Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 5, 2014)
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.
At first I was confused, wondering why in the word Vada would marrying Justin “as a life sentence”, and leave him at the alter. He was after all,wealthy and good looking. But, as I started reading, I understood. You can’t choose who you love, and Vada knew she’d be unhappy if she went through with the marriage. So she did what she felt she had to do.
I loved reading about Vada and Frank…the circumstances that brought them together and the way they felt about each other. I also loved that they were opposites. Vada comes from a well to do family and Frank works hard for every penny. I thought both characters were well fleshed out. The other characters were all interesting and added so much to the story. Especially Claire. She was a good friend even while dealing with so much.
The book takes place in 1947 and it was fun to be transported back in time when things weren’t as technical and rushed as they are now.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes romance, southern fiction, or just an easy, good read.
Meet 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.
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