July 2023 Indie Next List
“Three best friends are in the midst of life when their beloved summer camp faces closure due to severe financial hardships. This page-turning story is filled with friendship, humor, and romance — put this on your summer reading list!”
— Mary Patterson, The Little Bookshop, Midlothian, VA
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Four women come together to save the summer camp that changed their lives and rediscover themselves in the process in this moving new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil and the Peachtree Bluff series.
Nearly thirty years ago, in the wake of a personal tragedy, June Moore bought Camp Holly Springs and turned it into a thriving summer haven for girls. But now, June is in danger of losing the place she has sacrificed everything for, and begins to realize how much she has used the camp to avoid facing difficulties in her life.
June’s niece, Daphne, met her two best friends, Lanier and Mary Stuart, during a fateful summer at camp. They’ve all helped each other through hard things, from heartbreak and loss to substance abuse and unplanned pregnancy, and the three are inseparable even in their thirties. But when attorney Daphne is confronted with a relationship from her past—and a confidential issue at work becomes personal—she is faced with an impossible choice.
Lanier, meanwhile, is struggling with tough decisions of her own. After a run-in with an old flame, she is torn between the commitment she made to her fiancé and the one she made to her first love. And when a big secret comes to light, she finds herself at odds with her best friend…and risks losing the person she loves most.
But in spite of their personal problems, nothing is more important to these songbirds than Camp Holly Springs. When the women learn their childhood oasis is in danger of closing, they band together to save it, sending them on a journey that promises to open the next chapters in their lives.
From an author whose “writing coats your soul with heart” (E! Online), The Summer of Songbirds is a lyrical and unforgettable celebration of female friendship, summertime freedom, and enduring sisterhood—and a love letter to the places and people that make us who we are.
About the Author
Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including The Wedding Veil, Under the Southern Sky, and The Peachtree Bluff series, which is in development for television with NBC. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications, including Southern Living, Traditional Home, USA TODAY, Domino, and O. Henry. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her books have received numerous accolades, including Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Parade’s Big Fiction Reads, and Entertainment Weekly’s Spring Reading Picks. Kristy is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. She blogs with her mom, Beth Woodson, on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on KristyWoodsonHarvey.com. She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is (always!) working on her next novel.
“The Summer of Songbirds is a warm, hopeful story of friendship, love, and second chances. Reading this book genuinely feels like sipping iced tea with your best friends on a hot summer day. Put this in your beach bag immediately.” —Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers
“Harvey reminds us that sisterhood can take many forms…With a strong dose of nostalgia and multiple narrations from Daphne, Lanier, and June, the book will appeal to Mary Kay Andrews and Katherine Center fans, who will revel in the support the women demonstrate for one another.”—Booklist
"Equal parts moving and nostalgic, Kristy Woodson Harvey's latest novel is a story of four friends who unite to save a summer camp and find out much more about friendship, love, and their own lives in the process."—Southern Living
"Anyone in the sleepaway camp mood? Now that our kids' trunks are in their cabins, it's the perfect time to dive into this beautiful, heartwarming narrative by New York Times bestselling author and southern sensation Kristy Woodson Harvey. [An] orde to female friendship and the places that shape us into who we are."—Good Morning America
"For anyone who ever went to and loved a sleepaway camp, Southern bestselling sensation Kristy Woodson Harvey's latest novel is the one for you."—Katie Couric Media
"Filled with heartflet emotion and endearing characters...A celebration of summer and sisterhood."—Woman's World
"Pack up your sleeping bag and flashlight—you're going to want to escape to Camp Holly Springs as soon as you read the first page of Kristy Woodson Harvey's engaging and immersive new novel. I'm already looking for an excuse to go to grown-up sleepaway camp!"—Mary Kay Andrews, BookBub
"An emotional and engaging story of friendships that last a lifetime, with all the drama, love, and painful truths that entails. Truly wonderful. Brace yourself—you're going to want to be a Songbird, too!"—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sister Effect
“Your big summer read has arrived! Kristy Woodson Harvey serves up a beautiful, bubbly celebration of everything we love about summer—nostalgia for the sweet days of childhood, the indelible bonds of lifelong friendships, secrets and sorrows, and a shared commitment to rescue a beloved summer icon. A story to savor…and share with a friend.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sugar and Salt
“The Summer of Songbirds is a champagne toast to friendship, love, and the joys of summer. Read the brilliant first sentence and you’ll be right there at Camp Holly Springs and you’ll never want to leave. This is a wonderful summer read!”—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of All the Days of Summer
"A bright and sweet story that captures the beauty and complexity of female friendship as it grows from childhood connection to a bond stronger than family. Filled with strong women with real struggles, a community that supports one another, and love stories that will warm your heart, this is a tight healing hug of a novel."—Sonali Dev, bestselling author of The Vibrant Years
"I can never resist a good book about the power of female friendships, This was a feel-good read. Witnessing the love among these women—despite their challenges—encouraged me to call my own friends for a summer get-together."—Patty Bontekoe, First for Women