Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Review for The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Gallery Books

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

My Thoughts…

The final chapter to the Peachtree Bluff series and it is amazing.   The Murphy family is wonderful.   With each book we meet, learn, and fall in love with them.    This book is all about Emerson who is an actress but has come home to marry her high school sweetheart.   Emerson is looking for happiness and really loves James but something is still missing.  She must take hard looks at her life, take steps back to see where she left her heart, and take a big jump forward to find her future.   There are lessons to be learned not only by Emerson but by her family and friends also.     They are hard lessons but with the support of her mother and sisters, she can accomplish anything.

The Southern Side of Paradise pulls together all three daughters and their mother in a way that families often are.   There are secrets that weren’t meant to be shared, love that shines through everything, and proof that with family anything can be fixed.   I love how these 4 can fight, argue, and get mad at each other all while standing up for each other, supporting, and loving each other.    They share their feelings, fight for what they each think is right but still come together as a family unit. 

Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of the best at Southern Fiction.    She brings to life the beautiful southern settings, lets the readers taste the wonderful southern food but most of all show the southern way of being a family and community.   

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