Published by Berkley Trade on August 5, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
Source: author, Netgalley
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.
Palmetto Moon is an adorable and inspiring story!
Vada Hadley can’t take being told what to do or who to marry by her parents. When she sets off on her own, she discovers her own voice, power, and experiences falling in love in a small crossroad town called Round O.
This book takes you back in time to the more simplistic life in the 1940s. A time when technology didn’t control our lives, people took their time, and the men weren’t just that, they were chivalrous and gentlemanly. This story of Vada finding her independence is one of importance, especially during the time period in which it is set. It is a story to inspire you to remind you of your own voice & to encourage you to live the life in which you decide for yourself.
I devoured this story and the southern charm it possessed. Frank Darling, you can’t help but say his name in that way. And the man can cook! I found my mouth watering when the food was being described & hungry for some of that peach cobbler. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find several southern cookin’ recipes in the back & I encourage you to try them! The peach cobbler really is divine!
The secondary characters are just as intricate to the story as Vada Hadley herself. Each one brings a new element to the story and proves to be detrimental to it all. I adored Claire and the love she had for her three boys & her determination to get on with life after she lost her dear husband in the war. And Tiny, the spunky spitfire of a waitress at Frank’s diner provided me with a few laughs here and there. So many different characters, all of which I loved in their own way.
If you love a good low country novel, I encourage you to try Palmetto Moon. You’ll be thrilled to explore parts of Charleston, SC and the town called Round O. It’s a 1940s book you’re sure to enjoy!
4.5 out of 5 stars!