First Line Friday: The Red Ribbon

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am happy to be featuring The Red Ribbon (True Colors: Historical stories of American crime). Take a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains and explore the romance and mystery of one of the biggest tragedies to strike Virginia in 1912, when an old feud explodes in Carroll County. A kiss started it all! Be sure to pick-up a copy today to enjoy!

December 1911
The coming dusk cast gray shadows across the box-shaped buildings of Main Street, Hillsville, as Ava Burcham kept a vigilant watch toward Bever Dam Road.

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A Match for Emma (Mitchell’s Crossroads #3) by Pepper Basham

Synopsis:

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?

A Match for Emma (Mitchell’s Crossroads #3)

My Thoughts:

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!

(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

PepperBashamPepper 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.

A Match for Emma (Mitchell’s Crossroads #3)

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First Line Fridays: My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream by Pepper Basham. Pepper Basham eloquently captured the very essence of the Blue Ridge Mountains and warmly welcomed me home within the pages of this fantastic book. I loved this story and I seriously didn’t want it to end. CLICK HERE to see my full review!

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September 1918

          “He’s bringing nothin’ but trouble, Caroline McAdams. Make no bones about it.”

 

Hmmm… Seems to me like someone is trying to stir up some trouble. You won’t want to miss out on this fantastic story! Pre-order your copy today!

  My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream

 

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MyHeartIsInTheBlueRidge

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream by Pepper Basham

Synopsis:

Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins is uncle’s missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel’s imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel’s father’s drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?

  My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream

My Thoughts:

Pepper Basham eloquently captured the very essence of the Blue Ridge Mountains and warmly welcomed me home within the pages of this fantastic book. I loved this story and I seriously didn’t want it to end. The closer I got to the end of the book, the slower I read, savoring each word, each phrase! Opening the pages of this story and diving in, was like going home! I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and while I may not live there now, it is still home to me.

I’d love to sit down for a chat or get the chance to cook with Laurel McAdams. She is a strong young woman, filled with grace and courage. Her kindness to outsiders and her helpful nature is sure to draw you in. Laurel is open to new ideas and not afraid to stand up for what is right, even in the face of many who would choose to fiercely cling to tradition and superstition. She has big dreams and determination to see her way to fulfill those dreams!

Teacher, Jonathan Taylor comes to the Blue Ridge Mountains to escape the heavy-handed expectations of his father and to prove himself capable and worthy. But will his reasons to leave behind all he knew and immerse himself in a culture that is highly suspicious of anything new be enough to keep him teaching in the Blue Ridge Mountains?

I fell in love with these dynamic, engaging characters! I appreciated their growth in the story as well as the wisdom of the secondary characters that provided a welcome insight and encouragement.

There is plenty of excitement to enjoy. From a mountain lion encounter, a brutal snowstorm, a couple of disgruntled mountain men, larceny, saving a child with a severe allergic reaction, and much more! You are sure to find an exciting plot-line, delightful characters, all set in a beautiful setting. I give this story 5-enthusiastic stars and encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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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.

 

  My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream