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Palmetto Moon

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  89 reviews
June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found…

Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Vada Hadley does not want to marry Justin McLeod. He is crude and he will keep her caged up like a bird with a broken wing. With a little nudge Vada takes flight and runs away. She ends up in Round O, South Carolina. A small town where everyone knows everyone else's business.

Frank Darling was a military reject. He wanted to go but due to a heart condition he was not able to. Ever since than, he has been a little bitter. He works as a cook at a local diner. From the first moment that Frank lays
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I told myself a few books back that I should have backed away from reading Chic Lit. I didn't take my
own advice and read this book. I would call this book a "Tourist Trap" since it lures you in with a great
cover, wonderful premise, perfect time ( at least for me) in history, and area ( the South). Then it trips you up
by being not only boring, and repetitive, but unbelievable as while. Story is lost when you start hoping the nasty
evil landlady, or the screaming firebrand of a pastor show up.
Suze Lavender
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's 1947 and Vada wants to work and live her own life. She's a society girl and her rich parents have found a suitable husband for her. Justin is the dream of most girls Vada's age, but for Vada being married to this man would be her worst nightmare. Her parents don't listen to her and she sees only one solution, pack her backs and run away. That is how Vada ends up in Round O, a small town where she finds a job and feels welcome.

Frank has a diner in Round O. When Vada walks into his
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kim Boykin's novels have come highly recommended through one of the Facebook reading groups I participate in. I was thrilled when I was chosen to win one of her books for myself and my book club. She sent us Palmetto Moon and it proved to be an easy and entertaining read.

The two things that stick out the most are Kim’s use of description and character development. Her descriptions are so vivid that I felt like I was right there in South Carolina, circa 1947. I felt the heat, taste the food, and
Max "Mr Divabetic" Szadek
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is so special to me because Kim's beautiful story and lovable characters bring to life why women's empowerment is so important. I couldn't put it down because I was rooting for the characters right up to the end. I needed to read a story like this about strong women who are respected and accepted by their lovers, families and friends. A book about women who bond together to achieve their goals. I don't like that women are constantly being called 'b*tches" in today's media, music and ...more
Jennifer Vido
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I took an advanced reading copy of this book along with me for a 10 hour car ride from Baltimore to Charleston,SC. Despite the hordes of traffic, the whining dog, and the heat, the trip flew by because I was immersed in the story. The author's writing style is similar to Karen White's in that she weaves an intricate storyline with rich characters and a vivid locale. Her attention to detail and poetic prose is truly awe-inspiring. The majority of the story takes place in the lowcountry outside of ...more

Kim Boykin.

First let me say, lovely cover.

I agreed to read this for a blog tour. And also from for allowing me to read it via Net Galley.

I really liked the concept of this story and I really loved how it developed. The blurb says it all really.

I don't like giving spoilers so I wont. I'm going to keep this review brief.

I had trouble sometimes piecing things together, I felt the author rushed a few things and left out some needed details.

There was a booth
Donna Ciriello
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, 2014
I just read the first chapter from the author's website ( Wow! Can't wait to get my hands on this book!

Update: Loved it. The ending was not a surprise. You know this will be a "happily ever after," but you don't know how the characters will get there. The author does a great job of setting the scenes and holding your attention, but I have to admit, my favorite parts are the side characters. If this was a TV show or movie, it would win for best supporting actors. I love how Kim
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
I can't begin to say how disappointed I am in this book. It was a struggle to read.
Jacqueline's Reads
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
2.5 Super Sweet Stars

I must say I was drawn to Palmetto Moon by the cover and summary. Who doesn’t love a run-away-fiancé? But something was lacking for me and I think when it comes down to it, Palmetto Moon was just not for me.


Vada is engaged to a man she doesn’t love. She’s marrying Justin for the family. She’s a young something gal in a tough situation. She wants to do right by her parents and marry Justin, but she can’t see herself with him. Justin isn’t even a catch, he’s a little
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-fiction
Its 1947 and Vada Hadley is going to be married to a rich Charlestonian by her rich father to help make both families more successful. It doesn't matter to her father that she doesn't love Justin and doesn't want to marry him. So the day before the wedding, Vada runs away to a small town and gets a job as a teacher. She gives up her fine life and beautiful clothes and lives in a boarding house. Its the story of her self discovery of who she is and what she wants out of life. The story is well ...more
Kathy Jackson
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! There were so many interesting characters and twists and turns in the novel that it made it hard to put it down! A different kind of Charleston novel with Vada Hadley as the rich Charleston girl who has a mind of her own and gets what she wants - love, respect, and a true partnership with her marriage! Another wonderful novel by Kim Boykin!
Catherine Faulkenburg
Campy but enjoyable. I liked the descriptions of the small town but the characters are somewhat one dimensional. One thing I seriously could have done without was the descriptions of the here's erections. I get it, he was hot for the woman, but it kind of was a cheap way of describing his feelings for her. I liked The Wisdom of Hair a lot better than this one
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love good Southern fiction and I've enjoyed other books I've read by this author, but this book was so disappointing. The story of a rich girl who runs away from her parents and the man they want her to marry was so melodramatic and repetitive that I had a hard time finishing it. The story had so much potential because Vada, the lead character, left in part to find her missing best friend. This story line went pretty much nowhere. Vada makes new friends, finds love and gains some backbone by ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet story- Vada is expected to marry Justin to merger two wealthy Charleston families in this southern tale set in 1947. But Vada does not love him and dreads the expectations and her parents lack of willingness to hear her. She has really been raised by Rosa Lee and Desmond the black servants, that her parents still treat as slaves. Vada runs away to a a crossroads in rural South Carolina. It may only be 50 miles from Charleston, but it is a whole other world where she truly grows up, falls ...more
More immature writing than I anticipated.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the premise but didn’t like the fact that a grown man acted like a 15 year old when it came to a girl.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
While an engaging read at the beginning, I lost interest part way through. It was too inplausible, the characters too perfectly flawed, the strange diversions too strange.
Jennifer Alexander
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the story, but not sure how I feel about the ending. Overall a good book.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I loved the southern backdrop of this novel. The characters keep you entertained and the book itself is a quick read.
Tina Newcomb
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017
Loved this sweet story. I'm sure "back in the day" women had little choice and the author depicts this very well in her novel.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Great southern read! Loved the characters and the story. Perfect ending! Recipes of food mentioned in the book at the end.
Laurel Fallon
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
After the second chapter I skimmed the book. (A technique I learned from my sister)! Why do I feel I have to finish every book I start??
Pass on this one SORRY
Phil McCarthy
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story good plot twists

In some instances too wordy. But interesting and novel plot twists. The food added to the plot makes it more southern.
Originally reviewed at Smexy Books:

Vera Hadley has spent her whole life being a Hadley and all that comes with it. Now poised on the eve of her wedding to a man she doesn’t love, Vera decides to finally live her life on her own terms and sneaks away with the help of two servants. Vera arrives in Round O, South Carolina and soon sets herself up living quarters, a job, and a possible suitor. When she receives a call about an old friend in trouble, Vera has
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Palmetto Moon is a sweet, gentle and slow-building story about a young woman who seizes her life with her own two hands, no matter what it will cost her.

Vada Hadley’s transformation from obedient society child takes both courage and time; she is a child of extreme privilege in 1947. A young Southern woman in the years after World War II, a time when women in general were supposed to give up their jobs and independence and return to subservience to the men
Debbie Lester
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Palmetto Moon is a Lowcountry novel by Kim Boykin, a southern author with an air of sophistication and elegance. Her writing has all the southern charm and sweetness that can be wrapped up in a tale about a runaway bride. Palmetto Moon is set in the late 1940's when women were expected to be and act a certain way according to the conventions of the times especially in the south, but Vada Hadley had a mind of her own. Boykin knows her southern background and it's apparent on every page of this ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin whisks readers back to the late 1940s where times might changing in the rest of the world, but in South Carolina? Longstanding traditions and values continue to be deeply entrenched and previous transgressions always remain in the forefront of people's memories. But recent college graduate Vada Hadley is about to challenge many of the things her old moneyed family hold dear and, most surprisingly, she finds love when she least expects it. But will her loyalty to a ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jerjen

Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin is a book that blends innocence, determination, friendship and romance into the perfect book. It is set in the 1940’s during a time that women were to be seen but not heard, and there were strict rules concerning a woman’s behavior.

Vada Hadley lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and she is a member of the upper class of society. On the eve of her wedding to Justin McLeod, a wedding arranged
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Kim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.

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