Splitting Harriet - eBook  -     By: Tamara Leigh
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Splitting Harriet - eBook

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


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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