Just because Adda Sinclaire writes best-selling romances doesn't mean she lives one! Adda can't shake the feeling that something's missing from her life---not her ex-husband, who ran off with another author and took their dog with him. And not a current beau. It couldn't be Jesus---or could it? 416 pages, softcover from NavPress.
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Review 1 for Stealing Adda
Funny,surprising,and my favorite book!
Date:April 22, 2011
The first book I read by Tamara was Faking Grace last year on my birthday. Ever since I have collected every book by her. Including Stealing Adda. Which-before I read Splitting Harriet-won itself the title my favorite book. I could totally relate to Adda(since I wanna be a author and I give people not-so-flattering nicknames). And it was hilarious! And though I LOVE books that tickle my funny bone. But Stealing Adda gave me more than a laugh. It let me look at how I was living. That people-such as non-Christains-were watching me. That the reputation for every Chistain was on my shoulders and that I CAN forgive and have to think before I act. And though I read that book a few months ago I'm still working on it. So anyway get this book,enjoy it,and I'll see you in the bookstore in July buying Tamaras newest novel! Which is "Restless in Carolina" by the way.;)
Ok, it's time to officially add Tamara Leigh to my list of favorite authors! I love her stories, her style, and her fabulous sense of humor. Her books fall a little bit into the chick-lit genre and a little bit into the romance genre, but by the time I finish one, I'm a fan of the "I-don't-care-what-you-call-it-it's-so-good-I-wanna-read-it-again" genre. (Wow, what a mouthful!)
I became a fan of Tamara's right after reading Splitting Harriet (which was just as great of a read as this one). But before reading this book, I honestly had no clue that Tamara Leigh had once been a successful, mainstream romance author. After I read Stealing Adda (along with a few book reviews of it, too), the light bulb went off in my head that this book very easily could've been her journey through the world of writing. Everything was so spot on--the deadlines, the writing conferences, the agent phone calls, the best-seller lists, the red pen of death from the editor--that I felt like I was in the midst of all that drama right beside Adda.
But let me tell ya...that just barely scratches the surface about how great this book was! I cannot believe how many times I could not stop laughing! And I'm not talking about a little chuckle, either. I'm talking about LOL funny! Adda had these very "unique" names for people (mostly for people she didn't like) that summed them up to a T. "Stick Woman" was a personal favorite of mine, as well as Adda's friend, "Puffer"...better known as Joyce. "Prim" and "Improper" stole the show a few times, too. :o)
As great as the humor was, the romance was enough to make me weak in the knees. Goo.... (you'll know what I mean after you read it for yourself). :o) "Chocolates" was every girl's dream guy, even if he had a tendency to be non-committal a good portion of the time. The chemistry between him and Adda was the kind that would have you imagining fireworks in the background...it was that good!
But seriously....this book is the kind of book I would give to someone that wants a great story, but maybe they're not a Christian. It showed the journey from non-believer to believer in a very real way that wasn't preachy or "church-ey." Instead, the Christian characters that were featured had a genuine faith that was just part of their personality. They weren't trying to witness every 5 minutes, or saying "I'll pray for you" all the time. They lived their faith by example instead of trying to cram it down your throat. What a refreshing change. :o)
So, with all that said, I think there should be a Tamara Leigh Fan Club, and I very seriously doubt that I would be the only member! Anyone else wanna join? (Er....maybe we should ask Tamara what she thinks first.....)
I have read one other book by this author, Faking Grace, and didn't think much of the first book but Stealing Adda was great. In fact after reading this book I will definitely be looking into other books written by this author. It was a funny book and had a great plot.
This was one of the funniest chick lit books I've read. Tamara Leigh has definitely made her mark in the Christian chick lit scene and she's become one of my new favorite authors. The story is wonderfully written, fresh, hip and informative. I really felt for Adda as she has to put up with her writing rival who is also her ex-husband's new wife. I could not stand those two and what they did to her. I think this may be the first (and probably only time) that I've seen the name Dick used as an insult in a Christian fiction book but not in a bad way (if you get what I'm saying). I cracked up during that scene. I will admit that she handled the situations a lot better than I would. The relationship with Nick was wonderful, I absolutely loved the chemistry between them. I enjoyed reading about what it's like to be an author. It was fun learning about the writing process, the brainstorming, the writer's block. I also liked reading about what it's like to be on the bestseller's list and attending conferences. What I found most interesting was after reading this book, I was searching online and came across an article involving two major romance novelists. The story was the same where one writer plagiarized the other's works. However I don't think they had quite the same experiences that Adda vs. Stick Woman did! This is a fast paced book that you won't want to stop reading. There's lots of laughs in this book so I wouldn't recommend reading it in public because people are going to look at you strange for cracking up in the middle of reading. VERY highly recommended.
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Review 5 for Stealing Adda
Date:May 18, 2006
Once upon a time, in a big, big city, there was a romance writer whose life had absolutely no resemblance to anything she wroteStealing Adda by author Tamara Leigh is a story about a romance novelist with a woefully mixed up take on relationships. Adda Sinclair is a New York Times bestselling author who seems incapable of developing the kind of intimacy she so easily writes about but so desperately desires in her own life. Adda finds herself battling writer's block, nail biting, and a hidden attraction to a tall, dark man who also happens to be her new publisher (read: forbidden fruit). The story is a riot of misadventure and comic slapstick as Adda stumbles from one mind-boggling scene to another.Adda's arch-nemesis - dubbed the "Stick Woman" haunts her at every turn: at restaurants, writers' conferences, and at bookstores where her own romance novels compete for shelf space. Stick Woman steals Adda's husband and her dog, then has the audacity to accuse Adda of plagiarizing one of her own books. During the course of the story Adda learns that to forgive is divine, but to downright despise someone is totally human. This novel has a unique storyline, great delivery, and characters you can really sink your teeth into (if you're into that sort of thing). Stealing Adda is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into Tamara Leigh's next novel.
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Review 6 for Stealing Adda
Date:April 9, 2006
J. M. Hochstetler
Tamara Leighs Stealing Adda is a scream. If only more Christian chick-lit were this funny--with characters that walk off the page to become real people you care about--Id read more of it. Adda Sinclair is a divorced romance writer whos struggling to find her way to faith--and to forgiving those who have hurt her--while simultaneously dealing with the unscrupulous rival who stole her husband, her unprincipled ex, a demanding agent, and the vicissitudes of the romance publishing industry. The latter includes Nick Farnsworth, the chocolate-eyed hunk of a publisher whos trying to steal her from the competition. Oh, what a tale of romance and vindication! I loved it! This is the first book by Ms. Leigh that I've read, and Ill definitely be looking for more.
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Review 7 for Stealing Adda
Date:March 20, 2006
I Absolutely LOVED This Book! What's not to love about Adda Sinclaire? From her fingernail polish obsession to her handling of her jaded agent, ex-husband and arch-nemisis, Adda had me laughing, cheering, crying, and dreaming! This book is hilarious (the laugh out loud kind), witty, creative and well-written with a great cast of characters and wonderful storyline...especially loved Prim & Improper. Tamara Leigh has hit one out of the park with Stealing Adda and I cannot wait to read more from this very talented author. As a romance reader, I was happy with the story and it's ending. As a Christian, I was happy with the story and it's ending...this book gave me all I wanted and then some. Highly recommended!
'Hilarious' doesn't come close to defining the sarcastic wit of Tamara Leigh. She's created one of the most unique heroines I've read in a long time. I laughed out loud into the wee hours of the morning unable to put it down. From the battles of her consciencewhich Adda nicknamed Prim and Improperto her search for faith, nothing is safe from Leigh's tongue-in-cheek humor. Poor Adda is the walking example of Murphy's Law, especially when Improper eggs her on. Using the publishing world as her backdrop, the stakes rise when Adda is accused of plagiarism by her arch-nemesis, Birgitta Rotha.k.a. Stick Woman. But mirth reigns throughout the book, whether it's a love scene gone awry or snatching a handful of Stick Woman's hair, Tamara Leigh brings her readers along on a merry ride. She even handled the problem of cursing with humor. She merely bleeped them out. I got so tickled at the bleeps, I began to "hear" them (the bleeps, not the curses), as I'm sure Leigh intended. Weaving a search for faith into this side-splitter was well done and never out of character. Adda remained faithfully Adda, even as she tried to be otherwise. One of my favorite reads of this year. I'm still giggling as I write this. Stealing Adda is a book I'll read again.
In Stealing Adda, author Tamara Leigh introduces us to Adda Sinclaire, a historical romance author who frequently tops the New York Times best seller list. For Adda, lifes workout only begins with her personal trainer! Shes facing down a serious case of writers block, while simultaneously finding herself hopelessly attracted to a man whos impossible to understand, and, on top of all that, her lacquered nails need another fresh coat of polish. Witty and originally written with clever inner monologue, the story of Addas progression to discovering God is not sappy, stretched, or overdone. Full of wonderful character development and a plot spiced with some fun twists, Stealing Adda is tasteful and leaves the reader wanting more. I was skeptical at the beginning, but found myself charmed as the page numbers flew by. This book would be a plus for any library. A refreshing antidote to the typical romance novel, Leighs latest novel avoids the trap of running readers from one kiss to the next and really focuses on Addas rather humorous struggle in the pursuit of truth, both for her writings and for her life. -- Lauren L. Steigerwald, Christian Book Previews.com
New York Times best selling romance writer Adda Sinclaire suffers from an authors worst illness, a severe case of writer's block, which she wonders if is partially caused by her hate of her ex husband Richard dont call me Dick Demarco and the Stick Woman. Dick ran off with Addas rival Birgitta Roth, whose sales have been much lower, but her deals much better than Addas has been.<P>Adda meets her new publisher Nick Farnsworth and finds she is attracted to him but since she was burned in marriage she never again even though Nick likes Adda. However both try to adhere to the maxim of not mixing office romances with real romances. When Stick Woman accuses Adda of plagiarizing her work, Nick assumes the worst of the first woman that has interested him in years. Though she knows the truth, Adda is upset by his rejection and the accusations so she hides trying to regroup. While recovering her balance, she receives a gift, a copy of the Bible and soon turns to Jesus for solace and begins to consider turning the other cheek when it comes to Stick Woman make that Birgitta.<P>Chick lit readers will appreciate this fine look at an author struggling with stress caused by deadlines and writers block. Addas asides about her nemesis, her ex, her publisher, and ultimately Jesus showcase her metamorphosis from a prideful soul into a caring believer. The changes in her makeup seem genuine as evident of Stick Woman becoming Birgitta Roth, but the religious elements seem more like an overlay on top of a fine contemporary romance.<P>Harriet Klausner