Are you as surprised as I am that we’re almost at summer? As unbelievable as it seems, summer is just a few short weeks away.  The fabulous book, Slightly South of Simple,  was officially released April 25th. And it is the best summertime read!




Reading a truly good book is one of my most luxurious pleasures.

You might have met Kristy when I wrote about her book Lies and Other Acts of Love.





And Kristy gave us a tour of her home filled with southern charm.





This new book is the first of three. And you will fall in love with the women in this book. 







The characters are just like all of us. Women who aren’t perfect, but try their best to make each day the best they can.






Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

Kristy is generously giving one lucky reader of the FrenchGardenHouse blog a summer treat!  It’s so easy!  




She’s filling a tote bag with the book, a book light, a KWH cup, and cozy to keep your water cold, and a beautiful candle to bring a beautiful scent to your summer evenings.

I am so thankful to Kristy for her generosity to the FrenchGardenHouse readers!  And if you just can’t wait, and are desperate for copy of this fantastic book, you can buy one here:


Slightly South of Simple: A Novel (The Peachtree Bluff Series Book 1)

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48 thoughts on “May GIVEAWAY”

  1. Anna Pelonis-Mills

    I need to read this wonderful book! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway! All the best to everyone!

  2. Diana Lucas

    Hi Lidy, the next book sounds like something I can’t wait to read. I really enjoyed the post on Threshold Design in New York. The hardware on some of those cabinets was amazing! And, Kristy’s right, some of those kitchens don’t look small at all.

  3. Maggie

    Love the plot outline, you could be writing book jacket covers and reviews!

  4. Genevieve Miller

    What a darling house! The kids would have a hard time keeping their hands off the alligator head!

  5. Sherry Batterton

    What a beautiful and generous giveaway. I loved the April post Classic Blue and White. I intend to subscribe to her posts. Thank you.

  6. What a versatile young lady!! Such a gifted writer and obviously a very talented decorator. Winning the tote with the wonderful treats inside would be a great way to kick off a long hot summer!

  7. barbara

    I loved the story of Grandmother’s pearls. stirred sweet memories of my own granny.

  8. Lorraine

    Looking forward to reading Kristys new book. Do hope I can find it at the library.

  9. Marion

    This is a generous giveaway. Seems like a very interesting book.

  10. Mary Emanuelson

    I really enjoyed the posting on books, bookshelves, and displaying on her website. Tried to leave a comment, couldn’t, never sure what tp put for “website”.

  11. Great giveaway Thanks for offering it Its to hard to pick a favorite post from design chic But I love Blue and anything blue and white inspires me

    linda m

  12. This is very exciting! I have her other books…and subscribe to Kristy’s website. fun fun fun.
    Thank you for the opportunity! sheila

  13. Karenann

    I’m looking forward to reading Kristy’s book. Looks like a great read. Thank you for such a lovely giveaway opportunity!

  14. Sue Malizia

    Looking forward to my first summer as a retiree…reading by the pool. Sounds like a good read. I liked the charming book nooks post. =)

  15. Thank YOU Kristy, for your generosity, and your amazing stories.

  16. Hi Lidy,

    I signed up on Kristy’s Blog, and I just ordered Kristy’s new book off Amazon. It sounds like a delightful read.
    I can’t wait for it to be delivered, so I can relax out on my front porch, in my wicker rocker, with a iced tea, and get carried away into her newest novel. I love to entertain myself this time of the year, by reading some great summer reads. Since I am a mother of three daughters, I am sure I will find this novel very interesting. It is funny how you can love your daughters all equally, but each one for different talents they possess.

  17. Her covers alone put me in. relaxed and ready to read mood. Thanks for introducing her to us.

  18. Your book sounds like a great read. I’m spending a week at the beach in June and will be unplugged and want to read a real book while relaxing under the canopy on the beach.
    Signing up for your blog.

  19. Sally Schmidt

    What gorgeous photos and wonderful recommendation for the book, and a new blog to follow. Definitely on my TBR list now!

  20. This sounds like it would be an amazing book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. The book cover is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to be able to read this!

  21. Jennifer

    I loved Dear Carolina! Can’t wait to read this one!

  22. diane trahan

    My favorite post was the house tour at Ponte Vedra.
    Always love house tours!

  23. Kristy Zuverino

    It looks so good, I can’t wait to read it! And she has a good name too 😉

  24. Beverly Livingston

    I went to Kristy’s Moveable Feast luncheon last week in Myrtle Beach and thoroughly enjoy listening to her. She’s not only a great writer but also an inspirational speaker. I just finished her book Slightly South of Simple and truly enjoyed it! Love the characters and could relate to Ansley. I highly recommend her book…a great summer read!!

  25. Nisha Tissoo

    I love the breakfast tables , will definitely using these ideas.

  26. Amanda Harwood

    WOW!!! Would I ever LOVE this! Kristy’s becoming quite a Southern Lit read! Saw her speak at Rowan Reading Rendezvous in Salisbury.

  27. Shelly McPhatter

    I was supposed to meet you today in Wilmington, NC but it was changed to tomorrow. I’m so disappointed because I can’t make it tomorrow. Hopefully I can meet you some other time. Can’t wait to read the new book.

  28. Denise

    always up for a fun give away. please enter me into the drawing.
    Thanks, Denise

  29. April sutton

    Thank you for the chance to win! On the other site I loved the scentimental gardens post. Just beautiful!

  30. Yvette

    You have great design style. I would love to win this giveaway because it is my birthday and mother’s day this month. But most of all I love to read. Thanks.

  31. Judi Burns

    Yep, that will all look nice, next to me, on the beach. 😉
    Thank you!

  32. Agnes Zelgert

    Thanks for this opportunity such a wonderful giveaway!

  33. Kristie

    What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win!

  34. Kristie

    Just checked out Kristy’s site. What beautiful designs! Loved the post about Things We Love: A Dutch Door in Spring, absolutely gorgeous, fell in love with that kitchen!

  35. Debbie Goodman

    I loved your blog post and Kristy’s April 2017 post, Beaufort Beach House Tour on Traditional Home!! So much eye candy to behold!! I also had the pleasure of seeing Kristy at a Literary Luncheon in Myrtle Beach SC earlier this month! Such a talented lady!!! Would absolutely adore being the winner of this fabulous giveaway… Pretty Please!

  36. Cheryl Johannes

    I watch alot of the “fixer upper” shows and am very fond of subway tile, so Kristy’s blog post today was my choice of recent posts! Everyone gathers in an open kitchen…love the clean look of subway tile in kitchens and bathrooms!

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