Friday, April 23, 2021

Under the Southern Sky

I’m delighted to share the news (be it a bit late) that author Kristy Woodson Harvey released a new book, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, this week.

Kristy, as you may know, is the author of the wonderful Southern Peachtree Bluff series. Her newest book is about two childhood friends discovering that family and love can be found in unusual places.

Recently separated Amelia Saxton, 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. 

Here are some thoughts on the book from others.

"Harvey (Feels Like Falling) delivers a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss in this tearjerker...Harvey brings her characters to life, including Greer, whose heartbreaking journal entriesimagine the family she and Parker would have. These passages are particularly wrenching, making the books happy ending all the more moving. Fans of women’s fiction will devour this.”Publishers Weekly(starred review) 
“Pack your beach bag, Harvey’s back with another delightful story of the magic of southern coastal towns… As with Mary Kay Andrews or Patti Callahan Henry, Harvey spins romance around well-drawn characters, complete with strengths and weaknesses, and always mindful of the beauty that comes from living in the modern South.”Booklist 
“Sometimes the key to new love lies hidden in old friendships. In
Under the Southern Sky, Kristy Woodson Harvey stirs up a warm-hearted mix of hometown charm and the sort of thoroughly modern problems that bring us back to the people who know us best and the places that remind us of who we really are.”—Lisa Wingate, #1New York Timesbestselling author ofBefore We Were YoursandThe Book of Lost Friends 

“Perfect for:fans of beach reads,P.S. I Love You,and anything by authors Jennifer Weiner and Elin Hilderbrand.A perfect pick for book clubs or a weekend read,Under the Southern SkyfollowsjournalistAmelia as she makes a heart-wrenching discovery that changes everything.Country Living 
"I've always been a Kristy Woodson Harvey fan, but she has taken things to a whole new level with
Under the Southern Sky,her best novel yet. I laughed, sobbed, and gasped at the story's clever twists and turns; I couldn't flip the pages fast enough to see how Amelia's and Parker's story turned out. You'll need plenty of tissues—and maybe some of Cape Carolina's beloved bourbon-spiked sweet tea—to make it to the end. Deliciously plotted, intricately constructed, gorgeously written, and brimming withhope,Under the Southern Skywill steal your heart and make you think about first loves, second chances, and the unforeseeable twists of fate that guide us all."—Kristin Harmel,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Book of Lost Names 
"Harvey delivers a fresh and unforgettable portrait of modern parenthood and the thoroughly traditional ways that love continues to conquer all."—Booktrib 
“This is a character-driven (…)
romance with a lot of introspection. Recommend to readers of Mary Kay Andrews and Susan Mallery.Library Journal 
"I adore Kristy Woodson Harvey’s writing style—and topics! I always know that I’m getting an immersive, well-written, visually transporting book when I open one of Kristy’s and this is one of her best. And that’s saying a lot!"—Zibby Owens,
Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books 

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY is available to purchase at the following links:

BOOKSHOP.ORGAMAZONBARNES & NOBLEBOOKS-A-MILLIONTARGET And everywhere books are sold. Signed copies are also available from: Oxford Exchange.

Meet the Author: Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the USA Today bestselling author of Feels Like Falling, The Southern Side of Paradise, The Secret to Southern Charm, Slightly South of Simple, Lies & Other Acts of Love, Dear Carolina and the forthcoming Under the Southern Sky. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, her work has been optioned for film and her books have received numerous accolades.

She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life. Design Chic is the inaugural member of the design blogger hall of fame, sponsored by Traditional Home, and winner of Amara’s Best Luxury Blog, as chosen by Roberto Cavalli. She also loves connecting with readers on

Harvey is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude 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, with a concentration in multicultural and transnational literature. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern LivingTraditional HomeParadeUSA TodayDominoOur State and O. Henry. She has been seen in, Women’s Health,The Washington PostUS News and World ReportThe Huffington Post,Marie Claire’s The FixWoman’s World, Readers’ Digest, Bustle, New York Live and North Carolina Bookwatch, among others.

She is a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers, serves on the board of Beaufort Historical Association, and is a member of the University of North Carolina’s Women’s Leadership Council. She is a frequent speaker at fundraisers, book conferences and private events. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son where she is working on her next novel.

For more on Kristy and her writing, you can connect with her on the following sites:







Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t this sound like one of those books that will have you laughing one minute and reaching for a tissue to dry your eyes the next?


  1. That sounds like a very emotive book to read and, I suspect to write as well.

  2. This sounds like a real exploration of grief, loss, and healing, Mason. And the characters sound very believable, too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing about my book, Under The Southern Sky! I so appreciate that!


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