Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.
When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.
With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?
What a super fun story! Pepper Basham’s town of Ransom is such a delightful place to visit, filled with charming characters that are so realistic you feel like you are right there with them! Woven into the very fabric of this story is a reminder of forgiveness and grace, not only for others, but also a reminder of the importance of forgiving yourself.
Vivacious and full of big dreams, Emma has a big heart and wants to see others happy and in love. She loves to cook up delicious, mouth-watering meals as well as cook-up plans for a happily-ever-after for those nearest and dearest to her heart. She has good intentions, but will she take her match-making ideas too far?
When Jon Noble returns to Ransom to help his ailing father, his long-standing friendship with Emma picks right up as if he never left. But as their close friendship starts to change, and challenges arise, will it push them together or pull them apart?
I greatly enjoyed reading Emma and Jon’s story! With realistic characters that grow throughout the story, a beautiful setting, laughter, fun and a gentle reminder of God’s grace. This is a story that has earned a place on my keeper shelf!
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About the Author
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.