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Friday, August 5, 2011

Restless in Carolina...Review

About the book:
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.

Bridget is a down to earth woman, struggling to come to terms with young widowhood.  She's forthright and wants to move on with her life, but desperately misses her husband.  Needing to sell her family's estate, she tracks down an eco-friendly developer, hoping to convince him to purchase the property.  Hilarity ensues as family eccentricities and newly discovered secrets interfere with her plans.

Restless in Carolina is the third book in a trilogy and one thing that really frustrates me is when books that are part of a series aren't billed as such.  I assume that it's not intended to stand alone and I wish I had known to read the previous two books first.  I felt like I came into the story in the middle and never quite caught up to speed.  The book is also told in Bridget's present tense, first person account and I often wished for clarity as to whether I was reading a conversation or her personal thoughts.

Yet, full of southern humor and eccentric characters, this is a light, entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny book.  Fans of Tamara Leigh and the Southern Discomfort series will especially love it.  Read the first two books before reading this one for backstory and history. 

Thanks to First Wildcard and Random House for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Tamara Leigh here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. It's too bad you felt that way. If a series is well written, I can usually come in the middle.