As the fourth book in the Peachtree Bluff series, Christmas in Peachtree Bluff is the first book I have read in the series.
This was a charming women’s fiction novel, which made me fall for the messy, yet beautiful Murphy family. I strongly recommend that if you don’t want spoilers to read the previous books in the series as you will find out who ends up with who in no time.
But as I wasn’t knowledgeable with the Murphy women’s past before reading this book, the history and ins and outs of their relationships were developed so well and I was able to know the depth that each character had because of their pasts.
My heart was in my throat when reading about the moment the hurricane's full force hit Peachtree Bluff and I commend Harvey’s description of during the natural disaster and the aftermath. I can’t imagine what people go through when they’ve had their home destroyed in one, but I now have an inkling of what it may be like.
Overall, this was a wonderful story that embodies the Christmas spirit of bringing people together and setting aside one’s worries, even if it’s for a little while.
Christmas in Peachtree Bluff comes out tomorrow!
When the Murphy women are in trouble, they always know they can turn to their mother, Ansley. So when eldest daughter Caroline and her husband, James, announce they are divorcing—and fifteen-year-old daughter Vivi acts out in response—Caroline, at her wits end, can’t think of anything to do besides leave her with Ansley in Peachtree Bluff for the holidays. After all, how much trouble can one teenager get into on a tiny island?
Quite a lot, as it turns out.
As the “storm of the century” heads toward Peachtree Bluff, Ansley and her husband, Jack, with Vivi in tow, are grateful they’re planning to leave for the trip of a lifetime. But Vivi’s recklessness forces the trio to shelter in place during the worst hurricane Peachtree has ever seen. With no power, no provisions, and the water rising, the circumstances become dire very quickly…and the Murphy sisters, who evacuated to New York, soon realize it’s up to them to conduct a rescue mission. With the bridges closed and no way to access Peachtree Bluff by land or air, they set sail on Caroline’s boat, The Starlite Sisters, determined to rebuild their beloved town—as well as their family.
In “pitch perfect tones” (Publishers Weekly) and written with her signature Southern charm, New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey explores the magic of Christmas, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of family in a tale that reminds us that, no matter the circumstances, home is always where we belong—especially during the holidays.