My favorite time of year: summer reading. Bring on the beachy books!!! My first beach read of the summer was Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. It is the first book in the Peachtree Bluff Series. Book three was just released.
Three sisters find themselves back on Peachtree Bluff staying with their mother at the seaside home in Georgia that she inherited from her grandmother. “When you were in Peachtree, it simply felt like everything would be all right.” “There are some things in life that only a sister can understand.”
Ansley is the mother. She has a successful career as an interior designer. Her life is interrupted when her three children and her grandchildren all come to stay with her for a few months. Her daughters have always been her life. “When I was too scared to go on, I carried on for the three best parts of me, for the girls who almost ruined my life, yet ended up saving it.” “Sometimes you don’t know how empty your heart can be. You don’t realize it, that is, until at long last, you find if full again.” As if dealing with the drama from her daughter’s lives isn’t enough, Ansley’s old flame returns to Peachtree and she must face some things from her past. “Opening your heart after it’s been closed for so many years is hard.”
Caroline is the main reason everyone has come to stay at Peachtree. Her husband just left her, after 13 years of marriage, for a twenty year old supermodel. Caroline is six months pregnant and already has an eleven year old daughter named Vivi. Caroline is a NY socialite who snagged one of the most eligible bachelors in town and she always dreamed of being a mother. Caroline probably likes Peachtree the least of everyone, but after she has been away from NY a while, she begins to realize how ridiculous her life in NY had become. “There are no people in the world to make you realize what a spoiled, selfish bitch you’ve become and put you right back in place quite like your sisters.”
Emerson is an actress and her most recent role brings her back to Georgia where the made for T.V. movie is being filmed. The whole family worries about how skinny she has become. They also worry about the fact that she never has found love due to her career, but is she sneaking around with a man on the island?
Sloane is the third sister. Her husband, Adam is deployed in Iraq and she is left to mother their two sons alone. She is the only sibling who ended up living in Georgia. Toward the end of the book, she has a tragedy of her own.
The book ends with a lot of unresolved issues and unknowns. I immediately picked up book two in the series. I must know what happens to these lovely ladies and I look forward to spending more time with them.
“Walking down the street with my two sisters, I felt like life was going to go on-yet again. It might have been slightly south of simple. But like we always did, we’d figure it out together.”