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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Perfecting Kate is a quick, sassy read. Although a fun storylin

    Perfecting Kate is a quick, sassy read. Although a fun storyline, I think me being in my late 30's, I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I were in my 20's. This book is geared more towards single ladies in the dating, finding themselves stage of life.
    Kate is trying to find the man of her dreams, all the while finding herself at the same time. She does it in a fun, humorous, sarcastic way--with laugh out loud moments we can all relate to.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Pulishing Group in exchange for my review.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

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    plot: At first, I really didn't like this book. I read the first

    plot: At first, I really didn't like this book. I read the first few chapters and then took a hiatus. A long hiatus. A four month hiatus. Only after resuming and realizing that the plot actually hits a lot closer to home than I would like to admit (than most women in general would like to admit) can I say that I actually really did like this book. The plot was real and relatable. Between the need to be physically perfect and the realization that no one is as spiritual as they like to think they are, this book really makes you examine yourself and your motives in life.

    characters: Kate is highly relatable, as I mentioned above. There could be something to learn from the supporting characters, I suppose, but Kate really is the one who seemingly figures it out. While she is not perfect, the journey that she takes in this story, really is one to take heart to.

    themes: There are so many themes in this book. True beauty is on the inside, trusting God and those you love, faith in God and not in yourself, and many others. Each theme, too was executed and carried out while helping the story to move along.

    emotion: On one hand, I can say that there wasn't really an emotional connection with the characters in this book. On the other hand though, the self evaluating provocations made the story highly emotional. While I didn't necessarily connect with the characters on their level, I connected in a way that made me look at my life and where I'm headed verses where I want to be.

    overall: As I mentioned, at first, I didn't like this book. Be it that I didn't think I would be able to connect or I didn't want to admit that I could connect, I'm not entirely sure. In the end, however, I did really like it.

    ---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Perfecting Kate is an awesome read for anyone who has tried to r

    Perfecting Kate is an awesome read for anyone who has tried to reinvent themself. This is a humorous book which takes many twists and turns throughout its pages. Enter having two men vying for attention and you have the making of a great storyline. Its a love triangle of a different sort.

    Many female readers will love the story of transformation through her experiences and unusual circumstances. Transforming on the outside also requires some transforming on the inside. This gets difficult because Kate has struggled with her life so far.

    Being a fan of makeover type shows and books, I found this an enjoyable read and I'm sure more women will too! Tamera Leigh is an excellent author and I can't until she writes another book!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    Perfecting Kate introduced us to Kate who is a very talented art

    Perfecting Kate introduced us to Kate who is a very talented artist but not as confident in pretty much every other area of her life. She’s dealing with health issues that contributed to a painful broken engagement in her past. This still haunts her as she isn’t willing to trust men completely because she feels that she will be rejected in the end, again. She feels lacking physically, especially recently, because of some unsolicited comments, advice and even a makeover. Kate then begins to “perfect” herself. However, will she lose sight of the love of Christ and her trust in Him. Will she accept the truth that her true beauty shines from within?

    This chick lit book is well written and very enjoyable to read. I connected with the characters, especially Kate. I felt that I could relate to her, maybe not in her specific issues, but as a woman dealing with the ups and downs of life. The story was cute and funny, but not unrealistic or silly. I would recommend it to women of all ages!

    On a side note... I love chick flicks, so I’m not sure why I haven’t really gotten into chick lit. However, I am so glad that Tamara Leigh introduced me! Now I definitely plan to check more out of her’s and other Christian chick lit authors.

    “What is ‘chick lit’?” you ask. I searched the all knowing ;) Wikipedia: “Chick lit is genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly. The genre became popular in the late 1990s, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit. Although it sometimes includes romantic elements, chick lit is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because the heroine's relationship with her family or friends is often just as important as her romantic relationships....Chick lit typically features a female protagonist whose womanhood is heavily thematized in the plot.” 

    And what a bonus to have chick lit and Christian together in titles such as Perfecting Kate!!! Then fans get to enjoy the story without having to wade through sex scenes and such, which always seem to get thrown in. (Thank you, Mrs. Leigh, for choosing to listen to God and start honoring Him with your gift of writing in 2003!)
    Disclosure: I received this ebook free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group’s book review bloggers program, BookSneeze. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Chick Lit at its finest ...

    I easily slid into Kate's corner from the first sentence of the prologue. Her needy, yet quirky personality is fresh and delightful she's a real diamond in a world of cubic zirconium. And just when I thought I had things figured out Leigh penned another twist in the plot, and I was back to guessing. This is chick lit at its finest¿a story for both young and old. On the back side of never-you-mind, I could still relate to Kate's struggles with self esteem, and I felt her pain over her physical afflictions. And while the novel deals with some deep issues, they're delivered with humor. Devoid of predictable romantic plotting, I alternately cheered for Michael and Clive¿although I did want to slap Michael a couple of times. And then there's Maia. She was enough to test anyone's Christianity. Kate's faith journey parallels our own: two steps forward, one step back. Leigh presents an honest portrayal of a new Christian growing in her walk with the Lord. Kate fails daily, as do we all. Yet she perseveres, often leaving me smiling at her predicaments. A thoroughly rewarding and marvelous read¿the kind of book you sigh over when you turn the last page, Perfecting Kate receives this reviewer's high recommendation.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    interesting Christian romance

    Twenty-nine years old Katherine Mae Meadows and her housemate Maia are stopped on the streets of San Francisco and asked if they would like a make over as part of a future issue of Changes Magazine. Kate agrees because the transformer is kissable hunk Michael Palmer. She may have said no to agreeing if she knew Dr. Clive Alexander would run the make over like a drill instructor and she the new ¿big project¿ recruit he must mode. As he remakes Kate, they go from misunderstanding one another to falling in love only to go full circle back to misunderstanding one another. She attends church and prays to God he is at best an agnostic. She thinks he loves someone else he thinks he will write off Kate as a loss given time. She cannot give him children he wants offspring. She thinks he is attracted to the image he made and not her he thinks she wants Palmer or Stapleton. This pair allows their respective pasts to determine their present, which means unless someone takes that first leap of faith they have no future as he is still PERFECTING KATE while she wants to be the real Kate. --- This is an interesting Christian romance starring a true believer and a doubter with both having issues to contend with that prevent a permanent relationship. The story line focuses mostly on Kate¿s struggles to balance the demands of her life including her religion (her nightly Dear God journal is fascinating), but also enables insight into Clive¿s trials and trepidations. Though the ¿curing¿ of a gay friend seems absurd and in bad taste as it makes being homosexuality a disease, readers will appreciate Kate¿s efforts to be perfect. --- Harriet Klausner

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