Book Review: Leaving Liberty by Virginia Carmichael

Title:  Leaving Liberty

Author:  Virginia Carmichael

Publisher:  Gumbo Books

Published:  June 12, 2013 (ebook)

Genre: Romance 
At eighteen, Daisy McConnell left Liberty, Colorado and never looked back. The only bright spot in a childhood of neglect and loneliness was the town librarian, Marie. Now settled as a teacher in sunny Fresno, Daisy does her best to forget everything about Liberty including her drunk father, her MIA mother, and the town she hated with every beat of her heart.

Lane Bennett’s life as a small town cop is pretty close to perfect. He’s got his dog, a pretty date when he needs one, and plenty of time to fish on the weekends. No other place can compare to his hometown and he’s happy to devote his life to keeping the folks of Liberty safe. When Marie passes away, Lane knows one of the best parts about living in Liberty is gone, along with the old Carnegie library. It needs repairs the city can’t afford and the city managers won’t pay the new flood insurance. It’s too bad but safety comes first.

When Daisy comes home for Marie’s funeral and hears the only safe place she knew as a child is going to close, she refuses to let it happen. She hatches a plan to save the old library, run the summer reading program,
and keep Marie’s legacy alive.

Nothing can go wrong with this plan… Only that she’s renting Lane’s cabin, he’s winning her heart, her dad wants to reconcile, and it just won’t stop raining. By the time the river jumps the banks, there’s a whole lot more drama going in Liberty than a spring flood. The town pulls together to save the library, the quilt holds a startling secret, and two young people in love must decide if NEVER really means FOREVER.

She once vowed never to come home and he’s vowed never to leave. Daisy and Lane discover together that true love happens when you least expect it and you should ‘never say never’ in Liberty.

Leaving Liberty is the first book that I have read by this author, and I am glad that I found it.  I was looking for something ‘light’ to read, and found it on for .99.   The book description sounded good, and the main reason I chose to read is because I loved the cover!  The cover says to me, “come on in and stay awhile!”

I enjoyed the story because the characters were believable and down to earth.  The town of Liberty is a place I would love to live (even though it is a fictional town).  It is small, beautiful and everyone knows the others business, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

This book made me laugh, and made me tear up a few time too!  I would say that the author achieved what she wanted, when the reader feels something for her characters.

Daisy McConnell is strong and independent, but she also carries around a lot of anger towards her father, Rocky.  When Daisy was growing up Rocky was an alcoholic and mostly absent in her life.  I would have liked to have seen the author develop the relationship between Daisy and her father more.  With that said, it didn’t take away from the story.

Lane Bennett is strong, and handsome (which is mentioned many, many times throughout the book).  He is a policeman in the small town of Liberty, and has had his fair share of traumatic experiences and heartache.

I enjoyed watching the relationship between Daisy and Lane develop.  Leaving Liberty is a story about love, second chances, faith and forgiveness.  It is also a story about a town that comes together to try to save the one place they all love, the Carnegie Library.

I read somewhere that this book is a Christian Romance, but this book does not come off preachy or anything like that.  If you enjoy a good, clean romance, with great characters, then this book is probably something you will enjoy!


4 stars
Rating:  4  Stars


Content:  Clean


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  1. This sounds like my kind of book!

  2. Sounds like a good book. Have to find time to read it.