If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. - B. F. Skinner
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin / @pumpupyourbook @authorkimboykin

Title: Palmetto Moon
Author: Kim Boykin
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Kim Boykin
Reviewed For: Pump Up Your 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. 

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I made it through the first three chapters and wondered if I'd make it to the end. I made it to chapter eighteen and couldn't put it down. I got to "The End" and breathed a sigh of relief with a smile on my face.

Why? Vada's growth was immense. Gone was the uncertain woman who didn't know how to make sure her point was made and accepted. In her place was a woman who knew who she was, what she wanted, and wasn't afraid to say so. In her chest beat the heart of a woman who still rode that fence though. Thinking with her emotions rather than her head almost cost her a future meant for her. Thankfully, she came to her senses before it was too late.

Frank was the man for her, not the self-centered wealthy spoiled boy at home. Frank had his faults but his heart was always in the right place. He was almost always up front and honest with Vada; one moment of omission resulted in almost losing her. I'll grant him that lapse in judgement because his intentions were honorable.

Settling into Round O took time for Vada, but she wound up with friends she loved and would do anything to protect just like they did for her. Their happiness was just as important as her own. A shining moment was when she confronted her new friend Claire's fiance about a relationship from his past. To have a friend like that, one who isn't afraid to step past the boundaries of propriety to ensure your happiness and to protect your heart, is a friend worth having and worth keeping.

The only part I had an issue with was the change in behavior in Vada's family and her ex-fiance. It was a little hard to believe that years of expecting Vada to be one way were tossed out the window because Vada refused to give in. Maybe it's not meant to be significant but it was to me.

Overall, this was a lovely story that I ended up enjoying. It's not for everyone, but if you like Deep South romances and liberated debutantes who realize traditions are meant to be broken, this is a story for you. So take a chance. Try it out. I hope you end up liking it as much as I did.

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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