Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie, #ReleaseDay April 1

What I love about this book: EVERYTHING!

Writing about Appalachia and England is what Pepper Basham does best with sweetness and a little mystery. You can tell this story is woven with love and faith.

“Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale.”

In this delightful dual time story, we get not one, but two fairy tale romances. The settings are beautiful and make you want to visit The Biltmore Estate in Asheville and Camden House in England.

We are introduced to Sadie Blackwell and Oliver Camden in the Biltmore Library in 1915 where they correspond to each other as The Book Goblin and The Library Fairy. The notes were the catalyst that brought them together, for they looked past conventions and into the heart. “The only people who are too old for fairytales are the ones who have forgotten their imagination.” The references to classic literature took me back to one of my favorite books: The Secret Garden.

In the present time, a descendant of Sadie, Clara Blackwell, owns a family bookshop. She is looking for a missing deed and comes upon a mysterious love note belonging to her great-grandmother. This leads to an eventful trip to England where more mysteries are found, “For some reason, she felt she had just opened a wardrobe door to the entrance of a story that could change her life.”

This is a captivating and well written tale with endearing characters. I will be stepping back between the pages again very soon.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread.

“Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale.”

Pepper Basham has penned an intriguing and heart-touching story in her newest book, Hope Between the Pages. It begins with a library, the Biltmore Estate library in North Carolina, to be exact. Sadie Blackwell takes care of the books in the library there in 1915 and recommends books to guests. She meets a fellow book lover and visiting English gentleman, Oliver Camden, and a friendship ensues.

In the present-day part of the story, Clara Blackwell is working in the family bookstore, when it becomes imperative that she find the deed to it for proof that the family owns it. As she searches for clues, she unravels part of Sadie’s story and wants to know more about her.

This dual-time tale is well-crafted and inviting. Told with Basham’s signature warmth and wit, those who enjoy split-time stories will undoubtedly enjoy it.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb: 
Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

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.
Barbour Publishing, April, 2021
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