Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Fun Fall Fiction Leaving Carolina by Tamera Leigh

Welcome to the Fun Fall Fiction blog tour. Today I'll be talking about Tamara Leigh's latest, the first book in a new series, 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.

Pattie's Review:

I wasn't too sure about this book at first, mainly because I felt like it bordered on the clich├ęd plot of "Southern Girl leaves town in a huff and comes home again years later to prove everyone was wrong about her." However, by the time I was halfway through, I was hooked on finding out what exactly was going to happen with Piper. But Piper surprised me. And I like being surprised by literary gals. That girl wormed her way into my heart and I could not rest until all was well in her world.

I really did enjoy this book, in the end. It has just a hint of Tamara Leigh's signature snark and lots of her signature chick lit voice, and this time it comes with a bit of a Southern accent.

I am delighted that Leaving Carolina is the first book in Leigh's newest series aptly titled Southern Discomfort.

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for a review copy of this novel.

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