WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME by Pepper Basham, Reviewed by Kim
Pepper takes a very sensitive subject and handles it really well. The way Julia acts and feels seem very realistic. Your empathy pours out for her and for what she has gone through. The mystery part of the story was so fun! I loved how Julia and Henry worked together to solve it and how Henry eventually figured out the whole thing. I also absolutely loved the way music played such a large role in their relationship. It brought them together and helped Julia heal. Oh! And I loved seeing Wes and Eisley again! It really made me want to do a reread of their story!
Finally, God is all throughout this story, without being preachy or pushy. I Love this quote, “Sometimes God uses what we least expect to bring us what we need the most.” ❤️
I could could just keep going, but I’ll end with this - go order this book!
*I received this book from the author but was under no obligation to provide a review, nor provide a positive review.
An unexpected mother-to-be
A romance-leery composer
And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures
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?
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