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New book celebrates romance, Lowcountry cooking

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“Palmetto Moon” celebrates South Carolina settings and cuisine. PROVIDED

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South Carolina native, Kim Boykin recently released her new novel “Palmetto Moon.” The story takes place in Charleston and features original recipes from Frank Lee, executive chef of SNOB in Charleston. The book was also selected by Deep South Magazine for its 2014 Summer Reading List.

Set in June 1947, the novel begins as 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 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.

It's not unusual for food and love to intertwine, but in Kim Boykin's second novel, they melt together like long-lost lovers. To celebrate this union, Frank Lee, executive chef of the famed restaurant SNOB in Charleston, has created five original recipes readers will find at the end of the story.

Coincidentally, the novel's hero, who creates all the wonderful Lowcountry food in the book, is also named Frank.

To learn more, visit the author's website at www.kimboykin.com.

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