The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

img_2640-1The Secret to Southern Charm

By Kristy Woodson Harvey

Summary:  Sloane’s military husband is missing in action. With the help of her two sisters and mother she puts her fears aside so she can take care of her two young sons. At the same time, her mother, Ansley, must reconcile decisions she made a long time ago so she can move forward. 

Thoughts: The Secret to Southern Charm is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series. The books in the series must be read in order. Without the background of Slightly South of Simple I think The Secret to Southern Charm would be very confusing. 

A problem I had with Slightly South of Simple, was the focus on appearances and weight. The Secret to Southern Charm did not have nearly that focus but it was there. I wish there wasn’t those mentions of appearances. But maybe that is part of the “southern charm”. Not having the way you look on the outside match what may really be going on. 

I thought there were some pretty questionable situations and at first I was disappointed in Ansley, who is suppose to be strong, give into peer pressure. But as I think about the story I think Ansley did not give in. The questionable situations both involve Ansley and maybe she is more selfish than I originally thought her to be. Maybe she wears her “southern charm” so well that it seems she would never do anything questionable but actually she is not as virtuous as she wants to appear. 

Favorite: I liked the look at motherhood and what a mother does for her children and the conflicts of motherhood between wanting to be everything for your child and also still be you and your own self.

In the first book of the series, Slightly South of Simple, we got to know Ansley and her oldest daughter Caroline. I liked the character of Caroline better in this second book. She did not seem as shallow. I also liked getting to know Ansley’s daughter Sloane better in this book. Though I liked her better in the first book. 

A Look Through The Door: A look into the life of a military wife and how difficult that must be. The long absences, being a single mother while your husband is away for months at a time, the unknown and fear that they live with every day. 

My copy of The Secret of Southern Charm was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

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