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Splitting Harriet (Tamara Leigh Series) [Paperback]

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Overview
Waitress, part-time director of a women's ministry, and resident in a senior mobile home park, Harriet Bisset, once armed with the mouth of a drunken sailor and a penchant for alcohol, meets her match in the new church consultant who rides into town on a motorcycle made for sin. Original.

Publishers Description
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 Cafe. I even have worthy goals, like saving enough money to buy the cafe, 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

Community Description
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 Caf. I even have worthy goals, like saving enough money to buy the caf, 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!
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Awards and Recognitions
Splitting Harriet (Tamara Leigh Series) by Tamara Leigh has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Rita Awards - 2009 Finalist - Inspirational category
  • Carol Award - 2008 Winner - Literature category
  • Rita Awards - 2008 Finalist - Inspirational category


Citations And Professional Reviews
Splitting Harriet (Tamara Leigh Series) by Tamara Leigh has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Romantic Times - 12/01/2007 page 73
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/10/2007 page 43
  • CBA Retailers - 11/01/2007 page 54
  • Library Journal - 11/01/2007 page 52
  • Christian Retailing - 11/12/2007 page 21


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.76" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 20, 2007
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  1590529286  
ISBN13  9781590529287  


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More About Tamara Leigh


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tamara Leigh holds a Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 1993, she signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books. Her first medieval romance, Warrior Bride, was released in 1994. Continuing to write for the general market, three more novels were published with HarperCollins and Dorchester and earned awards and spots on national bestseller lists. In 2006, Tamara's first inspirational contemporary romance, Stealing Adda, was released. In 2008, Perfecting Kate was optioned for a movie and Splitting Harriet won an ACFW "Book of the Year" award. The following year, Faking Grace was nominated for a RITA award. In 2011, Tamara wrapped up her "Southern Discomfort" series with the release of Restless in Carolina. When not in the middle of being a wife, mother, and cookbook fiend, Tamara buries her nose in a good book-and her writer's pen in ink. In 2012, she returned to the historical romance genre with Dreamspell, a medieval time travel romance. Shortly thereafter, she once more invited readers to join her in the middle ages with the Age of Faith series: The Unveiling, The Yielding, The Redeeming, The Kindling, and The Longing. Tamara's #1 Bestsellers-Lady at Arms, Lady Of Eve, Lady Of Fire, and Lady Of Conquest-are the first of her medieval romances to be rewritten as "clean reads." Look for Baron Of Blackwood, the third book in The Feud series, in 2016. Tamara lives near Nashville with her husband, sons, a Doberman that bares its teeth not only to threaten the UPS man but to smile, and a feisty Morkie that keeps her company during long writing stints. Connect with Tamara at her website www.tamaraleigh.com, her blog The Kitchen Novelist, her email tamaraleightenn@gmail.com, Facebook, and Twitter. For new releases and special promotions, subscribe to Tamara Leigh's mailing list: www.tamaraleigh.com

Tamara Leigh currently resides in the state of Tennessee.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Splitting Harriet (Tamara Leigh Series)?

Entertaining, modern day Prodigal "Daughter" tale  May 9, 2008
SPLITTING HARRIET is a very entertaining, modern day Prodigal "Daughter" tale of Harriet, a woman bound and determined NOT to return to her rebellious ways. She is so afraid of becoming weak that she has closed herself (and her heart) to life (and love) . . . until she meets someone who has faced his own addictions and knows all too well the pain that a trip down the wild side can leave in its wake. The result is a blossoming love story that truly begins when Harriet realizes that she must first forgive herself and then trust herself before she can really love herself . . . or anyone else! Another great read from Tamara Leigh!
 
Chick Lit for Real People  Apr 27, 2008
"Splitting Harriet" was a refreshing change for the genre of chick lit, which usually focuses on high name fashion and outlandish shopping. While I enjoy that for a light read, at times, I loved that Leigh's "Splitting Harriet," created characters that the common woman (and man) could relate to. As a woman struggling with church issues, I appreciated Harriet's struggles with change in the church...as well as her struggles to not return to her "old life." She had rebelled, come back, but was still trying to prove to herself (and her brother) that she had changed...and that she wasn't going back. Real life struggles like many of us have.

Leigh's sense of humor had me cracking up, between Jelly Belly meltdowns and cat-caused chaos. The romantic tension between Harriet and bad-boy-redeemed Maddox had me cheering them on.

But I also blame Leigh for my lack of sleep, as I couldn't turn off the light until I had finished the last page.
 
Fun and Fancy  Mar 7, 2008
Harriet Bisset is a reformed bad girl. This preacher's kid rebelled, and she has the reputation to prove it. Harriet's father retired, and he and her mother left for India on a mission trip. Now, his replacement, Pastor Paul, has his own way of doing things, which makes Harriet extremely unhappy. If the old way was good enough for her father, it should be good enough for Pastor Paul. He even goes so far as to hire Maddox McCray, a church consultant, and change becomes a way of life at First Grace Church. The problem is, Harriet doesn't like change. She's attracted to Maddox, and he makes it clear he's interested in her, but can they overcome her resistance to the way he's changing her church.
Change, just for the sake of change isn't always good, but refusing to accept any change isn't good either. Tamara Leigh presents an interesting concept, one I'm sure many churches face. Splitting Harriet is Chick Lit with a serious message. A fun, satisfying story of love and forgiveness, with a strong faith message.
 
Great, Easy Read!  Feb 11, 2008
This was, by far, my favorite of her books. It moved faster and kept my attention throughout. The characters were much more real to me than in her other books.
 
PK to Rebel to Prodigal Daughter makes for great story  Jan 24, 2008
Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh tells the tale of Harriet Bisset former rebel without a cause now Christian without a clue. Harriet, a PK (preacher's kid), lives in a trailer park for senior citizens, still attends her childhood church, and works at the diner she hopes to buy when the owner retires. After a major rebellion as a teen that included tattoos, promiscuity, and drinking, Harriet is trying to make up for her sins to the church she abandoned by taking care of the elderly within it. But Maddox McCray, the new church consultant, roars into town on a Harley Davidson and gets her bad girl blood boiling with both his edgy style and the changes he wants to make to her church. This is the first of Leigh's books that I've read, and I already have another one on my to-read pile. She manages to create lovable, realistic characters and delve into the inner life of Christians with equal aplomb. Harriet turned her life over to God, but lives in constant fear of slipping again, so she surrounds herself with safety. When I was a new Christian, I fell into the same trap: Christian music, Christian books, Christian TV. It's easy to live only within a small world within the larger world, and it feels safe. But God did not call us to retreat from the world, but to be his messengers within the world. Harriet is afraid of change and afraid of her feelings for Maddox because she doesn't trust herself to make right decisions. Leigh gives a powerful lesson about God's forgiveness being unearned and about not locking ourselves away from the rest of the world. I really fell in love with Harriet, and you will too.
 

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