Under The Southern Sky review

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by Kristy Woodson Harvey

My Review:

So, to give you a little backstory…ok I’ll keep it simple…a few years ago, my husband and I were vacationing at one of our favorite places, Beaufort, NC. Over the weekend, we walked, shopped, enjoyed the beaches, wild horses, and specialty shops, and even stepped into the visitor’s center to grasp a little culture and history for a location we both love so much! While walking around the VC, my husband, who is the history guru, was engrossed in something else, and as I stepped around the corner, my eyes immediately focused on a stack of books. I stepped over to look, as I always do, and noticed a stack of books that really seemed more my style than traditional books you would find in a VC. I picked one up, read the back, and was immediately interested. I grabbed another, and that one, also, struck me as a book I would read. The lady shared that this was a local writer who wrote these books and they kept them there on display to bring awareness to her and her books. I was amazed, and immediately went online to look up all her books!

Fast forward…I didn’t purchase the books that day, but I did get them…all of them…and needless to say, they ended up on my bookshelf in my over abundance, ever-growing TBR stack. When I bought a place at that very beach last year, I decided those, along with any other beach-related books, deserved a place of honor on a book cart at the beach, right where they belong! So, I haven’t actually read many of those books, but when I received an ARC for this one, I couldn’t resist! I was so excited to read it, I dove right in and didn’t come up for air until the very end!

You know those books that suck you in? They keep you wanting to keep reading way past your bedtime? You think about it while you’re at work and can’t wait to get home and pick the book back up? You even contemplate a sick day to finish it…this is it! This is that book!

KWH has done a fantastic job of creating meaningful characters that suck you right into the story and keep you invested until the very end. I absolutely kept this story in my head the entire time I was reading it. I wanted it to keep going when I finished it. Those kind of books don’t come along everyday, but this one did and you can bet I will be investing quite a bit of time this summer diving into her other books. Grab this one on 4.20.21 when it launches and be ready to be engulfed in one of the best love stories I’ve read this year!

Synopsis:

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

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