Living in a wealthy family in Charleston, SC, in 1947, Vada Hadley doesn't have a lot of control over her own life. On the eve of her marriage to a man she doesn't love, she finally breaks free and runs away to a small, rural town called Round O, where a teaching job awaits her. Here, she finds love and friendship, but also heartache as she tries to hide from her past, and prays that her father and fiance never find her.
Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel by Kim Boykin is a historical novel about Vada growing up and finding out what really matters to her. Living in a boarding house, waiting for the school year to start, Vada quickly falls in love with Frank, the owner of the town's diner. But their love is strained when Vada gets a message about a friend in trouble. Frank wants to help her find her friend, but he also wants to protect her more than she would like.
Vada also finds friendship in this town in the form of Claire, a young widow living at the boarding house with her three little boys, still dealing with the loss of her husband in the war. Vada wants to find happiness for herself, but is also determined to help Claire find happiness as well.
The story is told mostly from Vada's first person point of view, but there are many other perspectives as well. This gives the reader the opportunity to get to know some of the other characters a little better. It's definitely a character-driven novel, and I grew to care about each one.
Overall, this is a heartfelt story that gives us a glimpse into what it was like for women in the 1940s. It's a story of courtship and love, friendship and independence. If you enjoy Southern women's fiction and historical fiction, you should check it out.
My Rating: 4/5
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This review was written based on a copy of Palmetto Moon that I received from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for an honest review.