Monday, November 02, 2009

Blog Tour: Leaving Carolina

About the Book: 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.

My Thoughts: I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I could relate to the heroine; a girl who never fit in when she was in high school. On the other hand, I found the premise as noted above to be unrealistic. The romance elements were fun, and in some ways this book is not much more than fluffy chick-lit, but sometimes it seems to take itself too seriously. The faith elements, while not overwhelming just didn't strike a cord with me and almost seemed forced into the story. This isn't a bad book, and if you like romantic Christian chick-lit, you'll probably like this; however I didn't find it to be a great book.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as part of WaterBrook Multnomah's Fall Blog Tour.


  1. I read the book for the blog tour too. I echo your comments in fact I wondered how the editors and publishing house thought it was that great?

  2. Thanks for your honest review. I don't think this is the book for me.

  3. nope, don't think this one is for me either. not a chick-lit fan...


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