This was my first book by Tamara Leigh, and I have to say, she has quickly moved up my list of favorite authors. I love the way she keeps the story going, but, at the same time, lets you linger over a tender moment. Plus, there are just enough twist and turns in this book to keep you wondering till the end.
I thoroughly enjoy reading Tamara Leighs books. Her characters crack me up all the time. I love a good laugh, and this author definitely provides a full share of those. She tends to give you a view of the thoughts of her characters, and thats the part in her books that I really like. It makes me feel like I know them personally when I am able to get inside their heads. This is another book of hers that I would pass along to my friends because it was a nice easy read that was fun and enjoyable.
This is a story about a girl named Piper Wick who left her hometown of Pickwick , North Carolina twelve years ago. She proverbially shook the dust off her feet, ditched her drawl and her family name, and made a new life for herself as a high-powered public relations consultant in LA. Now she's even engaged to be engaged to the picture-perfect U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler.Now all of Pipers hard-won happiness is threatened by a reclusive uncles bout of conscience. In the wake of a health scare, Uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all the Pickwicks secrets, including Pipers.Though Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for battle, she is unprepared for Uncle Obes rugged, blue-eyed gardener. So just who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is more than just making restitution? And why, oh why, cant she stay on task? With the Lords help, Piper is about to discover that although good PR might smooth things over, only the truth will set her free.It's a fun fast moving book, which features quirky characters, some comedy and a little romance. It seems a little similar to the movie Sweet Home Alabama. If you like the movie, you should like the book.
*sigh of contentment* I do enjoy a good book by Tamara Leigh, she's quite the down to earth entertainer. Now after reading this story of Piper Pickwick in "Leaving Carolina", I really want to go back to my TBR shelf and find "Faking Grace", because I'm pretty sure I have a copy out there. Hmm... This book is full of family secrets, but so much more than that, it is a story of acknowledging and owning up to mistakes and sins and moving appropriately beyond them with forgiveness and admittance. Each page is filled with a pull to turn to the next page and finish the next chapter to read the continuing whit. The personality of our main character Piper is priceless and sets one to giggling and grinning as well as a bit of snickering here and there. The romance is blush-worthy and brings forth a sly grin to any reader. This is a fun loving book of entertainment, but also so much more as real lessons are brought forth in the twist of tales. I highly recommend this read, and personally cannot wait for more from Tamara. As this is my first of her novels that I have read cover to cover I need more. With that said, I'm exceptionally looking forward to the summer of 2010 to find more in The Next Adventure of Maggie and Devyn!!
Who wants to admit coming from a town called Pickwick, or admitting your last name is Pickwick? Not Piper Pickwick that's for sure. She dropped the Pick off her name, and left that small town in North Carolina fast and far behind her. At least that's what she though she was doing. Life, and Uncle Obadiah had different plans for Piper bringing her back to Pickwick after 12 years away and losing her southern accent. Coming home to fried foods, sweet tea, eccentric relatives, and long lost memories is not on Piper's to do list. In her trademark light hearted way, Tamera Leigh has done it again giving us lovable characters, hysterical laugh out loud moments, and poignant God moments all wrapped up in one delightful package!