01 December 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews FAKING GRACE by Tamara Leigh

Faking Grace

Faking Grace
Tamara Leigh; 2nd Edition (September 24, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****
Discovering grace and faith while faking it!

Take a deep breath before you begin reading the effervescent ‘Faking Grace’, because once you do you’ll inhale it so fast and laugh so hard, you’re liable to choke! This entertaining, heart-warming, and at times quite emotive tale, showcases a young woman’s jarring journey into what being a genuine Christian is all about.

Maizy Grace works part-time at a Nashville newspaper with aspirations to become an Investigative Journalist, but until she gets her big break, Maizy needs a second job to help pay the bills. So when she spies a part-time position at Steeple Side Christian Resources for a ‘committed Christian’, Maizy decides to brush up on how to look the part by reading ‘The Dumb Blonde’s Guide to Christianity’. What ensues is a hilarious and priceless comedy of blunders as Grace fakes her way into employment and then strives to maintain the fa├žade on the job.

Providing a thorn in her side is the handsome Brit and Managing Editor Jack Prentiss, whom she first meets in the parking lot while attempting to straighten her Christian bumper sticker. That’s right, she’d only taped it on! Do his smirks and sarcasm mean he can see through her religious accessories, Jesus catch-phrases, and overly conservative fashion? If he doesn’t expose her as a fraud, then her own guilt might just do it. Things then go from bad to worse when Maizy’s newspaper boss insists that if she is to get ahead in journalism, she must dig up dirt on the staff at Steeple Side. As Maizy’s affections for Jack and her co-workers deepen, will it result in costing Maizy her new friends or her coveted career at the newspaper?

I’m in author-awe every time I read something by Tamara Leigh. A master wordsmith—her skill at penning stories rife with wit and vibrant dialogue, is unparalleled and a pleasure to read! As per usual, I fell in love with the quirky and endearing characters that graced the pages. But the fundamental message of personal integrity in ‘Faking Grace’, I believe is a great wake-up call for us all to get real before each other and God! Highly recommended!

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Newly Released, 2nd Edition - November 25, 2015

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50 comments:

  1. NOELA, Thank you for this FABULOUS review! FAKING GRACE sounds like a fun read. How often do we in our own lives fake it till we make it?! I am looking forward to reading this one. :)

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    1. Thanks heaps Caryl! You're so right... I think we all often fake it to an extent at times, but hey as long as we eventually make it! ;) I'm pretty sure I fake at being a writer often, lol. Seriously though, it's an awesome read Caryl and you will love it!!

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  2. Sounds like a "needs to read." Hope to win!

    Gpk1946 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Haha yes Phyllis... This definitely fits into the category of a 'needs to read' book! All the best!!

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  3. Yowsa! Thank you for the kind, heartfelt review, Noela! You made my day :)

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    1. Awesome!! :) Great to hear, thanks Tamara! And thanks for writing such wonderful stories, too!! Hugs!

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  4. This sounds like a delightful read and I have never read Tamara's books! Glad to have discovered her. I love humour in books, especially when you laugh out loud and everyone around looks at you funny :-)

    It is essential that we learn to laugh at ourselves!

    My Email is: info(at)melonyteague(dot)com

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    1. Melony, I think I can safely say that once you read one of Tamara's books, you'll be wanting to read them all!! :) And yes, in this particular collection of stories... There are quite a few laugh out (really) loud moments that will have people turning to stare! :-) I so hope you get to read this or another of Tamara's in the near future!

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    2. Melanie, I know all about people looking at me funny when I'm reading. Oh, and when I'm writing in public--just can't resist trying out those expressions I fasten on my characters' faces. Silly me :)

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  5. Thanks for the delightful review, my cohort. Sounds like such a fun read! What's so sad are the Christians who truly DO fake it -- live it for show, but their hearts are far away from God. I have met a few of those in my life. Quite a few, but I'm not their judge. Glad I'm not!

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    1. Thank you sweet cohort! :-) This book was honestly such a pleasure to read, and extremely satisfying and inspiring, as well. I know all to well what you mean, sadly. As the Bible says, 'you'll know them by their fruits..'

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  6. I've heard wonderful things about her books, especially the Age of Faith series. I have an author friend who positively raves over her! I've got to read her books soon! Thanks for sharing your thoughtful review!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Heidi, I'm with you in wanting desperately to read Tamara's Age of Faith series... I keep waiting for that elusive spare time to devote to this series!! Thanks Heidi and all the best!

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    2. Thank you, Heidi! I hope you'll give the first book in the Age of Faith series, The Unveiling, a try. It's free now :)

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  7. NOELA!!! I just discovered Tamara Leigh recently and LOVE her work, so toss my name in the hat for this one as well. LOVE the cover and LOVE the blurb, but it's YOUR seal of approval that closes the deal!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. JULIE, thank you so much, and I must make an important correction in the review... YOU my friend are one who clearly parallels Tamara in vibrant dialogue and wit!! Your name is in the hat!! :-) Hugs!

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    2. Aww, thanks, Julie! Very honored :)

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  8. I haven't read one of Tamara Leigh's books before. After reading your review I can't wait to get a copy. I can imagine the misadventures awaiting me while reading the book. Thank you for the chance to win this book.
    phoneticpanda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You'll absolutely love it, Kathy, and I think will find it easily exceeds any expectations!! Have fun!! :-)

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  9. I rarely enter a book drawing and never for a contemporary story--but this sounds so compelling I have to throw in my hat! belovedfranklin at msn dot com

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    1. I feel honored and blessed that I was able to inspire you Darlene, to read Tamara's 'Faking Grace'!! Here's hoping for a win!

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  10. I am not familiar with Tamara Leigh's writing but I sure would love to win this so I could become a fan. The description of this book makes it pretty certain that it would be very easy to do. Thanks for a fabulous review.

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    1. Thank you, Stella! And yes, I'm certain that you would immediately become a fan of Tamara's once you read this fabulous book!! :-)

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  11. Oh, forgot to leave my email. spotts06 at comcast dot net.

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  12. this book sounds like a delight to read! having read 3 of Tamara Leigh's books, I know she is an excellent choice of author. i especially love the time travel book. I would dearly love to add this book to my shelf of Tamara's books. :) redhvn56 at bellsouth dot net.

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    1. It certainly is a delight Jo-An and I so hope you get to read this one soon, too!! I adore Tamara's writing and only wish I had more time to read ALL of her incredible stories. One day!! :-)

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    2. Thank you, Jo-An! So glad you enjoyed Dreamspell. It's my "sleeper" book and very dear to my heart. Blessings ~ Tamara

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  13. I do enjoy a book that makes me laugh. This sounds fantastic.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Me too, Mary!! I loved how I was just happily reading and suddenly I'm laughing out loud! There was one part in particular I kept laughing every time I thought about it. Too funny! Such a great story. All the best, Mary!

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  14. Great review. I love a book that makes me laugh. I seem to be looking for more books like that lately. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Thanks Jan, and hey, don't we all need to laugh SO much more these days?!! This one will definitely do it for you!! :-) Blessings!

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  15. Wonderfuk review, Noela. This certainly needs to go on the 'to read' list!! Hope I win :)
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much Betti! Yes, this is one for the 'Must read' list even! lol I hope you win too!! How I wish we could gift everyone with this book!

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  16. Your beautiful fun review made me smile, Noela - as does the cover and blurb of "Faking Grace". Thank you!! And WOW - with raves from both you and Julie Lessman, (and Darlene Franklin wanting to read this book as well), I definitely must become acquainted with Tamara's writing!!

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    1. Oh yeah Bonnie, take it from us lol, Tamara Leigh is definitely one to get acquainted with!!! :-) Thanks, mate!

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  17. Wonderful review! I haven't read this author but I think it's time I did. Love a book that makes me laugh.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Pam! Oh yes, you will love Tamara's books!! And this particular series of books, are some of the funniest out there! All the best!

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  18. Noela, another wonderful review! You hit me with all the right words....so funny, I might choke? Well, in that case, I'm all in! I smiled the whole way reading through your review. So please put my name in the hat. Laughing Annie, justcommonly (at)gmail (dot)com

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    1. Just don't be eatin' when you're reading this book, that's all I'll say Annie!! ;) Haha glad I could make you smile. Tamara will not only make you laugh and smile, she might even bring on a few tears. But it all makes for an awesome and memorable read! Blessings to you!

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  19. Hello Noela. Great review. Of course you always give us great reviews. I would love to win Tamera's book. I agree lots of Christians seem fake by the way they act except on Sundays. Not good examples, but as you said GOD is the judge. I often remember the scripture that says GOD would rather us be cold than lukewarm. A hard one to swallow, but HE knows us better than we know ourselves. Sending (((Hugs))) to my special OWG girls. For some reason I've been having a hard time finding all of my favorite blogs. And, not been on as much as I used to be. Take care my sweet friends. GOD bless each of you. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I've been missing you Maxie, so glad you found your way back! Big hugs!! I love the scripture you quoted, it is a strong one but so important! I find that there are two groups of 'fakers'... One where the person doesn't know God personally at all and is just using Him and Christian-speak for gain. And then the other group that you mentioned... who maybe need a bit of revival in their spirits! I love how Tamara's book is already making us talk about and think on these things.. God bless you sweet Maxie!!

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  20. I have wanted to read these books by Tamara Leigh for quite some time, but have allowed other books to take precedent. I even had one checked out from the library at one point, but failed to read it before it needed returning. The new covers and your review have given "Faking Grace" a much needed boost. I think the previous covers didn't do them justice.

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    1. Thank you Terrill, that's awesome to hear! I completely agree about the covers... These new ones are so striking and definitely grab one's attention!! And please take it from me, these books of Tamara's are most definitely worth the read! :-) All the best!

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    2. Yay, Terrill! So glad to hear you like the new covers. They were fun to put together with my cover designer. Have a lovely day!

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  21. Sounds like a great read. I love the cover. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. It is Kim, and I hope you get to read it soon!! Agree about the cover! Blessings!

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  22. I've not read any of Tamara's books, but this sounds fun!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It sure is, Patty, and I sincerely hope you get to read and enjoy it soon!! All the best!

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