The sequel to Slightly South of Simple, this is mainly set in and around the family summer home in Georgia, nestled beside the ocean and where the family are gathered together for the summer, fondly reminiscing about their idyllic childhoods. It is the story of a grandmother, a mother called Ansley and her three daughters Caroline, Sloane and Emerson, together with their children. Each of the adults is going through very challenging times in their lives.
With tensions running high, this beautifully written novel sizzles with action and the dilemmas of modern life. The characters are skilfully crafted, interesting and easy to relate to. The story is told in a series of conversations and letters from the past, poured over and treasured. Heartbreakingly one husband is mourned, one is missing in action far away from home and another has cheated on his wife, but is remorseful and working hard towards a reunion. There are also new tender romances, family secrets, unexpected sadness and a few other surprises in store.
It is an engaging saga about families, love, loss and second chances, with each character supporting the others and with their own story to tell. I really enjoyed this warm and witty novel and look forward to reading the next in this Peachtree Bluff series. (JH)