Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh

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Stars: ****1/2

This review is part of the Splitting Harriet Blog Tour.

I wasn’t sure I’d like the book when I was offered a copy for review as it’s Christian Fiction. Since I’m not Christian, I don’t usually read Christian Fiction and so figured it wouldn’t be of interest to me. I’m glad I gave it a chance!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did I enjoy the book, I loved it!
In case you don’t know what this book is about, here is a summary:

“Preacher’s kid and prodigal Harriet Bisset returned to her church and her family in Franklin, Tennessee, seven years ago. Once the proud owner of two tattoos and a nose ring, Harri is now addicted to Jelly Bellys in lieu of hangovers and Bible verses in lieu of foul language.

The good news is that she has everything under control: a part-time position as director of women’s ministry, a church family that adores her, a rent-free home in a senior mobile home park, and the possibility of owning the café where she waitresses. Nothing could tempt Harri to return to her old ways. Nothing but a 1298 cc, liquid-cooled, sixteen-valve, in-line four-cylinder motorcycle—and the church consultant riding it.

Reformed rebel Maddox McCray’s arrival at First Grace spells C-H-A-N-G-E for the dying church. And it just might mean change for Harri when Maddox sets out to convince her that even Christians are allowed to have fun. The story of a prodigal daughter’s transformation, Splitting Harriet reminds readers of God’s delight in forgiving, loving, and enjoying the ride.”

I would classify this book as Christian Chick-Lit. I don’t normally read Chick-Lit either but I might just start reading more. I thought reading about someones fictional love life would be boring but I find it interesting. I also found all the talk of preparations for the church interesting too. If I were Christian, First Grace sounds like a wonderful church to attend. The members were well treated and it sounded like they had a lot of fun. I found the tidbits of scripture interesting too since I’ve never read the whole bible.

Author Bio: Tamara Leigh’s first novel, Warrior Bride, was published in 1994 and was followed by six more bestselling, award-winning historical romances for Bantam, HarperCollins, and Dorchester. Leigh’s inspirational chick lit debut, Stealing Adda, was published in 2006 to great critical acclaim. Leigh has also written for Romantic Times magazine and been a guest speaker for WaldenBooks’s corporate conference. Leigh lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two sons and enjoys time with her family, volunteer work, faux painting, and reading.

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