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Publisher's Summary

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 19-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....

©2015 Kristy Woodson Harvey (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The author is skilled in bridging the gap and showing readers that all mothers face the same trials, no matter their circumstances." ( RT Book Reviews)

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A Sweet Summer Read

I usually chose more complex books. I decided that the world is complicated plentiful. I am writing this as Covid-19 is on the rise and the US has had enough of police brutality against the black community. During the day, I am supporting #BLM by writing to the officials who can make the transformations that should have been brought about since infinitely. At night I must unplug and listen to an uncomplicated chick lite book. This story was soft and gentle. It was just what I needed—A happy ending. 😌

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Southern Women's Fiction at its very best!

Easy to listen for hours, with beautiful flowing words and descriptive language, I could picture myself in the farms of North Carolina or city streets of Manhattan. It has just enough drama to keep the book interesting and enough happiness to make you smile for days. I highly recommend this book!

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Love Southern Fiction

I enjoyed this book and understand everything she is talking about. I live only about 30 minutes from Kinston so, all the restaurants, etc are familiar. I did however, get really tired of all the comparisons. Traveling with a tiny baby is like clearing brush for a deer stand, his hair was whiter than the baby lambs’s on the farm, it was a perfect moment like finishing a lego pirate ship, ... even at such a young age you and Alex had taken to one another like crabs to sand. A few of such makes a book fun but, there were just too many.

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The novel version of one of my former middle-schoolers papers just after I taught working figurative language into writing.

This is the single-most poorly written novel I’ve ever read. I don’t think there were two consecutive sentences that didn’t contain a goofy simile.

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Predictable and Dull

The narration was so overplayed: too Southern, too cool, too wannabe siccessful.
The story was ridiculously unoriginal.
Nothing about this book is worthwhile.

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One sweet listen!

This was a wonderful story!!! I adore southern fiction, and this fits the bill. The narrators are perfect.

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Absolutely LOVED!!

This book is so unique in the way it unfolds, just a great book all around!

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well narrated and two protagonists- enjoyable read

Positive and enjoyable story with protagonists who endure realistic hardships and grow because of them

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just ok

not my favorite....hard to get into it. Will give author another try as I loved her other books.

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Undertones of Pro life messages and stereotypes of women who need reproductive health care options and abortion services.

The story was great that showed a young woman can work her way out of poverty by working hard, networking with people and doing what it takes to stay sober.
I loved how it showed a family unit that has love, bonding and the ability to adapt and be open to change and growth. The willingness and ability for everyone to be there each and every one of them is awesome, and something for everyone to achieve in their family Unit and relationships.

It has a strong religious undertone for the southern characters about their abortion beliefs and those messages are inferred strongly as Pro Life, with scary messages to readers about abortions . In my opinion the counselor should have been brought into the story with actual facts and statistics about abortion procedures, how they are done, risks etc.. Not one side’s story that is not based on the facts of the process but scare tactics.
These are just undertones that one finds themselves thinking about when you here Khaki or Jodi talking about their side of the story until later in the book.
The other issue is while it is true that the poor, single, under educated ( although Jodi graduated from HS and is very smart) and have an addiction issue are more likely to be in the risk group for an unwanted pregnancy, it just bothered me that they chose her as Carolina’s birth mom. She could have been from the same family, not been poor, been attending college and had one night stand that resulted in the pregnancy. She still could be the cook and canner, farmer she was etc. Going to college for agricultural degree and/business degree. It would have been nice to show it happens to anyone, any class , anytime anywhere.