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Slightly South of Simple: Peachtree Bluff, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the next "major voice in Southern fiction" (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother - and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she'd never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father's death, her mother selfishly forced her to move - during her senior year of high school, no less - back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she's harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

©2017 Kristy Woodson Harvey. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    "ENJOYABLE"

    Loved it!! I had been listening to one other author's books but this book was as enjoyable!

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    Anonymous 07-10-17
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    "Beach read"

    Pleasant book. Not much of a thinker, great for vacation. I loved the reader for the character "Ansley." Her voice was soothing and easy to listen to.

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    Betsy 06-30-17
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    "Just about right for the sisters and mom relationships and personalities"

    As a mother of three girls close in age and about this same age group, I had a number of chuckles and nods. It is an interesting story. A little disappointed in ending and I was not sure it held up in the middle as well as it could have. There were a few things I stumbled over and my willing suspension of disbelief faltered. I lived in Georgia for many years and I am a child of the south so I could relate. There were some great characters. Overall nicely done for what I believe is a first novel???

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    Terry 10-08-17
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    struggled to finish. Caroline voice too arrogant sounding. Ansley voice nice but a little slow. sorry

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    Amanda 10-04-17
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    "Cute but the performance was lacking."

    This is a cute prodigal return story about a quirky town and some unique family secrets. It toggles between the mother and the oldest daughter's point of view. The story it's self is ok, but in the end I thought "That's it?" Almost wondering if there's a squeal coming, they leave so much of the story line unresolved.
    The performance of the oldest daughter is NOT good. She's supposed to be a New Yorker in her late 30's...instead she sounds like a teenager from a Disney show or a Kardashian or something. It doesn't work with the character at all.

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    I very rarely read or listen to fiction, but when I do, I want a great story that does not leave you dangling at the end.

    They were too many storylines left unfinished for my taste and I find this extremely frustrating.

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    Whitney Knoxville, TN, United States 09-04-17
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    "Beautiful!"

    Enjoyed this book so very much. Great story, narration was perfect, and characters were good.

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    Kotty 07-04-17
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    I try to walk everyday. Having a good book to listen to makes me eager to get exercising. I will be looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.

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