Thursday, March 29, 2018

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Pepper Basham, Review by Kim

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Pepper Basham

This story had me laughing out loud so much that I had to stop reading it several times depending on where I was and who I was with. The airport scene - well both of them - were hilarious! 

This book reminded me of Cinderella - a humorous version anyway! A single mom, who you will absolutely love, from Appalachia, who, on a once in a lifetime trip, meets her Prince Charming who happens to be a wealthy British actor. One of my favorite lines in the book, of the many I highlighted, is this one: “She’d taken her one chance to feel like Cinderella and instead transformed into Lucille Ball...with an Andy Griffith accent.” 

But don’t think this book is all humor and lighthearted fairy tale. There was a lot of depth also. Both Wes and Eisley had hard pasts that were trying to interfere with their futures. They both struggled at times with trust. Sometimes for good reason! 

There was also a message that I think we all kind of forget sometimes - God loves and forgives us completely. Another one of my favorite lines that really spoke to me because I am a “what if” kind of person is: “Getting lost in the what if’s steals your peace and future.” So true! 

I really enjoyed Just The Way You Are. I am definitely going to be reading more books by Pepper Basham!

Single mom, Eisley Barrett, takes a vacation from her Blue Ridge Mountain "mom" life to travel to the English countryside in search of answers to an ancestral mystery. Burned by romance, she certainly isn't planning to stumble into her own fairy tale. Leading man and former rogue, Christopher Wesley Harrison is fighting to rebuild a new reputation after a tragedy introduced him to the power of redemption. His self-protective avoidance of romance crumbles at Eisley's two left feet and her authenticity send his heart into unscripted territory. When his past threatens to ruin their second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

*I reviewed this book under no obligation and the options are solely mine.


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  1. Welcome Kim! We're so pleased to have you join us and I look forward to many more reviews! This is such a fun story. Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. Hi Kim! So nice to have you here at the Inkwell. Thanks for the review! This book is a blast.

  3. Thank you! Glad to be here!


  4. Thanks for the wonderful review, Kim!!!


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