Posted by: cathycrane11 | July 30, 2011


Synobsis from Goodreads:

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 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.:

My Thoughts:  First, I chose this book from the selection on Blogging For Books.   When I read the synopsis, I

wasn’t sure I was going to like this book at all.  Bridget Pickwick Bucannan and I are completely different.  I have not gone completely green, I am not a tree hugger,  I would never wear my hair in dreadlocks, I very rarely go barefoot, and fortunately my faith has not wavered.    With that being said, I  just adored Bridget. Tamara Leigh created a  very real, extraordinary, and a down to earth person. I found myself rooting for her all the way.   In literary terms, I thought that Bridget was a three dimensional person.

 

We we meet JC Dirk, the person who is going to woo Bridget, but also may break her already healing heart.  He too is a three dimensional person, with a family history that he struggles with.  He has his own agenda by acquiring what was robbed from his family.

The interactions between Bridget and JC are hilarious, touching, and very loving.  One of the thoughts Bridget has when meeting with JC  “Well Open Me A Jar Of Peaches And Call Me  A Pie, had me actually laughing out loud(LOL).  The book is full of these little southern phrases.

I loved the mystery and suspense about family greed and deceit. I loved how Tamara Leigh guides the characters to using religious strength in a way  in which religion is seen as a positive and logical force.  I would recommend this wonderful story to everyone who enjoys smiling until the very last page.

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

About The Author:Tamara Leigh began her writing career in 1994 and is the best-selling author of fourteen 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 http://www.tamaraleigh.com.

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