Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Christmas In Peachtree Bluff

 Is it ever too early to embrace anything Christmas related? I like to think the answer to that would be a firm ‘no’; it seems like we would all be a little better off if we held onto even a small piece of Christmas all year round. Even though the holiday season can add a bit of stress to one’s life, there’s just something about the atmosphere that makes the weight of life feel a little lighter. 

At the end of August I received an advance copy of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s newest book, Christmas in Peachtree Bluff, and I am not ashamed to admit that I have already read this book twice. I love that she bought back the wonderful cast of characters that are the Murphy women and all the colorful characters of Peachtree Bluff. I just love how Harvey’s characters are so relatable and there is usually always at least one character that I can identify with, and I feel pretty comfortable saying that is probably the case for most of her readers. 

The Murphy women are back, each on a new adventure of their own. Caroline is in the process of divorcing her husband and trying to navigate the waters of being a mother to a fifteen year old, Sloane is enjoying life in Peachtree Bluff with her husband and two sons, Emerson is living out her dream of being an actress I LA and enjoying life with her significant other and her sweet two year old daughter, and Ansley is finally married to her first love from her teenage years and enjoying life in Peachtree Bluff. 


For Thanksgiving all of the Murphy’s gather in Peachtree Bluff to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Ansley being the mother to three daughters and grandmother to five never experiences a dull moment when they are all together, and on top of everything else, the storm of the century is heading for Peachtree just shortly after Thanksgiving. 


Caroline’s daughter, Vivi, has made reckless decisions since the announcement of her parents divorce, and she soon makes one that puts everyone in danger. The Murphy sisters and their family evacuated to New York, but Vivi stayed behind, planning to go on a trip with her grandparents. However, just a few hours before Vivi, Ansley,, and Jack were supposed to leave, Vivi learns some new that upsets her and runs off. Her reactions leaves the three of them stranded in Peachtree with little provisions, the water rising, and no power. Caroline comes up with a plan to take her boat, The Starlite Sisters, to Peachtree in order to get to her daughter and bring the town supplies to help rebuild.  


Even through this book is technically the forth book in a series, and I highly recommend the other three books of this series, it is not necessary to read the other three to understand/enjoy this one. Kristy does a wonderful job of weaving information from the other three books throughout this one so you never feel lost or out of the loop. Christmas in Peachtree Bluff is a book that will 100% put you in the Christmas spirit!

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