Under the Southern Sky-Book Review: Guest Post by Lindsay (@theopinionatedreader)
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- Author: Kristy Woodson Harvey
- Publisher : Gallery Books (20 April 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982117729
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982117726
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
I will say that if you’re a
romance reader, you’re going to want to pick this one up. Despite it dealing
with such heavy topics, I think it’s the perfect summer read and it was easy to
fly through quickly.
You know from the get-go, however, EXACTLY how this is going to end. Which is totally fine, sometimes you just need that in a book. I really loved both of the main characters, so I was content with the way it ended up.
I loved the re-introduction of
old friends and the mix of heavy topics in what could have been a straight
fluffy book. Amelia is told from a young age she could never have children, and
as someone who never thought I’d have kids myself, I really resonated with her
character. However, this is a topic that’s persistently addressed throughout
the book, so I warn those dealing with infertility issues.
I loved the idea of how to end your life or carry out your days when you’re at the end of the road as someone with cancer or a terminal illness. When you have these options, what is truly best for YOU. The main character weighs others opinions, but this is something I always think about, and I like the way the author addressed it.
Overall, a solid read and I’d recommend it to anyone a fan of the romance genre - just please be aware of triggers.
VERDICT - 3.5 STARS
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