Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh

"You can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl!" Piper Wick of Los Angelos, would disagree... she left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina and did everything in her power to leave it behind. Not only did she changed her life by losing weight, buying new clothes and going to a diction coach. All of this to make herself a new person... which seems to be working until her uncles' lawyer calls saying there is an emergency and she should come right "home." She goes back to North Carolina to take care of simple business, but when family is involved nothing is simple!

Enter, Axel her uncles gardener, some misfit cousins that Piper doesn't trust and her silly old uncle who has "gotten religious" -- what a recipe for disaster. Can Piper help save the family name? Who cares, Can she save her own name so she can marry US Congressman Grant Spangler? And just where is this godson that was named after Uncle Obadiah.. he's the one that convinced Uncle Obie that he needed to make amends for the family's past wrongdoings?

Leaving Carolina is the first book I have read by Tamara Leigh and I really enjoyed it... of course, that's coming from a displaced Southern Girl.

For more information check out: Leaving Carolina

Disclaimer: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Monday, November 2, 2009

What Matters Most (book 3, Diary of a Teenage Girl series, Maya) by Melody Carlson

When I received What Matters Most by Melody Carson... I wasn't really sure if I would like it or not. Honestly, how many ways can you write a story for teens about teens that really reaches them?? BUT, having a teen daughter, I wanted to check this book out.

First, let me say that it would really help to have read books one and two of this series. There are many books in the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, but this is only the third in the Maya section.

Second, you don't have to read the other sets in the series to get Maya's story, but I believe they will all intermingle.

Third, for the review... I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the way it was all set up. Maya Stark is a 16 year old girl who is struggling to find some normalcy in her very chaotic, messed up life. Her mother is in prison and her father is touring with his music. Maya is just trying, and sometimes failing, to fit in at the local high school. She struggles with all the normal stuff: peer pressure, guy pressure, decisions about school and her future, but she turns to God and godly friends to guide her. Maya is also green, meaning is very much about recycling and saving the planet in small and big ways every day. Each chapter ends with a tip from Maya on ways the reader can help the environment.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and believe that my teen daughter will also! In fact, she is already trying to snatch it from me.

For more information about this book check out: What Matters Most

For more information about the auther check out: Melody Carlson