Stealing Adda

15 Oct

Stealing AddaTamara Leigh

Publisher: NavPress

Publication Date: 2006

Paperback: 464 pages

Book Blurb:

Writer’s block, nibbled nails, plagiarism, oh my! And did I mention romance?

Life for Adda Sinclaire, New York Times best-selling author and historical romance write extraordinaire, reads more like a country song than a breathless, bodice-bursting affair. For starters, she has no romance in her own life. That might have something to do with her husband—correction, ex-husband—running of with her rival, Stick Woman. To add insult to injury (and another verse to the country song), her ex not only took their dog but gave it to his new girlfriend. If that isn’t enough, Adda has come down with a horrible case of writer’s block, finds herself gifted with a Bible that is determined to speak to her, and is the unwitting target of a romance cover model’s misdirected advances. Just when she catches her breath, and quite possibly the eye of a certain fabulously good-looking man (ahem… her new editor), her arch-nemesis gives the pot one final stir.

Stand alone or series: Stand alone, so far my favs from Tamara Leigh… Then again I haven’t read her series yet.

Why I read this book: After reading Faking Grace I had to check out more by this author. She was just too good to not read more.


I really admire how Leigh can build a plot around a story we already know. The baseline of romances is boy meets girl, there are complications, boy gets girl. We all know this as soon as we read the blurb. So then how is it she has me squirming to see what happens next? The highly appreciate the twists and turns in this novel. Just when you feel the issues are getting resolved and don’t know how she’s going to fill the rest of the pages, she throws another curveball at you. I love it! I never feel bored in a Leigh novel and that’s what keeps me coming back.

Faith and Christianity are not as conspicuous in this novel as it was in Faking Grace because this novel is not set in the world of Christian publishing, but of bodice rippers (i.e. steamy secular romance novels). A bit of an odd setting for a Christian romance, I agree. But this, the first of Leigh’s Christian novels, is loosely based on the author’s life. She began her writing career with Bantam Books, publishing the bodice rippers that her main character Adda writes. With Leigh’s own conversion she felt the need to infuse her faith more and more into her novels, eventually switching to fully inspirational romances. So though faith and Christianity may not be as conspicuous in this novel it is still prominent, beginning in chapter one when an earnest, young “Bible-thumper” knocks on her door. The battle for her faith is fraught with agents, friends and of course the hot editor.

I love the witty voice consistent throughout the novel. I find myself laughing as much as I’m biting my nails. Don’t let the large number of pages scare you, this book flies by! And once you’re hooked, you won’t want to put it down. It just keeps getting better.



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