Restless in Carolina, by Tamara Leigh (Review and Giveaway)

 3 Stars

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.

Tamara Leigh began her writing career in 1994 and is the best-selling author of fourteen novels, including Splitting Harriet (ACFW Book of the Year winner and RITA Award finalist), Faking Grace (RITA Award Finalist), and Leaving Carolina. A former speech and language pathologist, Tamara enjoys time with her family, faux painting, and reading. She lives with her husband and their sons in Tennessee and can be found at

This is actually the 3rd. book in a series but they can totally be read as separate books. Each book does have cross-over characters but they have different main characters. I was very very excited to see that this book was up for grabs as a review book, it has been on my wish list along with the other ones in the series.
This book started out hilarious! I was giggling on every page. I loved the beginning. But... and I am afraid there is a but, It got slow and confusing after that. There were so many characters and so many little things happening at the same time, I wasn't sure what was important and what wasn't. There were a few times when I started skimming. Then towards the last 1/3 of the book it did pick back up for me and I started enjoying it again. It did have a cute ending too!
I really liked the main Character, Bridget. She is very likable, feisty, stubborn, and cute.
Even though I only gave it 3 stars, it is a good 3 stars! It is definitely worth the read.
I think I would like to try one of her other books, maybe -"Faking Grace".
This is a Christian Fiction, Chick-Lit-ish type book that is very clean.

Thank you - Waterbrook Multnomah, aka - Blogging for books, for sending me this fun book to review!

THE GIVEAWAY - I am giving away my copy of this book, it is in excellent condition!
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  1. I am not sure this one is for me, but I did really enjoy your effervescent review and thoughtful analysis on it. Great review today!

  2. I enjoyed your review, too and would like to give it a read myself.

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  3. I am a GFC follower

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  4. I didn't realize it was one of a series. I'd love to read it! Thanks!

    I'm a follower.


  5. Thank you for the e-mail letting me know about this giveaway! I'd appreciate a chance to win the book. :)




  6. Very timely subject - sounds like an interesting read!
    GFC follower as Karen B.


  7. a great posting...thanks for the chance to read this novel...i'm a follower, too :)

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  8. PLEASE enter me in this giveaway! I'd love to read this book! :)

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  9. I keep hearing about how freaking awesome this book is! And the cover is so pretty!!! I'd love to read it!

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  10. This cover is adorable. Maybe I'll start from the beginning and I'll know the characters a little more. Hopefully it will minimize confusion.


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