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Splitting Harriet

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  812 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by Multnomah Books
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Nov 12, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers
Splitting Harriet not only has a catchy title, but it really fits the story. I am always impressed when an author comes up with a title that truly represents the book. And the cover captures the meat of the story as well. This is one awesome chick lit novel that has all of the ingredients you want to see in a Christian book. Romantic tension, first person internal dialog that flows naturally, tough decisions, and spiritual growth. Her fears were realistic given her past, but she needed to learn ...more
Again I am being asked what I thought of this book. Now I want everyone to realize that I picked this rating of two starts merely because I didn't enjoy the book not because the book wasn't clean.

To start off I will say that I was rather excited to get this book. Don't ask me why because I don't really remember. All I know was that I was actually excited to pick this book up from the library. I also will say that I didn't have to much trouble reading it. But to be honest I still didn't like the
Jan 11, 2008 Kara rated it liked it
Splitting Harriet is a fun book to read. Harri is an ex-rebel who is trying to prove to everyone that she's changed. She works at a church, lives in a comfertable trailer home and has a plan to buy a cafe but when another ex-rebel comes to work at the church, she's not so sure how she will control herself. Maddox is a very handsome, funny, smart man who is in love with Harri. Harri's afriad of going back to her rebel ways so she's debating giveing him a chance.
By the end of the book the drama
Jul 30, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 02, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing
Meet Harriet Bisset….. prodigal daughter of a preacher and lover of Jelly Bellys. She also happens to be the director of women’s ministries at the church where her father was the former pastor, and she’s doing her best to keep things from changing too much. Who needs a contemporary worship service when you’ve got a beautiful organ and an organist that’s been faithful to play it for 30 years? Unfortunately for Harri, the church board members have hired a consultant to bring the church into the 21 ...more
Amanda Birdwell
Mar 28, 2010 Amanda Birdwell rated it really liked it
So, you know, this book is not super well written (not that I can even tell at this point, since I've been reading mostly Christian paperbacks since roughly February, plus that insufferably Monkey Wrench Gang), but I still like it, enough that I didn't really want to stop reading it. I think that, compared to most of the Christian women authors I've been reading, Tamara Leigh stands out insofar as her characters are more varied. The tone is the same, but she does manage to put each in her own si ...more
Oct 02, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, christian
This Christian chick-lit romance was well-written and kept me turning the pages. I also really liked it that Harriet looked to memorized Scripture for guidance on how to react in different situations (though, unfortunately, she usually didn't follow that guidance). However, I felt that one message of the book was that its okay for Christians to do "what's best for the majority" even if it means knowingly hurting fellow Christians. (I'm not talking about the worship style wars here but the bit at ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was a Christian book when I picked it up, although how I failed to realize it based on the description, I don't know. Harriet is a PK (preacher's kid) who turns bad after some strife in her father's church. She redeems herself, but goes overboard and becomes too good. A romance with a church consultant hired to make big changes in her church helps her discover what it really means to be truly forgiven. The romance in this is cute and the plot is pretty made ...more
Jelly beans!
Second chances!
Except all of this in this AMAZING book!!!
Lena Cox
Jun 28, 2013 Lena Cox rated it it was ok
Does screwing up once mean you’re a screw up forever? Harriet grew up a preacher’s kid. She was innocent, naïve, and protected from the conniving aspects of human nature until a change in her father’s church led to a near split of the congregation. The conflict in the congregation opened Harriet’s eyes to the reality that kindness does not always reign supreme. In response, she escaped the shelter of her upbringing and went hellcat rebellious as a teen.

Years later, Harriet is sober and employed
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 t
Renn Shearin
Jul 18, 2013 Renn Shearin rated it liked it
"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
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
Splitting Harriet is such a unique book. It touches on a couple of tough subjects, but is made enjoyable by the fun writing style of Tamara Leigh. Splitting Harriet focuses on Harriet Bisset a 27 year old former rebellious PK (preachers kid) who seems to only to be able to live life in one extreme or the next. As a kid, she just wants to get away from the church and turns to cigarettes, alcohol, and inappropriate guys. As the reformed prodigal, she is determined to lead a quiet and orderly life ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Elaine rated it did not like it
Title: Splitting Harriet.

Author: Tamara Leigh.

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Romance.

Plot: Harriet was once a rebel. Now she's a reformed rebel working as a waitress and very involved in the church her father helped build. But with a new pastor, changes are just around the corner and changes are something Harriet doesn't handle very well. When one of those changes includes a motorcycle-riding ex-rebel consultant to help revive the "dying" church, Harriet finds herself facing her past in a very head-
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Harriet "Harri" Bisset grew up as a PK (Preachers Kid), but rebelled in her teens when circumstances weren't to her liking. After hitting rock bottom she turned herself around. Fast forward 8 years--she's 28, head of women's ministry at her church, and works part time at the local café that she dreams of owning. She lives in the church's senior mobile home park, and constantly lives with the fear of reverting to her old rebel ways.

With the town growing, First Grace (her church) hires a consultan
Aug 24, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-library
Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.

As it is with Harriet Bisset, once rebel now turned faithful servant to a fault. Now, that "safe" life that she's been living for the past eight years is being turned upside down by radical changes in the church, and she's beginning to feel some unwelcome feelings towards the newly hired consultant.

This was such an amazing novel - not just because of all the relvancy found in the changes at First Grace, but it's true that though we are forgiv
Elizabeth Newsom
Nov 14, 2015 Elizabeth Newsom rated it really liked it
Harriet is a preacher’s kid, a reformed rebel, and now head of women’s ministry. She has eats an inordinate amount of jelly beans to make sure she doesn’t return to smoking, doesn’t listen to contemporary music (she’s worried it’s too much temptation), or hang out with her own age group. Then along comes Maddox, with a motorcycle, a skull tattoo on his arm (he’s had a phase too). He’s been assigned to revive their church and make it more modern to accommodate the younger crowds. Harriet is not h ...more
Mary Adams
Sep 11, 2016 Mary Adams rated it really liked it
Not my favorite of Ms Leigh's inspirational books, but still good nonetheless. I could easily see how Harriet's bad-girl persona would appeal to others. As they say, a "good" book is the one that is appeals to you at that moment in your life. Splitting Harriett is certainly well written and is a lovely story about how God's love renews us all.
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Aug 06, 2013 Jennifer Clausen-greene rated it it was amazing
The first book I read by Tamara was Perfecting Kate and I was an instant fan. She has this very witty, sarcastic sense of humor that captivates you and draws you into the story. Her characters are so well developed that you know you know someone just like them and you can relate to the story. Tamara took the touchy issue of church politics and weaved it into a funny, dynamic story that had you laughing and shaking your head all the way through.
I adored the awkwardness between Maddox and Harri.
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jan 15, 2016 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
There is nothing terrible about this book! So please don't get the wrong idea. This book just was not for me. I could not get into it no matter how hard I tried. I normally read between 100 - 150 pages a day (sometimes more) and it took me 4 days to get to page 25! I thought the book cover was real cute and the storyline sounded great. I just couldn't get a feel for the characters and it seemed a little scattered to me.

Just in the 50 pages I did read the one thing I did like was her strange add
Oct 05, 2015 Tya rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. My only issue with it are two teeny tiny nitpicks and those were down to personal preference. 1. It annoyed me to no.end that whenever anyone's place of residence was mentioned it was always fully typed out "mobile home". I know that it was important that we not forget that the community was based in a mobile community for the Plot!Twist! that popped up later but I've never known anyone to speak like that and I found it irksome. The other teeny tiny nitpick--when Harri ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Jody rated it it was amazing
Harriet is a fun main character with her funny quirks, her Jelly Belly candy addiction, and her obsession over her favorite TV show. Her personality and fears are so real, and over the course of the story, you can really see her grow. Harriet is trying to make up for her sins to the church she abandoned by taking care of the elderly within it. However, 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 t ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
A reformed rebel, Harriet Bisset has managed to create a comfortable world around her, attempting to make up for the mistakes in her past. When Maddox McCray roars into her life on a motorcycle and takes her church, the one she works at part time, by storm with the changes he proposes to help them reach a wider audience, everything in Harriet's perfectly crafted world is turned upside down. Suddenly, she is challenged to truly forgive herself and believe that God had a plan all along that includ ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Abby rated it liked it
I started this book and knew I was just going to LOVE it. I was over half way through and still felt the same way. But then I got to the big "crisis" towards the end everything went down the tubes. Every other paragraph I'd find myself muttering, "You have GOT to be kidding me.". I mean, it was the biggest joke. Maybe it's that I'm not involved much in other religions besides my own, but the way this particular church functioned--well, it was just chaos. Very Man-Made and unnecessary. And all a ...more
Oct 11, 2016 Adam rated it liked it
I saw this book at the library and started laughing at it. I don't have such a high opinion of Christian chick lit. After browsing the library some more, I passed the book again and picked it up to thumb through it. The opening was somewhat interesting, so I checked it out on a lark. I'm glad I did. Strip away all the mushy, gushy over romanticized mumbo jumbo of typical chick lit and what you get is a great story of what it means to be changed in Christ. It really got me to think about a lot of ...more
Dec 27, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-chick-lit
This was a Christian romance novel (who knew such a thing existed)that I picked up in the library on a whim. It's about Harriet - preacher's kid and ex wild child - who hits rock bottom and lives in an elderly community in order to prevent reverting to her old habits (and addictions). She's involved in the church where she grew up although her father is no longer the pastor. It's going through changes which she resents and resists. And then the church hires a consultant to help with the changes. ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jelly Belly addiction 101

For those given to self-flagellation: This is something I've struggled with a while so I am never disappointed to see it tackled well! Ms. Leigh captures Harriet's struggle to get over her past by hiding out where she can't get in trouble and sublimating all her interests and passions in fear she'll hop back on the back of a Harley and never look back. Add on top of that the inherently weird logic of those with PKS and a church going through growing pains and you have a
Dec 11, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
I liked the main character. She was a funny, honest portrayal of someone struggling to leave the past in the past and move on. However, she was the only thing about this book I liked. The emphasis on church growth as a sign of the church being right, having her surrounded by people who were either waiting for her to fall again or encouraging her to live beyond her comfort level in things that are in no way important (such as dancing), the attitude of contemporary music being good for everyone wh ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Shari rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. Considering the main character was a pastors daughter - I could certain relate to her on many levels! Considering the story was about a church split and changes within the church - I could certainly relate to that!

Tamara writes these wonderful tales about the Christian lifestyle and the struggles that can sometimes come with it without being too "Jesus in your face" so to speak. I always end up laughing with her story telling style but yet the book, while fiction,
Aug 11, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kimberly by: nobody
I stumbled across Splitting Harriet at the library in the new fiction section. It sounded like a fun light chick-lit read and being Christian fiction, I thought that was a bonus too. But as I often find, this fits right in with many other Christian fiction I've read which is downright cheesy. Seriously, the characters just didn't work for me. Even though I'm a Christian, I wouldn't say I'm religious-minded, I would say I'm relationship-minded. And this was WAY TOO religious for me. Ick. Sorry, I ...more
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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.

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