Practically Family




It all starts here: Two best friends. Sudden widowhood. Grief and new love intermingled. Meet Jessie, Paul, their adult kids, their hope and guilt, and their second chance, all amongst the backdrop of beautiful Surfside Beach and the edge of Generation X, at retirement age!

“…engaging from start to finish…” – Amazon Review

Jessie, Paul, Julie, and all the family are back! This new novel follows the new couple as they settle into their, ahem, new normal… and finds Julie completely lost. What ensues? 

Chaos, of course… and a lot of love.

An Amazon Top 5 New Release!
“Be ready to to feel!…This book was everything to me.” – Amazon Review

Spend a magical Christmas in Surfside Beach with a newly blended family, broken hearts, & new traditions.

Jessie flashes back to her roots in this short story chronicling her second date with her first husband and the father of        most of her children. Free ebook!

Another Fifth of July is an all new novella in the Surfside Beach series, coming June 2024!


When Life Throws Curves, but God Said LIVE.

Swerve is a collection of 21 essays that show the work of grace and strengthening of faith in the midst of life’s unexpected messes.

An Amazon #1 New Release!


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About Kelly

Kelly Capriotti Burton, a native of Chicago Heights, resides in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, where she does life with her husband Rod, their five kids, granddaughter, parents, two dogs, a Harley, a tightknit running community, and lots of gathered family. It is the perfect backdrop for her writing mantra: happily-ever-afters for complicated relationships. { Read more

I’m changing how I live my life due to the inspiration of the characters…starting with family dinner one night a week to give all my grown children an excuse to come home.
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