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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Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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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?

 

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

Synopsis:

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. As she goes through her aunt’s treasured possessions, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

My Thoughts:

You absolutely must get yourself a copy of this captivating story! So much emotion and engaging dialogue! Moments of sheer bliss and laughter. Moments of deep and poignant conversations, and of course the swoon-worthy kisses! I easily fell in love with these characters. I didn’t simply read this story, I experienced it.

Pepper Basham words paint beautiful, panoramic vistas. I felt like I could not only see the Blue Ridge Mountains but hear the sounds and smell the fresh air. I was able to travel back home to where I grew up, right in the pages of this story.

I enjoyed the mystery and uncovering the secrets from WWII that were discovered as Henry and Julia, our amateur sleuths pack up Aunt Millie’s house. What a treasure trove and an exciting discovery!

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!

(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.)

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

Favorite Quote:

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.

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

Don’t Miss These Other Wonderful Books from Pepper Basham:

 Just the Way You Are (Pleasant Gap #1)

Mitchell’s Crossroads:

  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

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

Penned In Time (Historical Series)

  The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time #1)

The Thorn Keeper (Penned in Time #2)

The Thorn Healer (Penned in Time #3)

Novella’s

  Second Impressions

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JaneByTheBook  Jane By The Book

August 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of August? 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 August.

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

Book Reviews:

TheBestOfIntentions  The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason

Reckless  The Reckless by MaryLu Tyndall

FreedomsKiss  Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon

ADangerousDeception  A Dangerous Deception by Debra E. Marvin

ALoveRestored  A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn

ARumoredFortune  A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

CaughtBySurprise  Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

 

Book Spotlight:

BookSpotlight-MagnoliaSummer-crop  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

 

Author Interviews:

PhotoFunia-1532360617  Kelly Goshorn

PhotoFunia-1535382334  Jen Turano

 

Cover Reveals:

CoverReveal-Graphic Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

IMG_0869 Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

CoverImage  When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham

 

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 September?

Today is the last chance to enter the giveaway for an autographed print copy of Caught By Surprise! Check out the Author Interview & Giveaway with Jen Turano!

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Cover Reveal – When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham

Welcome to the official COVER REVEAL blitz for When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

When You Look at Me is the 2nd book in the Pleasant Gap Romance Series and releases in October 2018.

About the Book:

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. Following her aunt’s cryptic journal, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

Now for the moment you have been waiting for…The Cover Reveal!

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Add to your Goodreads list:

When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2)

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.

Pre-order your copy today!

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

Tour Giveaway

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Enter for your chance to win:

  • Print copy of Just the Way You Are (book #1 in the series)
  • a cute ‘Britallachian’ mug – “We go together like tea and biscuits”

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Follow along with the tour at JustRead for a full list of stops!

Don’t Miss These Other Wonderful Books from Pepper Basham:

 Just the Way You Are (Pleasant Gap #1)

Mitchell’s Crossroads:

  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

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

Penned In Time (Historical Series)

  The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time #1)

The Thorn Keeper (Penned in Time #2)

The Thorn Healer (Penned in Time #3)

Novella’s

  Second Impressions

Facade

JaneByTheBook  Jane By The Book