Book Review: Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey

A Peachtree Bluff Novel, Book 3

Gallery Books (May 7, 2019)

Southern Fiction/Sister Fiction


The internationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series concludes with this “deliciously authentic Southern tale of family and the often messy, complex relationships between sisters, mothers, and daughters” (Susan Boyer, USA TODAY bestselling author).

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Her youngest daughter, actress Emerson, is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime. She seemingly has the world by the tail and yet something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

“Kristy Woodson Harvey has done it again….The Southern Side of Paradise is full of humor, charm, and family” (Lauren K. Denton, USA TODAY bestselling author) and is the ultimate satisfying beach read.





A charming southern story with secrets, drama, sister dynamics as well as mother/daughter dynamics. It encompasses the complicated life of a mother and her three daughters as each has their own drama unfold. Each woman is unique and holds their own. While full of family drama, it has humor woven in. I absolutely loved how the sisters behaved together and how I could sense their mothers frustration with their behavior (especially after their night out drinking). This is the first Kristy Woodson Harvey read for me and definitely won’t be the last. Southern Side of Paradise is book 3 in a series, but can be read as a standalone. I’m eager to go back and read the other books in the series. Just adored this book.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (May 2, 2022)

Purchased  ebook copy and also through the Brenda Novak Book Box/Book Club Read (May 2022)


Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Under the Southern SkyFeels Like Falling, and The Peachtree Bluff series. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Southern LivingTraditional HomeUSA TODAYDomino, and O. Henry. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her work has been optioned for film and television, and her books have received numerous accolades including Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Parade’s Big Fiction Reads, and Entertainment Weekly’s Spring Reading Picks. Kristy is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is (always!) working on her next novel.

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