The Secret to Southern Charm

Series: Peachtree Bluff, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (558 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley's private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane's sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams - and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is "the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times best-selling author). 

©2018 Kristy Woodson Harvey (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Annoying narrator

I just couldn’t listen to this book any longer. It would have been better if she just read it in her own voice. Not one character’s voice rang true. I may enjoy this book if I read it, but please don’t make me listen to it. I’ve listened to less than stellar narrators before, but this one was the worse.

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The narrator for Sloan’s section was absolutely horrible. Her inflection literally almost made me stop listening.

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loved it!

Wonderful writing with such southern charm. Can't not wait for the next book in May.

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good sequel

nice read but Sloan's voice is so different from Caroline and Ansly's that's it's a little off-putting.

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Four hankie rating

This book touches the heart, gives us hope, and faces the reality of our world... "we are all destined to be forgotten".

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Ok, while

I listened to all three in the series. What aggravated me was the ambivalence in Ansley’s character. She made me crazy. Constantly finding reasons to put Jack off, encouraging the daughters to be dependent instead of finding their way, and relying on unwritten rules of society to make decisions. I still listened, but hated the stereotypes portrayed.

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first book was better

This is the first book that I struggled to finish. From the sound the ansley narrator teeth makes when talking. To the long drawn out words that the sloan narrator speaks and the unnecessary highs at the end of almost every sentence she speaks. its reputation is overwhelming. The fact the characters say they know what to do but DRAGA IT OUT longer than humanely possible. I really believe that I need a refund honestly

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Sloane's narrator turned me off big time

sloane's narrator was pretty bad. her tone rose and fell the exact same way throughout the entire novel.

great sequel to the first book; I just wish I had read it instead of listening.

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Good story but difficult to get through

This storyline is too drawn out in details that were already identified in book 1. The voice for Sloan is extremely boring and monotonous. I want to listen to the next book to finish the story but I am dreading the monologue!

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Absolutely one of the best current of our time southern books!!!!!!

I LOVE this series!!!! It’s beautifully written and I as a southern woman relate to this so much! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!