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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Perfect Imperfections by Taryn Leigh - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Sarah leaves her home in London behind in a hurry, she's traumatized and heartbroken and her bad memories are giving her nightmares. She moves back to South Africa, the country of her youth, where her best friend Katy lovingly takes her in, so Sarah has a chance to heal. Together with her brother Edward, Katy makes sure Sarah can face life again. She slowly begins building a social life and restarts the business that brought her success in the past. Will Sarah find happiness in her future?

When Sarah finally thinks she's free and ready to face challenges again her past catches up with her. She's forced to make a choice, will she be strong enough to handle all the difficulties that are being thrown at her? Will she become the person she's always wanted to be and can she let people in again? Is it possible for someone who loves her with all his heart to break down Sarah's walls, so she'll have a chance to discover that love can also be wonderful?

Perfect Imperfections is a beautiful moving story. Sarah is struggling, she's devastated and her grief is making it difficult for her to make plans and go out. In South Africa she always felt treasured and wanted and that is exactly what she needs. Katy and Edward are wonderful people and Sarah finds out what being appreciated and loved for who she is truly means. I loved how deep and natural their connection is and enjoyed every single page I read about this amazing friendship. For me that made Perfect Imperfections really special.

Taryn Leigh describes the gorgeous South African settings she's chosen for her story in a fantastic vibrant way. Her obvious love for the places she writes about is making her story shine. Perfect Imperfections is an emotional story, but it never becomes too heavy, because she makes room for the good parts of life as well as the bad and there's a great balance between the two. I loved the plot line of her book and the ending made me smile. Perfect Imperfections is a terrific endearing, charming and sweet novel that I highly recommend.


If you love emotional stories about friendship and true love, Perfect Imperfections would be a perfect choice.

About Taryn Leigh

My name, Taryn-Leigh, is actually my first name, given to me by my mother.

While pregnant with me she read a book where the main characters name was Taryn-Leigh, and she decided to name me after this character she fell so in love with.

Being an only child I found reading a welcomed way of escaping into a phenomenal world. My first experience with books was Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree. She had me hooked and soon all my school days were spent with my nose buried in books.

My love for writing grew and so I explored this further by writing on various topics on three different blogs I developed and hosted over the years.

One night while falling asleep the plot to Perfect Imperfections came to me, and I woke up and immediately began writing out the plot. So began my journey to become an Author, with my novel being published by Olympia Publishers in March 2017 in the UK.

I now spend my days working in my day job, while dreaming up plots of books I’m writing in my spare time. I live in Pretoria, South Africa, with my husband, son and two cocker spaniels.

I absolutely love connecting with my readers via social media, and I would love to hear from you. Please also send me pictures of you reading my book, and chat to me about your thoughts of the story line and characters I love so much.

My mission is to write the type of books, who’s characters leave such lasting impression on you, that you are even willing to name your children after them, like my mom did.



1) Can you tell a little bit about yourself?

I was born & rasied in South Africa, and still live here with my husband and son. My love for books started in school with all my lunch breaks being spent curled up in the school library. Having read books by so many other authors, I always dreamt of writing my own novel. I started off blogging, as a way of expressing myself creatively through words. 

2) Can you describe the main characters of Perfect Imperfections in seven words each?

Oh wow, I will try my best to stick to seven words.

Sarah - The main character - is: Broken, loyal, creative, cautious & a survivor!

Katy is: A trustworthy friend, fun, spontaneous, and a go getter.

Edward is: Dependable, honest, trustworthy, caring and full of suprises

Kevin is: Dedicated, supportive, hard working, loyal and intelligent

Jake is: Protective, a chancer, strong and determined

Lilly is: A narcissist, jealous, self obsessed with low self esteem

Adam is: Foolish, cold hearted, cruel, pretty much the scum of the earth (oops too many words lol)

3) Friendship is an important part of your story, what does true friendship mean to you?

Friendship to me is commitment, and dedication. Its knowing that there is someone on earth that you can rely on to hold your hand no matter what.

I've been blessed with some amazing friends, and I've used this story to share some of their best traits.

4) Your descriptions of the South African settings in your book are amazing, why have you chosen to write about these particular places and do you have a special connection to them?

I live in South Africa, and was born and raised in Durban, where most of the story is based. All the places I mention are real places, that hold dear memories for me. For example the house in the Drakensburg mountains is the farm house where my childhood friend Amy, and her family, would invite me to for school vacations. We have many happy memories spending our childhood there.

5) How did you prepare to write the difficult emotional scenes of your story?

To be honest those scenes still haunts me, because Sarah is so real to me, as if I know her in real life. So I didnt need to prepare for it as such, because her emotions were my emotions from the day the story came to me. Her pain in that time I was writing those scenes, were so intense for me, that I struggled to go back and read what I had written. Just thinking of it, makes my insides turn. 

6) You love to read, where does your love for books come from?

My grade one school teacher suggested to my mom that she takes me to the library to improve my reading skills.

When I walked in, I felt so at home, and the remainder of my life at school was spent there in the library. It was a safe haven for me, especially as I was an introvert growing up.

My mom would also read to me each night as I fell asleep, or she would make up these elaborate stories. It helped me imagine my own. 

7) How did your writing journey start?

I had tried many times to write a story but it never felt right. One night while falling asleep, the plot to Perfect Imperfections came to me, and I immediately fell in love with it, and wrote out the plot. Over the span of a year I began writing the book. 

8) How do you combine working a day job with a busy family life and writing stories?

Wow, I wish I could balance it better. For me, I need long periods of time to write undisturbed, because I get so engrossed in the characters. So I try to use days where I am alone to write. Otherwise, I have to try to make time. Its tough.

9) Do you have a writing routine and if so where and how do you write?

I have to be in the right frame of mind to write. So for example, if Im angry, I tend to write an angry scene.

So I try to get my mind in the space it needs to be for the chapter I'm writing, and then I lock myself away somewhere, even a restaurant is fine, as long as I'm left alone in my world of the characters.

10) What are your plans for the future? 

To keep writing for sure! I am eager to get done with my next book. I also love connecting with my readers, and they can find me on social media


Two very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of Perfect Imperfections by Taryn Leigh.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. What a wonderful story of friendship and love and such a wonderful title.

  2. Overcoming situations that frightened her in the past, Sarah goes back to a safe place. She gets better with the help of her friends. The book cover isn't at all like what is in the story. I thought it would have to do with a present or wrapping things up and presenting them with a bow.

  3. Perfect Imperfections sounds like a beautiful story that depicts the power and importance of female friendship, demonstrated by two characters who are there for each other, providing comfort, support and encouragement.

  4. This book sounds awesome! Great Interview

  5. What an awesome story! Wonderful interview!

  6. Interesting cocktail of character s!

  7. Love the concept thanks for the review xx

  8. I love the seven words used to describe each character.

  9. The book sounds great, I'd love to read it.

  10. Beautiful book cover, so attractive!

  11. The blurb! I love it. I am so reading this book.

  12. for the most part Ive always imagined south africa to be a beautiful place so it will be lovely to read this and get a feel for the beautiful imagery and goings on and I love your name. :)

  13. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

  14. This books sounds very emotional! Nice interview! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thank you for the chance, i'd love to read it :)

  16. I'd love to read your book - Katy sounds like a nice character, a good friend to have.

  17. Interesting story! I would love to read it. Thank you for great giveaway,xxx

  18. The story in this books sounds great, as do the characters, would love to read this

  19. Sounds a good book - full of emotions.

  20. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  21. This book sounds great, would love to read

  22. Sounds a great read and look forward to being transported to South Africa whilst I am following the journey. I must admit I laughed, in a good way, that your influences include Karen Swann and Enid Blyton. Nothing like a mix but some of Enid's children books would have made great adult books with a bit of tweaking here and there so makes perfect sense.

  23. Thanks, Taryn, for sponsoring this giveaway with your book. It was also very interesting to read an interview with you.

  24. The story sounds lovely and inspiring, as well as the interview. The emotional scenes with those characters in the story would be very interesting to read.

    Talking about Enyd Blyton, i become nostalgic, because i buried my self in her books when i was a child. She was very popular amongst children in my home country at that time. ❤

    Thank you for this book review, interview and giveaway.

  25. This books looks great! Can't wait to lay my hands on it and enjoy��

  26. Oh, I remember The Faraway Tree! I loved the Saucepan Man!