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Muddy Bottom

(Palmetto Island #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,133 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Birdie Fuller’s new year is off to a bad start. Her husband has mysteriously disappeared, leaving Birdie to cope with their unmarried daughter’s unplanned pregnancy. Birdie and Hannah disagree about the baby. Birdie urges her daughter to consider abortion, but Hannah is determined to see the pregnancy to term. When Hannah returns for her last semester in college, Birdie mu ...more
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Published October 28th 2020 by Leisure Time Books
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Ashley Farley has hooked me once again with her prequel novella to her upcoming Palmetto Island series! She blends family drama and dysfunction with the beauty and charm of the Lowcountry. Muddy Bottom is a taste of the new series and it's fabulous!! ...more
Chatting About Cozies
Good short story. I enjoy reading stories in the low country.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A prequel to the Palmetto Island series!
What a read! The relationship between a daughter and mother is the center of this book. There’s a lot of layers to be discovered in this series.
I recommend this series.
Now, to the next one.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
What a wonderful beginning to a new series! I love all of the characters and can't wait to learn more about them and their journeys.

This is also a story about women and family and that we can overcome anything that is thrown our way with the help of our friends and family.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Muddy Bottom by Ashley Farley was one of Ms. Farley's best books so far. Loved the plot, the characters and their ability to make the best of bad situations! Would definitely recommend. ...more
Mary Jane  Wasmund
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Easy to follow

I enjoyed this book because it didn't jump around and it stayed exciting. She is a very good author .
Beatrice Followill
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The one thing I love most about this author is that she take characters and weaves realistic stories for them. Birdie and Hannah (mom and daughter) are hit with life changing news at New Years! This is a novella setting up their story for future reads , cant wait to read more!
Judy Christiana
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to a new series by Ashley Farley! She has such great character development. I truly care about all these people that she has created, and I look forward to reading about more of their lives in the coming books.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Five Star winner for Ashley Farley. In Muddy Bottom, the author returns to the low country, to Palmetto Island. This is a prequel to a new and wonderful series. We meet Birdie, whose husband has just left her for another woman and embezzled money from the firm where he is a partner. Bebe has a best friend Max, who tries to help Birdie out of the "Muddy Bottom" of being desperate for money, struggling with alcoholism, and trying to mend a broken relationship with her daughter Hannah, who ...more
Patricia Grogan Bugher
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Ashley Farley. You’re hooked from the get go. Nobody writes novels for and about women like Ms Farley. Birdie’s year starts off really bad. Her husband of over twenty years disappears and cleans out their financial accounts and her college daughter is pregnant. And it’s only New Years Day!
Anne Wolters
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novella is an introduction to the characters in Ashley Farley's next series. Once again, the well-defined personalities of each of the main characters are developed so well that from the beginning they feel like real people, not characters in a book.

Birdie is puzzled that early in the morning on New Years Day, her husband seems to have vanished. He's not in any of the usual places around the house, and all of his personal belongings, wallet, iPad, iPhone are there and his clothes appear to
I was thrilled to find out that Ashley Farley is writing a new Southern series. Muddy Bottom is a prequel novella for her upcoming Lowcountry series, Palmetto Island.

Birdie's husband has disappeared after embezzling money from his law firm and cleaning out the family accounts. He left behind his wife of 25 years and his daughter, Hannah, who was a Daddy's girl and blames her mother for her father leaving. On top of that, Birdie finds out that Hannah is pregnant and so Birdie deal with her pain w
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Muddy Bottom is the novella to introduce us to Ashley Farley’s new series Palmetto Island. Muddy Bottom is an awesome start to this new series. Ms. Farley has written a wonderful story about women for women. I did not want to put this book down and read this in one sitting. This is very well written has well developed characters. I felt like I was right there with the characters. This is a very emotional and enjoyable story full of second chances, love, friendship and wonderful characters. I lau ...more
Sharma Brenneman
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A friend recommended this book and all I can say is oh my goodness. This is my first but certainly not my last book by this author. I read this in one sitting in a few hours. I loved the flawed characters in the book and sometimes it really hit home the disfunction in all families. I can't wait for the new series. ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Wow! So much happened in this story and I enjoyed every piece! I'm anxious to see what happens next to Birdie and her daughter, Hannah. Also, I wish books came with snacks because the bakery items sound amazing! A great escape read for a relaxing weekend! ...more
Oct 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perfect life, then her husband disappears. And her daughter might be pregnant. Loses everything. Drinking. But she has a best friend Max.
Jennifer Kayes
May 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
Cute story.

Cute story. Looking forward to the rest of the story. Want to see how Birdie and Hannah get along with a new baby.
Sally Crosiar
Mar 21, 2022 rated it liked it
I was surprised to see that after a short time reading, I was already past 75% of this book. So I'd call this a novella. And it leaves much unresolved...leading to the next book (another novella?) in the series. I felt a tad cheated. ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book about a mother and daughter relationship ❤ its was such a sweet read based near the beach and a quaint town. Made me want to move there and be part of the place. I actually got married on the water not too far from where this book was based. I am keen to read more Ashley Farley books now. Thank you Book Funnel for the opportunity to read this book x x ❤
Karen Sheldon
Aug 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wonderful look at the relationship between a mother and daughter whose lives have been turned upside down by the father’s betrayal. I look forward to reading additional books in the series.
Lisa G. Hudson
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This novella is the introduction to the exciting new Palmetto Island Series by Ashley Farley. I am looking forward to this series!

Birdie’s life is falling apart. Her husband has disappeared, with another woman no less, and after embezzling funds from the law firm where he worked with his best friend for over twenty years. To add to that, she’s just found about her unwed daughter’s pregnancy. When her daughter Hannah goes back to finish her last Semester of College, Bir
Jo Leyland
Aug 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time and money

This was an incredibly dull book with adolescent content and a poor story line. The characters are not the least bit developed poor believable. I will definitely not be reading the second book in the series!
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, my-ebooks
Ashley Farley’s writing is absolutely glorious. She has done it again with another moving family life series that is unputdownable. I am anxiously anticipating the third installment which comes out in May.

The series centers around Birdie Fuller, her daughter Hannah, and their life on Palmetto Island. Book 2 - Change of Tides delves into Birdie’s fear of being alone when Hannah and her grandson Gus are planning to move. To preempt the potential loneliness, she finally decides to explore the realm
Norma B
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been a big fan of Ashley long hit list books since Nell and Lady, and The Sweeney Sisters series . This Novella was sitting in my library of ebooks and I picked it up and read from chapter 1 to the end ,all in one sitting.
Birdie Fuller ,the main character…a mother and wife who gave up being a nurse so she could raise their daughter Hannah.
This novella stars with a Palmetto Island series. It’s a story you wont want to put down, and cant wait for the 2nd , Change of Tides to come out Feb
Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual star rating - 4.5

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My thoughts:

Ashley Farley NEVER LETS ME DOWN. I know I can count on her writing to bring immense happiness anytime I start a new book. Muddy Bottom was no exception! This is actually a novella, but will be part of the Palmetto Island book series (Book #1 - Change of Tides - will publish in 2/2
Carla Suto
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MUDDY BOTTOM is a prequel novella to Ashley Farley’s new Palmetto Island series coming in early 2021. It is an introduction to some of the characters we will meet in the next series and I can already tell I am going love these stories! The new year is not beginning well for Birdie Fuller. When she wakes up New Year’s Day, she discovers that her husband of twenty-five years appears to have disappeared, leaving behind everything he owns except all the money in their joint accounts. To add injury t ...more
Jan 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
Interesting relationship between a mother and her grown daughter.
"A mother and daughter pick up the pieces of their lives after being abandoned by their father/husband.Birdie Fuller’s new year is off to a bad start. Her husband has mysteriously disappeared, leaving Birdie to cope with their unmarried daughter’s unplanned pregnancy. Birdie and Hannah disagree about the baby. Birdie urges her daughter to consider abortion, but Hannah is determined to see the pregnancy to term.
When Hannah returns f
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Birdie Fuller's new year isn't starting out very well. She loses her husband and finds out that he has left town with another woman and embezzled money from his law firm. She also finds out that her daughter, Hannah is pregnant. Hannah has always been close to her father and definitely not her mother. But her father left her too.
Ashely once again takes us on a wild ride through the process of them moving forward. Birdie's friend Max is there for both of them and she seems to have such strength.
Lynne Spreen
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: midlife
Birdie's husband has disappeared. After a search, it seems he's absconded with his employer's funds, disappearing with a girlfriend. Birdie's an alcoholic, and this pushes her over the edge. When her best friend Max helps her dry out, Birdie must then deal with her very angry young adult daughter.

After college, Hannah is pregnant, won't tell the father, and is determined to start a new life on the west coast, as far away from her mother as possible. Hannah blames Birdie for the breakup, deprivin
Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews
I WANT MORE! Ashley Farley has done it again with Muddy Bottom. This novella introduces a new Lowcountry series called Palmetto Island. If you love her books you are sure to love this one as well. Change of Tides, book 2 comes out February 9, 2021. Make sure you ask for a gift card for Christmas to pre-order as some of us might have a tight budget about that time! 

I loved Muddy Bottom. The characters were as always believable and not always lovable. I still cared about what was going on and how
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Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her bestselling Sweeney Sisters series has touched the lives of many.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she's lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 25 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of

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