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August 12, 2018

Harlow by Karyn Rae ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"When coming of age arrives late."

This was my first book by Karyn Rae but it certainly won't be my last. This book had me interested from the first page and I had trouble putting it down until the end. I am thrilled to know that this is part of a series and can't wait to read the next book.
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Harlow
May 2018; 978-0996092241; ebook, print (270 pages)
women's fiction

This novel - part love story, part family drama and part coming of age - is set in Charleston, SC, one of the most beautiful places in the world but also a city that until not very long ago had very rigid class settings between the rich and the not so rich. The main character is Harlow and she is having her 40th birthday as the novel begins. Even at 40, she is very unsure of herself and her place in the world mostly due to the way her mother treated her growing up. She's just received divorce papers from her husband and she knows that her parent's art gallery and the house she grew up in were all left to him in their wills and not to her - their only daughter. The author uses flashbacks to Harlow's growing up years so that we can better understand why she is so unsure of her place in Charleston society. As the story unfolds and Harlow begins to understand more about the past, her future will be changed in ways that she can't even imagine.

This was a fantastic novel about love and friendship and romance and family. I highly recommend it.

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About the Author:

The first part of Karyn's life was spent in the South, and the last fifteen years have played out in the Midwest, but she's still holding on to a shred of her Southern roots.
What She Loves:

Her family, friends, food- anything covered in cheese, reading, writing, vodka, music- the live variety, sarcasm, a strong curse word, college sports- especially the NCAA tournament (GO Tigers!), running- although doesn't do it as much as she should, her annual girls trip, Benjamin Franklin, most things considered Southern, sending notes through snail mail, coffee, roller coasters, peace among her kids, the mountains, the ocean, boots- she does not discriminate, home d├ęcor that looks wore out and beat to death, and faith in the unknown.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads,  or Twitter.


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