My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Out May 7th!
I am crying happy and sad tears right now after finishing The Southern Side of Paradise! Happy tears because it was so fantastic and sad tears because the Peachtree Bluff series has come to a close. I have simply adored getting to know Ansley, Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson first through Slightly South of Simple, then through The Secret to Southern Charm, and finally with The Southern Side of Paradise. I can’t believe it is over!
Now let me just reiterate for those who haven’t read my other reviews for this series. Let’s talk about these covers! Gorgeous, right? If this isn’t the definition of a “beach read” then I don’t know what is! Even my husband thinks they’re beautiful… so there’s that…
Kristy Woodson Harvey takes us back to Peachtree Bluff in the telling of Emerson’s story. When Emerson, the Hollywood starlet, finds herself engaged to her high school sweetheart, a man set on remaining in Peachtree Bluff and keeping his wife there with him, she has quite the dilemma. Does she follow her dream of becoming an Oscar-winning actress or does she give it all up to stay in Peachtree Bluff with the man she loves?
The best thing about this series is that it is such a “feel good” presence. While the sisters fight at times like any good sisters do, in the end they always have each other’s backs. The love the sisters have for each other shines through and makes you feel so warm and fuzzy inside. But don’t get it twisted! There is plenty of drama and enough challenging moments to go around (which keeps the book super interesting).
I devoured The Southern Side of Paradise while sitting poolside in Miami in a day. It was the perfect summer read to enjoy with a strawberry daquiri in my hand and the sun in my face. I cannot recommend this series enough!