Book Review: Terms of Surrender – Harlow

I’m honored whenever an author asks me to read their novel in exchange for an honest review. For one of those books to be so good I read it in two days, well that’s just a delight. Thank you so much, Karyn Rae, for sending me a copy of your book!


I love a good book set in the south. Originally from Oklahoma (which is in the South depending on who you ask), reading a book with Southern ties is something I will always enjoy. This book tells two stories of one person: Harlow at 20 years old and Harlow at 40 years old. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, the timeline jumps between “then” and “now” finishing with Harlow’s 40th birthday. Harlow at 20 is far from being the perfect Southern woman that her mother wants her to be. From the wrong kind of best friend to a boyfriend from the wrong part of town, Harlow has never met her mother’s expectations. One fateful night, Harlow’s life takes a drastic turn that changes everything.

Twenty years later, on her 40th birthday, Harlow’s life isn’t anything that she wanted it to be. Her mother is in the hospital in a coma and her twenty-year marriage has just come to an end leaving her with nothing. Fatefully reconnected to both her long lost best friend and the true love of her life, Harlow is given the chance to have everything she’s always wanted. On her 40th birthday, Harlow’s life is just getting started.


It took me about 60 pages to get into Harlow’s story, but after those 60 I was hooked. With twists and turns and a little bit of sexy thrown in, the storyline keeps your attention, making the book hard to put down. There is some saccharine-filled romance, but the story is so much more than that. Characters were well rounded, filled with real flaws and dealing with real issues. The love the characters have for one another (with one or two exceptions) are what I loved most about this story. If there was anything I could criticize, it would be that I would have liked to see it would have to be a little more dialogue and a little less description.

Even though I started to figure out the secrets (that weren’t being shared with Harlow), it didn’t make me stop reading. If anything, having my suspensions made the book even more fun to read. The ending was very satisfying. There’s nothing better than seeing the characters you’ve grown to hate get what is coming to them.

I’m looking forward to the next book in this series!


Terms of Surrender–Harlow by Karyn Rae
Published by Karyn Rae Publishing, June 2018
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
Where I read: At the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a quiet house
Stephenie’s Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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