#MustRead Review & $1K Giveaway: Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.

DearCarolinaCoverHighResOne baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…


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Kristy Woodson Harvey is offering a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree to one lucky winner. (www.shopdesignchic.com)

To enter: Send proof of purchase of Dear Carolina (photos are fine!) to readdearcarolina@gmail. Every book is an extra entry!

Also receive a free e-copy of the Dear Carolina Companion cookbook, full of favorite Southern recipes from renowned bloggers and family members, and Dear Carolina printable quotes just for entering!


Knotted Heart

I have a friend who always starts a book by reading the last chapter first.  I tease her about how silly it is to know the ending before beginning Chapter One, but she swears that the story is better when you know where it is headed.  I am still not convinced, but I must made an exception with Dear Carolina.  You know how this book ends early on, and it is sincerely wonderful watching the pieces fall in place as the story unfolds.

The birth mother and adoptive mother take turns narrating the events surrounding Baby Carolina – it reads like a shared diary / love letter to their daughter.  The friendship between Khaki and Jodi is full of “the feels,” southern sayings,  laughs, and the power of perseverance.  The character of each woman is beautifully fleshed out in her voice, vocabulary and experiences.  Both narratives are extremely well written, and it is a joy to learn how their paths merge as they each do what is best for the baby.

Dear Carolina is an authentic depiction of Southern life, a Mother’s selfless love, complex family dynamics, finding inner strength and how “sometimes you cain’t make a dream come true all by yourself.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Southern lit, unconventional friendships and really, truly good stories that will stay with you long after the last page.  Congrats to author Kristy Woodson Harvey on her tremendous debut novel; we wish her only the best!  We cannot wait to read future titles from this talented writer.


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