Have you ever watched honey drip from a spoon? How it starts out slow and steady. And, at first, you think that it is just one solid color but as it catches the light you suddenly notice all of the different tones, the different layers.
Have you noticed how it lands in a little honey puddle? How you have to have patience as you blend it in. It won’t be rushed. But then, well then, it’s subtle sweetness just works its way right through.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
And while, of course, there are no more gracious words than the ones in the GOOD book, the words in “Dear Carolina” , by the incredibly talented author Kristy Woodson Harvey, drip with as much sweetness, as much graciousness, as that honey dripping from a spoon.
I would love to tell you about this story.
About how I could.not.put.it.down.
I would love to tell you about the main characters. How Khaki and Jodi’s lives intertwine. How I wanted to be their friend.
How they have experienced all that is bitter and all that is sweet in life and often, very often, at the same time.
I’d love to tell you how, as I read, I felt like I was sitting on a swing on a wide front porch with fields in the distance and a glass of sweet tea next to me.
I’d love to tell you about how after reading this book, I was thrilled to partner with Mikasa and create a tablescape inspired by the story.
And I imagined how I would set the table if I knew both Khaki and Jodi were coming over for lunch. How I would want it to be just the right balance of fancy and casual. How I’d want both of them to feel comfortable and welcomed sitting at my table.
How there would be fresh flowers from my garden and simple coastal touches as an homage to Carolina.
And how I would want them to feel encouraged, lifted up, refreshed.
I would mix the Mikasa Loria with my own blue and white dishes just to add a little bit of southern charm.
And the Loria dishes would be the perfect choice because they are fancy enough for a special occasion yet relaxed enough for everyday.
The same would be said for the Mikasa Britt Flatware. Simple, chic lines.
I would serve Khaki a glass of wine in the Mikasa Laura Glassware but Jodi would have to settle for iced sweet tea since she isn’t technically ‘of age’…at least not in years. She’s definitely lived a lifetime though in her short 19 years on earth.
But, I would know that neither Jodi or Khaki would really care about any of it. They would be just as happy eating off a paper plate.
Because, they’ve experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows that life has to offer.
So, we would barely look down at our place settings because we would be too busy talking.
Talking about all that we have in common. Our love of getting our hands dirty in the soil. Or our appreciation for a well decorated room.
Mostly, I think we would talk about our mutual understanding of how amazingly, how miraculously and how unexpectedly families can be put together.
I’d love to tell you about all of these things. But, you’re going to need to find out for yourself.
Be sure to take your time, though. Read it slowly. Savor it.
And let the graciousness, the sweetness, work it’s way into your heart…like honey dripping from a spoon.
“A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.
One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.
Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…
Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…”
And now for a GIVEAWAY!!
One of YOU could win a beautiful set of 4 Mikasa Loria Dinnerware place settings! PLUS, the winner will be receiving their very own free copy of “Dear Carolina”.
This is a wonderful NEW program for Mikasa who are reminding us that while they use the highest quality bone china and led-free crystal, these sets are meant to be used for everyday meals not just special occasions.
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And be sure to check out all of these other bloggers (including the incredible author herself!!) who’ve put their own spin on a “Dear Carolina” tablescape.