Jun 25, 2014

Splitting Harriet


Splitting Harriet 

Tamara Leigh

Multnomah Books


Once upon a time, I was a rebel. And I have the tattoo to prove it.

Then there was the spiked hair–the shade of which changed monthly–“colorful” language that can’t be found in your everyday sixteen-count crayon box, a pack-a-day habit, less-than-modest wardrobe, and an obsession with guitar-trashing, drum-bashing music.

Did I mention I’m also a preacher’s kid? That’s right. And like the prodigal son after whom I modeled myself, I finally saw the error of my ways and returned to the fold.

Today my life is all about “lead me not into temptation.” When I’m not serving as Women’s Ministry Director at my father’s church, I’m working at Gloria’s Morning Café. I even have worthy goals, like saving enough money to buy the café, keep my Jelly Belly habit under control, and to never again hurt the people I love. No more parties. No more unsavory activities. And no more motorcycles! You’d think I was finally on the right track.

But since my dad’s replacement hired a hotshot church consultant to revive our “dying” church, things aren’t working out as planned. And now this “consultant” says I’m in need of a little reviving myself. Just who does this Maddox McCray think he is anyway? With his curly hair that could use a good clipping, tattoo that he makes no attempt to hide, and black leather pants, the man is downright dangerous. In fact, all that’s missing is a motorcycle. Or so I thought… But if he thinks he’s going to take me for a ride on that 1298cc machine of his, he can think again. Harriet Bisset is a reformed woman, and she’s going to stay that way. Even if it kills me!


Reformed wild child 27 year old Harriet Bissett is doing her best to take the path of least resistance. Lately, working as the Women's Ministry Director at her dad's church and as a waitress at Gloria's Cafe, she doesn't have time to meddle in other people's business....until the church's board decided to hire a consultant to attract new members to the congregation. 

Harri isn't really sure how she feels about that...and I'm not either.

I have no doubt some readers will disagree with the character Maddox's belief that today's churches need to cater to the needs of society's congregations. 

I personally think there is room for both old and new musical tastes. 

Leigh pens the predictable romance, in spite of the tensions between congregational viewpoints and even sprinkles in a some humor along the way-the old ladies were my favorite! 

It's not my favorite but it's worth a try. 

Rating: 3/5


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