Skip to main content

Book Review: Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin


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

Visit the author's website
Read an excerpt of Palmetto Moon
Read my review of Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin

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.

Comments

  1. I love both historical and Southern fiction, this sounds like one I would like. Thanks for the recommendation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I bet you would really enjoy this one!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mundie Moms are hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate.

To stick with the theme of Independence Day, I'm doing what I did last year for this hop:

I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States.
It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from Book Depository.

The contest ends on Thursday, July 5th at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a safe and fun holiday!

Enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now check out all of the other giveaways you can enter at the links below!

Freedom Giveaway Hop

Simply Stacie and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer are hosting the Freedom Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate.

To stick with the theme of Independence Day:

I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States.
It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from the vendor of my choice.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite U.S. author (this doesn't have to be the author of the book you choose if you're the winner). Include your email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only. I've decided to open this up to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address.

For extra entries:
Leave a separate comment if you follow My Book Retreat through Google Frie…