The Exquisitely Unremarkable Book Review ~ Dear Carolina

August 27, 2015


Dear Carolina
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It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to read a book. I see books that I would like to dive into, make lists based off of your recommendations, but I never actually get the chance to pick them up. Life gets busy. So when I found out that Kristy Woodson Harvey from the blog Design Chic wrote a book and offered to send me a copy, I jumped at the opportunity.

I had seen her book, Dear Carolina, reviewed on a few blogs, it looked interesting and I was right! As soon as it arrived, I cracked the cover and I was hooked. I didn't do laundry, cook or clean up for a day and a half. I just wanted to read Kristy's touching tale.

Here is the official description.

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…

While there was a lot to like about this story, what I enjoyed most was the friendship between the two main characters as they tried to raise their baby girl. I loved the portrayal of such a supportive and nurturing relationship between these women. All too often, story lines have the female leads pitted against one another. Kristy has created two very strong ladies, from two very different worlds, building each other up instead.

Fabulous.

It's a very sweet story of modern friendship, family and motherhood that left me in tears and the well-defined characters lingering in my mind.

Which is great, because who knows when I'll have the time to read another book.

What are you reading lately?

*Kristy provided me with a copy of her book, but all opinions expressed are my very own. 


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30 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Kim!! I appreciate it so much!

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    1. It was a pleasure to read Kristy, thank you for thinking of me and sharing a copy. Best of luck to you!

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  2. Yay! I've been looking for a good book to read....this goes on the list - thanks!!

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    1. So glad I could recommend a great read! Let me know what you think if you read it, Debbie!

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  3. I've been reading William Landay again and hope to start on Harper Lee's new book next. This one sounds like it might be worth a purchase! :-)

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    1. I have heard that Harper Lee’s book is on a lot of people’s lists!

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  4. Sounds like a good read. I'm reading All the Light We Cannot See. Good book!

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    1. You are in good company, Sarah! I know a lot of people reading that one, enjoy!

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  5. Oh, I have needed to get a new read for so long....this may be the one. Hopefully I can find it in the library! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The library is my favorite book store, AnnMarie!!

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  6. Good to see the review.
    It's funny I always seem to do more reading in the winter months ....

    All the best Jan

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    1. I read in waves, Jan. I would love to have more time to really dig in.

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  7. Hi Kim, thank you for the great review. Sounds like a good read. I just started Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles.
    Have a nice weekend. cm

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    1. Ah, I have not heard of that book...off to google!! Thanks!!

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  8. This sounds excellent. I love book reviews---keep them up. I usually add them to Notes on my IPhone as it's always near (gulp!).

    Jane x

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    1. Thanks Jane. I would love to do more reviews! I have to find more time to read…maybe when the kiddies go back to school! ;)

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  9. Sounds like a good one Kim. I'm always on the hunt for a good book. Thanks!

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    1. It was very entertaining, Kristi!

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  10. Hi Kim, this sounds like a book I'd love to read sometime. Thanks for the review and I'll add this to my list of books to read. I am in the middle of reading All The Light We Cannot See.
    I hope you have a nice day and weekend.
    Julie

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    1. You are not alone, Julie, that seems to be a popular choice right now! :)

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  11. Sounds good, Kim. I'm into the Dido Kent books right now, already on my second.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Ohh! I just googled. Looks interesting…Thanks!

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  12. Really sound like a great book/story . . .
    I usually have more than one book going at a time.
    I just came off a "book marathon", reading 20 books in three weeks.
    I loved it . . . like going on a vacation.
    Now I am back into a slower space and reading . . .
    All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
    and
    The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah . . .

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    1. Wow, 20 books in three weeks? I can imagine that was quite a “vacation”.

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  13. It sounds like a very interesting book! I am on a non-fiction roll lately...reading Living Buddha Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh...I think I read it about 20 years ago, a library book. This one I'd ordered used on Amazon. A beautiful read :)

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    1. Deb, I love Thich Nhat Hanh. I have read several of his books, not that one, may have to pick it up!

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  14. Hi,
    This is on my list of books to check out at the library. :-) Sounds great, I appreciate your review.
    I am reading Call the Midwife, Memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

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    1. I just looked it up, very interesting. I think I'm gong to have to visit the library for this one! Thanks!

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

    That hooked me already!

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    1. I enjoyed it, Stacey…and I’m not even from the south! ;)

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