Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review: Restless in Carolina: A Novel by Tamara Leigh

Title: Restless in Carolina (book #3 in The Southern Discomfort Series)
Author: Tamara Leigh
Genre: Christian Contemporary
Pages: 339
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Published by: Multnomah Books
Purchase: Amazon / Christian Book / Barnes & Noble

Restless in Carolina: A Novel (Southern Discomfort)
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 sheds her widow's weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family's estate - a Baltimore-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 the things Bridget doesn't know abut J.C. could mean the end of everything she's worked for... and break her heart.

About the Author:

Tamara LeighTamara Leigh began her writing career in 1994 and is the best-selling author of more than a dozen 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

My Review:                            

Restless in Carolina is the first book I have read by Tamara Leigh. Although not completely necessary, I would have liked to have read the first two books of the series before this book because I think it would have been more enjoyable to have known the back-story of some of the secondary characters.

When I first started reading Restless in Carolina I wasn't sure if  I was going to like it. Bridget and I have little in common. She's environmentally minded, loves the outdoors, loves all types of animals (even opossums - she has one as a pet!) and did I mention she has dreadlocks? Yeah, definitely not like me. And not the type of character I am used to reading about, but I grew to like her.

I thought that Restless in Carolina was a well written, easy-to-read book that wasn't overly descriptive but kept to the story. I also thought the characters were well written. Plus, I liked that J.C. Dirk was said to resemble the actor Simon Baker from the Mentalist - one of my favorite shows : )

Overall, I really enjoyed Restless in Carolina and look forward to reading more from Tamara Leigh.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

Read the first chapter of Restless in Carolina by Tamarah Leigh


  1. This is a series I've been wanting to read for a while, but haven't gotten around to yet. Tamara Leigh's books are some of my favorites, they are always just so entertaining! I particularly liked Splitting Harriet and Faking Grace. Anyway, I just started her newest title "Dreamspell" far it's really different, but I think it's going to be good! :)

    1. I hadn't heard about her book "Dreamspell". I'm going to have to check it out! Thanks! :)