As a transplant to Nashville, I have experienced the cultural Christian phenomenon. Living in the buckle of the Bible belt, you find those people who put on the outward appearances of being Christian: the right clothes, the Bible and Bible cover and the church attendance that is simply to see and be seen. I know the meaning behind the phrase, “Bless his/her heart.” It’s these Christians who haven’t experienced the true grace of God. While all Christians are human and have problems and failures in their lives, those who know that grace push through those trials and come out stronger on the other side. Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh explores all of this and then some.
Maizy Grace Stewart has moved to Nashville to start over but working at a local paper only part time is not paying the bills. In attempt to land a job at as an Editorial Assistant at a local publishing company that only hires Christians, Maizy picks up a book and creates a five step plan to becoming a Christian (which includes going by her middle name, Grace). This five step plan is all about the appearances. On the day of her interview, Maizy meets Jack, a man who seems to see right through her charade. What Maizy Grace doesn’t expect are the friendships and the deeper faith that she is gaining through her new job. When the paper asks Maizy to do a full time investigative piece on the hypocrisy of her coworkers, she is torn between her newfound faith and friends and the promise of a full time job and a return to what she believes is her dream. Will her faith help her make the right decision?
I love Tamara Leigh’s male characters. They are strong, honest and know what they want from the start. Where are these men in my life? While they have their own struggles, they are open and honest about them. The focus is really on the female characters and their transformation but you can’t help but fall in love with the hero. Leigh is becoming a favorite of mine.
I give this book four and a half out of five stars.
****Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing has provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I have not been compensated in any way for either a negative or a positive review.