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Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Written in first person, Perfecting Kate pulls the reader into its heroines heart and world. Kates internal conversations and journal entries offer a glimpse into a three-dimensional woman facing real issues. Kates struggles with weight, heartache, and a tenuous self-image are issues identifiable with most women. Yet, Kates buoyant sense of humor keeps the novel moving at a quick, enjoyable pace.
Vying for Kates heart, Michael and Clive also come across to the readers as real men. Clives grief is deeply felt without his separation from God being over-dramatized. Michaels constant offering of business cards to Kateranging from hair stylists to mole removal expertsreveals him as well-meaning, if insensitive. The relationships between characters are ones the reader will find equally charming.
The novels Christian message is delivered with unusual skill. Without seeming heavy-handed, Leigh allows readers to glean useful truths for themselves. Themes such as prioritizing God, speaking with honesty, focusing on internal beauty, and guarding ones tongue, are among many with which the reader can empathize. Though a few descriptive phrases are overused, and the occasional expression may seem clichéd, Leighs writing is clever, stylistic, and beautiful. The novels narrative drive is lively and enjoyable, drawing smiles and tears alike. By the storys end, the reader is left satisfied and wishing to continue the acquaintance.
Perfecting Kate imparts beautiful and genuine insights into the heart of the modern Christian woman. Though most women have not directly experienced Kates story, the reflection of a woman struggling to follow Christ and find life and love is one many have known. Tamara Leighs latest novel is an excellent choice for any woman seeking hope and a happy ending. Lauren M. Peltier, Christian Book Previews.com
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 21, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kate Meadows is pretty sure she has her life in order. She believes in embracing singledom and being unbelievable and inconceivably happy. As a successful San Francisco artist, she doesn't need a man in the picture. But then, not just one, but two men enter her life unexpectedly. Michael Palmier is a makeup artist who actually seems to be flirting with her, not her perfect roommate, Maia. The only thing she can't take about him is that he keeps handing her business cards to people who zap away physical imperfections - for a price.
Then there is Dr. Clive Alexander. Once a cosmetic surgeon for the rich and famous, he has changed specialties and now works for a hospital as a reconstructive burn specialist and surgeon. Too bad her hearts skips a beat every time she sees him, as he sees to be only interested in her work. As she fights herself and God on some big decisions in her life, how far will she go to perfect herself? And is lying by silence really lying or just shielding others from the awful truth?
Kate has got to be, hands down, the funniest girl in chick lit. Maybe I just haven't read enough of the genre, but Leigh brings Kate to life that is in a word - perfect. She's flawed, her relationship with God is teetering on disaster at times, and the predicaments she gets herself into are all too true to life. But more than all that, it brings us to the sobering question on where our walk with God actually is. Are we like Kate and "skip out" on our time with God because we have "so much" going on? Kate learned the hard way that God's ways are higher than our ways, and that being the case, the most we can do is listen, and obey.
This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.