Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Review: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh

Book 1 of the Southern Discomfort Series

Product Description (from Amazon):

Piper Wick left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina, twelve years ago, shook the dust off her feet, ditched her drawl and her family name, and made a new life for herself as a high-powered public relations consultant in LA. She’s even “engaged to be engaged” to the picture-perfect U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler.

Now all of Piper’s hard-won happiness is threatened by a reclusive uncle’s bout of conscience. In the wake of a health scare, Uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations’ worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all the Pickwicks’ secrets, including Piper’s.

Though Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for battle, she is unprepared for Uncle Obe’s rugged, blue-eyed gardener. So just who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is more than just making restitution? And why, oh why, can’t she stay on task? With the Lord’s help, Piper is about to discover that although good PR might smooth things over, only the truth will set her free.

My overall feeling of the book:
I’ve loved all of Tamara Leigh’s books so far and this one didn’t disappoint. It is the first in a new series and I loved learning all the characters and the family dynamics, dysfunctional as they are. I’m excited to read the next book in the series and learn more about Cousin Maggie.

My Favorite Character:
The heroine, Piper, was my favorite character. I can sympathize with not being “popular”, “skinny” or “fashionable” in school. I understand her reluctance to go back to the town that held only bad memories. I also admired the way she had overcome those insecurities and now lead a successful, content life.

My Favorite Scene:
My favorite scene was when Piper discovers her cousin’s pet opossum eating her helping of pickled corn. She really loved the stuff!

It Would Have Been Better If:
I had a hard time with the Axel’s, the hero’s, ponytail. Just couldn’t get into that one. But, I can understand where the writer was going with it.

Who Would I Recommend This Book To?:
Tamara Leigh fans, those of us who were less than perfect growing up, members of large, extended, dysfunctional families. Pretty much everyone!

9/10. Fantastic. I couldn’t put it down.

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