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Restless in Carolina

Restless in Carolina

4.0 35
by Tamara Leigh
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


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.

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“Tamara Leigh has done it again. Restless in Carolina will have you falling in love with its swoon-inducing romance, characters you won’t want to leave behind, and message of hope and healing.”
—JENNY B. JONES, four-time Carol Award winner and author of Save the Date and Just Between You and Me

“Tamara Leigh is a master storyteller who weaves deep spiritual threads with quirky characters that I love.With Restless in Carolina, she returns to Pickwick, North Carolina, where Bridget has determined that happily ever afters don’t exist and God isn’t fair. Open the book and be swept into her journey, one filled with laughter, tears, and a large supporting cast that will make it seem like a return to a favorite vacation spot for readers of her other Pickwick books.”
—CARA C. PUTMAN, author of Stars in the Night

“Wonderful wry humor, a plot that kept me glued, and delightful, unique characters—what more could a reader ask? Tamara Leigh has given us southern living with down-home charmand thoughtful insights all wrapped up in joy. Highly recommended!”
—GAYLE ROPER, author of Shadows on the Sand and A Rose Revealed

“She’s as southern as fried chicken, but Bridget Buchanan is no Scarlett O’Hara. She’s spunky, quirky, and determined to save the world from environmental destruction—starting with her own family’s estate. This southern gal loves faithfully, grieves deeply, and touches tender places in our hearts. A great story!”
—VIRGINIA SMITH, author of Third Time’s a Charm and the Sister-to-Sister Series

“Tamara Leigh creates another of her quirky heroines, Bridget Pickwick Buchanan, in Restless in Carolina. Bridget is sassy and unconventional, a green peg in a brown hole. She meets her match in J. C. Dirk. Don’t miss an entertaining read about forgiving past wrongs and even the ones we love who make us crazy.”
—LYN COTE, author of Her Abundant Joy
Library Journal
Widowed for four years and determined to move on, Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan has decided to sell her family's estate and wants to find an environmentally friendly land developer to buy the property. J.C. Dirk has won awards for his green buildings, but he's not returning her phone calls. So Bridget travels to North Carolina and interrupts his meeting, much to his displeasure, that is, until she drops her family's name. Soon she begins to fall for him, but J.C. may not be what he seems. Why is he so interested in her family after all? VERDICT A spunky heroine determined to get what she wants makes this third book in Leigh's romantic series (Leaving Carolina; Nowhere, Carolina) a sure winner. Fans of Kristin Billerbeck and Melody Carlson looking for a quick summer read infused with humor will savor Bridget's adventures.

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Southern Discomfort Series
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5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Deep breath. “…and they lived…”

I can do this. It’s not as if I didn’t sense it coming. After all, I can smell an H.E.A. (Happily Ever After) a mile away—or, in this case, twenty-four pages glued between cardboard covers that feature the requisite princess surrounded by cute woodland creatures. And there are the words, right where I knew the cliché of an author would slap them, on the last page in the same font as those preceding them. Deceptively nondescript. Recklessly hopeful. Heartbreakingly false.

“Aunt Bridge,” Birdie chirps, “finish it.”

I look up from the once-upon-a-time crisp page that has been softened, creased, and stained by the obsessive readings in which hermother indulges her.

Eyes wide, cheeks flushed, my niece nods. “Say the magic words.” Magic?

More nodding, and is she quivering? Oh no, I refuse to be a party to this. I smile big, say, “The end,” and close the book. “So, how about another piece of weddin’ cake?”

“No!” She jumps off the footstool she earlier dubbed her “princess throne,” snatches the book from my hand, and opens it to the back. “Wight here!”

I almost correct her initial r-turned-w but according tomy sister, it’s developmental and the sound is coming in fine on its own, just as her other r’s did.

Birdie jabs the H, E, and A. “It’s not the end until you say the magic words.”

And I thought this the lesser of two evils—entertaining my niece and nephew as opposed to standing around at the reception as the bride and groom are toasted by all the happy couples, among them, cousin Piper, soon to be wed to my friend Axel, and cousin Maggie, maybe soon to be engaged to her sculptor man, what’s-his-name.

“Yeah,” Birdie’s twin,Miles, calls from where he’s once more hanging upside down on the rolling ladder I’ve pulled him off twice. “You gotta say the magic words.”

Outrageous! Even my dirt-between-the-toes, scab-ridden, snot-on-the-sleeve nephew is buying into the fantasy.

I spring from the armchair, cross the library, and unhook his ankles from the rung. “You keep doin’ that and you’ll bust your head wide open.” I set him on his feet. “And your mama will—

”No, Bonnie won’t.

“Well, she’ll be tempted to give you a whoopin’.”

Face bright with upside-down color, he glowers.

I’d glower back if I weren’t so grateful for the distraction he provided. “All right, then.” I slap at the ridiculously stiff skirt of the dress Maggie loaned me for my brother’s wedding. “Let’s rejoin the party—”

“You don’t wanna say it.”Miles sets his little legs wide apart. “Do ya?” So much for my distraction.

“You don’t like Birdie’s stories ’cause they have happy endings. And you don’t.”

I clench my toes in the painfully snug high heels on loan from Piper.

“Yep.”Miles punches his fists to his hips. “Even Mama says so.”

My own sister? I shake my head, causing the blond dreads Maggie pulled away from my face with a headband to sweep my back. “That’s not true.”

“Then say it wight now!” Birdie demands.

I peer over my shoulder at where she stands like an angry tin soldier, an arm outthrust, the book extended.

“Admit it,”Miles singsongs.

I snap around and catch my breath at the superior, knowing look on his five-year-old face. He’s his father’s son, all right, a miniature Professor Claude de Feuilles, child development expert.

“You’re not happy.” The professor in training, who looks anything but with his spiked hair, nods.

I know better than to bristle with two cranky, nap-deprived children, but that’s what I’m doing. Feeling as if I’m watching myself from the other side of the room, I cross my arms over my chest. “I’ll admit no such thing.”

“That’s ’cause you’re afraid. Mama said so.” Miles peers past me.

“Didn’t she, Birdie?”

Why is Bonnie discussing my personal life with her barely-out-of-diapers kids?

“Uh-huh. She said so.”

Miles’s smile is smug. “On the drive here, Mama told Daddy this day would be hard on you. That you wouldn’t be happy for Uncle Bart ’cause you’re not happy.”

Not true! Not that I’m thrilled with our brother’s choice of bride, but…come on! Trinity Templeton? Nice enough, but she isn’t operating on a full charge, which wouldn’t be so bad if Bart made up for the difference. Far from it, his past history with illegal stimulants having stripped him of a few billion brain cells.

“She said your heart is”—Miles scrunches his nose, as if assailed by a terrible odor—“constipated.”


“That you need an M&M, and I don’t think she meant the chocolate kind you eat. Probably one of those—”

“I am not constipated.” Pull back. Nice and easy. I try to heed my inner voice but find myself leaning down and saying, “I’m realistic.”

Birdie stomps the hardwood floor. “Say the magic words!”

“Nope.”Miles shakes his head. “Constipated.”

I shift my cramped jaw. “Re-al-is-tic.”


Pull back, I tell you! He’s five years old. “Just because I don’t believe in fooling a naive little girl into thinkin’ a prince is waiting for her at the other end of childhood and will save her from a fate worse than death and take her to his castle and they’ll live…” I flap a hand. “…you know, doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with me.”

Isn’t there? “It means I know better. There may be a prince, and he may have a castle, and they may be happy, but don’t count on it lasting. Oh no. He’ll get bored or caught up in work or start cheatin’—you know, decide to put that glass slipper on some other damsel’s foot or kiss another sleeping beauty—or he’ll just up and die like Easton—” No,
nothing at all wrong with you, Bridget Pickwick Buchanan, whose ugly widow’s weeds are showing.

“See!”Miles wags a finger.

Unfortunately, I do. And as I straighten, I hear sniffles.

“Now you done it!” Miles hustles past me. “Got Birdie upset.”

Sure enough, she’s staring at me with flooded eyes. “The prince dies? He dies and leaves the princess all alone?”The book falls from her hand, its meeting with the floor echoing around the library. Then she squeaks out a sob.

“No!” I spring forward, grimacing at the raspy sound the skirt makes as I attempt to reach Birdie before Miles.

He gets there first and puts an arm around her. A meltable moment, my mother would call it. After she gave me a dressing down. And I deserve one. My niece may be on the spoiled side and she may work my nerves, but I love her—even like her when that sweet streak of hers comes through. “It’s okay, Birdie,” Miles soothes. “The prince doesn’t die.”

Yes, he does, but what possessed me to say so? And what if I’ve scarred her for life?

Miles pats her head onto his shoulder. “Aunt Bridge is just”—he gives me the evil eye—“constipated.”

“Yes, Birdie.” I drop to my knees. “I am. My heart, that is. Constipated. I’m so sorry.”

She turns her head and, upper lip shiny with the stuff running out of her nose, says in a hiccupy voice, “The prince doesn’t die?” I grab the book from the floor and turn to the back. “Look. There they are, riding off into the sunset—er, to his castle. Happy. See, it says so.” I tap the H, E, and A.

She sniffs hard, causing that stuff to whoosh up her nose and my gag reflex to go on alert. “Weally happy, Aunt Bridge?”


“Nope.” Barely-there eyebrows bunching, she lifts her head from Miles’s shoulder. “Not unless you say it.”

Oh dear Go—No, He and I are not talking. Well, He may be talking, but I’m not listening.

“I think you’d better.” Miles punctuates his advice with a sharp nod.

“Okay.” I look down at the page. “…and they lived…” It’s just a fairy tale—highly inflated, overstated fiction for tykes. “…they lived happily…ever…after.”

Birdie blinks in slow motion. “Happily…ever…after. That’s a nice way to say it, like you wanna hold on to it for always.”

Or unstick it from the roof of your mouth. “The end.” I close the book, and it’s all I can do not to toss it over my shoulder. “Here you go.”

She clasps it to her chest. “Happily…ever…after.”

Peachy. But I’ll take her dreamy murmuring over tears any day. Goodness, I can’t believe I made her cry. I stand and pat the skirt back down into its stand-alone shape. “More cake?”

“Yay!” Miles charges past me.

Next time— No, there won’t be a next time. I’m done with Little Golden Books.

Meet 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 www.tamaraleigh.com.

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Restless in Carolina 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Holly11 More than 1 year ago
Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan has been a widow for 4 years, but as her sister says, she hasn't yet shed her "widow's weeds." She hasn't talked to God since He "took" her husband. Now she's trying to track down an environmentally-conscious buyer for her family's estate. She finds J.C. Dirk, and her father finds Caleb Merriman. Both men show interest in both her and the estate. But can she trust their intentions? I have to admit that if I hadn't been reading this for my review club, I would have put it down after the first couple chapters. Honestly, I wasn't that invested in Bridget's character or the storyline until I was halfway through the book. To me, the story seemed to plod along, and Bridget's "tree hugging" attitude kind of put me off. Add to that a whole slew of characters I couldn't keep straight, and I was bored stiff. As I said though, the story seemed to pick up halfway through. I think if I had read the author's first two books in the series, I would have been able to better keep track of the many characters. But overall, I did enjoy the book. I recommend this book, but after you read the first two in the series, Leaving Carolina and Nowhere, Carolina. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Martababyxd More than 1 year ago
Restless in Carolina was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was an easy reading and took about two days to complete. The subject and context of the book made it entertaining and one of the best books. It is highly recommended. When first reading the description of the book I was very weary about reviewing this book. After the first couple of books I was hooked. The love and compassion Bridget is scared of through out the book can be related to by many, including myself. Her insightful view on life and her passion for the nature is commendable, especially when JC Dirk comes in to picture. JC Dirk changes Bridget's view on love and "widow sniffers." The book was full of drama, twists, and the unexpected. You never knew what was going to happen and it made it so I did not want to put the book down. When reading make sure you read the little invitations printed throughout and not just the texts in the book. If I wouldnt have read them I would have never known what happened between JC and Bridget as the ending leaves you hanging. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
themiraclesnook More than 1 year ago
Restless in Carolina,( by Tamera Leigh) what can I say; I could not put it down. I was reading two books and this one took precedence! I love when I get a book like this that just captures me. I loved the character of Bridget Pickwick. I felt sorry for her on the loss of her husband Easton and understand that she can not say Happily Ever After when she reads a story to her niece and nephew. At the same time Bridget cracks me up with her pet possum Reggie. I wanted to cheer for her when the Simon Backer (OOHH) look alike steps into her world. I laughed at her when she interrupts his meeting. I love the lack of interest this man J.C. has for her. It kept me turning the page wishing for that spark. Then when he figures out who her family is he is finally interested enough. I have to say thank goodness for the family name. I love that Bridget is human and doubts God and actually believe he does not answer prayer. I love it because it makes her human to me. I am sure I would go through that if I lost my husband. I love it even more that she starts her relationship back with God and finds guidance there is lesson there. I felt like this story was so realistic. I loved being in the little town in North Carolina so much I wanted a sweet tea. I learned something that I have to keep learning life goes on and we have to move on. Some times it is so very hard to do this but it is a must. I loved the family drama and the romance in this book. I love the strength of the women in this book. I give this book a total of 5 stars. I had to because it could not stop reading it and it taught me something. Tamara Leigh is a gifted story teller. No is the time where I have to tell you that I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group to read and review. The opinions are that of my own.
PurpleAnime More than 1 year ago
Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is all about going green. She is a tree huggin' animal lovin' 33 year old widow who still has not let go of the past. Her family believes she needs to shed her widows weeds but Bridget Pickwick- Buchanan isn't ready. She is however ready to find a buyer for her family's estate and this buyer must be environmentally tuned into the property. She meets one out of Atlanta, J.C. Dirk and he challenges those "widow weeds" of hers.* Tamara Leigh has created the "unchristian" Christian in this work in the persona of Bridget. She is a blond who wears dreads and walks around barefeet, goes "green" and has a pet possum named Reggie. She is surrounded by a host of other Pickwicks who are just colorful as she, albeit not on the same scale. Especially her beloved niece and nephew who wish their tree huggin' aunt can at least say the words "happily ever after" when telling them a story. Bridget can not safely say that life has a happily ever after since the death of her husband Easton. Then she meets J.C. Dirk who is a developer out of Atlanta who is described as a Simon Baker look a like(very good!) but when she bursts into his office one day and interrupts his meeting, instead of seeing a knight in shining armor, Bridget is confronted with a man who is uninterested until he knows her family name and begins to spend more time with her. Sparks fly off the pages with these two. The story was a classic romantic comedy which made the heart flutter everytime Bridget had a kiss coming from a suitor and these men were quite cute. However a slight negative about Restless is that it left me breathless but hungry for more personal interaction between Bridget and her potential beau. Bridget's babysitting always interrupted serious moments and it seems I know more about project development than I should, but maybe that's to keep the truly sensual stuff out of an inspirational/Christian work. The work truly showed the genuine love God has for all of us and how we must hold on to Him in order to let go of past hurts. *Book received for an unbiased review from Multnomah
awooten More than 1 year ago
Do happily ever afters really exist? Bridget Pickwick doesn't think so, and she pushes that idea on everyone she's around, including here five year old niece, Birdie. After a storytelling session with her niece, and her refusal to say "Happily...ever....after", Birdie is brought to tears by Bridget's real take on "Happily ever after." Since Bridget lost her husband, Easton, four ears earlier, she's held to the idea that happily ever afters don't exist and God doesn't answer our prayers. He just does what he wants. When she is confronted by her sister, Bonnie, she's faced with the realization that if she doesn't let go of the life she lead with Easton and live her own life, she's going to go to the the grave with it. She slowly begins to turn back to God for guidance and a new chance at finding her happily ever after. In Tamara Leigh's third book in her Southern Discomfort Series, you'll get to revisit characters of the past as they all continue to help their Uncle find forgiveness and right the past wrongs that the Pickwick's have done. You'll find yourself right back in the small town of Pickwick with all it's southern charm. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
Read from July 07 to 10, 2011 - I own a copy BCID: (generate) I cannot help it. Once this book jumped in my hands from the ridiculously big box and tons of packaging that accompanied it to my door step I could not help but read it. Immediately. My introduction to Tamara Leigh was in the first Carolina novel in Leaving Carolina and I was hooked. I am pretty certain I then went on to read Nowhere, Carolina as soon as I got my hands on it as well. I really do need to read some of her other Contemporary Romantic Comedies that I've seen here and there. I know I have at least one of them on my shelves somewhere... This book has grief, it has real life and it has comedy and romance and true true love in both a family sense as well as in a couple matched sense. I love it beginning to end and highly recommend the read.
ajilloftrades More than 1 year ago
Restless in Carolina tells the story of thirty-something Bridget Pickwick Buchanan who is still deeply grieving the loss of her husband four years ago. From a well-established family in the south, she is something of a wild flower in a field of lilies; just as beautiful but sticks out. Due to financial troubles and the desire of her uncle to pay retribution for a long-standing dispute with another family, the family estate needs to be sold. Her love of nature and environmentalist beliefs cause her to seek out a buyer for the estate who has earth-friendly plans for development. Enter J.C. Dirk, the developer Bridget is seeking. His plans seem acceptable and his price is right but is it too good to be true? Is everything as it seems? Can Bridget learn to trust God to take care of her after seemingly ignoring her request to heal her husband? This book is a great summer read. It is very entertaining, mildly thought-provoking, and easy to read. Although it was a little predictable, I still enjoy the way the author unfolded the plot. She depicts Bridget as an authentic person who is struggling with her faith in God. If you are looking for a good piece of chick-lit, this book is for you. **I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirtyish widow Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan lost her husband Bart four years ago, but has failed to move past the depression phase of the Five Stages of Grief. Overhearing their parents discuss their sad Aunt Bridge, her five years old nephew Miles and niece Birdie want to be "weally happy" beyond just being a tree hugger. Bridget kind of agrees, but first needs to sell the family's luxurious North Carolina estate that contains an incredible mansion in the midst of hundreds of acres of forest as she and her relatives can no longer maintain the property. She hopes to find someone who will leave the green in the forest, but has doubts she will achieve that sub-goal. Bridget targets Atlanta based green energy guru J. C. Dirk for purchasing her family acreage. However, he ignores her calls. Bridget visits him at his office, which angers Dirk until she tells him her family name. He drops everything in Georgia to go with her to the Tar Heel State. As the green developer and the green owner fall in love, J.C. knows he owes her the truth, but fears it will break both their hearts. Restless In Carolina is a fascinating family drama as the grieving Bridget cannot even read the happily ever after of endings to fairy tales to her beloved nephew and niece. Her sister Bonnie makes a case that grief is customized but "contagious" since the depressed individual tends to make everyone in their circle depressed while being angry with God is okay but trusting in God is even more okay. Though the kids are too precocious, fans will relish Tamara Leigh's powerful tale summed up by Birdie when she understands her Aunt Bridge suffers from a "constipated heart". Harriet Klausner
Mama_Kiki More than 1 year ago
While some books are merely time passers, the book I just finished was more than just that. Restless in Carolina, by Tamara Leigh was a pleasant find. Sure it wasn't necessarily the most "intellectual" pick, it was plenty thought provoking. It started out a little slow, and I was skeptical at first. Eventually the main character, Bridget, just draws you in. Her life is flawed, in the most human of all ways, and it was simply impossible not to relate to her. While she attempts to "save" her family estate, via selling to the most eco-responsible buyer... she finds herself entangled with some enthralling pursuers, possibly genuine, possibly questionable. Not one to spoil a good story, I'll leave out the juicy details... Happy reading to you all! (This book was received for the purpose of review, by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
Lilibet_King More than 1 year ago
Restless in Carolina is the latest title from Tamara Leigh. Like her most recent books, this is set in a small town in North Carolina. Bridget is a young widow who is still angry with God for taking her husband four years ago. While the rest of her family seems to be settling down and marrying, Bridget is tasked with selling the family homestead for her uncle Obe, who is showing signs of early-onset dementia. If that isn¿t enough for one woman to cope with, she¿s also attracted to the two men vying to purchase the family homestead, her mother needs her help watching her five year old niece and nephew, and her mother¿s help isn¿t the best. Is it time to put off her widow¿s clothes and rejoin the living? The plot has many twists as we learn more about the characters and watch the two competitors vie to purchase the family homestead. Neither J.C. Dirk nor Caleb Merriman are exactly what they seem at first. Then again, Bridget, who runs a nursery and keeps an opossum for a pet, is not the petit southern belle she pretends to be when she first visits J.C. Dirk. Leigh has strong, colorful characters who are far from perfect. For example, she does a good job portraying Bridget¿s anger with God and her struggle with accepting Him as a loving father when she lost her husband at such a young age. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program for this review.
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
This is actually the 3rd. book in a series but they can totally be read as separate books. Each book does have cross-over characters but they have different main characters. I was very very excited to see that this book was up for grabs as a review book, it has been on my wish list along with the other ones in the series. This book started out hilarious! I was giggling on every page. I loved the beginning. But... and I am afraid there is a but, It got slow and confusing after that. There were so many characters and so many little things happening at the same time, I wasn't sure what was important and what wasn't. There were a few times when I started skimming. Then towards the last 1/3 of the book it did pick back up for me and I started enjoying it again. It did have a cute ending too! I really liked the main Character, Bridget. She is very likable, feisty, stubborn, and cute. Even though I only gave it 3 stars, it is a good 3 stars! It is definitely worth the read. I think I would like to try one of her other books, maybe -"Faking Grace". This is a Christian Fiction, Chick-Lit-ish type book that is very clean. Thank you - Waterbrook Multnomah, aka - Blogging for books, for sending me this fun book to review!
MistyNordyke More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book !! Bridget Pickwick - Buchanan is trying to heal from her husbands death and come to terms with being a widow. She was never really a praying person or having a lot to do with God. Until Easton her husband came into her life. Now that he is gone she blames God for not answering or hearing her prayers about Easton. She has held onto widowhood for four years to long and her family thinks she should move on. She is trying to find a buyer for her family's estate, a mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. Bridget wants whomever buys the land to be as eco - friendly as she is and not turn it into single - family homes or a theme park. Enter J.C. Dirk a developer whose green property developments have earned him national acclaim. He does not return Bridget's calls so she decides to have an unplanned meeting with J.C.,He is not amused nor interested until she mentions her family's name. Things start to get interesting between J.C. and Bridget, but what Bridget doesn't know about J.C. could bring down everything she has worked so hard at.. and break her heart. **I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for being a book blogger **
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh is actually not my first choice genre for reading. I'm more of a mystery/suspense gal and I would put this more solidly in the chick lit category. And yet it is the most "can't put it down" book I've read in quite some time. I loved the multi-faceted characters and all their quirks. It was a pleasure watching our heroine, Bridget, grow and work through her distrust of a God who she felt had ignored her and let her down. I also loved the author's "voice." I'm not sure in literary terms that I'm using that word correctly, but what I mean is the way that Ms. Leigh shares Bridget's thoughts, words and personality with us. I am very eager to read more about the Pickwick family and more by Ms. Leigh as well.
meri4books More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Tamara Leigh's books! This was a fun light-hearted novel that was good!!
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh, Tamara began her writing career in 1994 and is the best-selling author of more than a dozen 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. Restless in Carolina is about a tree-hugging', animal loving Bridget Pickwish-Bunchanan. Bridget is a widow at the early age of thirty-three, and she is still struggling with the passing of her late husband, not wanting to let go of her wedding ring, or the moving forward into the dating ring. I can say that I loved Tamara's writing skills, and her way to make you feel the emotions of Bridget. The first person view is a great concept and I loved it, however, the story line seems to be stuck for awhile, and I got bored. I would pick up the book and read it for a few minutes and I could easily put it down to do something else. On another hand, maybe I should have read the other two books of this series before jumping into the third book. Maybe one day I will be able to sit down and get through this book once and for all, but right now. It just doesn't seem interesting and definitely not a page by page heart seeker. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
sarahsmithstorm2 More than 1 year ago
Tamara Leigh, author of Restless in Carolina writes of a wonderful story about a widow, Bridgett. After being a widow for four years she is on a mission to find a buyer for her family's estate. She also does not believe in the happily ever after, especially after the loss of her husband, Eaton. She needs a buyer for her family's estate and then meets J.C. Dirk. He is a developer out of Atlanta. Eventually, he comes to North Carolina when he understands the family ties that Bridget brings to the table. The estate is not the only thing that brings Dirk and Bridget together. The book has many twists and turns as the reader engages in the story. This book is a quick and easy read. Once you put it down, you won't want to stop. The format is easy to understand and the reader will love how quick this book is to read. It is Christian book that invites the reader to laugh, cry and understand the life Bridget leads. This would be a great vacation read! I received t his book for free from Waterbook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I wanted to like this book, I just couldn't get into it. The first few chapters seemed to drag and the constant chatter that was in Bridget's head (this book is written in first person style) became annoying after awhile. What really bothered me about the book was that Bridget felt the need to totally make over her appearance in order to gain the attention of J.C. Dirk at his meeting. Bridget had her dreadlocks cut off, her nails done, wore makeup, and dressed more feminine. I find that the author did a disservice to the character and to women in general by doing this. I also strongly disliked reading any parts of the book that involved Bridget's parents as they were rude and domineering and it seemed Bridget placated them way too much. I was waiting for her to stand up for herself but she never did. As a matter of fact, Bridget was pushed around by most of her family members. This left me with feelings of irritation and disappointment. Finally, the "white knight theme" of the story was a little too predictable and saccharin for me--girl is in distress, boy rescues girl, and they live happily ever after. I am sad to say that there was very little about this book that I enjoyed and often found myself irritated or bored or dreading to read the next chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Looking for a fast paced witty book-southern style? Then look no further than Tamara Leigh's <i>Restless in Carolina.</i> Our heroine, Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan, is an eco-friendly, thirty something widow who must find a buyer for the family estate. The cast of characters is a real mix from five year twins to an elderly uncle suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Add in two developers who profess to be eco-friendly and will not destroy the surrounding acres of unspoiled land that the house sits on. But Bridget is in for more than she bargains for with developer J.C Dirk who holds his own secrets. Secrets that could change the way she looks at her families past. To find out the secrets, who is really interested in the land and who is interested in Bridget, you have to read the book! I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah to review.
nickelb More than 1 year ago
A quick review for this book. I don't normally like to review novels, but I chose this one because it looked interesting. At first I struggled to get into the book. It wasn't catching my interest. However, that soon changed. The books story line captured me and I was finally able to read and stay in the story. From the tree-huggin girl to the non green developer the book was a great read. Like I said though, the book was a tough start but ended on a good note. Definetly one that you have to keep reading to find the joy in it.
Bridget_Jones More than 1 year ago
Before I even started this book, I knew the main character was going to be very unique, but I was not prepared for just how different she would be. First off, she had dreadlocks (not that they're bad, just not all that common). Then, she's so nature-loving she stops a woman in the middle of the road and yells at her for throwing her gum out of her window. But furthermore, when Bridget gets home (with no shoes because she likes being barefoot) she has an opossum. As a pet. So needless to say, the main character of this book is quite something. Bridget's personality though, is what made me like this book so much. It was really sad how she was still trying to recover from her husband's death when he's been gone for four years, but I loved how her whole dysfunctional family was trying to help her get over it. J.C. was another character I loved because even though he was this rich businessman, he still cares about people and the environment and his past isn't so perfect either. There were many funny moments and sad moments in this book, but there were also few moments where it was a bit boring. Other than those boring times, this book was very entertaining to read. I didn't read the first two books in this series (it's not necessary to) but after reading this, I wouldn't be surprised if I picked one of them up in the future. So overall this was a fun read with a nice southern twist to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh is a romance. I was pleasantly surprised that the main character, Bridget, is a well-rounded and intriguing character. She is passionate about environmentalism and being an individual amongst her traditional, stuffy, Southern family. It even impressed me more that by the end of the book all those characteristics weren't thrown out the door because the right man walked in it. It has all the makings of a romance, but with the added emphasis of faith, family, and finding where she belongs in between, Restless in Carolina was a refreshing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Restless in Carolina in a story about a woman named Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan who is trying to help her family sell their estate to someone who will not turn it into an amusement park. It is also about her journey from a four-year period of spiritual and emotional death to life again. As Bridget struggles to regain her life again, the reader is taken on a page-turning, late-night, reading spree. The reader will come to feel as though the characters are real life people going through real life problems and begin to associate with them. Restless in Carolina is a romance story. Not only is it about the romance between a man and woman, but also between God and his creation. Through the story Bridget learns how to trust God again. She also learns that if God does not come first in her life, whatever she put in his position will break her heart one way or another. Restless in Carolina is a great story. I would definitely recommend this book to others. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for this review.
K.Harris More than 1 year ago
I've read and enjoyed each book in the Southern Discomfort series... and this is my new favorite. Main characters, Bridget and J.C., are so relatable. There's a good dose of mystery about his past -- and she has the tendency to keep messing up her future. Yet their relationship seems divinely inspired. I found myself drawn into their story from the first chapter of the book. And, while I didn't want the book to end, I couldn't wait to see what happened in "the end." Tamara Leigh's trademark "inspired women's fiction" is always a delightful blend of real life struggles--and humor. A great combination.
amomwithablog More than 1 year ago
Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is a down-to-earth, widowed, dreadlock wearing gal who just wants to find a way to preserve the family property by selling to an eco-friendly buyer. She hasn't dated in the four years since her husband passed away and those close to her think she should. But Bridget is only interested in saving the land and talking J.C. Dirk, a high-energy developer, into buying it. But is that all that J.C. Dirk is interested in? Bridget was certainly not the run-of-the-mill romance novel character. Just in the first chapter I was a bit surprised by the description of her. But I soon came to love her. She is fun and full of life. Made me happy I chose a book that wasn't my usual. This is an enjoyable story... fun, romance, humor, and light-hearted. *Thank you FIRST Wild Card Tours and Multnomah for providing me with copy of this book for my honest review!