The Transportive Quality of a Great Read with Kristy Woodson Harvey





I’m a sucker for an accent, especially a southern drawl. I’m sure my fondness for the sounds and pace of life in the south comes from my dad, born and bred in Pickens, South Carolina. I remember several visits to the south and being enamored with the gentle breezes, slower pace, and friendliness of the place.

When it comes to reading, I gravitate towards books that transport me to my faraway places, such as Italy or Paris, but I’ve recently added the South to my collection of favorite reading destinations, thanks to my most recent read.


Kristy Woodson Harvey – Author

I’m excited to introduce my blog friend, and best-selling author, Kristy Woodson Harvey and her latest novel, Slightly South of Simple. Kristy is getting lots of buzz for this latest release — part family, part design, part southern charm — and it is well-deserved. I became acquainted with Kristy and her mom, Beth, through their super stylish blog, Design Chic.

You will never catch me reading sci-fi, but I am captivated by a story about relationships. Kristy captures the voices of a mother and 3 grown daughters in an authentic way. I would describe Slightly South of Simple as a sunny day at the beach, with a few menacing, cloudy twists.  I’m glad to hear this magnetic read is the first of a series on this family of strong, independent women, landing again in Peach Tree Bluff. I loved it! Kristy’s book is a perfect Mother’s Day gift for the women in your life!

The next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand), Kristy Woodson Harvey, introduces her novel SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, which chronicles the journeys of three sisters and their mother.

– Elin Hilderband



Kristy’s writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Traditional Home, Domino, Houzz and Our State. She has been seen in Readers’ Digest, Women’s Health, The Washington Post, Dr. Oz The Good Life, The Huffington Post, USA Today’s Happy Every After and North Carolina Bookwatch, among others. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.- Bio

 A wonderful Review on Huffington Post


To purchase:

Slightly South of Simple: A Novel

To follow:

Design Chic Blog

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Instagram: @kristywharvey

Twitter: @kristywharvey



 This book was a gift to me and all opinions expressed are my own.
Heather Lindstrom

Southern Beach Style

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Hi Heather, dear! I hope you had a great weekend!! I had the pleasure of meeting Kristy at lunch last week AND finishing “Slightly South of Simple”. I loved the book AND the author. I had not seen the video and really enjoyed it – thank you for sharing. And, I must tell you, your header photos make me SO homesick for Positano!! Sending you big hugs!!


I just heard about this book from someone else and so great to know she’s a friend of yours! I think it’s the next book I’m going to start!


I know you adore travel, just like I do, Jenny. This book will take you from a sunny beach town, to NYC and glimpses of life in LA. I loved the relationship between the women in the family. Perfect summery read! xx


Thank you so, so much my sweet friend, for this beautiful post. I can’t thank you enough!!


It’s such fun to share and promote such talent, Kristy! I’m so happy for you and all of your successes with your writing career. So happy that we’ve all connected in blog world!


I have seen posts regarding her book, over and over. After yours, I know I’m going to have to purchase and read. It sounds to me like a possible movie.


I agree, Shelly, I could totally see this book – or series – translated into a movie. A beach town is a perfect destination and yet there are glimpses of life in NYC and LA. It’s a fun summery read! Thanks for stopping by, sweet friend! xx

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