Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Splitting Harriet

Splitting Harriet - Tamara Leigh
Price: $12.99
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590529287

Fiction - Christian - Romance

About the Book:
Once upon a time, I was a rebel. And I have the tattoo to prove it.
Then there was the spiked hair–the shade of which changed monthly–“colorful” language that can’t be found in your everyday sixteen-count crayon box, a pack-a-day habit, less-than-modest wardrobe, and an obsession with guitar-trashing, drum-bashing music.
Did I mention I’m also a preacher’s kid? That’s right. And like the prodigal son after whom I modeled myself, I finally saw the error of my ways and returned to the fold.
Today my life is all about “lead me not into temptation.” When I’m not serving as Women’s Ministry Director at my father’s church, I’m working at Gloria’s Morning Café. I even have worthy goals, like saving enough money to buy the café, keep my Jelly Belly habit under control, and to never again hurt the people I love. No more parties. No more unsavory activities. And no more motorcycles! You’d think I was finally on the right track.
But since my dad’s replacement hired a hotshot church consultant to revive our “dying” church, things aren’t working out as planned. And now this “consultant” says I’m in need of a little reviving myself. Just who does this Maddox McCray think he is anyway? With his curly hair that could use a good clipping, tattoo that he makes no attempt to hide, and black leather pants, the man is downright dangerous. In fact, all that’s missing is a motorcycle. Or so I thought… But if he thinks he’s going to take me for a ride on that 1298cc machine of his, he can think again. Harriet Bisset is a reformed woman, and she’s going to stay that way. Even if it kills me!

My Review:

 The first book I read by Tamara was Perfecting Kate and I was an instant fan. She has this very witty, sarcastic sense of humor that captivates you and draws you into the story. Her characters are so well developed that you know you know someone just like them and you can relate to the story. Tamara took the touchy issue of church politics and weaved it into a funny, dynamic story that had you laughing and shaking your head all the way through.
I adored the awkwardness between Maddox and Harri. How everything about Maddox made Harri want to get to know him and push him away at the same time out of fear of backsliding. Harri reminds me a little of myself, but you cannot forget how marvelous Gods grace and forgiveness truly is. This is a fabulous story of love, redemption, real forgiveness and letting go of the past and embracing where God has you know weaved together with trusting your church elders to have the best interest of all involved when making changes, even when you cannot see them at the moment.
This is a simple, light hearted, fun book to read with a great message intertwined that I would highly recommend.

Author Bio

Tamara Leigh is the bestselling author of Perfecting Kate and Stealing Adda. Her first seven novels earned awards and became national bestsellers, but Tamara was dissatisfied that the stories were not God-honoring. In 2003 she determined to write books that more directly represented her faith. Tamara and her husband, David, live with their two young sons in Tennessee. 

Disclaimer: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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