About the book:

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned.

​The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

My Thoughts:

There are many stories tucked into the hills and crags of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some stories lost to time, and others woven so deep that generations later the legend lives on. Pepper Basham brings one such story to light and breaths into it her unparalleled style and grace, and of course romance and sweet kisses.

I loved how Pepper Basham brings the setting to life. I felt like I was right there in the story, not only watching it play out in vivid details in my mind, but walking right in the story myself. The characters each bring their own unique charm and life to this story.

The many twists and turns had me holding my breath and rapidly turning pages to see what would happen next. While I did have my suspicions, I enjoyed watching it all unfold. I especially appreciated the levity that Granny Burcham brings to this story.

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

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 websiteFacebookInstagramPinterest, or Twitter.

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