So, one of my nicest, most long-time clients, Kristy Harvey of Design Chic and Kristy Woodson Harvey, both designed by moi, duh, surprised me about 9 months ago. I knew the girl (who along with her mother Beth authors Design Chic) had a great eye and was super sweet, but the darn chick is a published author too! She recently wrote a book, and this is like, a real book, you can buy it at Barnes and Noble, and it is set to be released next week. Now, I am a huge fan of Southern literature, I grew up in Atlanta, and have not lived there in many years, I moved up north and now live in south Florida which, quite frankly is akin to living in Manhattan for all intents and purposes, so I love Southern literature even more because it reminds me of home and now I grew up. So I have a very special place in my heart for authors like Ann Rivers Siddons and Dorothea Benton Frank (and yes, like a good Southern lady Kristy has 3 names as well!), and I just could not be more happy to add Kristy to my list of favorite authors. Please, ya’ll, this girl is really sweet and talented, and she started just like us, with a tiny little blog on Blogger, and now look how famous she is! But she’s really nice too, trust me, support her, buy her book, give her a shout out on social media, just do something (but mainly buy the book!). Anyway beach reading season is coming, trust me this is perfect for your upcoming holiday. Thanks, Kristy, for being a good friend and for showing us all what talent and perseverance can do! Read more below!
A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.
One 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…
“Characters with rich, complicated lives…beautifully shows how a family comes to be.”—New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas
“Dear Carolina is Southern fiction at its best. Lovely and lyrical, with the strong voices of the two female narrators taking us deep into the heart of what being a mother is about. It shows us that love is not without sacrifice, and there’s little in life that doesn’t go down easier with a spoonful of jam. Beautifully written.”—New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge
“Dear Carolina is like the Southern women within its pages and those who will love this book, sweet as sweet tea on the outside and strong as steel on the inside. The dialect of the south is so entwined in these pages the reader is transported to a place where women and children are treasured and family rules all. Kristy Harvey is a natural.”—Ann Garvin, Author of On Maggie’s Watch and The Dog Year
Bio: Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodsonharvey.com. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a Master’s in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.