This book grabbed my attention within the first page and it held it and-two years after reading it-it still holds my attention. This book wasn't a lil' cupcake read that made you feel good inside. It said-or asked rather-, "Are YOU faking grace?" I was. So the book-like Tamara's always do-hit me and helped me become the person I became today. When I was done I wasn't instantly transformed...I was left with a choice.
Now don't bet me wrong-the book SO wasn't preachy. It has everything a gal craves in a book-romance, comedy, and something that makes ya think.
I LOVED this book!! Absolutely loved it. This was my first book by Tamara Leigh, and I'm now looking forward to reading others. I laughed so hard at times, I actually had to book the book down to catch my breath. And (quelle horreur!) I kept laughing out loud at work while reading during breaks (I think I may have inadvertently earned myself a nickname from all my laughter, but anyoo *lol*). Thank you, Ms. Leigh for delivering such a charming, insightful, and hilarious look into grace and how we ALL sometimes do 'fake' it to some extent. I'm in your debt (well, at least until I read the next book*lol*). Thank you:-)
LOVED this book! Faking Grace hooked me on Tamara Leigh's books for life! It was funny (I seriously laughed till I cried), inspirational (Your's in Christ...*grin*), and most important to my uber sappy heart, had a good dose of clean romance. A MUST read. These days we all need a healthy dose of humor and entertainment, and wow does this one deliver!
This was a terrible novel. The characters were not very realistic (despite the author's attempt to make them 'normal' by having nasty attitudes or jaded, bitter personalities). I can't believe this is put under the disguise of a Christian novel. It was terrible - I'm glad I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it.
As a nominal Christian who was saved at a Christian camp in her teens, Maizy hasnt had, well, anything to do with Jesus in the 10 years since. As a result she finds herself Faking Grace, trying to live a Christian life that looks good on the outside but is hollow inside. Tamara Leigh excels at writing Christian chick-lit. She had me laughing by the third page, and kept me on tenterhooks during the gut-swirling miscommunications and conflict at the storys apex that lovers of the genre are familiar with. Maizy, Jack, Jem, and the many co-workers who Maizy comes to know during her time at Steeple Side are portrayed as real Christians those who love Jesus but still struggle with the sin present in our fallen nature.Maizy herself is confusing to me. As much as I want to see everything turn out right for her, Im still not sure if were expected to believe that she really did come to faith 10 years ago. With hardly any evidence of a transformed life and passionate love for God, thats hard for me to swallow. If Leigh is implying that the true beginning of her faith was borne of the desperate conundrum she finds herself in, it certainly isnt clearly pointed out in the novel.Maizys sketchy conversion aside, Faking Grace is thoroughly enjoyable, and has all of the requisite ingredients for a successful chick-lit novel: humour, caring friendships, conflict, entanglements, and a fledgling romance with a foreign bloke what more do you need? Against this supporting structure Leigh tells a compassionate story of Gods mercy, grace and goodness, and the struggles that Christians face in their daily lives as they grow in Godliness. Her writing style is charmingly breezy, fun-filled, and easy to digest. I gobbled it all up, and while satisfying, Im looking forward to more from Leighs pen.