The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham

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

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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.

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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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.

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  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

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

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Finding Ever After: four fairytale-ish novellas

 

About the Collection:

Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairytales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

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My Thoughts:

BetweenStairsAndStardustPepper Basham brings this Cinderella-like fairytale to life in Between Stairs and Stardust. A sweet story of a young lady who has lost her self-worth in a tangle of lies told by devious outsiders, and a young heir-apparent, who is quite unconventional. Will the secrets they each hold, keep them apart? With a look at how fairytales shape our lives and give us the freedom to imagine the seemingly impossible, this delightful story is sure to capture both your heart and your imagination and have you reaching for the stars.

With The Biltmore house as the backdrop, Pepper Basham brings this beautiful fairy tale to life!

 

EntanglementsWith the wedding date set, Esther knows that this match with Thomas Wheatherton would help solidify her father’s business with the connection that joining the two families. Given a last chance to sing a concert of her own, Esther sets out to make the best of the crumbling practice hall and the pianist that her fiance arranged.

Nic Ricci has a gift for music. He spends his days teaching math and tunes piano’s on the side. After the death of his mother in a horrible molasses accident, he has made taking care of his father is his primary goal.

Will two people from different walks of life find a connection with the music that speaks to their hearts? Can their vision of the future be altered to make room for the unexpected? Find out in Rachel McMillan’s Entanglements.

 

TwiceUponATimeFilled with Southern flair, a dash of humor and plenty of tea this sweet novella is one that is sure to charm your socks off! I enjoyed my time immersed in the lives of Emma and Sawyer. Two dynamic characters that I won’t soon forget!

Emma has known her share of disappointments and heartbreak, she has avoided going back home for the past several years, but the time has come to make a decision about the family home, and the pecan farm that her grandparents started many years ago. With a heart of shattered dreams weighing her down, can Emma look beyond the past to envision a new future? Find out in Ashley Clark’s Twice Upon A Time.

 

OnceBittenBook store owner Maggie Craft is facing another holiday get-away with her Step-mother and Step-sister. In an effort to thwart their constant nagging about her singleness she invites the local repairman, Griff to join her as her fake boyfriend. When sparks start to fly and the tall tales catch up with them, will it be too late to repair the damage?

This fun twist on the beloved fairy tale, Snow White is sure to have you laughing out loud and turning pages to see how things will all turn out.

 

(All thoughts an opinions are my own. I purchased a copy of this novella collection for my own personal enjoyment. I am not required to write a review.)

About the Authors:

To learn more about each author, click on the name below and you will be taken to that author’s web page.

Pepper Basham

Rachel McMillan

Ashley Clark

Betsy St. Amant

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Christy and Laurel’s Dream: Guest Post with Pepper Basham

I have a special treat for you today! Pepper Basham has stopped by to share with us a little bit about her latest book, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream and how it connects with Christy by Catherine Marshall. CLICK HERE to check out my review.

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Pepper Basham

A little over a year ago, my husband and I went on a close-to-home adventure. We drove the two-hour road trip to the real location of Catherine Marshall’s Christy. In the novel, Christy shows up in Cutter Gap, but the place where the real story took place is called Chapel Hollow/Ebenezer Mission and the real Christy gets off the train in Del Rio, TN.

If you’ve never heard of this New York Times bestselling historical novel, here’s a little blurb about it:

christyThe train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her–and her one-room school–as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged, and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?

The audiobook read by Kellie Martin (who plays the heroine in the T.V. adaptation of the book). It’s FABULOUS! (here’s a little article about fact vs fiction in Christy. Also to see some photos of the REAL Christy and mission house, check this out.)

What I love best about this book is how true-to-life it is to the culture of Appalachia, and as my husband and I took the narrow, rain-washed, gravel/mud road up the hillside to a place we ‘hoped’ would bring us to ‘Cutter Gap’, the reality of just how isolated most communities in Appalachia were rung true. To give you a clue, we were out of any phone reception for over two hours. I mean…NONE.

Another interesting discovery on this trip was the miscellaneous gravestones at the church (which is the same church the real David Grantland held service in). Hand carved names, words misspelled, dates etched with simple tools showed a culture who valued their people in death in the best way they could.

Visiting this site on which one of the most-loved stories of Appalachia evolved was a wonderful way to kick-off the development of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. It gave a frame, a mental image, for the tales my Granny told me of her parents, grandparents, great grandparents…and beyond.

Here are a few photos from our visit to Christy territory. Of course, it can’t do the story justice, but it gives a little hint to a world so far removed from the one we know today – a world I hope I can introduce readers to through My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge (and any other Blue Ridge stories that follow)

About the Book

MHBI.TheBlueRidge.LaurelsDreamJourney 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?

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

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.

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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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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.

 

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First Line Fridays: When You Look at Me

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham! 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!
CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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Julia Jenkins was a glass-half-full person. Well most of the time. Even with her sordid backstory.

 

Hmm… Sounds to me like Julia Jenkins is about to experience some major life changes! You won’t want to miss out on this latest story from Pepper Basham!

WhenYouLookAtMe  When You Look At me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2)

 

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October 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of October? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

LegacyOfMercy  Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

TheCumberlandBride The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

EternityBetweenUs Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

ThisCourageousJourney  This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

Reluctant Warrior Spine.indd The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

LiterarilyForKeeps Literarily For Keeps by Sarah Monzon

RomancingTheBride  Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)  by Melissa Jagears

WhenYouLookAtMe  When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2) by Pepper Basham

CantHelpFalling  Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac

LovesGuidingLight  Love’s Guiding Light by Andrea Boeshaar

 

Author Interview / Guest Post:

EBU BlogTour Stephenia H. McGee, guest post

AuthorInterviewShannon Shannon McNear, author interview

 

Cover Reveals:

Cover Reveal The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

IMG_1151  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

CoverReveal-AmandaBarratt My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda M. Barratt

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in November?