Thursday, October 16, 2014

Palmetto Moon Book Review

Title: Palmetto Moon
Author: Kim Boykin
Publisher: Berkely Trade
Pages: 320
Genre: Southern Women’s Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 I have a really delightful book to share with you today called Palmetto Moon written by Kim Boykin. If you love a good romance with some really great humor thrown in, then you will love this book!
June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found… 
Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her.

In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays, and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant to be.  
But when her dear friend Darby hunts her down, needing help, Vada will have to confront the life she gave up—and decide where her heart truly belongs.
My Review:
I don't know about what kind of books really turn you on, but I love stories set back in time when things were simple but not. Or at least they were simple for folks who lived on the land and took care of it. I think the people in the cities knew times were bad because jobs were hard to come by and war was always on the horizon.
But, other than that, people were more open and honest I think. And that is what makes this book and story so good. Vada knows her heart and what she wants, all she has to do is to make her father understand what he thinks is best really isn't what she wants. So, she runs away and runs smack dab into the man destined to be her true love.
Of course, as usual, nothing is really simple when you are in love even in the best of circumstances but to have your father and the man he wants you to marry turn up in her new hometown, well, it really puts a damper on things.
Will Vada stand up for herself and her new love or will she quiver and slink back home with him?
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Kim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.
Almost everything she learned about writing, she learned from her grandpa, an oral storyteller, who was a master teacher of pacing and sensory detail. He held court under an old mimosa tree on the family farm, and people used to come from all around to hear him tell stories about growing up in rural Georgia and share his unique take on the world.

As a stay-at-home mom, Kim started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since.

Thanks to the lessons she learned under that mimosa tree, her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley, Steal Me, Cowboy and Sweet Home Carolina from Tule, and Palmetto Moon, also from Berkley 8/5/14.

While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and book junkies like herself.


Laurie said...

Sylvia Day

Anita Yancey said...

I don't have a favorite romance writer, I have lots of favorites. Some of them are Heather Graham, Karen Robards, and Nora Roberts. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Jessica said...

I love Jane Austen and her stories, especially Emma and Pride and Prejudice. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

Heather said...

Not really, I read all genre so I like a lot of writers.