Kristy Woodson Harvey might be my hero. I'm not sure if she says anywhere how old she is, but look at her, she's like 12:
And I mean that in the kindest "I'm in awe" kind of way. Because she is a published author today. Her fiction debut, Dear Carolina, hit shelves (and Amazon) today. This is in addition to her fabulous long-running blog, Design Chic, a must read for any serious decorating fan:
More about the book.....
Here is the official write up:
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…
And look at these reviews:
"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
“Characters with rich, complicated lives…beautifully shows how a family comes to be.”—New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas
"Dear Carolina is like the Southern women within it’s 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
"Southern to the bone and full of engaging characters, Dear Carolina is a strikingly beautiful story of love and sacrifice. Kristy Woodson Harvey’s debut novel captures your heart and doesn’t let go; her keen insights into a mother’s love will stay with you long after the last page."--Kim Boykin, author of Palmetto Moon
(AND she is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of UNC. Now I kinds feel like I might have disappointed my parents. Haha, just kidding)
I don't really feel as qualified to review this book as the authors above, but I can tell you that I LOVED it. I am so lucky to consider Kristy a friend, and one that she included int he pre-release of her book. So, I got it about 6 weeks ago and have read it once and will likely read it again. You guys, I'm not kidding - if you like southern fiction, you have to read this book. It's amazing and moving and just plain beautiful.
And. There's. More.
Kristy is also offering a $1000 shopping spree in her online shop for one lucky person!
To enter: Send proof of purchase of Dear Carolina (photos are fine!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
You are going to love her shop as much as you'll love the book.
Take a look:
Can you believe that giveaway? What a great day for readers and shoppers :)
I promised you the inspire Q giveaway winner today, but I haven't been able to get the Rafflecopter results in time for this post. So sorry. I think I should be able to get it today and will email the winner and announce it tomorrow.
Ok, onto some rooms!
I hope you guys aren't getting sick of the modern I've been posting. It's my latest obsession, but I'm sure that'll pass soon.... I really am all over the map with what I like :)