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Restless in Carolina (Southern Discomfort #3)

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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
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Published July 19th 2011 by Multnomah Books
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
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There are a select group of authors that are my go-to women if I am looking for guaranteed fits of hysteria with simultaneous poignancy, and Tamara Leigh has been a long time patron of this group. Her wit is sharp, her emotions sweet, her storylines complex, and her heroines realistic.

Bridget Pipwick has stormed the pages of the two preceding books in this series and has finally been granted a whole book of her own. Bridget is by far
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book. Bridget did not sound like the type of person I could relate or really like all that much. I wanted to read this book though because I like Tamara Leigh, and I especially like this series.

I was surprised by how much I liked Bridget. There was plenty about her I could relate to and it did not take long before I found myself rooting for her. On the outside, she is a tough, sassy woman, but on the inside, she is a lonely and grieving woman. I wanted
I cannot help it. Once this book jumped in my hands from the ridiculously big box and tons of packaging that accompanied it to my door step I could not help but read it. Immediately. My introduction to Tamara Leigh was in the first Carolina novel in Leaving Carolina and I was hooked. I am pretty certain I then went on to read Nowhere, Carolina as soon as I got my hands on it as well. I really do need to read some of her other Contemporary Romantic Comedies that I've seen here and there. I know I ...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh is a gold mine waiting to be discovered. Picking up the book, little did I know the surprise I was in for. I expected a fairly typical romance that would offer me a few hours of light, heart-warming entertainment. What I got was anything, but typical!

Books that perch in the Christian and romance genres are a double threat for cheesiness and clichés. That is not the case in Restless in Carolina. Faith blended in so unobtrusively. The reader didn’t have to deal
I read an advance copy of this book, and loved it. If you want a fun read, I recommend it. I'll post my review when the book is released.
Sheri Salatin
Green. That is what means the most to tree-hugging Bridget Pickwick Buchanan. After losing the love of her life and husband several years ago, Bridget at the young age of 33, has withdrawn into her self and won't even say the words "Happily Ever After" (HEA). There is no such thing. It's a myth. Well, at least for her it is.

So she sinks all her time and devotion into their family estate and her garden center. It must be sold, but Bridget is determined not to let just any ol' developer buy it. No
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Young Bridgett Pickwick-Buchanan (33) has been a widow for 4 years. Still in mourning for her husband, some members of her family decide it's time to "move on" & shake off the "Widow Weeds".
Bridgett is as hippy as hippy gets (in this generations meaning of the word anyways). Dreadlocked & "Green" as a Cucumber, she is dedicated to making the world a better place. Saving Mother Earth from us one flower at a time.
When her beloved Uncle's health begins failing him, it is now up to her to
Aug 05, 2011 Jolene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Romance
Losing her husband catapulted Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan into a grief-filled life. Four years later, it seems everyone around her is in a relationship, but her true undoing is a persistent little niece who just wants to read a happily-ever-after book. After a confrontation with her sister, Bridget takes the first steps toward a new life: removing the wedding band and a mini-makeover. In an effort to help her uncle sell the family mansion, Bridget approaches property developer J. C. Dirk. J.C. is ...more
Restless in Carolina is the final book in Tamara Leigh's Southern Discomfort trilogy. This is the story about Bridget Pickwick Buchannon, the young widow who likes her pet opossum and works in a nursery!! She is trying really hard to get over the loss of her husband and after 4 years she begins to start the healing process finally. She is also trying her best to make sure that Uncle Obe's property gets sold to an environmental friendly company and that's how she meets J.C. Dirk, who is a develop ...more
Restless in Carolina
By Tamara Leigh
Published by WaterBrook Press

In Restless in Carolina, self-professed “tree hugger” and immitigable widow Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is on a mission. Her objective, to find a buyer for her uncles estate, preferably one who is environmentally conscientious, will pay top dollar and desires to leave the land unmolested and undeveloped. Easy, right?

Bridget does her homework. Having narrowed her sights on property developer J.C. Dirk, but with no success getting throu
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 ...more
Summary: Widow Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is determined to find a an eco-friendly buyer for her uncle's land so that he can right a wrong in the family's history. When two men are interested in purchasing the property and also in pursuing Bridget, she has to figure out which man is the one for her and which one is just a "widow sniffer." Will she find out the truth before her heart is broken again?

My thoughts: I enjoyed this book. At first, it was a little hard to get into the book because I didn
Bridget, a young widow, who cannot let go of the past seems to be a part of everyone's conversation whether she likes it or not. Looking for an audience with J.C. Dirk, a green concious environmentally friendly real estate developer, in which to keep her uncle's land quaint and from big business she travels to Atlanta dressed to impress. Despite other interested investors, she has her heart set on keeping the land green and J.C. Dirk is just the one to help her. Being weary of potential love int ...more

Author: Tamara Leigh
Publisher: Multnomah
July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4-60142-168-5
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is a widow at thirty-three. It’s been four years since her husband died and she’s just not ready to move on. But after she terrorizes her five-year-old niece by telling her that there is no happy-ever-after, that the hero dies, she is forced to start coming to terms. First to go is the dreadlocks that she had in memory of her late husband

Restless In Carolina is the third novel in the Southern Discomfort series; following on from Leaving Carolina and Nowhere Carolina. I was excited to read this new novel in the series, as I always enjoy seeing how authors depict the south in particularly the Carolina’s, which is where I now live. I was excited to see how Restless in Carolina would pan out and could not wait to get started on this novel.

Bridget Pickwick is trying hard to overcome the death of
Renn Shearin
Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh is the third book in the Southern Discomfort Series. In this novel Bridget Pickwick Buchanan finds herself with a constipated heart. She cannot get past the death of her beloved husband four years earlier. However, Bridget must force herself to move on in order to find an environmentally friendly buyer for her family's estate. She thinks she finds the perfect buyer in eco-friendly J.C. Dirk & Dirk Developers. When he does not return her many calls, she cl ...more
After reading the summary of this novel I was quite eager to get my hands on it. It seemed like it would be a down to earth, tangible read and I wasn‘t disappointed. Let me give you a little rundown on the summary:

Bridget Pickwick Buchanan has been angry at God ever since her husband passed away. Unable to break herself from her widow’s weeds and move on with her life she decides to stay rooted in the past. She refuses to talk to God, and even goes so far as to refuse to say the words happily ev
I LOVED this book! I've never read anything else by this author and I'm not always a fan of contemporary fiction, but this one was really good!

The main characters of J.C. and Bridget are well developed and amusing. Bridget is a "tree-hugger" and proud of it. She totes a pet opossum around in a fanny pack and owns a nursery. J.C. looks to be a slick city boy - but maybe not.

I love some good secondary characters - I really think they make a book - and this novel had a load of them. Bridget's fam
I picked this book up because the cover called out to me. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t expecting much from it. I was expecting a fun, light-hearted romance with not a lot to it. But while it was fun, a light read, and a romance, it had a bit more substance to it, which was a nice surprise.

Bridget is a widow, still mourning her husband after four years. She is an environmentalist from a family that is prominent in her area.....for some of the wrong reasons. At one time the family was wea
Clockstein Lockstein
Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh is the third book in the Southern Discomfort series about the eccentric Pickwick family of North Carolina. This volume follows family rebel and tree-hugger Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan who is still grieving for her late husband Easton who passed away four years ago. She still wears her wedding ring, won't sleep in their bed, wears dreadlocks in honor of his, and refuses to talk to the God who allowed her beloved to die. Her Uncle Obe is determined to sell the fa ...more
Well, this is my first book I received through the "Blogging for Books" program! As such, I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This is the third book in the series. I had previously purchased the first book when it came out as I have many of the author's other books. I didn't even finish half of that book. I just couldn't get into it. So, I was a little remiss about starting this one. However, it turned out okay - but just okay. The writing st ...more
Vera Godley
The title "Restless in Carolina" really appealed to me, a Southern lady, with a penchant for reading. Getting into the book was easy as the writing style is relaxed and easy to read. So it was a relaxing read.

Right off I saw that the key character, Bridget, is restless for several reasons. She is a "Tree-huggin', animal-lovin'" individual who struggles with the grief of losing her husband at an early age. She struggles, too, with a family whose interactions could be the fodder for a number of no
I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but this is the first time I’ve been introduced to the works of Tamera Leigh.

Let me sum this review up real quick for you: this won’t be the last time I read a Leigh book.
First off, not many books can get me to laugh on the first few pages. I didn’t even know who this character really was yet and by the second page I was in stitches.

As I got to know Bridget more, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. She’s earnest and down to earth (literally,
Restless in Carolina is the first book I have read by Tamara Leigh. Although not completely necessary, I would have liked to have read the first two books of the series before this book because I think it would have been more enjoyable to have known the back-story of some of the secondary characters.

When I first started reading Restless in Carolina I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Bridget and I have little in common. She's environmentally minded, loves the outdoors, loves all types of an
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Bridget is a down to earth woman, struggling to come to terms with young widowhood. She's forthright and wants to move on with her life, but desperately misses her husband. Needing to sell her family's estate, she tracks down an eco-friendly developer, hoping to convince him to purchase the property. Hilarity ensues as family eccentricities and newly discovered secrets interfere with her plans.

Restless in Carolina is the third book in a trilogy and one thing that really frustrates me is when boo
Bridget Pickwick Buchanan's family is selling the family estate, and this tree-hugging widow wants to make sure they find an environmentally friendly buyer. There is competition between J.C. Dirk and Caleb Merriman for the estate, and also for her heart.

Bridget is a strong woman who is very resentful toward God for taking her beloved husband four years ago. She is struggling with getting on with her life emotionally while making peace with God.

The book has its humorous parts since Bridget is a s
Maureen Timerman
I loved the interaction of the Character's in this book. They will make you chuckle, and feel like crying. The main Character Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is a delight, and the other J. C Dick is not what he appears on your first meeting.
J. C. is a wonderful with the 4 and 5 year old Mitch and Birdie and loved their playing and story telling. The family is also great with their Uncle Obe who is suffering some dementia.
Facing the problems they are having and learning to put their faith in God in th
Bluerose's  Heart
Bridget is definitely not the usual leading lady! I was shocked while reading to discover she had dredlocks. I had to completely "re-picture" her in my mind. Now, I'm not putting down dredlocks! :) It's just not everyday that you run across a character with them in Christian Fiction. She also has a pet opossum. Unfortunately, that just makes me cringe a little. It took a bit for me to like Bridget, or connect with her. The story starts out with her making a little girl cry. Come on, I'm a momma! ...more
Amber French
I loved that this book took place in the South! I'm a little biased since I'm a Southerner but it was fun to know the places referenced in the book. I enjoyed the Southern dialect and that whole element of the story. I found it funny in a creepy kind of way that Bridget had a possum for a pet. I've seen those up close and there's nothing cute about them. I really liked this book. I didn't know it was part of a series but overall, that didn't detract from it. The only negative is that I felt a li ...more
Sad that this book marks the end of the Pickwick series, I enjoyed them all.

Compared to Piper (book 1) & Maggie's (book 2) stories, this book 3 about Bridget is my least favourite of them all. It's a nice story, just not as funny or witty as the first 2 books.

I look forward to more chick lits by Tamara Leigh, and I hope she never stops writing them :)

One last note: You need to read these 3 books in correct order to fully enjoy it!
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Tamara Leigh holds a Masters 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 co
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