The Secret to Southern Charm - A Review and a Giveaway Winner

Hello friends and fellow Southern fiction lovers! I had to pop on here and tell you about the book I've been reading. Maybe you've already seen it on the internet? I sure hope so because Kristy Woodson Harvey deserves all the fiction writing acclaim.

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

As soon as I started reading The Secret to Southern Charm I had that feeling like I was reunited with old friends. You know how that feels in a book, right? It's the best!

In this book, we are revisiting the characters from Kristy's previous book Slightly South of Simple. Once again we are peeking into the lives of three sisters, their mom, and the grandmother. They all have their own lives but they are a very close family who love and support one another. These are strong Southern women who have careers, kids, and busy days but value their families above all.

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Want to know a little more?

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle
sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the
 parent her children deserve.

 Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her
 personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through
 their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging
 mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is
  that secrets from her past will come to light.

 But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no
 matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young
 sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest
  dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle
 daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all
 this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

I loved this book just as much as I have enjoyed Kristy's previous books!

Through her writing, Kristy takes you to the shore in Georgia where the waves wash back and forth and you can smell the salty air. You'll understand what it might be like to be a military wife.   You'll get hungry for, "little sandwiches with the crusts removed and tiny brownies, lemon squares, and macarons."  You'll see that even those who seem to have it all together have secrets.

Here's one excerpt that reminded me of all the reasons I love Southern fiction -

"Granny had said earlier that the accent was the secret to Southern charm. But she was wrong. This putting on a brave face, carrying on, helping others, being kind and humble and giving, believing with all your heart that the world could be a better place and that maybe you could make it that way...that was Southern charm.  Looking around at these women who all embodied those qualities so well, I had to think that maybe Granny was wrong.  Maybe it wasn't a secret at all."

I have had the honor of reading all of Kristy's books and must tell you that I put her in the ranks with my all-time favorite author, Fannie Flagg. I know many of you love her! Now, let's have a giveaway.

Please leave a comment on this post and tell me what's on your reading list now or let me know if you've read any of Kristy's books before. If you do not have a blog, please know that I am often unable to access your email through blog comments. I want you to have a good shot at winning too so you can email me at to enter for the chance to win a signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm and as a bonus, you will also receive a bottle of One Hope wine.

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy graciously provided me with a copy of her book but the opinions expressed are strictly my own and I have received no monetary compensation.

The Secret to Southern Charm is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target,  Books a Million, Indiebound, and most anywhere that you buy your favorite books. The Secret to Southern Charm is also available in hardback, paperback, e-books, and audio.

***The winner of this giveaway is Lynn Paterson!! Lynn's name was drawn by the law firm....

No I'm just kidding. I wrote all the names down and drew one out of a bowl. Lynn, I'm sending you an email now. :)


Prior reviews:  Lies and Other Acts of Love  Slightly South of Simple


  1. I have not read any of her books. I love finding new authors.
    Right now, I'm reading a Joyce Meyer book:)

  2. Don't enter me in the giveaway, because I have read all of her books and loved them all. I hope there will be a 3rd book in the series!

  3. I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I read the first one and then had to wait..... sigh. It was worth the wait. I love her books! I also loved that on Kristy's blog that she shared what Ansley's home would look like with real life pictures. Such a good book!

  4. I loved this book! I can't wait til Kristy's new one.

  5. I was introduced to this author's books recently!! This book is on my wish list for this summer! I have a few already stacked up to begin soon!

  6. This sounds like a wonderful book to read. I love reading these types of books. Thanks for the chance to win this book in your thoughtful giveaway. :)

  7. I love books about the South, and since I'm from GA I feel sure I will like this book:) Right now I am reading Maria Shriver's I'VE BEEN THINKING. It has short "devotional-like" pieces to read each day. She has always struck me as a person of integrity and wisdom and I am really enjoying her book. I am about to start a DOROTHEA BENTON's in the car & I don't remember the name:) I often read while waiting for the grandkids to get out of school. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Please come by my blog for a visit sometimes...I've just started back writing after a very long absence.

  8. Stacey,
    No, I haven't read any of Kristy Woodson Harvey's books, but it looks like I would enjoy them. I love Fannie Flagg, too.

    My book club just read Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.... based on true story of Italian young man during the last two years of WWII, set in Milan. WWII stories of ordinary citizens always intrigue me.


  9. Thank you for introducing me to a new author! I'm looking forward to reading her favorites are historical fiction, my love is from the 1800's thru the 1950's, WWI and WWII novels based in England and France etc. Love Tamera Alexander, Lynn Austin, Francine Rivers, Deeanne Gist....those gals have exposed me to all kinds of excitement, trauma, love and shenanigans. I adore them! Thank you for your lovely blog also....I enjoy it muchly.

  10. I've been thinking of going to the library lately, now I have two authors to look up. This book by Kristy sounds great. Thank you for the review and this give away. Whoever wins, possibly myself, will enjoy the book and the wine. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

  11. Sounds like a good summer read! Perfect for laying by the pool.

  12. I loved this and all her books! (So no need to enter me in the giveaway!) She is doing an appearance in New Jersey on Sunday and I am going to try to go. Should be fun! Enjoy your weekend!

  13. I've never read any of her books but this one really does sound like a good one. Love the title! So I'd love to enter.

    Right now I'm reading "Royal Feud" about the dislike between the Queen Mum and the Duchess of Windsor. Getting my royal fix. And in my purse is the waiting-room book, a Georges Simenon mystery. I have so many I can't remember the name -- it starts with "The Hanging Man of (some French name!) My stack includes Lilac Girls, the most recent Louise Penny mystery, Danubia (German history), a bio of Prince Charles and a novel called Amour Provence. And a lot more!

  14. I have not read any of her books but am on the waiting list for this one at my library. I love reading Mary Alice Monroe and Mary Kay Andrews. Great southern authors whose books are set in the south. Thanks for the reading suggestion! I'd love to win the book!

  15. Always fun to find a good book. I keep saying I need to sit down or lie down..ha ha and read a good book. Maybe this summer down by the pool. Thanks for sharing Stacey. Happy weekend.

  16. I am an avid reader. I read Kristy’s book so no need to enter me! It was truly a Southern fiction great read! Have a beautiful weekend, Stacey!

  17. Happy Friday Stacey. I have not read any of Kristy's books but deep in my heart I have always felt I should have grown up in the south. I connect on so many levels with the exerts of this book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Very generous and thoughtful. Thank you for a chance to read this book. Sounds like a great summer read.

  18. I LOVE Fannie Flagg and have read all of her books. If this book you are featuring is similar then I have to read it! I just finished a 3 book series by Terri Blackstock....If I Run, If I'm Found, If I Live. Wow, were those good. I am starting a new series by her now.

  19. I am a huge Fannie Flagg fan, so I need to read this! Thank you for sharing!

  20. I have never read any of her books and I'm always looking for a new author!

  21. This sounds like a great read! I just finished The Other Einstein and I'm in the middle of Delicious!

  22. I haven't read any of her books, but I hear they're fantastic. :) I'm reading a new to me series called Pies and Pages by Carolyn Q. Hunter right now. They're a quick read and always make me crave pie. Lol!

  23. I love Kristy's books! She is such a wonderful author. I'm in the middle of reading Hardheaded by Kim Law right now. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  24. I've not read her books but I'm sure I would love them too! Thanks for the fun! Hugs, Diane

  25. I missed the giveaway, but thanks anyway for the recommendation. I have added this to my books to be read this summer. It sounds like a winner!

  26. Yay! Thank you so, so much for hosting this! I can't wait to see who wins!!

    Much love,


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