Friday, May 26, 2017

(46)Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Ansley has lived in Peachtree Bluff ever since her husband was killed on 9/11.  When she realized that her husband  had borrowed against the life insurance policy,  she knew that she had no choice. Of her three daughters it was her oldest daughter,  Caroline was furious with her for moving her in the middle of her senior year. And as soon as she could she moved back to the city, leaving her mother and two younger sister.  Fast forward to today...Caroline  is pregnant  with her second child when she finds out that her husband has been having snickerdoodles affair with a reality television  star. What does she do? She goes home to Peachtree Bluff.  Caroline is cautiously excited when she hearsenal that her sisters are going to be spending the summer at their mother's,  too.  Emerson is filming a movie nearby and Sloane is restless while her husband is deployed, so why not?  Three sisters back under the same roof, what could go wrong?

Slightly South of Simple was unique because it was told from the alternate views of Caroline and her mother, Ansley.  The author did a great job of really laying the foundation for a trilogy, starting with Ansley and her history with the girl's father and her handsome client, Jack. It is a bit of an unconventional history, but it is important  to the story. Caroline seemed a bit high maintenance, but when push comes to shove she steps up.  The author set it up so I really want to know more about Sloane and Emerson and their stories.   It is the first in a trilogy , so the author does leave you hanging on an important matter.

Bottom line - Slightly  South of Simple is a great way to start off a trilogy.  Interesting  characters with interesting stories and set in a cute little beach town.  A great book to throw in your beach bag.



Beth and Kristy said...

Thank you so, so much for the review! I'm so happy you enjoyed Slightly South of Simple!! xo Kristy

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