Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh is a beautiful look into honesty, forgiveness and coming home. In the novel the main character, Piper Wick (aka Pickwick), left her home in Pickwick, NC, without looking back. She got rid of her accent, her family name, her family, and she found a new life for herself as a rich public relations consultant in Los Angeles. She is even dating the 'perfect' U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler. All of a sudden Piper's routine life style is interrupted by her uncle's bout of conscience. He has decided to change his will and make amends to four generations worth of misdeeds. However, that would include the airing of the family's dirty laundry - something high profile Piper cannot afford. When Piper arrives in Pickwick, she is unprepared for her uncle Obe's handsome gardener? And just who is this Axel Smith? With thousands of new questions and doubts buzzing through her head, Piper is about to discover that only the truth can set her free.
Tamara's first novel in the Southern Discomfort series is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Full of hilarious situations and heart squeezing choices, Leaving Carolina was an altogether completely relaxing read. I enjoyed watching the characters develop and learn from their mistakes, and I also calm flow of the novel as it moved through Piper's weeks at Pickwick and the new realizations and accidents she went through. I wholeheartedly recommend Leaving Carolina and the rest of the Southern Discomfort series to any reader who is looking for a heartwarming Southern tale of forgiveness and family.