She’s all about going green. Could he be her white knight—or will he make her see red?
Tree-huggin’, 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 shed 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 there are things Bridget doesn’t know about J. C., and it could mean the end of everything she’s worked for…and break her heart.
This is a book about letting go, in more ways than one. We have characters that need to let go of grief, and of vengeance. Sadly, we also have an elderly relative who is gradually letting go of his mental faculties with the onset of dementia. Bridget needs to move on after the death of her husband, Easton, and J C is a determined businessman with plans of his own regarding the Pickwick estate. Somehow, they form a tentative relationship but misunderstandings and omissions get in the way of their ‘happily ever after.’
Despite the seriousness of the main plot lines, there are moments of brevity. Leigh’s characters have their own idiosyncrasies that shine through. The Pickwick clan is so eclectic they can barely spend time in the same room together. Then there is the amusing little scene that starts when Miles, Bridget’s nephew, announces, “She’s dead,” except he’s not talking about a human or a permanent death either. It would appear that opossums don’t like being forced into doll clothes by five year old girls. Finally, Piper, Bridget’s cousin, notes that J C looks like television star Simon Baker. Cue me imagining J C with blond curly hair and wearing a three piece suit!
This is the third of the Pickwick series. Each book focuses on a different Pickwick cousin. Knowledge of the previous two is useful due to references to past events.
Page Count: 342
Publication Date: 19 July 2011
I received my free copy of Restless in Carolina from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging For Books program in exchange for an honest review.