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The Summer of Songbirds

“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.

Four women come together to save the summer camp that changed their lives and rediscover themselves in the process in this heartwarming new novel. 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 despite 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. 

About the author: 

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of ten 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 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 She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is (always!) working on her next novel. 


by Kristy Woodson Harvey  

Gallery Books Hardcover| On-sale July 11, 2023| 368 pages 

ISBN: 9781668010822, $27.99 

eBook: 9781668010846, $14.99 

Audio: 9781797152677, $23.99



“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 

“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 on The Summer of Songbirds  

“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 on The Summer of Songbirds 

“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, NYT best-selling author of All the Days of Summer 

“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 on The Summer of Songbirds  

“Consider this the book equivalent of a warm and fuzzy pair of socks.” —E! Online on Christmas in Peachtree Bluff  

“My prediction is that writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay.”  —The Huffington Post 

“Harvey infuses plenty of women power in this story of juggling the highs and lows of life.” – Raleigh News & Observer on The Secret to Southern Charm 

“Bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey will undoubtedly knock this out of the park.” —Zibby Owens, Katie Couric Media on The Wedding Veil  

“A sparkling, fast-paced joy of a book that celebrates love, family 

and the right to shape one’s own destiny.” —Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author on The Wedding Veil 

“An awe-inspiring novel.” —Brit & Co on The Wedding Veil