In The Secret to Southern Charm, Kristy Woodson Harvey returns to beloved Peachtree Bluff and the cast of delightful characters readers fell in love with in Slightly South of Simple. It’s no surprise that readers and critics alike have been clamoring for Harvey to revisit Peachtree Bluff to continue the story of Ansley and her daughters Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. Harvey gripped our hearts and captured our imaginations in the first installment of the series, and The Secret to Southern Charm is the perfect continuation.

When Sloane discovers that her military husband is missing in action, her world is shattered. Unable to care for herself or her children, Sloane must rely on her own mother to hold what’s left of her family together. Ansley selflessly puts her personal life on hold, but the toll of caring for Sloane and her children, as well as Ansley’s aging mother, proves difficult. Ansley finds herself stretched thin—and in danger of revealing some long buried secrets that could change her family forever.

As Caroline and Emerson rally around their sister and nephews, both Sloane and Ansley find within themselves the strength to face their worst fears—and discover hope in some unexpected places.

Harvey’s signature warmth is infused throughout every page of this moving, heartwarming book. She weaves together the stories of these strong women with humor and grace, all the while pulling readers ever deeper into a family and community that feels real enough to touch. Brimming with optimism in the face of life’s most difficult trials, The Secret to Southern Charm is a romantic, believable, and deeply satisfying reminder that sometimes second chances are the best of all.

Check out the trailer for The Secret to Southern Charm with a special message from the author, Kristy Woodson Harvey:

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Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Slightly South of SimpleDear Carolina, and Lies and Other Acts of Love and the founder of the popular interior design blog Design Chic. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites including Southern LivingParadeTraditional Home and O. Henry. She lives on the coast of North Carolina in a town that is eerily similar to Peachtree Bluff, Georgia.

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