Book: Hope Between the Pages
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: April, 2021
About the Book
Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter
Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.
Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.
Pepper Basham does it again! I was enchanted almost from the first page. I had the amazing opportunity to read an early copy of this novel, and what a gift!
This book, which happens to be her first dual time novel, I believe, is a bit different than her other writings, but it is oh-so-delightful!
Which time period did I like best? Now that is a hard choice!
Sadie Blackwell of the historical one, well she was such a charmer. A servant in the Biltmore Estate (which I’ve always wanted to visit, and now more than ever!!!), and she worked in the fabulous library. Her job was to stay invisible when guests came around, and to make sure they had the reading materials they were wanting.
And then there’s Clara of the current day. A storekeeper in the Blackwell Bookshop (this also sounds absolutely delightful–I just love unique bookstores!). When their bookshop is threatened, Clara is determined to track down the actual history of their bookstore and save it.
These pages sweep you back and forth, into the past, and then back to the present. I loved reading about the Biltmore Estate, and almost feel like I’ve visited it now….(but I really would still like to see it in person). This book also takes you to England (another dream of mine…sigh!), and that was quite the experience.
Both of these heroines, these time periods, have their own bit of romance. Sigh. Both were a bit unexpected, and yet, not so much. But they were just perfect. Pepper Basham has such a way of writing romances. Sweet, swoony, and yet, not overly much, just the right blend.
This book also has a mystery. One that Clara must figure out. And soon…it seems that the future of Blackwell’s Bookshop rather depends on all of this. What exactly happened to Sadie Blackwell? What was her connection to the bookshop? And of course, the ever important matter –where is the deed to the store?
I loved reading as they followed clues and made discoveries. Both of these ladies learned so much, and grew as the story progressed.
For lovers of historical fiction, I would say this is a must read.
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About the Author
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.