Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Slightly South of Simple

Idgie Says: 
This novel is steeped in the realities of life, love and family bonding.  A mother's love is always deep, even when the ebb and flow of relationships naturally occur.  When the children leave home, there is worry and concern. If they return to the nest, slightly damaged, a mother's overwhelming concern is to help and heal.  

That is what happens in this novel.  Ansley has been widowed for years and never sought out companionship again, she lived through and for her girls.   When the girls all suddenly run home, Ansley realizes that she has indeed created a good life for herself and starts to feel the confines of everyone depending on her again. 

Meanwhile her daughters have their own battles to fight. 

Definitely a family drama filled with angst and love.  Beautifully descriptive with characters that come to life.


Slightly South of Simple: A Novel 
(The Peachtree Bluff Series Book 1)
Gallery Books
April 25, 2017 

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.