Piper Wick left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina about twelve years ago. She shook the dust off her feet, did away with that drawl, changed her name slightly and made a new life for herself as a high powered PR consultant in LA. She is even “engaged to be engaged” to a picture-perfect U.S. congressman named Grant Spangler.
But all of Piper's happiness is now threatened by her reclusive uncle's bout of conscience. In the midst of a health scare, her uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations' worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all of the Pickwicks' secrets, including Piper's.
Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for a battle, though she is unprepared for Uncle Obe's rugged blue-eyed gardener. Who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is more than simply making financial restitution? And why can't Piper seem to stay on task? With the Good Lord's help Piper is going to discover that even though good PR might smooth things over, only the truth will set her free.
This was a great introduction to Tamara Leigh's writing. Leaving Carolina was so amazing, lighthearted and fun. I loved the characters and could totally imagine them in real life. And honestly this book would even make a nice, clean sitcom idea. Just seeing the cover makes one curious about what this is about. And while plowing through it you really discover the greatness that is Tamara's writing. Though some of the characters personalities you could do away with, that isn't real life, which actually makes the story more authentic. This is an amazing start to the Southern Discomfort Series.