Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Review: Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh

Summary: 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.

Review: 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.


  1. Love your review. I am going to have to read this. I do read non-paromantasy books as well and this will be one of them :-)


  2. Bummer. Not thrilled huh? This one is on my list of books to read. Thanks for the review

  3. The main character sounds really intriguing. Enough so that I will add this to my "to be read" list...that seems to just keep on growing.


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