Restless in Carolina is the latest title from Tamara Leigh. Like her most recent books, this is set in a small town in North Carolina. Bridget is a young widow who is still angry with God for taking her husband four years ago. While the rest of her family seems to be settling down and marrying, Bridget is tasked with selling the family homestead for her uncle Obe, who is showing signs of early-onset dementia.
If that isn’t enough for one woman to cope with, she’s also attracted to the two men vying to purchase the family homestead, her mother needs her help watching her five year old niece and nephew, and her mother’s help isn’t the best. Is it time to put off her widow’s clothes and rejoin the living?
The plot has many twists as we learn more about the characters and watch the two competitors vie to purchase the family homestead. Neither J.C. Dirk nor Caleb Merriman are exactly what they seem at first. Then again, Bridget, who runs a nursery and keeps an opossum for a pet, is not the petit southern belle she pretends to be when she first visits J.C. Dirk.
Leigh has strong, colorful characters who are far from perfect. For example, she does a good job portraying Bridget’s anger with God and her struggle with accepting Him as a loving father when she lost her husband at such a young age.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program for this review.