You can blame it on Nicholas Sparks or my long time fascination with the Deep South, but a trip to North Carolina’s beaches and quaint towns is on my bucket list.
I want to immerse myself in the culture, touring old Southern homes, dining on Southern cuisine, and shopping in antique shops.
I recently got a chance to do just that in the novel, “Dear Carolina” by Kristy Woodson Harvey.
I was immediately drawn in by the main characters, Khaki, who has a glamorous career as an interior designer with homes in North Carolina and Manhattan and Jodi, who is completely down on her luck and struggling with alcoholism.
They are both very relatable characters. At first, I found myself living vicariously through Khaki and rooting for Jodi, but as the story evolved, I rooted for Khaki and lived vicariously through Jodi. But, I most related to the common bond they shared; a mother’s heart.
Their story, and what brought them together, unfolds as they each write letters to Carolina, the daughter that one gave birth to and the other adopted.
This story is not only about families and how they are made, but also about life, proving that our circumstances do not define us. That was actually my favorite element of the book.
When I finished reading, I found myself wanting to know more.
How did she come up the idea for the story?
Who were the characters modeled after?
What’s life going to be like for Carolina as she grows up?
Will there be a sequel?
So, I wrote to the author and asked her a few questions. Here are her answers:
So, if you love the South, strong female leads, and stories about family and overcoming adversity, then I think you’ll love Dear Carolina.
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See you in class,