The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Published: May 7, 2019 – Gallery Books
Review copy provided by the publisher
Description: With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.
Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.
When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family. (publisher)
My take: Kristy Woodson Harvey takes readers back to Peachtree Bluff – home base to the Murphy family. No matter how far away life takes them they know they can always go home to Peachtree Bluff when all they need is family. Reading the third book, The Southern Side of Paradise, was like coming home. I love the small coastal town setting where everyone knows everyone, the mostly quirky characters, and the Murphy family with all their issues. Life is never dull. This book is overflowing with secrets that come to light, life-changing decisions that need to be made, and a family of sisters and mother who, no matter how annoyed, disappointed, or sad they make each other, will always be the safe harbor when life gets rough. I’m sad to see this trilogy end but also excited to see what Kristy Woodson Harvey dreams up next. Read this trilogy in order. You’ll love it!
Praise for Kristy Woodson Harvey:
“The south is known for breeding brilliant storytellers and Kristy Woodson Harvey has proven herself to be one of the south’s most heartfelt female driven authors of our generation.”—Jaime Pressly, star of CBS’s Mom
11 thoughts on “The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey”
I enjoyed her chat with Kristina McMorris on Facebook today. I have this pre ordered in audiobook format and am looking forward to listening to it. I think that’s how I read the first two and it worked well that way.
Sounds like a great summer read, thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I totally agree with your review!
Her books sound right up my alley. I need to make the time to read them. I know I have a few of them but I don’t think I have the whole trilogy.
You DO!!!!!! They are so good!
I loved all of them and feel the same way you do about them. I was saving this one for summer but maybe I should read it soon!
Wow! That’s some commendation from Jaime Pressly.
Thanks for a great review Mary, I must say I’m tempted.
Thank you so much for taking time to read and review The Southern Side of Paradise- so glad you enjoyed it!!!!
Loved this book and love this review!
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A trilogy I can get on board with. I don’t have time to commit to another series. Looks like a perfect summer read.
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