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The Secret to Southern Charm

(Peachtree Bluff #2)

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A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
Raleigh News & Observer's “The Best Reads of Summer”
Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick


Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Gallery Books
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 book comfort food stars to The Secret to Southern Charm, the second installment in the Peachtree Bluff series! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I discovered Kristy Woodson Harvey with the release of her debut, Dear Carolina. I quickly fell for this author’s smooth writing, endearing characters, messages of love, and the charm of known locations in her books! Ever since, I preorder all her books and gobble them up...waiting for the next year’s installment! They are comfort food after all!

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Erin
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grammy had said earlier that the accent was the secret to southern charm. But she was wrong. This putting on a brave face, carrying on, helping others, being kind and humble and giving, believing with all your heart that the world could be a better place and that maybe you could make it that way...that was southern charm.

The sequel to Slightly South of Simple picks up with middle daughter Sloane reeling from the news that her army husband is M.I.A in Iraq. Leaning on her sisters, Caroline and
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Amy
Last year I read Slightly South of Simple and fell head over heels in love with not only Peachtree Bluff, but also the characters and Harvey’s smooth, fluid writing. I couldn’t wait to revisit Ansley, Caroline, Sloane and Emerson and now I want to pack my stuff move to Peachtree Bluff! Ok, at least take a vacation there?!

If the cover of STSC doesn’t make you long for warm weather then I don’t know what will, it’s gorgeous and the inside is just as pretty. This time around the story centers more
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Lisa
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Secret to Southern Charm
Kristy Woodson Harvey


MY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫
PUBLISHER Gallery Books
PUBLISHED April 3, 2018

A warm, witty and entertaining book perfect for a sunny day at the beach.

SUMMARY
This is the second novel in the Peachtree Bluff series which features the three Murphy sisters and their mother as they struggle with the hardships life throws at them. Sloane‘s world is turned upside down when she is told that her military-strong husband, Adam is missing in action in Iraq. Finding the streng
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Tammy
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2018
A wonderful little gem with a beautiful story to tell. This is the 2nd book in the series that will have you laughing and tearing up in small town Peachtree Bluff Georgia.
I’m a huge fan of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s books and this one is even better than her last. I love this family, and I especially love how together they face their fears, heartbreaks and crisis through being strong resilient women. I enjoy seeing how it shows the true meaning of family through three generations of southern women
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I just want to make a comment about this cover before I review the book. The cover I had on my ebook version of the book was of a woman on a beach stool reading a book. So, you wonder, what's so special about that? Well, on my version is she reading a book while on other versions I have seen is she reading on a tablet. Yes, perhaps it's not a big deal however, I just love that little detail that changes from version to version.

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Touching story about family and life.
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When it comes to family, it can be complicated. Arguments. Fights. Misunderstandings. When it all comes down to push and shove however, family is usually there to pick you up and brush you off.

This story is about a typical southern family. It is second in the series but I never read the first book. However, I never felt lost about what I may have missed as the author reconstructed back stories as they applied.

Told from a dual point
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Lisa
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Secret to Southern Charm
Kristy Woodson Harvey


MY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫
PUBLISHER Gallery Books
PUBLISHED April 3, 2018

A warm, witty and entertaining book perfect for a sunny day at the beach.

SUMMARY
This is the second novel in the Peachtree Bluff series which features the three Murphy sisters and their mother as they struggle with the hardships life throws at them. Sloane‘s world is turned upside down when she is told that her military-strong husband, Adam is missing in action in Iraq. Finding the streng
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Sherri Thacker
I love all books by Kristy Woodson Harvey. This is my 4th book of hers. I liked this one alright. I preferred her others. This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Kathryn
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 5-stars, audiobooks
Great story, excellent narration really complements the story. Really looking forward to #3.
Donna Hines
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
A story of second chances, love, family, biology, nature v nurture, and the bond that can never be broken.
Three sisters ( Sloan, Caroline, and Emerson) are involved in process of uncovering their true identity by way of their own mother (Ansley) who puts her own life on hold to process grief.
So many troubled lives ; the passing of the girls father during 911 terror attack, the loss of their grandmother, the near loss of a sister who stricken and fallen ill yet through it all they uncover the tie
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The Lit Bitch
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot in my heart for southern literature. In college I had to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and that book actually revived my interest in reading. At that time I hadn’t picked up a ‘for fun book’ in about five years so when I read that book even though it was for a class, I remembered how much I loved books.

One of the things that I loved about that book was the unique southern charm. Now that book was obviously not chick lit or women’s fiction and I am most certain t
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Pamela
Wanting something summertime-light and entertaining, but with a reasonably solid story line I plucked this off the library shelf at random. An okay good "Beach" read about sisters, mother/daughter relationships, sweet and sour marriages, grief and joy, sweet tea and southern steel.

It was a bit more serendipitous and Hallmark than I prefer. And contrived. Perhaps reading this as a stand alone didn't help; I wasn't aware it was part of a series. The fault is mine, in that regard.

With thoughtful
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Jen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Secret to Southern Charm is the second book in Harvey's Peachtree Bluff series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It picks right up where she left off in Slightly South of Simple (aren't these titles the best?) with Ansley and her daughters Caroline, Sloan, and Emerson. Grammy is there too, as well as the kids, the estranged husband, the old flame, and all of the loving members of the community. While the first book focused mostly on Caroline, this book moves over to Sloan and continues with the h ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Things pick up where Slightly South of Simple left off. Sloane is going through a really, really tough time as her husband, who is in the military, is missing in action overseas. It's obviously a nightmare for Sloane; she can barely function let alone take care of her two young boys, but thankfully she can lean on her mom, Ansley, and her two sisters who are also in Peachtree Bluff. Regarding Ansley, she has pushed away the love of her life for various reasons, but one major reason is that it's ...more
Shelley
****Spoilers ahead*****. I received a copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review so here it is.
I wanted to like this book. I like the idea of this book and it really could have been a great book. Sadly it fell flat for me. It was like she wrote the story and then was told it wasn’t long enough. So instead of adding depth to the story, she just rehashed the same tired thoughts over and over. If I read one more time how Sloan’s felt Adam was the love of her life and how she knew from the
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Sue
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-fiction
Note - this is Book 2 in the Peachtree Bluff series. You need to read these books in order to get the most enjoyment out of them.

"This putting on a brave face, carrying on, helping others, being kind and humble and giving, believing with all your heart that the world could be a better place and that maybe you could make it that way...that was Southern charm."

The second book in the Peachtree Bluff trilogy takes us back to Georgia and the family that we loved from book 1 - Ansley, the mom, and her
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Heather
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting - five hours - and I regret nothing.

Reading the first book in this series, Slightly South of Simple, I finished the day before so I could dive into this one immediately.

Sloane is the sister I've grown attached to. I felt as though I could feel her heartbreak and sadness, going day after day not knowing if her husband was still alive. As a military mom, I understand the constant worry about the safety of our soldiers, but I still attest, being a military wife is
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Pam Jenoff
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of "GritLit" (books set in the South) may have already heard about Harvey's wonderful novels. This one is her best yet. It follows Sloane, whose husband is missing in action, as she struggles to raise her young sons with the help of her mother and two sisters. Family drama, long buried secrets and big dreams abound in this novel with so much heart.
Tammy
The Secret to Southern Charm is book 2 in the Peachtree Bluff series. I liked the first book, Slightly South of Simple, but absolutely adored book 2! I could picture myself with all these wonderful women, laughing, crying and drinking sweet tea. The Secret to Southern Charm is a heartwarming story of hope and second chances. I hope Kristy Woodson Harvey is hard at work on book #3 because I cannot wait to read more of this amazing series!
Patty
Jan 28, 2018 added it
the secret to southern charm
By
Kristy Woodson Harvey



What it's all about...

This book is the second book in this author’s Peachtree Bluff Series. It literally takes up where slightly south of simple stops. Ansley...still has her three daughters, their children and all of their issues living with her. In this book even more family drama has been added. The nature of Ansley’s first two daughters conception is always just about to be revealed but Ansley never quite manages to tell them the truth. Her
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Linda Zagon
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review of “The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kudos to Author Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of “The Secret to Southern Charm”, the sequel to “Simply South of Simple” for writing such a captivating, heartwarming, emotional, intriguing and enjoyable novel. I spent the weekend having a Kristy Woodson Harvey Marathon,, because I wanted to read both books, and enjoyed them. I loved both books and do want “MORE” as soon as possible. I think this novel can be read as a stand alone
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Michele
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com

The Secret to Southern Charm was another delightful novel from one of my new favorite authors in Southern fiction: Kristy Woodson Harvey. Filled with complicated relationships, exciting new beginnings and heartbreaking endings, this moving story touched upon every emotion imaginable.

I’ve been (rather impatiently) waiting for this new installment in the Peachtree Bluff series to be released because after the way book one, Slightly South of Simple, ended–w
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Diane Perry
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, favorites
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I fell in love with the first book in the series. I was pleasantly surprised that this second book is even better. All of these characters are so relatable and loveable. This story puts a spotlight on Sloane and her marriage. We also see this family come together and support one another through heartbreak and fears. We see the strength and the resilience of all these women. Unputdownable!
Deb M
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.75
No pressure Kristy Woodson Harvey, but I need book 3. Just kidding..... lots of pressure for a book 3.
Ethel (artisanwriting.blogspot.com)
This is the second book in the series, the first being "Simply South of Simple." There is something about books in the Southern fictional genre that keeps pulling me to them. This was no different. The cast of characters in this novel are sincere, lovable and warm. Ansley, the mother and her 3 daughters set the stage for the hardships, secrets and love that keeps this a page turner. Sloane, whose husband Adam is MIA, Caroline who is separated from her husband James, and Emerson an actress and he ...more
Jessica Sorentino
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, light-fiction
When Slightly South of Simple came out last year, it immediately became my favorite beach read. Now in April, it's sequel: Secret to Southern Charm will be released. Everything I loved about the first book stays true in the second: the sweet narration, the easy-to-like characters, the southern lifestyle and the up-to-date references are all easily found in the pages. I wanted to read this book faster, but had no time! I encourage you to read Slightly South of Simple before Secret to Southern Cha ...more
Jamie
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I just loved this! I was so happy to return to Peachtree Bluff on this cold New York week! I enjoyed Slightly South of Simple very much earlier this year but The Secret to Southern Charm blew me away! At the end of SSoS, Sloane gets some bad news about her husband who is stationed away on active military duty - he’s gone missing. The first book alternates perspectives from Mom Ansley and eldest daughter, Caroline and this one switches to Ansley and Sloane. Learning the love story behind Adam and ...more
Jencey/
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reads-2018
Thank you to Gallery Books and Kristy Woodson Harvey for a copy of The Secrets to Southern Charm.
Slightly South of Simple is the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series. I reviewed it here. The second book in the series is The Secrets to Southern Charm. This book focuses on the middle sister Sloane. Then there is also the drama between Ansley and Jack. Are you ready for some more fun with this clan?
Synopsis:
Sloane is destined to be with Adam her soul mate. Their souls are connected and each
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Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of DEAR CAROLINA, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and the forthcoming THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE. Kristy was 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
*Southe
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Other books in the series

Peachtree Bluff (2 books)
  • Slightly South of Simple (Peachtree Bluff #1)