Saturday, December 10, 2011

Restless in Carolina Book Review

I like to start my book reviews by giving you the excerpt that is on the back of the book then I explain my interpretation of what I read. This is what is from Restless in Carolina:

Tree hugging, 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 sheds her widow's weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family's estate - a Biltmore-inspired mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. With family obligations forcing the sale, Bridget is determined to find an eco-friendly developer to buy the land, someone who won't turn it into single-family homes or a cheesy theme park.

Enter J.C. Dirk, a high-energy developer from Atlanta whose green property developments have earned him national acclaim. When he doesn't return her calls, Bridget decides a personal visit is in order. Unfortunately, J.C. Dirk is neither amused nor interested when she interrupts his meeting - until she mentions her family name. In short order, he finds himself in North Carolina, and Bridget has her white knight - in more ways than one. But the things Bridget doesn't know about J.C. could mean the end of everything she's worked for.....and break her heart.

Now I have to admit this story sorta dragged a little in the beginning and it took awhile to catch on but it turned out okay. This is about a woman who lost her husband in an accident and after him being dead for four years, she still has not moved on and continually blames or berates God. In her mind she has to do something to keep reminding herself of her dead husband so she makes dreadlocks of her hair.

Bridget runs a nursery and lives in a mansion called Pickwick Mansion. She lives with her Uncle Obe who suffers from Dementia. He wants to make a right out of a wrong that was done from a great grandfather when he cheated in a card game and stole the estate of the Calhouns. Obe has decided he wants to give back the money that was cheated to any of the heirs that might still be alive.

In walks J.C. Dirk, who does not tell Bridget he is really a Calhoun out seeking revenge because his family was cheated (the C really stand for Calhoun). He comes to survey the land (he is a wealthy land developer)for Bridget. He plans to buy the property and develop it into an urban community but also wants to leave alot of the land as natural as possible. This makes Bridget and her Uncle Obe happy because now he can re-pay the Calhoun family the money owed them. All the while they do not know he is actually a Calhoun!

I am going to stop there because I don't want to give the whole book away. This is where the book finally begins to come to life and picks up speed. If you can get past the first couple of chapters the rest will keep you interested. I will tell you that Bridget finally does resolve her anger towards God for letting her husband die in that accident. Have fun reading!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


kindergartenbasics said...

I love your blog - very pretty and feminine. You go girl! Stopping by after seeing your comment on MommywithSelectiveMemory. Susan - her guest.