Perfecting Kate

3 Dec

Perfecting Kate

Tamara Leigh

Publisher: Multnomah Publishers

Publication Date: 2007

Paperback: 404 pages

Book Blurb:

Kate’s Creed: Thou shalt embrace singledom and be unbelievably, inconceivably happy.

Yeah, right.

Kate Meadows is a successful San Francisco artist looking for a nice, solid Christian man. So when not one, but two handsome men bachelors enter her orbit in rapid succession, her head is spinning just a bit. Michael Palmer is a hunky and famous makeup artist who actually seems to be flirting with her—rather than her physically flawless roommate, Maia. Trouble is, he keeps handing her business cards from various beauty professionals and plastic surgeons. Is he trying to stamp out every last but of self-esteem she has?

Then there’s Dr. Clive Alexander, good-looking enough to be mistaken for Brad Pitt, who sends Kate’s pulse skittering every time he comes near. Too bad he’s only interested in her work—and doesn’t think she’s much to look at. It’s enough to send a girl running for her paint-spattered, relaxed-fit jeans and swearing off mean altogether! But after undergoing a makeover from Michael’s staff,  Kate can’t be oblivious to the admiring glances men throw her way. Maybe she should try contacts…consider some fancy dental work…and you know, that mole really could stand to go. The question now is, what kind of work will Kate do on herself…and who exactly is she trying to please?

Stand alone or series: Stand alone. Tamara Leigh’s first four books out in the inspirational/Christian fiction world are stand alones. I’ve read three out of the four and have the last sitting upstairs in my office, waiting for me. I’ve loved every one so far. Since then she’s written two series: Southern Discomfort, a modern tale that looks in line with her first four in Christian fiction, and the Age of Faith series, a medieval time travel romance that hearkens back to her pre-Christian romance days as a medieval romance writer for Bantam books.

Why I read this book: If you couldn’t tell from above. I love this author! Her character’s are funny, strong women who develop in faith and become much stronger, really just rockin’ women by the end. And of course, she’s got some great, skin-tingling heroes to sweep them off their feet.


Most women, at least my girlfriends and I, have things we’d like to fix about ourselves. For example, I could really use some extensions and a miracle treatment to make my unruly waves fall into place and if that constellation of zit scars on my forehead would go away that would be just peachy. But Kate takes self-improvement to a whole new level. As of late, she’s let herself go a bit, but a few too many stinging comments about her appearance send her rocketing off in the wrong direction. Once she gets a taste of the positive reaction she receives for her jazzed up look, she goes a bit nutty with self-improvement “quick fixes”. But the zipping and zapping isn’t done to please herself, it’s done for her makeup artist, constantly-surrounded-by-gorgeous-women boyfriend…ish. But for every one procedure she does he give her three more business cards for others, that would make her the “perfect woman”.

If that’s not bad enough, emotionally unavailable Dr. Hotness in the form of Clive Alexander is constantly showing up and setting her off balance. Sometimes quite literally. She fights her attraction for the good doctor while working alongside him to pull of the biggest job she’s yet hand in her artistic career: the new wing of the children’s burn unit. While she’s happy to help children like Jessica, who tug at her heartstrings, being around so many little ones brings its own issues. Kate cannot have children.

If finding Mr. Christian Right wasn’t hard before, try doing it with being able to provide a “little Junior”. Having been rejected again and again in the past for what she couldn’t give she’s reluctant to open up again for the pain it could cause, but the pain if she waits threatens to be greater. Kate struggles to trust God to bring the right man to her, a man that could forego biological children. In fear of what He’ll say, she’s stops asking about the boys because she doesn’t want to know the answer.

I know I’ve done the same. I didn’t want to know the answer, I wanted to do it my way. But I learned, as Kate learned, that God knows best. Trust and faith are at the center of the novel and parallels she draws between herself and God are fresh and altered at least my view on the subject.

As ever, I loved the spunky, slightly nutty main character. The writing was quick and snappy. The beginning didn’t grab me quite as much as Faking Grace, but once the ball got rolling I had trouble putting it down. The plot is fairly predictable… just by the back cover who do you think she’s going to end up with? But with Leigh the journey is always worth the read. I would, as with her other books, recommend this to any girlfriend. Enjoy!


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