ON MY BOOKSHELF
As part of my 101 things in 1001 days, I’ve been reading at least one book per month. My most recent read was Kristy Woodson Harvey’s first novel, Dear Carolina. I started reading it on a Saturday and was immediately impressed with and engrossed in the story. It was difficult to put down, actually, and I ended up finishing it the next chance I got, entirely in the second sitting. I love the charming depth of Harvey’s characters, the juxtaposition of Jodi and Khaki, Kristy’s (the author’s) style of metaphor, and the narrative itself. Plus all the little design bits and specs. As design lovers, you’ll absolutely appreciate the incredible descriptions of the interiors in this family love story.
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…
If Kristy’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the same Kristy who is half of the mother-daughter blogging duo behind Design Chic—and who are also monthly contributors to Sarah Sarna [dot] com. Kristy 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. For more on Kristy, definitely visit kristywoodsonharvey.com.
“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
WIN A SHOPPING SPREE
Kristy is offering a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree to one lucky winner. To enter: Send proof of purchase of Dear Carolina before May 10th (that’s tomorrow!) to [email protected] to be entered to win a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree! And you’ll also get the Dear Carolina Companion Cookbook, full of favorite Southern recipes from renowned bloggers and family members, and Dear Carolina printable quotes just for entering!
AND SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTATIONS FROM THE NOVEL