Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fun Fall Fiction: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh

About Leaving Carolina:

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 thoughts:

Just open the front cover of this book and you're immediately swept into the comedic chaos that is Piper Wick's life. She returns to her childhood hometown of Pickwick, NC, because of an ailing uncle, but encounters conniving cousins, a handsome stranger, a pooch with a piddle problem, and family secrets galore. Piper seeks comfort in a somewhat elusive stash of pickled corn and (albeit reluctantly) her go-anywhere Bible. As she and her uncle work to set past wrongs right, Piper will find out that she's not the only one who has grown up since leaving Carolina.

Tamara Leigh doesn't disappoint with this engaging story of forgiveness and truth, mixed with her trademark humor and romance. Leaving Carolina also has some really great secondary characters (Devyn and Trinity come to mind) and I am definitely looking forward to Maggie and Devyn's story in the next book.

Review copy was generously provided by Multnomah Publishers.

Find out more on the web:
Tamara Leigh
Multnomah Publishers
Coming May 2010 - Nowhere, Carolina

1 comment:

CeeCee said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this book. This wasn't one of my favorites. However, her books will always be on my must-read list.