Thursday, July 21, 2011

Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh

Multnomah Books (July 19, 2011) 352 pages

Description from Amazon:
She’s all about going green. Could he be her white knight—or will he make her see red?

Tree-huggin’, animal-lovin’ Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is on a mission. Well, two. First she has to come to terms with being a widow at thirty-three. After all, it’s been four years and even her five-year-old niece and nephew think it’s time she shed her widow’s weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family’s estate—a Biltmore-inspired mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. With family obligations forcing the sale, Bridget is determined to find an eco-friendly developer to buy the land, someone who won’t turn it into single-family homes or a cheesy theme park.

Enter J. C. Dirk, a high-energy developer from Atlanta whose green property developments have earned him national acclaim. When he doesn’t return her calls, Bridget decides a personal visit is in order. Unfortunately, J. C. Dirk is neither amused nor interested when she interrupts his meeting—until she mentions her family name. In short order, he finds himself in North Carolina, and Bridget has her white knight—in more ways than one. But there are things Bridget doesn’t know about J. C., and it could mean the end of everything she’s worked for…and break her heart.

My Review:
Bridget is definitely not the usual leading lady! I was shocked while reading to discover she had dredlocks. I had to completely "re-picture" her in my mind. Now, I'm not putting down dredlocks! :) It's just not everyday that you run across a character with them in Christian Fiction. She also has a pet opossum. Unfortunately, that just makes me cringe a little. It took a bit for me to like Bridget, or connect with her. The story starts out with her making a little girl cry. Come on, I'm a momma! So, she had to convince me to like her.

I haven't read the first and second books in this series, so while I kept up okay with the story, I kept feeling like I was missing something. I really think I would have liked this book more if I had read the other two. This is the first book I've read from Tamara, but I am looking forward to reading some of her others. Splitting Harriet and Stealing Adda are probably at the top, though.

Overall, this is a fun, light, humorous read!

Click HERE to read the first chapter.

*I was provided a review copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program.


  1. This definitely sounds like a unique book for the Christian chick lit genre! I'm lovin' the dreadlocks. :)

  2. I definitely say that what made this such an enjoyable read for me was getting to know the characters as the story built in the first two books. Maybe you'll get a chance to read the others. I love this one and I love the others more.