"Splitting Harriet" was a refreshing change for the genre of chick lit, which usually focuses on high name fashion and outlandish shopping. While I enjoy that for a light read, at times, I loved that Leigh's "Splitting Harriet," created characters that the common woman (and man) could relate to. As a woman struggling with church issues, I appreciated Harriet's struggles with change in the church...as well as her struggles to not return to her "old life." She had rebelled, come back, but was still trying to prove to herself (and her brother) that she had changed...and that she wasn't going back. Real life struggles like many of us have. Leigh's sense of humor had me cracking up, between Jelly Belly meltdowns and cat-caused chaos. The romantic tension between Harriet and bad-boy-redeemed Maddox had me cheering them on. But I also blame Leigh for my lack of sleep, as I couldn't turn off the light until I had finished the last page
This was my first book to read by Tamara Leigh. I loved it! In my opinion, 'chick lit' is sometimes too light and very superficial but in this book that was not so. I really enjoyed getting to know Harriet and her struggles. A definite must read! I'm off to read some more of Tamara Leigh!
Tamara Leigh has become one of my favorite authors--and I typically don't like this genre very much, so that tells you something. But she really brings her characters to life in a way that makes you keep turning pages to see what happens next. And anyone who has grown up in a church can really, really relate to this story. Harriet's angst is completely believable, and I was rooting for Maddox to win her over from beginning to end! If you loved Stealing Adda and Perfecting Kate, you're going to love Splitting Harriet just as much!
Harriet Josephine Bisset was a rebellious PK (Preacher's Kid) and now struggles to find forgiveness for her scandalous past. The cast of characters who parade through her present life provide the seasoning for Harri's stew. Not the least of which are two potential suitors vying for her attention, two grumpy cats and a neighborhood of retirees who watch over her as if she were a member of their own families. Tamara Leigh provides a generous dose of romance, career challenges and familial friction for her protagonist to navigate throughout the tale. It's almost too much for twenty-seven year old Harri, who is floundering to find her true self. In the end, however, it's the real, if not predictable, Harri - a motorcycle riding, high-flying, risk-taker - who emerges victor in her schizophrenic tussle for peace of mind. If that sounds dangerous for a Christian fiction work, give Splitting Harriet a spin around the block. You will be reminded that forgiveness is by grace, servanthood can come from weakness and, when it comes to God, our plans are subject to change - for the better.
This is the first book I've ever read by Tamara Leigh, and I loved it! While it is written in a style that is now termed "chick-lit", it touches on some very real issues in the Christian walk. She does an outstanding job capturing the conflict between traditional and contemporary services going on in many churches today. Most importantly, Tamara shows the freedom that comes with accepting the forgiveness we receive through Christ and the awesome transformation our lives undergo when we learn to trust Him with our dreams!! I LOVED the book and highly recommend it to others!