Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tamara Leigh's Restless in Carolina ~ Reviewed
Restless in Carolina: A Novel (Southern Discomfort)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books (July 19, 2011)
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.
Ah, the joy of reading a Tamara Leigh story! Restless in Carolina, the final in her Southern Discomfort trilogy, has each of the hallmarks of her contemporary romance novels, witty dialogue, unique and arresting characters and an engaging storyline. Bridget Pickwick Buchanan struggles to overcome her grief from losing her beloved husband, as her family and friends urge her to move on with her life. Her passion for the environment motivates her to seek out J.C. Dirk, a man who peaks her interest in a way no man has since she lost Easton. Their interaction is authentic and energizing as is the involvement of all the quirky Pickwicks, with their conflicting agendas and motivations. Cameos from Piper and Axel, Maggie and Reece are a nice touch and Uncle Obe's ongoing journey for forgiveness comes full circle. Tamara's books are always a real treat and I hope you enjoy discovering them all soon.
Reviewed by: Rel Mollet