FICTION

Under the Southern Sky

Gallery: S. & S. Apr. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781982117726. pap. $16.99. F
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Amelia and Parker grew up as next-door neighbors and childhood friends. They have always been there for each other, from Amelia teaching Parker to climb a tree to Parker saving Amelia’s life. Now adults, they are facing more challenges. Amelia knows that her marriage is over when she unexpectedly returns home to find her husband with his male lover. At the same time, Parker is trying to learn how to live without the love of his life, who died three years earlier. While researching an article about frozen embryos, Amelia discovers that Parker and his late wife Greer have abandoned embryos. When Parker learns of this, he decides to seek a surrogate mother so that he can keep a part of Greer with him. The story is told in alternating chapters from Amelia’s, Parker’s, and their mothers’ points of view, along with excerpts from Greer’s journals.
VERDICT The first half of Harvey’s (Feels Like Falling) book contains a number of flashbacks to fill in the backstory, which at times become confusing. This is a character-driven (and somewhat predictable) romance with a lot of introspection. Recommend to readers of Mary Kay Andrews and Susan Mallery.

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