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This instant New York Times bestseller—that’s “perfect for fans of beach reads, P.S. I Love You, and anything by authors Jennifer Weiner and Elin Hilderbrand” ( Country Living )— follows two childhood friends who discover that love and family can be found in unconventional ways.

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 a life-changing family is always closer than you think.

“Deliciously plotted, intricately constructed, gorgeously written, and brimming with hope, Under the Southern Sky will 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 Times bestselling author).

398 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 20, 2021

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Kristy Woodson Harvey

10 books4,521 followers
Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of ten novels including Under the Southern Sky, The Wedding Veil, and The Summer of Songbirds. Her Peachtree Bluff Series is currently in development with NBC with Kristy as co-writer and co-executive producer. She is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and her books have received numerous accolades including Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Entertainment Weekly’s Spring Reading Picks, and Katie Couric’s Most Anticipated Reads.
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 kristywoodsonharvey.com.
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 Living, Traditional Home, Parade, USA Today, Domino, Our State and O. Henry. She has been seen in Today.com, Women’s Health, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Marie Claire’s The Fix, Woman’s World, Readers’ Digest, Bustle, New York Live and North Carolina Bookwatch, among others.
Kristy is a co-founder and co-host of the hit weekly webshow and podcast, Friends & Fiction, with fellow authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel and Patti Callahan Henry. She is a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers, serves on the board of The University of North Carolina’s Library Board, the 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 on the North Carolina coast with her husband, son, and dog, Salt, where she is always working on her next novel.

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Profile Image for Tina Loves To Read.
2,535 reviews1 follower
August 30, 2022
This is a Southern Women's Fiction/Chick-Lit. I loved this title, and the cover is so pretty. This is not a light Chick-Lit or Women's Fiction, but it was a really good book. I really enjoying this book so much. There was points of this book I found that moved to slow or was boring, but those part where really short and I got through those part super fast. I love the parts the characters where in North Carolina mostly because I have always lived in North Carolina. This book covers some hard hitting topics, but it is done so will. This book as a ton of twists and turns, and I did not see any of them coming. This is everything I want in a Southern Women's Fiction book. I will say the storyline/plot runs this book the characters does not, but it works so well. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Gallery Books) or author (Kristy Woodson Harvey) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
Profile Image for Caroline Edmondson.
73 reviews52 followers
July 4, 2023
I've yet to read a book by KWH that doesn't make me cry in the best kind of way. She has such a natural ability to capture all the emotions that make life so special and worthwhile, despite (& even because of) the inevitable challenges that come with it. A beautiful story, yet again & I love how everything is brought together full circle 🤍
Profile Image for Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader.
2,187 reviews30.5k followers
April 10, 2021
Quick thoughts:

Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of my very favorite authors for summer reads. Under the Southern Sky is a story of love and family.

I loved Amelia and Parker’s love story more than words! The ending was more than I ever could have expected. KWH knows how to put an exclamation point at the end of her books, closing on a note that leaves the reader feeling good.

It never hurts that the story is set in my beloved home state, and I can visualize the coastal community of Cape Carolina, while also feeling the author’s love for this setting as well. If you are looking for your next book to warm your heart, this is it!

I received a gifted copy.

Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.Jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
Profile Image for Mary Andrews.
Author 54 books10.4k followers
May 26, 2021
I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader's Copy of UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY and just adored it. Kristy Woodson Harvey is a rising star in Women's Fictionl, and this novel, about the unconventional ways we form families in contemporary times really resonated with me. Great dialogue, believable characters and a relatable plot. I guarantee you'll love it!
Profile Image for Larry H.
2,514 reviews29.5k followers
May 17, 2021
Under the Southern Sky , the newest book by Kristy Woodson Harvey, is emotional, thought-provoking, romantic, and so, so, good!!

“I found out my marriage was over the day my ‘Modern Love’ piece appeared in the New York Times .”

Even though her life has come crashing down around her, Amelia is still focused on her work as an investigative journalist. While researching a story at a fertility clinic she discovers that frozen embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been labeled “abandoned.” She takes it upon herself to deliver this news to Parker.

Three years after his wife’s death, Parker is still dealing with his grief and definitely isn’t ready to move on with his life. When he learns about the embryos, it sparks a desire to become a father and bring a piece of Greer back into the world, so he decides to hire a surrogate and asks Amelia to help him with the process.

As they both try to navigate through emotional issues and figure out the next step in each of their lives, Amelia and Parker begin to lean on each other more and more. But life—and emotions—are complicated ones, and each has secrets they’ve kept hidden away. Sometimes happiness means stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking chances, which is harder to do when you've been hurt.

Set against a gorgeous North Carolina waterfront backdrop, full of family drama, poignancy, love, laughter, and sadness, Under the Southern Sky was such a fantastic book. I felt these characters in my heart and was so invested in their story.

I loved Harvey's last book, Feels Like Falling , but this one really blew me away!!

Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html.

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Profile Image for Lucy.
455 reviews86 followers
May 20, 2021
This was such a sweet love story.

Amelia and Parker are childhood friends. They each married someone else, but life didn't work out as expected. Parker's wife, Greer, has died and three years later he's still struggling to live without her. Amelia thought she and her husband had a good marriage, until she found out that wasn't the case. Now, life has intertwined Amelia's and Parker's lives in an unexpected way.

The story is mostly told from the POV of Amelia and Parker, but through journal entries and letters Greer is very much a part of the story. At the heart of the story is the question of how to move forward and overcome the past. There's also the question of what to do with the four embryos Parker and Greer had frozen before she died.

This is a beautiful love story that tackles some heavy topics, yet still makes the heart happy. Grief, cancer, infertility, and mental illness are part of the story. In spite of such somber topics, the story is very positive and has an uplifting quality.
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556 reviews173 followers
April 26, 2021
If you are looking for your next great summer read, look no further!! Kristy Woodson Harvey is fast becoming one of my favorite go to authors for Southern Chick-Lit and awesome beach reads. And she doesn't disappoint with Under the Southern Sky. I loved the way she structured the book. You get to hear from all of the characters perspectives and read from Greer's journals. Those journal entries are oddly intimate and really help the reader connect with the journey all the characters take and the crossroads that their journey intersects at. It's a beautiful and emotionally charged journey. What do you do when your whole world comes crumbling down around you? How do you put the pieces back together? This book explores that along with the strength of family, long time friendships and love (both old and new). Each chapter is like peeling back the layers of an onion, adding so much flavor and depth to the book. This is a sweet, tender read but yet still takes you down a twisty road. This is a must read book to add to your summer reading list!! I loved this book and love this author!!

My thanks to Kristy Woodson Harvey, Gallery Books and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads).
547 reviews142 followers
January 4, 2021
Thank you Kristy for my review copy...all opinions are my own.
Welp. This came in before the end of 2020 and I would be lying if I didn't say this was a highlight!
I loved this book. Kristy's Peachtree Bluff series was one of my favorites and I was super excited to dive into this standalone. It sincerely hit just right.
Kristy has such a fabulous Southern voice that comes across so well in her writing. She always brings me back home to Eastern North Carolina, everytime.
Let's talk about this novel specifically for a minute. This is a favorite. I really didn't think it was possible for her to top the Peachtree Bluff series....but she did. Under the Southern Sky held so much heart. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and booed. This to me {Chef's Kiss}...perfection. The characters were absolutely enthralling. The setting brought us a character all on her own. I both couldn't wait to find out how it was going to end and dread the end of my time in Cape Carolina all at the same time.
I will be recommending this one like nobody's business come April when it releases! Seriously. Don't sleep on this one, go ahead....pre order it. You are welcome ;-)
Profile Image for Carrie.
3,230 reviews1,550 followers
May 22, 2021
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey is a contemporary romance in which the two main characters are childhood friends who have both just had their relationships come to an end. The pair have been lifelong best of friends that never would have expected to end up with one another much to the dismay of their families.

Amelia Saxton has just has her marriage end in divorce after finding out her husband had been unfaithful so she has thrown herself back into her career as a journalist chasing down the latest big story. However, upon investigating at a fertility clinic Amelia found out that her childhood friend’s late wife had her embryos in storage and they are about to be destroyed.

Amelia knows that there is no question she has to tell Parker what she has found out knowing that he’s been grieving his wife’s passing for the last three years. Parker is shocked at the news but the chance to still have a piece of his late wife is more than he could have hoped for so he knows he needs to find a surrogate to carry his and Greer’s children.

I’m always a sucker for the type of story held in Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey and with that beautiful cover I just couldn’t resist picking this one up. The story was a slow building one and having a couple with a history, especially such a long one even if not romantic gives a story a deeper edge to it in my opinion. I found myself drawn in and engaged with what would happen with the characters with the many ups and downs along the way so I rather enjoyed reading this one.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Profile Image for Lori Boyd.
562 reviews76 followers
January 22, 2021
4.5 rounded up to 5.

As a Northerner, who desperately wants to move South, this author has become a “Go To” when I need a southern fix. This story was no different, but the storyline was unique and grabbed me from the Page 1.

To me a good story has to make you feel the characters plight. From the beginning you are introduced to a loving “perfect” couple who seem to have it all, and a tight knit community where friends become the family we picked as ours. Add a few secrets and a quirky family member and you will be hooked too! I cried, I laughed and I rooted for the outcome. Modern day issues in the old South. It did feel like it dragged in parts, but on the whole, I couldn’t put it down. Escapism at its finest.

Thanks to Ms. Harvey, Gallery Books and NetGalley for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone!
Profile Image for Wendy.
1,684 reviews569 followers
June 1, 2021
Under The Southern Sky is my 1st novel by Kristy Woodson Harvey.
While working on the biggest story of her career newly separated journalist Amelia Saxton discovers that there are frozen embryo's belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer that have been deemed "abandoned".
Parker has all but forgotten about the frozen embryo's after the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. When Amelia reveals her discovery to Parker she gives him a new lease on life. In order to get a part of Greer back he decides to become a single father and find a surrogate. This sets in motion a trajectory of events that will change their lives forever.
This is a heart warming, well-researched story!
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681 reviews164 followers
April 14, 2021
Wow, I really loved this one! I loved "Slightly South of Simple" by Kristy Woodson Harvey and I was really looking forward to this standalone book! I'm happy to say, it's fantastic!! What a story. This one really pulled at my heartstrings, but It had so much love and hope. I wouldn't say this is a "light" read but the story was just amazing!! I'll be recommending this to everyone!! I love Kristy's writing and the way she can just pull you right into the story.

Thank you to the publisher and author for the gifted copy, all opinions are my own!
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1,703 reviews101 followers
October 20, 2020
Kristy Woodson Harvey never disappoints her readers and this is another fantastic book from her. I've been a loyal fan since her first book and she is the #1 southern fiction author that I recommend to my friends. She always tells a fantastic story from a southern perspective with lots of salty ocean air in the background.

Amelia and Parker were best friends growing up in Cape Carolina. Years later, Amelia's marriage has just broken up and she is in jeopardy of losing the job she loves as a reporter. Parker lost the love of his life to cancer and has been unable to move forward with his life for three years. When Amelia is researching an article about frozen embryos, she discovers that there are embryos for Parker and his wife that are considered to be abandoned and will soon be destroyed. Parker had forgotten about the embryos in his grief and decides that he wants to find a surrogate so that he can have a baby to remind him of his late wife. Telling Parker about the embryos brings Parker and Amelia back into contact with each other at a time in their lives that they are both grieving and trying to move forward. Can they help comfort each other as they attempt to move forward in their lives?

I loved the characters in this novel - they were both well written and very real - people that we know in our normal lives - even as they were faced with a huge moral question involving frozen embryos. This is a beautiful written story about love and loss, family and friendship. And the reminder that family is more than sharing blood - it is also made up the people you love and care about.

This is Southern Fiction at its best written by one of the best authors currently writing. You absolutely don't want to miss Under the Southern Sky!
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970 reviews195 followers
April 25, 2021
I’ve loved every book Kristy’s written - but this is my absolute favorite of all!! ❥

It’s a tender, sweet story that follows our heroine Amelia Buxton, a journalist working for a magazine,
Parker Thaysden, our damaged hero/widower, childhood neighbor + friend,
and Parker’s late wife Greer.

For Amelia, two life changing things happen simultaneously ON THE SAME DAY.

1. Her “Modern Love” story (about her own love story w/her husband) appears in the NYTimes, but then Amelia discovers her husband has been sneaking around with her hairdresser.
2. While at Palm Beach Conceptions to interview a doctor, Amelia is nosing through the doctors desktop papers and reads that Parker and his late wife Greer’s frozen embryos have been deemed “abandoned.”

Little did Amelia know the can of worms she’d open up by reaching out and telling Parker (what she feels he needs to know about his embryos.)

Amelia heads home to Cape Carolina. Parker (who has spent the last three years grieving over his wife) heads home to Cape Carolina too.


I loved meeting their extended families, especially Amelia’s Aunt Tilley, she a real pistol! I adored her so much! And Parker oh my *swoon*
This is a beautiful story with strong female characters - about personal tragedies + hope, family, love and friendship. I enjoyed escaping to the shores of Cape Carolina with the entire Buxton and Thaysden crew. Amelia and Parker found in each other, what they didn’t realize they were missing all along. It’s fantastic, giving me that sweet-hearted southern warmth I love so much.
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1,906 reviews205 followers
April 29, 2021
Poignant, hopeful, and romantic!

Under the Southern Sky is a beautifully written, heartfelt tale set predominantly in the small-town of Cape Carolina that takes us into the lives of Amelia Saxton, a young journalist struggling to come to grips with a recent separation and an important discovery she inadvertently stumbles across involving her childhood friend, and Parker Thaysden, a young widower who is still grappling with the loss of his wife and the all-consuming grief that is preventing him from moving on.

The prose is smooth and genuine. The characters are scarred, hesitant, and sympathetic. And the plot is an addictive, alluring mix of friendship, family, introspection, support, forgiveness, love, loss, drama, selflessness, community, new beginnings, and the power of love.

Under the Southern Sky was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021, and it did not disappoint. Once again, Kristy Woodson Harvey has written a charming, absorbing, moving tale that has an abundance of irresistible characters and a storyline I couldn’t get enough of, and it is without a doubt the perfect choice for summer!

Thank you to BookSparks and Kristy Woodson Harvey for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Elisabeth Plimpton.
177 reviews172 followers
May 16, 2021
2.5 stars

I have mixed feelings on this one. The first half was a bit boring, and the whole book’s pace was pretty slow. The ending had a couple of good twists, but they were somewhat predictable.

The topic was a modern situation, and I haven’t read anything quite like it before. I liked the characters and how they were developed throughout the story. I did find the love triangle a bit strange or just a little overdone.

All the loose ends were tied together well. I have concluded that family dramas are not my favorite genre. Overall, a moderately interesting read, but I wasn’t sold.
Profile Image for Sherri Thacker.
1,309 reviews268 followers
December 29, 2020
This is my 7th novel by Kristy Woodson Harvey and just like her other fabulous books, I devoured each and every page of this one. I love her story telling and this had me on the edge of my seat. I grew to love Amelia and Parker. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
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284 reviews75 followers
May 2, 2021
Under the Southern Sky is a good romance novel.It had me from the 1st pages. While not a huge lover of « romance » fiction, the story kept me wanting to know what’s next. It’s well written with good descriptions, I enjoyed it.
Profile Image for Judy Collins.
2,690 reviews378 followers
April 20, 2021
Check out the fun Elevator Ride Q&A with Kristy!

MASTERFUL!! Kristy Woodson Harvey has a trademark ability to capture the complexities of human emotions and women, especially when it comes to life, love, and family while spinning a mesmerizing tale.

A favorite author, the talented southern storyteller, Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the irresistible new novel and #1 Beach Read of 2021. Her best yet —UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY. Harvey is known for her rich, heartfelt stories—and her new book is no exception.

“And look at this stunning cover!”

Emotionally resonant, a perfect beach read. A poignant story for the modern woman with a little romance, mystery, suspense, and drama with relatable characters and realistic complexities.

The author's writing is lyrical and rich, and the journal entries are spellbinding. Strong in character, this beautifully written tender novel explores the boundaries of friendship, marriage, family, parenthood, and so much more.

The settings are vivid and of course, I adored the Palm Beach setting (my city) and coastal Carolina area. Great job Kristy!!!

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY is so much more than a beach read and fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, and Mary Kay Andrews are assured to devour this one! Please, this would make for a great TV series or movie! 🎬

We meet Journalist, Amelia Paxton a talented young woman, married, and living in Palm Beach. However, at the beginning of the novel, her marriage is not quite what she thought it was, and gets a wake-up surprise call, after she just finished writing a column about the perfect marriage, right?

She leaves and returns to coastal NC, for the support of her close-knit family. Then she begins researching a story that leads her to frozen embryos.

She is shocked that this story deals with her dear childhood friend, Parker (loved him) and his late wife Greer who died of cancer at the early age of thirty-two. What happens to the embryos left in storage and forgotten?

Amelia herself was diagnosed with primary ovarian insufficiency when she was a teen; however, she never really thought much about being a mother and was interested in her career. She gets lost in her writing and she loves her job.

She begins to help him try to find a surrogate to help salvage the eggs and have a little Greer. Could she possibly be a surrogate for Parker, or would it be too weird, since he has never really moved on from the death of his wife? Greer had it all and everything that Amelia would like to be. From a successful career and marriage, but her life was cut short due to cancer.

She adores Parker, but she would not want to always live in Greer’s shadow. How will they make this all work out?

“And I finally realized that, this love? It wasn’t as modern as I once believed. Quite the opposite, in fact. This was a love as old as time.” —Amelia Under The Southern Sky

Life can be messy, busy, happy, exhausting. Kristy takes readers on an intricate journey from the fears, loss, grief, love, complicated relationships, and all the emotions that go along with delicate and intimate details of these two families.

To make it more complex the parents are best friends (mothers). However, there are secrets that come out and some things are not as they seem. I loved these characters. You will root for them and hoping for a second chance.

"Deeply moving, a gripping, thought-provoking journey. A page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters and one that will tug at your heartstrings. The author showcases her winning signature style and dazzles the reader, both avid fans and readers new to the author’s work. "

This author just keeps getting better and better and one of the top Southern fiction writers out there today. Her love of family and writing is reflective throughout the novel. I have read every book Kristy has written and anxiously await the next. Move this to the top of your list!


A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy.

PS Guess what guys, we are in for a rare Christmas treat coming Oct 2021! The Murphy ladies return for a holiday special novel, Christmas in Peachtree Bluff

On a side note:
Kristy mentioned years ago she was writing a book set in my “neck of the woods” meaning Palm Beach, FL and I was delighted when I started reading and saw The Breakers, HMF, The Colony, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, and the Intracoastal waterway, and all the places I see daily out my window and have visited many times.

I was in heaven! Did I mention, I loved this book?
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1,073 reviews146 followers
August 3, 2021
A heartfelt romance set in North Carolina

Amelia Saxton, a journalist, has just published a personal story in "Modern Love" discussing her own modern marriage with her husband Thad, talking about how happy they are in their life filled with travel and their decision not to have children. That same day she discovers Thad is cheating on her--with another man. Devastated, Amelia's life is completely upended and she wonders if she can ever trust again. While researching another story, she finds out that some embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife, Greer, have been deemed "abandoned." Parker had a love for the ages with Greer, but Amelia--the literal girl next door--was his first love. He had forgotten about the embryos, but once he hears Amelia's news, he wants to become a single father via surrogate. As Amelia and Parker each return home to Cape Carolina to deal with their own grief, they find comfort in their friendship.

"People always think being loved will change them. But that's not true. It's really, truly loving--with the kind of love you couldn't take away even if you wanted to--that turns you inside out."

This book had an interesting plot idea--the whole embryo idea has the possibility to become icky, but overall Woodson Harvey pulls it off. I have been through IVF and dealt with frozen embryo decisions myself, so the book certainly hit home. The story is told via Parker and Amelia's present-day perspectives and interspersed with excerpts from Greer's journals. The North Carolina setting is atmospheric and takes on a life of its own.

At times, this tale is kind of silly and all over the place, but it's a very easy read. The characters are also easy-to-like, and I grew to care a lot about both Parker and Amelia. It's a fun and romantic tale, with just about everyone tied together in various ways. There are meddling moms, family secrets, and drama with Parker's brother. All of this makes the book quite a page-turner, which is at turns sweet and heartbreaking. 3.75 stars.

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Profile Image for Lisa.
647 reviews241 followers
March 14, 2021
A Family Drama and Romance with a Modern Twist

Amelia Buxton is reeling from her discovery of her husband’s unfaithfulness with another man, and not just any man, but her hairdresser. Despite this revelation, Amelia is a dedicated journalist in Palm Beach and is digging into the biggest story of her career—abandon embryos at a local clinic. Amelia discovers that some of the abandon embryos belong to her childhood friend Parker Thaysden and his late wife Greer, she debates whether to say something to Parker.

The seemingly perfect Greer passed away three years ago and Parker has been unable to move forward ever since. He had all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows he wants them. He wants to have something of Greer’s, he wants to be a father to Greer’s children, but he is going to need a surrogate.

Amelia and Parker’s families are lifelong next door neighbors and best friends. The Buxton and Thaysden families can’t help but hope their dreams of uniting their families by marriage might finally be in the cards. But is it?

Under the Southern Sky is a sweet modern family drama and romance and is a perfect beach read. It’s quick, charming and entertaining.

Author Kristy Woodsen Harvey’s writing is crisp, clear and delightfully fun. She jets the reader between North Carolina, Palm Beach and New York City with her fast moving writing.

The characters are well-drawn, and you can’t help but feel the emotional struggles both Amelia and Parker are encountering. Harvey creatively even brings Greer back to life through her journal entries, adding yet another dimension to this multi-faceted story.

Harvey is the bestselling author of numerous book including the Peachtree Bluff series. She is the winner of several Southern writing awards and accolades including the Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Read.

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Gallery Books
Published April 20, 2021
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Profile Image for Dallas Strawn.
695 reviews97 followers
April 25, 2021
Oh my....Kristy Woodson Harvey brilliantly tackles love, life, and loss in this stellar addition to her list of work.

“Under The Southern Sky” follows Amelia Paxton a journalist who is working on a story about IVF embryos and discovers that embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his deceased wife are on the list as “abandoned”, has the hard task of telling him, and the novels follow Parker’s decision, and how it affects his relationship with Amelia. Throughout the book we learn more through not only Amelia and Parker’s POV but beautifully written tragic flashbacks from his wife Greer’s diary entries, and select chapters told from Amelia’s mother Elizabeth.

The novel comes together in the end absolutely flawlessly. It is such an emotional story and will resonate deeply with those impacted in there lives by cancer and pregnancy related issues.

Kristy Woodson Harvey’s writing simply brings joy to my life, she has this remarkable way of creating characters that you love and root for, they are textured and layered. I just found myself wanting to reach out and hug Greer so deeply. I think those diary entries are the best writing Kristy has ever put forth. The novel is a tour de force for her, and she has done such a wonderful job tackling these serious topics while turning out a charming southern romance novel.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.

UPDATE: happy pub day to beautiful blue little masterpiece....RUN, don’t walk, and go pick up a copy now out in paperback today wherever books are sold 💙💙💙

UPDATE 2: I re-read it. Yes. I re-read it. First book I’ve read twice in years! And yes everything about the book held up so well. The audiobook was perfection!
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270 reviews48 followers
June 15, 2022
This book pulled me in right from the beginning and took me on a great adventure. Kristy Woodson Harvey is a great writer!!

Amelia and Parker grew up in Cape Carolina as neighbors. Their mothers are best friends. Parker is several years younger but he is interested in Amelia at a young age but she is dating his brother..the star baseball player.

Fast forward 10+ years and Amelia is a journalist in Palm Beach. As she is doing research for a story on abandoned embryos, she discovers Parker and his late wife Greer are on this list. After this discovery, Parker and Amelia reconnect and their adventure begins.

This is a story of many secrets, second chances, love and deep friendships. This book made me cry, laugh and connect deeply with the characters!!!

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for an advance copy of this book for my review.
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1,868 reviews125 followers
May 6, 2023
UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY by Kristy Woodson Harvey

This is my first novel by Ms. Harvey and I was pleasantly surprised that it was more involved and deeper plotted than I had expected. I enjoyed the well-developed characters and the southern style of relationships and dialogue. The story is told from three POVs, one from Amelia Saxton, and Parker and from her journal entries we hear from Greer, Parker's deceased wife. Both Amelia and Parker are grieving something deeply personal and as childhood friends come together as adults and overcome life's difficulties.

Amelia Saxton is grieving the end of her marriage. As the last to know she must return home to NC to tell her parents of the impending divorce. But while working on a story she snoops through the clinic director's office and finds that her childhood friend's fertilized eggs are going to be deemed abandoned. She becomes involved with Parker, who is still deeply grieving the loss of his wife, Greer who has been dead for three years. The story is intricate and a little outside the ordinary, but one that was enjoyable as well as heartwarming.

4 stars

Happy Reading
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1,220 reviews268 followers
May 1, 2021
Oh how I loved this heartfelt story!

Under the Southern Sky was a heartbreaking and emotionally gripping story, but yet somehow author Kristy Woodson Harvey writes a story that still felt light and brings a feel-good story to life while touching on hard topics like fertility and loss.

It’s the story of two childhood friends, Amelia and Parker, who have come together again after Amelia discovers frozen embryos that Parker had from his wife who passed.

This is my fave yet, and I might just be partial to the North Carolina setting but can’t wait to see what Kristy writes next!

*thank you to Gallery Books and the author for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own
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854 reviews76 followers
December 26, 2020
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because I have read some of the author's other books and I have loved each one. This is an author I will always read and this is the sort of book I have to keep coming back to remember how much I love to read. As I get older, I am finding that many books come along that I just can't seem to get into...like, at all. But then I will read a book like this and go "oh yeah"...The book is told by 3 or 4 different points of view and while I normally do not like that, this time it seemed okay. You have one man and two women, essentially. He has loved them both at times of his life and he married one...he thought she would be his forever but that wasn't the case. The other woman he loved as a teenager for the most part but she also became one of his best friends...the story is about what brought them all three together, more than once. I loved the book, personally, and it was exactly what I was expecting from this author. :)
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172 reviews10 followers
October 12, 2020
Amelia Buxton has a happy marriage and a journalist job that she loves.. She is shocked to discover her marriage is a sham and she maybe losing her job. She is working on a story about abandoned embryos at a fertility clinic and discovers that her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have four embryos there. She feels that it is her duty to tell Parker about this so he can decide what to do about them. He decides that he will get a surrogate so that he can have Greer always in a child. Both Parker and Amelia are dealing with griefs and reach out to each other. Can they find comfort and move forward with their lives? Great read! Such a great writer,

Thanks Kristy Woodson Harvey and Gallery Books
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Author 24 books5,358 followers
April 12, 2021
Newly separated journalist Amelia is investigating a story when she discovers that a cluster embryos in a clinic which belong to her childhood friend Parker and his deceased wife Greer, have been deemed abandoned. Amelia must tell PArker so he can claim the embryos and face the challenge of single fatherhood. But Amelia and Parker have their own complicated history to face as well. A unique and heartfelt story of homecoming and second chances brought to you by one of the masters of Southern fiction.
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1,946 reviews1,898 followers
April 14, 2021
Are you planning your summer TBR already like I am?! I adore beach reads and KWH’s latest is a total MUST! It’s heartfelt, charming and poignant with a cast of authentic and relatable characters, plus it has a gorgeous setting. Seriously, I can’t say enough great things about this one, there’s a reason she’s one of my very favorite authors and the fact that her books just keep getting better and better is such a treat!
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