
- Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
- Raleigh News & Observer‘s “The Best Reads of Summer”
- Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
- Bustle’s Books to Read and Discuss With Your Mom and Grandma
- Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style
She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life. Design Chic is the inaugural member of the design blogger hall of fame, sponsored by Traditional Home, and winner of Amara’s Best Luxury Blog, as chosen by Roberto Cavalli. She also loves connecting with readers on kristywoodsonharvey.com.
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 Today.com, Women’s Health,The Washington Post, US News and World Report, The Huffington Post,Marie Claire’s The Fix, Woman’s World, Readers’ Digest, Bustle, New York Live and North Carolina Bookwatch, among others.
Kristy is a co-founder and co-host of the hit weekly webshow and podcast, Friends & Fiction, with fellow authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe. She is a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers, serves on the board of The University of North Carolina’s Library Board, the Beaufort Historical Association, and is a member of the University of North Carolina’s Women’s Leadership Council. She is a frequent speaker at fundraisers, book conferences and private events. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and seven-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.