Piper Pickwick is one full of energy and spunk. Piper is not so proud of her family name. Just as Piper changed when she left the town of Pickwick, she too changed her name to Wick, hoping no one would ever connect her to her roots in South Carolina. She is living her life in the city, working hard, and falling in love with a young man who keeps telling her,"I am gonna have to marry you one day".Piper is called home to Pickwick to help out with matters concerning her Uncle Obadiah. Obadiah is feeling he needs to make right what has been wrong for years. Just as Piper shows up at her uncles's home, she finds the young man claiming to be a long lost relative of Obadiah, who is also the gardener. She finds his blue eyes enchanting and more so he is finding a place in her heart. This book holds laughter, with the funny humor that Tamara Leigh brings to life through Piper Wick, you can see yourself right there with Piper as she plows on through each challenge. Here in this little town she finds old family members, old friends who were left behind when she and her mother left the little town long ago. Piper has so much to do, but she is finding it hard to stay on track while she keeps running into the gardener with the blues eyes. Will Piper finally marry Grant Spangler, the man running for Congress, will he finally ask the words she has been waiting to hear or will the gardener, Axel Smith steal her heart? In this story you will find her quirky family members, her ability to place scripture in each twist in her journey. Leaving Carolina is full of inspiration, laughter, romance, and you see the charm that Pickwick holds as you watch these characters all come together. Piper finds herself again in this little town of Pickwick that she so much wanted to forget, now she will always hold on.
Leaving Carolina is good Christian fiction. This book will appeal to many different reading tastes. It has good southern flavor, which I love. It has a big dose of humor, which I love. It has a touch of romance, which I love. But, what it really had that I was able to relate to on a personal level, is a lesson in facing a past that maybe I dont like to face.Piper is a woman whose past haunts her everyday and she has tried to bury and keep it buried for many years. When she must return home to Pickwick, North Carolina to tend to family business, she must face the past that she has worked so hard to run from. She gradually learns the importance of facing past mistakes, asking for Gods forgiveness, and taking responsibility for those mistakes. She must also learn to forgive those who have hurt her. Im sure there is not a single reader who will not be able to relate to Piper in some way. I was able to relate to her in many ways.Leaving Carolina is very well written and the heavier topics are very well balanced by humor. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, especially a certain incident involving an opossum. I am glad that this book is just the first in a series; I believe the series is called the Southern Discomfort Series. I will gladly read and enjoy the next book and I can highly recommend Leaving Carolina.
I was already a fan of Tamara Leigh's books. In Leaving Carolina, Piper has left her small southern home town and moved on to become a big city girl. She had never planned to go back to Pickwick, but she is forced to go back and take care of some family business. The small town with all of its quirky inhabitants is so much fun! I really loved Piper and her family, quirky as they might be! Tamara does a great job of drawing you in to the story and the characters. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Piper Wick left Pickwick NC 12 years earlier and has worked had to leave the dust of the miserable town behind her. Then shes called home in a manner she cant avoid. Going home. To some people its a welcome event. But to Piper Wick its her worst nightmare. All she can focus on is getting there, doing what she has to do and leaving before her life in LA falls apart.If only life were that simple.One of the things I love about Tamara Leighs books is their wonderful sense of humor. I just read her first CBA novel Stealing Adda a couple weeks ago because I so love her style. Leaving Carolina doesnt have the same sense of fun thats present in her earlier books. Instead, it has a wonderful feeling of homecoming. And the reality that we have to give others the freedom to grow and change. There is a rich cast of characters and the book is fully drawn. And theres romance throughout the pages to keep the pages turning for those who love sweetness and the hope of a happily ever after. I wont give you any hints of who she ends up with. Youll have to read Pipers story for that.
Leaving Carolina is a lively and enjoyable story that you won't be able to put down, although you won't want it to end either. If you're familiar with the South you'll enjoy the Southern jokes and Cracker Barrel references throughout the book.