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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....more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by Multnomah Books
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Michelle
Nov 12, 2007 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Kara
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...more
Amanda Birdwell
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
A.F.
Synopsis:
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....more
Christy
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
Debbie
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
Susan
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 interesting...it made...more
Cookielover
Jelly beans!
Motorcycles!
Second chances!
Love!
Except all of this in this AMAZING book!!!
Elaine
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-...more
Renn Shearin
"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...more
Rebecca
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...more
Lena
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...more
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
Itsjustme-wendy
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...more
Jennifer Clausen-greene
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....more
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...more
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...more
Rupine
Although it had a catchy title, id give this book a mere two starts simply because it was cliche from the start. The typical reformed good girl meets breaking the rules/almost reformed bad boy novel without the blood and gore which was at times boring, predictable and slow. The author however did a good job to bring out the msg of redemption however I found it an average read and it lacked colour, vivacity and action.
Abby
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
Jody
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
Amanda
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
Adam
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
Debi
Chick lit at its finest - I really enjoyed this book. Harri is trying to prove to herself and others that she has changed and is not the rebellious preacher's kid she was 8 years ago. But in the process, she is challenged that she hasn't really forgiven herself for her past sins and is hiding from a fear that she will once again go down a wrong path. Struggling with the changes happening at her church and trying to run the women's ministry, Harri is also confronted with 2 men showing interest in...more
Amanda
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
Andrea
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
Kimberly
Aug 11, 2008 Kimberly rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Shari
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,...more
Angela
A Christian fiction book that I really liked! PK and ex-party animal, Harriett, surrounds herself with ministering to elderly people in order to not be tempted to return to her old bad habits. But when her church hires a church consultant to help grow the congregation, Harriett finds herself confronted anew with her past and temptation. Maddox McCray, PK and ex-party animal himself, understands Harriett even better than she understands herself. A very poignant story about not only accepting God'...more
Miranda  Hanchar
I loved this book! It's really good.
Billie Jo
I really enjoyed this book, it had a very believable story line and realistic characters. Harriet's character really appealed to me as a reader, most of us have all had our moments where we felt the need to rebel and find our path in life,I liked that she turned her life around and wanted to help other women.Very insightful moments about the inner workings of the church and the politics involved. Harriet was an all or nothing type of person and i loved her spirit from the very beginning to the e...more
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