Sunday, July 24, 2011

Restless In Carolina, by Tamara Leigh

Restless in Carolina is a story of Bridget Pickwick, a tree hugging and animal friendly widow complete with Southern Charm and sass!  As the story unfolds, Bridget is having to shed her widow weeds and learn how to reclaim a part of the living human race again.  This is not an easy task for someone with her personality and background.  To complicate things, in steps J.C. Dirk.  This book is a clear reminder that the unexpected happens...when you least expect it.

My thoughts on the book...  I seldom read fiction anymore.  I am too busy to get lost in something truly enjoyable.  However, there was something about this book that drew me to it.  I was able to keep it "at arms length" so to speak and not get truly caught up in the story, but for those who are easily drawn in to a plot, they will find this book very engaging.  The story is very well written and personality shines through for each character.  You can brilliantly see the scenery as the author is describing it and imagine the homes vividly with the little details she hints at here and there.

What I did not like about the book, and this is just based on my own opinions, is that there is a definite feminist undertone.  I don't believe that this idea belongs in a book that also engages in Christianity, no matter how contemporary it is.  The eco-friendly or green themes I think were taken a bit far in some cases, but in others it did make for some very funny scenes...a few where I laughed out loud.

What I really liked about this book is the fact that the "happily ever after exists for everyone" idea was exposed for what it is, nothing more than a fairytale.  Many fiction books are centered on the fact that everyone gets to be happy and in this book, that is just simply not the case.  The book does end well, but the knight in shining white armor is not the focal point and I appreciated that.  All in all I do like this book.  For people who like fiction and are looking for something will love this and love that Restless in Carolina is part of a series!

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