Splitting Harriet - eBook  -     By: Tamara Leigh
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Multnomah Books / 2009 / ePub

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Once upon a time, I was a rebel. And I have the tattoo to prove it.Then there was the spiked hair-the shade of which changed monthly-"colorful" language that can't be found in your everyday sixteen-count crayon box, a pack-a-day habit, less-than-modest wardrobe, and an obsession with guitar-trashing, drum-bashing music.Did I mention I'm also a preacher's kid? That's right. And like the prodigal son after whom I modeled myself, I finally saw the error of my ways and returned to the fold.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780307561657
ISBN-13: 9780307561657
Availability: In Stock

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In Splitting Harriet, Tamara Leigh details a story of community, sacrifice, redemption, and the ability to accept forgiveness.

Harriet watches helplessly as the church she has been a part of most of her life undergoes what she considers disasterous changes. She would not consider those changes to be quite as bad, though, if they were not such a strong reminder of the situation that sparked her past rebellion, and if Maddox, the charming church consultant and the man behind the changes wasn’t intent on changing her as well. A reformed rebel, Harriet is determined to avoid any temptation that presents itself to her, and Maddox happens to be one of those temptations.

As a reformed rebel himself, Maddox understands Harriet more than any of the other characters in the book. What he does not understand is why she persists in surrounding herself with people much older than she is and why she keeps pushing him off to a safe distance.

As she is struggling to deal with Maddox, Harriet is also trying to help Anna before it is too late. Anna, the newly arrived preacher’s young daughter, is about to travel down the same path Harriet took when church conflict started affecting her family. At the same time, Harriet is trying to mend the relationship with her brother that she severed during her rebellion.

Each of the characters is flawed but likable. Harriet is especially likable with her addiction to jelly bellys and The Coroner. Her ability to pull ridiculous stunts and, in turn, to place herself in comical situations further endear her to the reader’s heart.

Splitting Harriet is amusing and romantic. I would recommend it to a Christian woman of any age. -- Christa Mullen, www,ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

Romance author Leigh (Stealing Adda) mixes chick lit with a treatise on the need for change in traditional churches in her latest. Former wild child Harriet Bisset, 27, tries to keep to the straight and narrow. Between living in a senior citizens’ trailer park, her part-time job as a women’s ministry director at First Grace in Franklin, Tenn., and waitressing at Gloria’s Morning Cafe (which she’s saving to buy), she doesn’t have time to get into trouble. But when the church hires hunky 30-something Maddox McCray, a former bad boy, as a consultant to help attract new members (translation: bring in the guitars, drum sets and programming), Harriet grapples with her own fears about risk and change. Some readers will disagree with Maddox’s breezy assertion that “today’s Christians have different needs from past generations” and that programming and contemporary music are the answer, especially when interest from young people in more liturgical traditions is on the upswing. Church marketing themes aside, Leigh crafts the expected romance, with all the tensions and tingles, adding splashes of fun with Harriet’s Jelly Belly addiction and cat-sitting dramas. The novel’s elderly characters sparkle, and readers will hoot when one “old biddy” takes out a no-good amorous lecher with a stun gun. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Brenda Risner
    Ruckersville, VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    well-written and thoroughly entertaining
    September 24, 2013
    Brenda Risner
    Ruckersville, VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Splitting Harriet.
    Well-written and thoroughly entertaining, this book follows Harriet, a young woman struggling with her past sins. Afraid she'll give in to the temptation of returning there, she tends to be a bit uptight.

    Her life is turned upside down when a tattoo-sporting, motorcycle-riding reformed "bad boy" moves into her territory - her church and her neighborhood. Somehow, he is able to enjoy many of the same things she has given up without allowing them to become pitfalls in his walk with Christ.

    Harriet has to learn to let God take her past and accept the clean slate He has given her. Only then will she experience the freedom to open her heart to love again.

    Leigh is obviously a gifted writer. This book is a light and easy read with a message of forgiveness, starting over, and living in victory over one's past.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  2. April E
    KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Light-hearted and fun book!
    September 19, 2013
    April E
    KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Splitting Harriet.
    It's been 10 years since Harriet ripped the commemorative name plaque off "her pew", walking out the door of her parents' church and deep into her rebellion. It's been 8 years since she came crawling home, straight from the bottom of her own ugly pit. She's spent the last 8 years hiding from temptation, burying herself in God's Word, serving her church family, and trying to prove to everyone (including herself) that she's a new Harri, and the old Harri is long gone. She's created a safe bubble to live in, but that bubble is about to pop.

    The new pastor of her church is making changes that are upsetting Harri's world and taking her way beyond her comfort zone. She goes ballistic when she finds out he's shutting down the organ and replacing it with drums and guitars ... but there's more to come. Brother Paul has hired a church consultant, Maddox McCray, to advise them on how best to reach out to their community. Motorcycle-riding, tattoo-bearing Maddox, who walks in and disrupts not only Harri's church, but also her heart, her plans, and her safe little bubble-world. In the process, Harri has to learn to forgive herself as well as learn to trust again.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Harri, Maddox, and the First Grace Church family. Tamara Leigh keeps the story light, and full of banter, without diminishing Harri's struggles. I'm not fond of tear-jerker books, and would much rather laugh my way through a book than cry through one. Even though Harri has hit rock-bottom in her past, and even though she's still facing difficult lessons, Splitting Harriet is humorous and encouraging.

    While Harri is learning to live and trust again, the reader is shown how to handle (or how not to handle) self-recrimination, and potentially church-splitting issues within a church family. Having been through a church split myself, I was very interested in the sub-theme of modernizing the church, reaching out to younger community members, and how different characters dealt with the changes. Tamara Leigh gracefully tackled the difficult question of "should the church change to reach its community?" and even the often unspoken question "do we really want those people to come to our church?"

    I can honestly say that I've never read a book like Splitting Harriet before. Its style and topic were unique, and the book was refreshing. Okay, so maybe it was a little obvious that in the end Harri was going to fall for the slightly dangerous and maddening Maddox instead of the sophisticated Stephano, but I didn't mind. I enjoyed the ride almost as much as Harri enjoys a ride on Maddox' 1298cc motorcycle ... even if she won't admit it.

    ****A copy of this book was provided to me free, by Blogging For Books, in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.****
  3. mom3ways
    Greenfield, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 6, 2013
    mom3ways
    Greenfield, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Splitting Harriet.
    My sister and I always say for growing up in a Christian "fish bowl", we have both turned out pretty good! We grew up in a strict fundamentalist Baptist church and attended a Christian school. Our parents were not in the ministry, per se, but it still feels like we grew up with everyone in our community watching every move we made. My sister went to a small private college, and I chose to go to Indiana University after graduation. Talk about eye-opening! I have pretty much come full circle, still attend church, and now my husband works in our church office.

    In Splitting Harriet, the main character happens to be a preacher's kids (PK) turned bad, turned good again. She is constantly getting stuck in her past prodigal ways and finds it hard to accept grace and forgiveness. She is the women's ministry leader for the church she grew up in, which at times makes it even harder for her because her fellow church goers know all about her past.

    My favorite piece of advice from this book is "The old Harri doesn't exist anymore, so do us all a favor and come to terms with who you are now--a FORGIVEN woman. Then, and only then, decide what to do. If you don't you'll end up bitter. And nobody wants that, especially God." (pg. 344-345)

    For anyone with a spotted past {which pretty much included everyone on this planet}, this book is a great reminder of the forgiveness we are given. I love how Harri embraces the forgiveness given to her, starts believing in herself, having fun, and taking chances. Some things we should all do a little bit more of.
  4. pirategrl1014
    Mesquite, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Splitting Harriet
    August 6, 2013
    pirategrl1014
    Mesquite, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Splitting Harriet.
    About the Book:

    Once upon a time, I was a rebel. And I have the tattoo to prove it.

    Then there was the spiked hair-the shade of which changed monthly-"colorful" language that can't be found in your everyday sixteen-count crayon box, a pack-a-day habit, less-than-modest wardrobe, and an obsession with guitar-trashing, drum-bashing music.

    Did I mention I'm also a preacher's kid? That's right. And like the prodigal son after whom I modeled myself, I finally saw the error of my ways and returned to the fold.

    Today my life is all about "lead me not into temptation." When I'm not serving as Women's Ministry Director at my father's church, I'm working at Gloria's Morning Café. I even have worthy goals, like saving enough money to buy the café, keep my Jelly Belly habit under control, and to never again hurt the people I love. No more parties. No more unsavory activities. And no more motorcycles! You'd think I was finally on the right track.

    But since my dad's replacement hired a hotshot church consultant to revive our "dying" church, things aren't working out as planned. And now this "consultant" says I'm in need of a little reviving myself. Just who does this Maddox McCray think he is anyway? With his curly hair that could use a good clipping, tattoo that he makes no attempt to hide, and black leather pants, the man is downright dangerous. In fact, all that's missing is a motorcycle. Or so I thought_ But if he thinks he's going to take me for a ride on that 1298cc machine of his, he can think again. Harriet Bisset is a reformed woman, and she's going to stay that way. Even if it kills me!

    My Review:

    The first book I read by Tamara was Perfecting Kate and I was an instant fan. She has this very witty, sarcastic sense of humor that captivates you and draws you into the story. Her characters are so well developed that you know you know someone just like them and you can relate to the story. Tamara took the touchy issue of church politics and weaved it into a funny, dynamic story that had you laughing and shaking your head all the way through.

    I adored the awkwardness between Maddox and Harri. How everything about Maddox made Harri want to get to know him and push him away at the same time out of fear of backsliding. Harri reminds me a little of myself, but you cannot forget how marvelous Gods grace and forgiveness truly is. This is a fabulous story of love, redemption, real forgiveness and letting go of the past and embracing where God has you know weaved together with trusting your church elders to have the best interest of all involved when making changes, even when you cannot see them at the moment.

    This is a simple, light hearted, fun book to read with a great message intertwined that I would highly recommend.

    Author Bio

    Tamara Leigh is the bestselling author of Perfecting Kate and Stealing Adda. Her first seven novels earned awards and became national bestsellers, but Tamara was dissatisfied that the stories were not God-honoring. In 2003 she determined to write books that more directly represented her faith. Tamara and her husband, David, live with their two young sons in Tennessee.

    Disclaimer: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
  5. keash1
    Lynden, Wa
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Splitting Harriet {Review}
    July 24, 2013
    keash1
    Lynden, Wa
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Splitting Harriet.
    After finishing Perfecting Katie by Tamara Leigh I was excited to read another of her books. I find her writing enjoyable, easy to read and at the same time follow. I finished this book in just a few hours of reading. I caught myself laughing out loud in parts as well as feeling emotion right along side "Harri." I think that Tamara writes in an easy going and humorous way which hooked me from the start.

    Harriet was a PK that rebelled in her younger years, this is her story of finding forgiveness as well as love. The only thing that bothered me that at times I felt that the book had a little bit of filler material, not necessarily info that needed to be included, but for a novel I understand why it was there. I still really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to a friend looking for a light, quick read.
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