First Line Friday: A Match for Emma

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

Today I am excited to be featuring A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham. This delightful story is set in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. With delightfully charming characters, and a beautiful setting you are sure to be charmed from the very first chapter. Click here to read my full review and be sure to add this book to your Goodreads list!

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          “Molly Caudwell needed the perfect match, and Emma Mitchell was the woman to give the newest waitress her very own happily-ever-after.”

 

This new story from Pepper Basham is scheduled to release this month, so be sure to pre-order you copy today!

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

 

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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?

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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)

  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)

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Cover Reveal – A Match for Emma by Pepper D. Basham

I am so excited to be able to join with Pepper Basham and share with you all the cover of her new book “A Match For Emma”. A Match for Emma is set to release on November 21, 2019. It will be available for preorder by the end of August.

Those who follow Pepper Basham on Facebook may have noticed all the fun cover reveal excitement this past week. We have enjoyed talking about various movies and voting on our favorites.

The big day has finally arrived and now I can share the cover with you! But first, let’s take a quick look at the back cover copy and read what the story is about, shall we?!

About the Book

back cover - A Match for Emma Could an unending scrabble match lead to an unexpected happily-ever-after?

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?

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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.

Character Spotlight & Giveaway with Pepper Basham

Anyone who has read the two books in The Mitchell’s Crossroads series by Pepper Basham – Twist of Faith & Charming the Troublemaker is familiar with Ma Mitchell. For those who may not be familiar yet with this delightful series, you can read my reviews for both books by clicking on the titles above.

I’ve invited Pepper Basham to visit today and share with us about Ma Mitchell and the inspiration behind her character. If we are lucky, we may even get a homespun family recipe!

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As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can learn more about her on her website, www.PepperDBasham.com or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

 

  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)

 

Without further delay, I’m going to turn things over to Pepper and let her share with you in her own words with us about Ma Mitchell. Please give Pepper a warm welcome!

Some characters come purely from imagination and some are born from real life.

Ma Mitchell in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series has a whole lot of real-life inspiration with some imagination sprinkled in.

The matriarch of the Mitchell clan, she’s an ever-present sounding board, wisdom giver, gentle voice, or firm director. She kind of reminds me of a mother hen gathering up her chicks, whether they were biologically hers or not.

Ma Mitchell creates an environment of welcome.

Of belonging.

And, boy oh boy, can she cook!

SpencerfamilyWhen I started daydreaming about the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, I drew from my background of being in a large and wonderful Appalachian family, headed by a beautiful matriarch. My Granny Spencer.

A young widow with six kids to raise, her strength, wisdom, and welcome became the root for her own family as well as many other people who were looking for a good meal, friendly company, a compassionate heart, and a listening ear.

meandgranny1forweb (1)My memories are too many to mention, but some of my favorites are having Sunday lunch at Granny’s house where above 25 people at a time would gather and fellowship. I was also one of Granny’s “yard hoppin’” buddies (went to yard sales with her). Another thing that was particularly special to me was listening to family history stories. She could recount back 5 generations or more. Amazing stuff – and more inspiration 😊

So as Ma Mitchell swelled from my imagination into reality, she began to look a whole lot like my Granny in personality, not so much in physical appearance. (I had to leave some imagination in there)

A couple of things readers have enjoyed about Ma Mitchell are:

  1. Her wisdom- she’s always giving advice in unique ways. Sometimes directly and sometimes through story/example. That’s definitely an Appalachian thing 😉 We love storytelling (true ones and not so true)
  2. Her kindness – she has a sweet way of drawing the lonesome ones into the family. From Dee to Alex (and more to come), Ma Mitchell opens her home and heart to help people find a place to belong. Her faith definitely shines out in both her wisdom and kindness.
  3. Her cooking – Yep, she’s feeding a ‘gang’, as she calls them. Any time you enter Ma Mitchell’s house, you’re going to smell something cooking, whether it’s Breakfast Bake, Pot Roast, or Apple cobbler.

In celebration of the release of Charming the Troublemaker and in memory of my Granny, I’m gonna share a few homespun recipes straight from Ma Mitchell’s table.

This recipe is from a 1920 family journal.

Jam Cake

½ cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
½ cup jam (of your choice)
½ cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg

Mix all ingredients well and bake in layers put together with caramel icing/filling

Caramel Filling
     3 cups brown sugar
½ cup sweet milk or cream
Butter the size of a small egg
Boil and stir until thick and flavor with vanilla

Homemade Doughnuts

1 c sour cream
1 c sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
A little salt, ginger and cinnamon and flour enough to make dough to roll.

Fry in hot fat (or oil in our case 😊)

Thank you, Pepper for stopping by and sharing with us about Ma Mitchell and about your own Granny Spencer. It is always a special treat to have you drop by for a visit!
I loved the photo’s you shared. They brought back happy memories I have of my own Grandma.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Pepper Basham is giving away 1 (one) digital copy of her book “Charming the Troublemaker.” Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Do you have a favorite family recipe and when did you last make it?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

*** Giveaway Ended ***

Congratulations to Chanel M.

 

Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2) by: Pepper Basham

Synopsis:

When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.
When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?

My Thoughts:

I am sure it comes as no surprise to my loyal blog followers that I am a huge fan of Pepper Basham’s books. I’ve been an avid reader of her stories from the first book, and I can honestly say that every book is a opportunity to not only to find oneself fully immersed in the life of the characters, but to discover your own personal challenge and growth.

Alex Murdock is such an charming, adorkable character. We first met him in Twist of Faith and I’m so glad that Pepper brought him back, so we could get to know him better! Under his facade of flirtatious quips, lies a wounded heart that is just crying out for someone to understand him. He has to first learn who he is in God, before he can really give his heart fully. Alex is quite the sweetheart, once you give him a chance and get to know him.

Rainey reminded me of a best-friend. She is fiercely loyal to her family and those she considers her friends. Her trust may be hard-won, but worth the effort. She has a huge heart for the community, especially the children in the community. She is willing to learn how to write grants and even step outside her comfort zone to earn the funds to see that the TLC center isn’t closed.

A favorite character of mine in the Mitchell Crossroads series is Mama Mitchell. She is like the proverbial ‘Secret Sauce’. Her strong faith, her wit and wisdom, and of course her amazing cooking. Mama Mitchell is a shining example of loving others right were they are, loving them to Jesus and back.

This wonderful book is chucked full of amazing quotes, surprising twists, amusing quips, and the love of God and Family. It should also come as no surprise that there are a few of Pepper’s signature swoon-worthy kisses. To alleviate any concern you may have about kissing, I’ll tell you that the characters, while honest about their mutual attraction are resolved to save further enjoyments to post-marriage.

If you haven’t yet read one of Pepper Basham’s books, you are missing out! Do yourself a favor and pick this book up. You will be glad you did! I give Charming the Troublemaker 5-stars and highly recommend this book to any and all who enjoy reading Christian Fiction.

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

pepperbarnsmile As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website,Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter

  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)

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Charming the Troublemaker – Cover Reveal

I’m super excited to be teaming up with Pepper Basham, and my fellow blogging friends for the cover reveal of Charming the Troublemaker, Book 2 in Mitchell’s Crossroads Series by Pepper Basham. Charming the Troublemaker Releases November 1, 2017

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About the Book

When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.
Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.
When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?

About the Author

pepperbarnsmileAs a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. 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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Start the series today with A Twist of Faith!

 

A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)

 

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