Author: Tamara Leigh
Summary: 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.
I was drawn to this book for several reasons. First the title of Leaving Carolina was of interest to me since we currently live in Carolina. Second, the main character of this book is named Piper- the same as our charming dog. Third- I really liked the cover art of the book (yes, I judge books by their covers!!!)
With those things being said, this book did not disappoint!
I really enjoyed this story. While it took me a while to get into, by the middle I could not put it down. The book took a good look at why it is important not to run away from your past- no matter what skeletons might be in the closet. The author did a great job of describing each element of the story to adequately paint a picture of what was happening.
I enjoyed the mix of humor, wit, romance, and sadness that all came together in this book. There were some very Christian elements that had me a bit surprised. However, upon looking further into the author I realized her books were now considered Christian Romance (chick-lit)- which is just so cool!
I found this book to be very relatable. I could picture myself in Piper at times. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I also will be looking into other books that Tamara Leigh has written! I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fun chick-lit and is also comfortable with Christian elements.
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