About the Book:
"Palmetto Moon" inspired "The Huffington Post" to rave, It is always nice to discover a new talented author and Kim Boykin is quite a find. Now, she delivers a novel of a woman picking up the pieces of her life with the help of two spirited, elderly sisters in South Carolina.
April, 1953. Nettie Gilbert has cherished her time studying to be a music teacher at Columbia College in South Carolina, but as graduation approaches, she can’t wait to return to her family and her childhood sweetheart, Brooks, in Alabama. But just days before her senior recital, she gets a letter from her mama telling her that Brooks is getting married . . . to her own sister.
Devastated, Nettie drops out of school and takes a job as live-in help for two old-maid sisters, Emily and Lurleen Eldridge. Emily is fiercely protective of the ailing Lurleen, but their sisterhood has weathered many storms. And as Nettie learns more about their lives on a trip to see a faith healer halfway across the country, she’ll discover that love and forgiveness will one day lead her home.
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About the Author:
Kim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.
Almost everything she learned about writing, she learned from her grandpa, an oral storyteller, who was a master teacher of pacing and sensory detail. He held court under an old mimosa tree on the family farm, and people used to come from all around to hear him tell stories about growing up in rural Georgia and share his unique take on the world.
As a stay-at-home mom, Kim started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since.
Thanks to the lessons she learned under that mimosa tree, her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of A Peach of a Pair, Palmetto Moon and The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley/NAL/Penguin; Flirting with Forever, She’s the One, Just in Time for Christmas, Steal Me, Cowboy and Sweet Home Carolina from Tule. While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and book junkies like herself.
Her latest book is the southern women’s fiction, A Peach of a Pair.
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“Set in beautiful Camden, South Carolina, Kim Boykin takes her readers into the heart of the South with a lovely fast-paced story that keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very last page! Totally worthy of an all-night read-a-thon! I highly recommend this book for those who love Southern fiction, family relationship dramas, and well-written fiction. You'll love it - I promise!
– Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews
“A Peach of a Pair by Kim Boykin is a realistic, genuine look at the world of genteel Southern women of the early 1950s. There is joy, sadness, laughter, and tears, just like in real life. Most of all, I found A Peach of a Pair by Kim Boykin to be a feel-good novel, one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, and one that I think you will enjoy also."
– Jane Reads
“I loved this book as well due to the Southern charm scattered throughout and the relationship between Nettie, Emily and Lurleen was inspirational and made me smile as despite their up's and downs and age differences - it showed what true friendship should be like.”
– The Phantom Paragrapher
“A Peach of a Pair is another heartwarming southern fiction story with wonderful characters that I fell in love with. I loved spending time with all of them and I loved my trip to South Carolina. ”
– The Book Bag
“In a Peach of a Pair you'll fall in love with Nettie and the two old-maid sisters, Emily and Lurleen Eldridge, that she goes to live with after being given the blow of her life. You'll have a hard time putting the book down. Boykin has a way of drawing you into the story page after page. You'll be crying at times as well as laughing.”
– The Blended Blog
“A Peach of a Pair is a wonderful novel about sisterly love and forgiveness. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an amazing read. I’ve read a few of this authors books and this one compared didn’t lack in the least. I’ve found that in this authors books she has a way of making you imagine what each of the characters sound like and I really love that. I can’t wait to see what she writes next. ”
–A Simple Life, Really?!?
“A Peach of a Pair by Kim Boykin is a captivating novel with a cast of quirky but lovable characters and a storyline that is heartfelt and engaging. Full of surprising twists and turns, this beautiful journey of healing and friendship will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.”
– Book Reviews and More by Kathy
“A Peach of a Pair is a wonderful story about forgiving family when they hurt you and helping others. This book was well-written with characters readers can relate to as well as the situations. I recommend this book to others.”
– Authors & Readers Book Corner
“Where to start on this amazing book. I loved all the relationships. Nettie and her classmates, the sisters, Nettie and each sister (both relationships were so very different), Nettie and her family, the sisters and the young doctor. They were all so very real. They were complex like all relationships.The book at times had me laughing out loud. The commentary between the sisters was perfect. It is exactly what and how sisters would say things to each other. There was love, romance, humor, heartbreak. Everything that is needed for a deep book was here. Not one to be missed.”
– Confessions of the Perfect Mom
“With a quirky cast of characters; witty dialogue and interactions; a richly descriptive setting; and a storyline that delves into the complexities of family, friendships, love and life; A Peach of a Pair is a touching southern women's fiction tale that will leave a smile on your face.”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“There's love and heartache, life and death, family by blood and family by choice, all mixed together with enough salty sweetness to do the Eldridge sisters (plus Nettie!) proud. Recommended read for Southern Women's Fiction fans in their teens and beyond. ”
– Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
“The story is set in 1953. Most of the chapters are from Nettie’s first person perspective, with several sections told in third person through Lurleen, Emily, and Remmy. Kim Boykin is so very talented with slowly pulling back the layers of these well-drawn and fascinating characters. As it turns out, Nettie is not the only one with secrets. It’s such an enjoyable and comfortable read. I could easily see this story as a feel-good movie which in my opinion would provide warmth and satisfaction on the level of Fried Green Tomatoes. Rating: 5 out of 5.”
“"Peach of a Pair" by Kim Boykin hit all the right spots for me. Nettie was such a great heroine for me. I really enjoyed reading her journey. I also really loved the romance between her and Remmy. The Eldridge sisters were a fantastic addition to the this story. I found this story to be gripping and heartwarming. I loved the pacing of the story and cared for the characters. I highly recommend this story and really enjoyed it.”
“Nettie was a great character. Her heartbreak over her sister and sweethearts betrayal was so sad! I really enjoyed the two sisters. Emily is determined that Lurleen isn't as bad as she has been told and they are going to get her help! The doctor and how he and Nettie interact had me curious from the start and did not disappoint. I liked Nettie's strength through the book and the sisters' back story. I enjoyed this and it was a 4/5 for me. I like the author's writing style.”
– Ashley's Bookshelf
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