Tamara Leighs Stealing Adda is a scream. If only more Christian chick-lit were this funny--with characters that walk off the page to become real people you care about--Id read more of it. Adda Sinclair is a divorced romance writer whos struggling to find her way to faith--and to forgiving those who have hurt her--while simultaneously dealing with the unscrupulous rival who stole her husband, her unprincipled ex, a demanding agent, and the vicissitudes of the romance publishing industry. The latter includes Nick Farnsworth, the chocolate-eyed hunk of a publisher whos trying to steal her from the competition. Oh, what a tale of romance and vindication! I loved it! This is the first book by Ms. Leigh that I've read, and Ill definitely be looking for more.
I Absolutely LOVED This Book! What's not to love about Adda Sinclaire? From her fingernail polish obsession to her handling of her jaded agent, ex-husband and arch-nemisis, Adda had me laughing, cheering, crying, and dreaming! This book is hilarious (the laugh out loud kind), witty, creative and well-written with a great cast of characters and wonderful storyline...especially loved Prim & Improper. Tamara Leigh has hit one out of the park with Stealing Adda and I cannot wait to read more from this very talented author. As a romance reader, I was happy with the story and it's ending. As a Christian, I was happy with the story and it's ending...this book gave me all I wanted and then some. Highly recommended!
'Hilarious' doesn't come close to defining the sarcastic wit of Tamara Leigh. She's created one of the most unique heroines I've read in a long time. I laughed out loud into the wee hours of the morning unable to put it down. From the battles of her consciencewhich Adda nicknamed Prim and Improperto her search for faith, nothing is safe from Leigh's tongue-in-cheek humor. Poor Adda is the walking example of Murphy's Law, especially when Improper eggs her on. Using the publishing world as her backdrop, the stakes rise when Adda is accused of plagiarism by her arch-nemesis, Birgitta Rotha.k.a. Stick Woman. But mirth reigns throughout the book, whether it's a love scene gone awry or snatching a handful of Stick Woman's hair, Tamara Leigh brings her readers along on a merry ride. She even handled the problem of cursing with humor. She merely bleeped them out. I got so tickled at the bleeps, I began to "hear" them (the bleeps, not the curses), as I'm sure Leigh intended. Weaving a search for faith into this side-splitter was well done and never out of character. Adda remained faithfully Adda, even as she tried to be otherwise. One of my favorite reads of this year. I'm still giggling as I write this. Stealing Adda is a book I'll read again.
In Stealing Adda, author Tamara Leigh introduces us to Adda Sinclaire, a historical romance author who frequently tops the New York Times best seller list. For Adda, lifes workout only begins with her personal trainer! Shes facing down a serious case of writers block, while simultaneously finding herself hopelessly attracted to a man whos impossible to understand, and, on top of all that, her lacquered nails need another fresh coat of polish. Witty and originally written with clever inner monologue, the story of Addas progression to discovering God is not sappy, stretched, or overdone. Full of wonderful character development and a plot spiced with some fun twists, Stealing Adda is tasteful and leaves the reader wanting more. I was skeptical at the beginning, but found myself charmed as the page numbers flew by. This book would be a plus for any library. A refreshing antidote to the typical romance novel, Leighs latest novel avoids the trap of running readers from one kiss to the next and really focuses on Addas rather humorous struggle in the pursuit of truth, both for her writings and for her life. -- Lauren L. Steigerwald, Christian Book Previews.com
New York Times best selling romance writer Adda Sinclaire suffers from an authors worst illness, a severe case of writer's block, which she wonders if is partially caused by her hate of her ex husband Richard dont call me Dick Demarco and the Stick Woman. Dick ran off with Addas rival Birgitta Roth, whose sales have been much lower, but her deals much better than Addas has been.<P>Adda meets her new publisher Nick Farnsworth and finds she is attracted to him but since she was burned in marriage she never again even though Nick likes Adda. However both try to adhere to the maxim of not mixing office romances with real romances. When Stick Woman accuses Adda of plagiarizing her work, Nick assumes the worst of the first woman that has interested him in years. Though she knows the truth, Adda is upset by his rejection and the accusations so she hides trying to regroup. While recovering her balance, she receives a gift, a copy of the Bible and soon turns to Jesus for solace and begins to consider turning the other cheek when it comes to Stick Woman make that Birgitta.<P>Chick lit readers will appreciate this fine look at an author struggling with stress caused by deadlines and writers block. Addas asides about her nemesis, her ex, her publisher, and ultimately Jesus showcase her metamorphosis from a prideful soul into a caring believer. The changes in her makeup seem genuine as evident of Stick Woman becoming Birgitta Roth, but the religious elements seem more like an overlay on top of a fine contemporary romance.<P>Harriet Klausner