This is my second contemporary read from Tamara Leigh
I was reading this fiction along with the book captivating by Stasi Eldridge a non fiction, simultaneously.
Wow it was quite powerful together as I dealt with hurts in my own life (thanks Stasi) and ran to my fiction love story only to find Tamara's character Adda hitting a crushing point of abandonment in her life (thanks Tamara). Then I cried, and cried, and then cried some more. God was out to get me no matter which book I read, (thanks Jesus).
I must also say that ms agliotta is also the most gifted narrator I have heard and adds so much life to ms Leigh's characters. It's much funnier when she does the narration as oppose to the voice in my head.
The first book I read by Tamara was Faking Grace last year on my birthday. Ever since I have collected every book by her. Including Stealing Adda. Which-before I read Splitting Harriet-won itself the title my favorite book. I could totally relate to Adda(since I wanna be a author and I give people not-so-flattering nicknames). And it was hilarious! And though I LOVE books that tickle my funny bone. But Stealing Adda gave me more than a laugh. It let me look at how I was living. That people-such as non-Christains-were watching me. That the reputation for every Chistain was on my shoulders and that I CAN forgive and have to think before I act. And though I read that book a few months ago I'm still working on it. So anyway get this book,enjoy it,and I'll see you in the bookstore in July buying Tamaras newest novel! Which is "Restless in Carolina" by the way.;)
Ok, it's time to officially add Tamara Leigh to my list of favorite authors! I love her stories, her style, and her fabulous sense of humor. Her books fall a little bit into the chick-lit genre and a little bit into the romance genre, but by the time I finish one, I'm a fan of the "I-don't-care-what-you-call-it-it's-so-good-I-wanna-read-it-again" genre. (Wow, what a mouthful!)
I became a fan of Tamara's right after reading Splitting Harriet (which was just as great of a read as this one). But before reading this book, I honestly had no clue that Tamara Leigh had once been a successful, mainstream romance author. After I read Stealing Adda (along with a few book reviews of it, too), the light bulb went off in my head that this book very easily could've been her journey through the world of writing. Everything was so spot on--the deadlines, the writing conferences, the agent phone calls, the best-seller lists, the red pen of death from the editor--that I felt like I was in the midst of all that drama right beside Adda.
But let me tell ya...that just barely scratches the surface about how great this book was! I cannot believe how many times I could not stop laughing! And I'm not talking about a little chuckle, either. I'm talking about LOL funny! Adda had these very "unique" names for people (mostly for people she didn't like) that summed them up to a T. "Stick Woman" was a personal favorite of mine, as well as Adda's friend, "Puffer"...better known as Joyce. "Prim" and "Improper" stole the show a few times, too. :o)
As great as the humor was, the romance was enough to make me weak in the knees. Goo.... (you'll know what I mean after you read it for yourself). :o) "Chocolates" was every girl's dream guy, even if he had a tendency to be non-committal a good portion of the time. The chemistry between him and Adda was the kind that would have you imagining fireworks in the background...it was that good!
But seriously....this book is the kind of book I would give to someone that wants a great story, but maybe they're not a Christian. It showed the journey from non-believer to believer in a very real way that wasn't preachy or "church-ey." Instead, the Christian characters that were featured had a genuine faith that was just part of their personality. They weren't trying to witness every 5 minutes, or saying "I'll pray for you" all the time. They lived their faith by example instead of trying to cram it down your throat. What a refreshing change. :o)
So, with all that said, I think there should be a Tamara Leigh Fan Club, and I very seriously doubt that I would be the only member! Anyone else wanna join? (Er....maybe we should ask Tamara what she thinks first.....)
I have read one other book by this author, Faking Grace, and didn't think much of the first book but Stealing Adda was great. In fact after reading this book I will definitely be looking into other books written by this author. It was a funny book and had a great plot.
This was one of the funniest chick lit books I've read. Tamara Leigh has definitely made her mark in the Christian chick lit scene and she's become one of my new favorite authors. The story is wonderfully written, fresh, hip and informative. I really felt for Adda as she has to put up with her writing rival who is also her ex-husband's new wife. I could not stand those two and what they did to her. I think this may be the first (and probably only time) that I've seen the name Dick used as an insult in a Christian fiction book but not in a bad way (if you get what I'm saying). I cracked up during that scene. I will admit that she handled the situations a lot better than I would. The relationship with Nick was wonderful, I absolutely loved the chemistry between them. I enjoyed reading about what it's like to be an author. It was fun learning about the writing process, the brainstorming, the writer's block. I also liked reading about what it's like to be on the bestseller's list and attending conferences. What I found most interesting was after reading this book, I was searching online and came across an article involving two major romance novelists. The story was the same where one writer plagiarized the other's works. However I don't think they had quite the same experiences that Adda vs. Stick Woman did! This is a fast paced book that you won't want to stop reading. There's lots of laughs in this book so I wouldn't recommend reading it in public because people are going to look at you strange for cracking up in the middle of reading. VERY highly recommended.