Published by Berkley Trade on 5th August 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.
Reviewed by Kelly
*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I read the synopsis and an excerpt of Palmetto Moon before agreeing to review it and I have to say that I was intrigued. I’m a huge history geek but I don’t tend to read any type of romance other than contemporary. I decided I needed to read Palmetto Moon and fix that. In the end I liked it but I didn’t love it, and there are a couple of reasons for that…
It had insta-love and I really don’t like insta-love. Maybe things were different in the ’40’s and people moved faster in their courtships, I don’t know, but insta-love is always unrealistic for me to read about and most of the time it’s just convenient to the storyline and timeline. I just didn’t feel Vada and Frank’s immediate love for each other.
The writing switched from Vada’s first person POV to the third person POVs of a number of different characters. This happened without ANY warning, at least in my ARC copy it did, I can’t comment on the finished version, and I found it really confusing every single time it happened. There were no page breaks to alert me, the next line or paragraph was just someone else’s POV. I’ve never read a book like that before.
I did like reading about times gone by. The fashions, the rules of society, and social divides were all things that featured in Palmetto Moon and I found it really interesting to learn more about them. Vada was expected to marry and do as she was told by her husband. She didn’t want that for herself and she went against her family’s wishes in order to make herself happy. I liked that about her. She saw more for herself than an unhappy life in high-society Charleston and she did something about it. I also liked that there was more to Mr Sheridan than people saw. I thought his appearance was very convenient for another character but I did like him and how he helped the dire situation.
Palmetto Moon had a great cast of supporting characters and that’s always something I look out for in any book I read – I loved Tiny, and Claire and her boys and I hated Miss Mamie and Miss Wentworth. Mrs Mamie was spiteful and mean and Miss Wentworth…well I’ll et you find out all about her for yourself!
If you’re after a sweet southern romance then Palmetto Moon could well be for you.