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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Good Southern Read

Several months ago, I met with the bubbly Sarah Sadler Butler and her adorable toddler, West to discuss creating an illustration for a book she wrote. I have never done an illustration before but was overjoyed that she wanted me to be a part of something so fun. She has a passion for the culture of the South and I was excited to embark on a project that glorified that.
So, I settled into reading the book, set in Charleston and rich with southern gems of phrases and twisty relationships. The characters were as rich as a good pie. The relationship between Larken and her mother Bunny was so fun to watch unfold. 
I LOVED it. I missed the characters after I was finished and highly recommend reading this book. I feel like I know these characters-maybe because I have come across a few in my life who she could have easily based them on! It’s so Southern in every good way. 
You can purchase a copy on Amazon here OR you can come pick up your very own copy this Thursday, August 6 at Parnassus Books here in Nashville at 6:00. I will be there and there will be giveaways of this cute little bunny who is so sneaky, yet elegant just like the character Bunny herself:

Read this review for yourself and trust me, you will not be able to put it down:

As rich and distinctive as the Lowcountry itself, Southern Solstice presents a clever and charismatic journey of love, heartache, adaptation and emotional fortitude as told through a patina of family heritage. 

When twenty-four-year-old Larken Devereaux is left brokenhearted by her fiancĂ© on the West Coast, she reluctantly returns to her charmed aristocratic roots in Charleston, South Carolina to rebuild her life and gain self-determination in a prominent southern family that offers everything and requires nothing. 

As her impetuous mother orchestrates a reunion with a first love, Larken becomes entangled in a dilemma where she must choose between an intriguing, passionate plastic surgeon—who is anything but superficial—and the annoyingly irresistible man who has silently loved her forever.

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