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.
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𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 𝗦𝗡𝗔𝗣𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗧: Fans of beach reads, and southern novels are going to want to check out Kristy Woodson Harvey! She clearly has a knack for southern women’s fiction, and I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than I thought I would!
Slightly South of Simply by Kristy Woodson Harvey is most definitely a beach read! I’m glad I picked it up for the season. Not only that, but I can also see why readers describe her as a “major voice in southern fiction” and others say she IS the “queen of southern fiction.” All of this became apparent to me when I was reading. It feels southern, the mannerisms are southern, and I felt like I was on the beach in the south while reading. If you’re a fan of all this, then I recommend picking this one up if you haven’t yet! It’s the first in a 3 (or 4) part series and follows a mother and her three daughters. This particular book focused on Ansley (the mom) and Caroline (her daughter) as they navigate love, the potential for divorce, and family.
My one and only gripe with this book is that it FELT like there was some fat shaming. I don’t know if this comes from the authors personal views on a bigger lady or if she was simply trying to get us to understand Caroline on a deeper level, but it stood out to me and even bothered me a little. One phrase for example went something like this: “I don’t get why women think that just because they are older that their metabolism doesn’t work anymore. It’s simple, stop eating so much and work out more and you’ll be thinner.” I simply paraphrasing here as I can’t find the exact quote, but I thought this, and a few other things were distasteful. Readers may be turned off by the author BECAUSE of little things like this peppered throughout the book.
Other than that, this is a solid novel and I enjoyed reading it despite the smaller things that got on my nerves. I do hope this is rectified in the next book because while I’m really excited to read it (this one ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger) I won’t be reading more if there is any other fat shaming stuff within it.
𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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