“In this zippy outing from McKnight, a humiliated social media influencer rediscovers her roots…McKnight lays out some vivid low country history, and her fully realized characters—especially Casey and her sometimes superficial, sometimes serious trials—ring true.” Publishers Weekly
A disgraced social media influencer flees to South Carolina’s Lowcountry in search of refuge and connection to the family she’s never known.
Home is not a place—it’s a feeling.
Casey Black needs an escape. When her picture-perfect vow renewal ceremony ends in her being left at the altar, the former model turned social media influencer has new fame—the kind she never wanted. An embarrassing, viral video has cost her millions of followers, and her seven-year marriage is over. With her personal and business lives in shambles, Casey runs from New York City to South Carolina’s Lowcountry hoping to find long-lost family. Family who can give her more answers about her past than her controlling mom-slash-manager has ever been willing to share.
What Casey doesn’t expect is a postcard-worthy property on a three-hundred-acre farm, history, culture, and a love of sweet tea. She spends her days caring for the land and her nights cooking much needed Southern comfort foods. She also meets Nigel, the handsome farm manager whose friendship has become everything she’s never had. And then there are the secrets her mother can no longer hide.
Through the pages of her great-grandmother’s journals, Casey discovers her roots run deeper than the Lowcountry soil. She learns that she has people. A home. A legacy to uphold. And a great new love story—if only she is brave enough to leave her old life behind.
Available May 9, 2023
What People Are Saying…
“Rhonda McKnight has written a gorgeously vivid, heart-felt novel that stirred my emotions from the first page. I loved getting to know the characters and wanted to stay in their lives forever. Through a dual-timeline, parallels in the women’s stories were expertly delivered in contemporary and historical voices that will have readers exploring their own lives and legacies. I tried to slow down as I came closer to the last page because I didn’t want this book to end. I’ve loved every book by Rhonda McKnight, but this one is her best!” – Victoria Christopher Murray, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Personal Librarian and NAACP Award-winning Author of Stand Your Ground
“The Thing About Home is a beautifully-written story about family, self-discovery, secrets, and forgiveness. It is a truly wonderful and most enjoyable read!” – Kimberla Lawson Roby, NAACP award-winning author of The Reverend’s Wife and New York Times bestselling author
“Southern writing at its best, The Thing About Home is a warm, atmospheric reminder that home is more than just a physical place—it’s family and friends and safety and unconditional love.” – Emily March, New York Times bestselling author
“Rhonda McKnight in The Thing About Home pens a safe place, a Lowcountry boil that’s soup boil for the soul. Expertly weaving a dual storyline of a rich matriarchal past with the tumultuous present, McKnight builds upon her Women’s Fiction repertoire with a fresh perspective of grief, forgiveness, and finding oneself in the midst of the storm.” -Vanessa Riley, award-winning author of ISLAND QUEEN and QUEEN OF EXILES
“McKnight’s beautifully rendered tale of a social media influencer heroine, distanced from the world through her constant engagement with social media, is a well-woven sweetgrass basket of a story. Family, history, heritage and legacy all combine in the tightly woven warp and weft of love in The Thing About Home—a must read.” – Piper Huguley, bestselling author of By Her Own Design: A Novel of Anne Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register and Sweet Tea.
“In THE THING ABOUT HOME, Casey Black’s perfect life has just crashed and burned, forcing her to seek refuge in South Carolina. Ms. McKnight does an excellent job exploring not only what coming home can represent, but also the importance of family history and legacy. The reader is not only given a captivating story, but also a lesson in life. A well written exploration of love and acceptance.” – Jacquelin Thomas, national bestselling, award-winner author of one hundred books!
“You will get lost in this book. Every moment, every step that Casey takes to finding herself is magical. Rhonda McKnight is a masterful storyteller. Hands down, The Thing About Home is the best book I’ve read in a long time.” – Vanessa Miller, Essence bestselling author of Something Good and The Light on Halsey Street
“Rhonda McKnight has written a story chock full of Southern comfort. It reads like a Lowcountry recipe that’s seasoned with just the right amount of family, love, history, culture and self-discovery. As her characters become deeply-rooted in culture, you’ll find yourself longing for the same connection to home.” – Tia McCollors, bestselling author of The Days of Grace Series
“Rhonda McKnight has written the perfect southern story-warm, sweet, and full of hope. McKnight captures the heart and soul of Casey’s journey to self-discovery and love.” – Preslaysa Williams, author of A Lowcountry Bride and A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal
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