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October 26, 2021

Christmas in Peachtree Bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"If you ask a local, nothing beat Christmas in Peachtree Bluff."  (loc 100)

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Christmas in Peachtree Bluff
October 2021; Gallery Books; 978-1982189402
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); southern fiction

It's wonderful to spend time with old friends during the Christmas season. Christmas in Peachtree Bluff gives us a chance to spend time with the Murphy family in Peachtree Bluff.  It put me in the Christmas mood even though it's a 90 degree July day.  I'll need to read it again closer to Christmas.

Ansley loves Christmas - decorating at the store and at home and she always looks forward to the activities in her town -the tree lighting, the candlelight tours, and Christmas markets.  They are all important traditions for her and she enjoys spending time at these events with her children and grandchildren.  The entire family is home for Thanksgiving.  Ainsley and Jack are excited because they are leaving right after Thanksgiving to take their dream vacation on a cruise in Australia. 

Emerson and Kyle and granddaughter are there from California, Sloane and her son and daughter Vivi are there from New York City, and Caroline and Adam live in town.  When the sisters get together it's always fun for everyone but this year there are two problems - Vivi and Pearl. Vivi is a typical teenager who is hateful to her mother and blames her for the divorce between her parents.  Pearl is a hurricane that is scheduled to come onshore at or near Peachtree Bluff.  Ainsley isn't paying any attention to the hurricane warnings because she thinks that it's too late in the year for a dangerous storm. The sisters and their families go to NYC after Thanksgiving with plans to return for Christmas.  Vivi is giving her mother so much trouble that Ainsley and Jack decide to take her on their cruise.  As the storm gets closer, Vivi runs off in anger and searching for her took so much time that they weren't able to evacuate and now they have to ride the storm out and it's a vicious storm that will cause damage and flooding.  The section of the book about the hurricane was very tense   I wanted Peachtree Bluff to be undamaged and was really worried about Ainsley and Jack because their home was on the water.  The three daughters are afraid for Jack and Ainsley and Vivi and know that they have to rescue them.  Do Ainsley, Jack, and Vivi stay safe?  Are the daughters able to rescue them after the 'storm of the century'?

As always, Kristy Woodson Harvey has given us a story about family and the problems and love that every family has.  Her characters are spot on and remind me of people that I know.  She says that this is the last book in the series but maybe - hopefully - she'll change her mind.  I hate to say goodbye to the Murphy family.  Kristy's legion of fans is going to love this book.  If you haven't read her books - read this series and I guarantee that she will become one of your favorite authors!

You could read this book as a standalone but I think it would be much more enjoyable to read the entire series in order:

Slightly South of Simple See review here
The Secret to Southern Charm See review here
The Southern Side of Paradise See review here 

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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