Contemporary Fiction, Review

Going Up South by Janet W. Ferguson

As I read Going Up South (book 2 of the Southern Hearts series) by Janet W. Ferguson, I couldn’t help but fall in love with each and every character!

About the Book

No one told him he had a son.

Actor Dylan Conner is furious. Not only has he been left out of his child’s life, the baby boy has been given another man’s last name. Determined to be a better father than the sorry guy who’d left him and his mother, Dylan fights to ensure a significant place in his son’s life. Unfortunately, his bad-boy reputation overshadows his good intentions. Only one woman in this small town sees beyond his Hollywood image. And he’s falling for her. Too bad she’s the custody mediator.

After her scandalous divorce in the small town of Oxford, Mississippi, attorney Cassie Brooks has no intentions of practicing law again. The humiliating experience left a bitter taste for love, marriage, and her profession.

Now friends need Cassie’s help in a custody negotiation, and her role demands she remain objective. She never expected to be drawn to Dylan Conner—the actor who everyone warns is bad news. Not only is the mediation at stake, but so is her heart.

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My Thoughts

As I continue to read the Southern Hearts series (specifically Going Up South) and learn more about each authentic, flawed character, I can’t help falling in love with each and every one of them!

Dylan Conner’s fast lane lifestyle left me wanting to drag him home by the ear in the first book yet Sarah Beth was able to catch a glimpse through his facade. His backstory and his sweet southern mama softened my heart towards Dylan but it was his interaction with baby Michael that sealed the deal.

We know Cassie Brooks as Sarah Beth’s super efficient and over-qualified assistant and friend but at home she’s a devoted, connected single mom who can DIY or cook her way out of just about any situation. Some of my favorite moments in the story were between Cassie and her teenaged son, Benjamin.

My favorite new character is without a doubt Cassie’s daddy, Big Roy. He’s a big rugged guy but a complete softie for his girls even after they’re all grown up. I’m so impressed by the seamless way Janet Ferguson has interwoven these characters’ storylines with solid biblical truths and wisdom.

I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Janet W. FergusonJanet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer.

An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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 Are you a handy DIYer or talented in the kitchen like Cassie? Have you read Going Up South or added it to your tbr?

11 thoughts on “Going Up South by Janet W. Ferguson”

  1. I’m excited that you enjoyed Going Up South! If you liked Big Roy, you’ll be happy that he practically has his own book in Blown Together when he becomes Sam’s mentor. Thank you so much for reading my novel!!


    1. JJ, Duct tape is about my speed! I wish I could DYI like Cassie. I’m not a great cook either, ha! Oh well…
      Merry Christmas!


  2. Not at all a Do it Yourselfer! My daughter is and I have NO idea where she got such a talent, but I can always rely on her to help me out with any and all my crazy projects.


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