Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey


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. 


A family of four ladies, the mother, Ainsley and daughters Caroline, Emerson and Sloane. They are trying to heal in some form and family is the best way they know how. Everyone ends up back in Peachtree Bluff to repair and soothe their wayward lives. 

This story is basically about Caroline as her family is falling apart. She heads back Peachtree Bluff, a place she never expected to be her saving grace. As her marriage publicly implodes her family becomes her restorative.  Caroline is a strong, yet quirky woman. She has some OCD issues and can be a little more “truthful” than you want her to be. This was an endearing trait which I loved. 

There are so many great aspects to this read. Wonderful setting, awesome characters and there are some fabulous lines in this book. I laughed out loud in several places and wanted to cry in others! I did feel there were too many characters. I had to think about a character and how they were related. All in all a really good, heartwarming read! 

There must be a sequel in the works….a story line is not finished and I so want to know more! 

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.

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5 Responses to  Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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  2. kristywharvey says:

    Thank you for the great review, Reeca! So happy you enjoyed Slightly South of Simple! The second book in the Peachtree Bluff series will be out next spring 🙂 have a great weekend! xo Kristy

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