Before I even begin to review the content, take a look at this gorgeous cover. Ms. Harvey has the most beautiful summer beach read covers of any author I know! As a side note, I saw the cover of her debut novel Dear Carolina and fell so in love with it that I researched the book. I was thrilled to find out that Kristy is from my state, and the rest is history. I have read and reviewed all of her works, this being the third novel she has written, and the first in a trilogy (Peachtree Bluff). Now on to my review.........
I loved this book!! It has all the southern charm and quick wittiness that make it a treasure. Even though the humor was one of my favorite parts of the book, this was in no way the main focus. Ms. Harvey was brilliant at exploring serious topics while interjecting banter at just the right moments to diffuse the situation. While the book is about a mother and her three daughters, who all come home to visit at the same time, this book focuses primarily on daughter Caroline. I cannot say enough about how much I adored this character! To sum her up in a nutshell, she may be a bit *itchy, but she knows it and she OWNS it. During the course of the book, she does undergo an attitude adjustment with regards to many aspects of her life, but I felt that it was not so dramatic as to be unbelievable. I can only hope that she will stay true to herself in the final two installments of the trilogy, because I adored her pluckiness. Along with Caroline, this book focuses a lot on the mother Ansley, who was also very well crafted. While I figured out her secret fairly early on, I felt it didn't spoil the way the story played out. There is also a solid introduction to the two remaining daughters, who I'm certain we will probably be hearing more from in the books to come (selfishly I'm just hoping there is more Caroline!).
The perfect summer beach read! What a charming family story, with just the right amount of wit and candor. I can't wait to see what happens next!