When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. As she goes through her aunt’s treasured possessions, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

My Thoughts:

You absolutely must get yourself a copy of this captivating story! So much emotion and engaging dialogue! Moments of sheer bliss and laughter. Moments of deep and poignant conversations, and of course the swoon-worthy kisses! I easily fell in love with these characters. I didn’t simply read this story, I experienced it.

Pepper Basham words paint beautiful, panoramic vistas. I felt like I could not only see the Blue Ridge Mountains but hear the sounds and smell the fresh air. I was able to travel back home to where I grew up, right in the pages of this story.

I enjoyed the mystery and uncovering the secrets from WWII that were discovered as Henry and Julia, our amateur sleuths pack up Aunt Millie’s house. What a treasure trove and an exciting discovery!

With lyrical elegance, this tender story of love is sure to weave its romantic melody around your heart and replay through your mind like an enchanting memory. Without a doubt, this story has earned every star imaginable and deserves a spot on your keeper shelf!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

pepperbarnsmile  Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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