Dear Carolina

Dear Carolina

Large Print - 2016
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"An emotional novel written to baby Carolina by both her birth mother and her adoptive one telling the story of how they came to be a family"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781628998344
Branch Call Number: WOODSON H K LP
Characteristics: 389 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Mar 06, 2019

I picked up this first book by Kristy Woodson Harvey, U>Dear Carolina, because I enjoyed Slightly South of Simple albeit with a few qualifiers.

There is a blurb on the back cover of Dear Carolina by a "New York Times bestselling author" Eileen Coudge that reads "Southern fiction at its best ... Beautifully written."

While I agree the story is a good one, the writing left me cold. There were so many "ain't's","cain't's", "weren't's", and "reckoned'" it was hard to read. And similes! Good grief often 5 or so on the same page!

I get it, right there on page 4 the young teen tells us

"And simple is who I am and what I've been knowing my whole life."

But 'simple' is not the same as not educated and, as the story progresses, we learn she is high school educated, that her teachers and counselors wanted her to go to college, probably with scholarships!

This overwrought 'simple Southern speak' made the it hard to focus on the story and frankly the 'letters' written to the baby were all about the Mom's. Yes, they described their fears and hopes but too much was about wealth and achievement. It just felt disconnected and very self-serving, especially the adult Mom.

2 stars. I have Lies and Other Acts of Love, which Kristy Woodson Harvey wrote after Dear Carolina, checked out of the library but frankly I'm not sure I'm going to waste my time with it.

Feb 05, 2017

I started feeling uneasy with where this story was going early on in the book. It began to seem like Jodi was coerced into giving her baby up for adoption by people who were pretending to help her. Khaki offers to take care of the baby while Jodi is at work, but next thing she's taking the baby to New York for a few days. Khaki and Graham take family photos with Carolina before Jodi even decided to give her up for adoption. Khaki feels entitled to the baby because she has money and wants a baby. I just couldn't like this book because of the uncomfortable way it handled adoption.


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