Monday, September 22, 2008

Faking Grace

Housekeeping notes before the review:

1) Pixels, this is a special notice just for the regulars of this blog. Another Bloggy Carnival is scheduled for the end of October, and I'm already planning to give away two prizes this time: a huge box of books, AND a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Anyone leaving pertinent, relevant comments on any blog post from September 1st to October 31st will be entered into the drawing - each comment gets one entry (as long as it's a pertinent, relevant comment.) As you leave your comments, just be sure I have a way to contact you - either through your blogger id, or by leaving your email address (in code) in your comments.

2) The blog re-design is taking longer than expected, but we should have it within the next 10 business days. When we launch the new site, we'll have some extra content - be sure to come by and check it out.

Now to our regularly scheduled post!

Our book selection this week is Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh. I've tried to come up with a different review than the ones posted below, but the one word that describes this book must be used again - DELIGHTFUL! I truly enjoyed this book, and read it in one sitting. I even carried it to the kitchen with me while preparing lunch. (Yeah, I'm that pitiful!) Faking Grace made me laugh out loud, cringe at the conviction, groan at the antics, and sigh at the romance. Great read!!!

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Multnomah Books (August 19, 2008)



After Tamara Leigh earned a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology, she and her husband decided to start a family, with plans for Tamara to continue in her career once she became a mother.

When the blessing of children proved elusive, Tamara became convicted to find a way to work out of her home in order to raise the children she and her husband longed to have. She turned to writing, at which she had only ever dreamed of being successful, and began attending church. Shortly thereafter, her agent called with news of Bantam Books’ offer of a four-book contract. That same day, Tamara’s pregnancy was confirmed. Within the next year, she gave up her speech pathology career, committed her life to Christ, her first child was born, and her first historical romance novel was released.

As Tamara continued to write for the secular market, publishing three more novels with HarperCollins and Dorchester, she infused her growing Christian beliefs into her writing. But it was not enough, and though her novels earned awards and were national bestsellers, she knew her stories were lacking. After struggling with the certainty that her writing was not honoring God as it should, she made the decision to write books that not only reveal Christianity to non-believers, but serve as an inspiration for those who have accepted Christ as their Savior. Her inspirational romances are peopled with characters in varying stages of Christian faith, from mature believers to new believers to non-believers on the threshold of awakening.

Tamara Leigh enjoys time with her family, volunteer work, faux painting, and reading. She lives near Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, David, and two sons, Skyler and Maxen.

Two of her latest books are Splitting Harriet and Perfecting Kate.


All she wants is a job. All she needs is religion. How hard can it be?

Maizy Grace Stewart dreams of a career as an investigative journalist, but her last job ended in disaster when her compassion cost her employer a juicy headline. A part-time gig at a Nashville newspaper might be her big break.

A second job at Steeple Side Christian Resources could help pay the bills, but Steeple Side only hires committed Christians. Maizy is sure she can fake it with her Five-Step Program to Authentic Christian Faith–a plan of action that includes changing her first name to Grace, buying Jesus-themed accessories, and learning “Christian Speak.” If only Jack Prentiss, Steeple Side’s managing editor and two-day-stubbled, blue-jean-wearing British hottie wasn’t determined to prove her a fraud.

When Maizy’s boss at the newspaper decides that she should investigate–and expose–any skeletons in Steeple Side’s closet, she must decide whether to deliver the dirt and secure her career or lean on her newfound faith, change the direction of her life, and pray that her Steeple Side colleagues–and Jack–will show her grace.

To read the first chapter of Faking Grace, click HERE.

“Tamara Leigh takes her experienced romance hand and delights readers with Chick-Lit that sparkles and characters who come alive.” - Kristin Billerbeck, author of The Trophy Wives Club

“A delightful, charming book! Faking Grace has romance, truth, and a dollop of insanity, making Tamara Leigh a permanent addition to my list of favorite authors. Enjoy!”- Ginger Garrett, author of In the Shadow of Lions and Beauty Secrets of the Bible

“Tamara Leigh does a fabulous job looking at the faults, the love, the hypocrisy, and the grace of Christians in a way that’s entertaining and fun. Maizy Grace is a crazy character I couldn’t help but like. I loved this book and highly recommend it!”- Camy Tang, author of Sushi for One? and Only Uni

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