10 September 2014

Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin

About the Book

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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.

Kim Boykin’s Palmetto Moon is a charming, simple novel. Set in South Carolina in the 1940s, it follows Vada Hadley as she searches for independence and love. Vada, running from the confines of an unwanted arranged marriage and wealthy Charleston society, finds herself on her own in the small country town of Round O, and I found Vada likeable as a character simply for her determination to forge her own way apart from family expectations. She easily secures her place in the town with housing at the boardinghouse and a job as the schoolteacher (though she never steps foot in the schoolhouse at any point within the narrative) and quickly begins to build relationships with the people around her.

The main relationship develops between Vada and the handsome diner owner, Frank Darling. Their relationship is sweet and tender, and since I love romance, many moments had me smiling. However, a lack of depth does become evident as the pages pass. Both Vada and Frank experience an (understandable) instant attraction to each other and soon label their feelings as “love,” but these feelings seem almost entirely based on a driving attraction and lack other supporting qualities. Though I did like these two characters together and enjoyed their expected ending, it would have been nice to see a bit more in their quickly moving relationship.

Still, Palmetto Moon is an entertaining and delightful summer story. Readers of Southern fiction looking for a light and easy read will surely be pleased with its endearing characters and storyline. Thanks to Kim Boykin and Pump Up Your Book, I received a copy of Palmetto Moon and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

§  Palmetto Moon is available at Amazon.
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§  Read the first chapter here.

About 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 snippets 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. 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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