“In her beloved books, she knew the ending came with a happily-ever-after, for the most part. At least, in the books she loved best.”
There is so many things about this book that I really enjoyed, but probably the biggest one is that there is so many references to many fantastic works of literature within these pages. Pepper Basham even managed to intertwine books that may appeal to a wide-range of readers, even if they are not personal favorites of our main characters— Stephen King comes to mind.
“I’ve never forgotten the dusty shelves lined with hundreds of stories. The secret nooks, where avid wanderers found their hiding places to delve into imaginary worlds.”
This book was SO delightful. I caught so many little acknowledgements to some of the favorite works of literature. The story has a dual timeline. The poor servant working for Mrs. Vanderbilt in the early 1900’s falling for someone outside her class, and the present day great-granddaughter trying to save her little bookstore. Our servant girl, Sadie is told from the first person perspective, and our present day character, Clara, is told from a third person, and this really helped me break up the struggle I have with connecting with first person perspective characters. I am not sure if it was intentional, but each perspective made me think of a Jane Austen character. Honestly, I know there would be many beloved literary characters that would relate to these two (Jane Eyre, for instance), and yet, I am an avid Austen fan, and therefore I connected them in that way.
“it’s important to be seen as a person instead of a position, isn’t it?”
This is a Christian romance story, but it does have its own mystery weaved into it. It’s not a fast pace thriller, just one that keeps the reader entertained and engaged while enjoying the romance blossom between our characters.
This is my second Pepper Basham book. Earlier I read her True Colors novel, but have to say, I loved this one a whole lot more and will look forward to reading more from this author.
This book is on tour with Celebrate Lit. I have received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book
Book: Hope Between the Pages
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: April, 2021
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.
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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.
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Books are a uniquely portable magic – Stephen King
Appalachia is known for having a high illiteracy rate. A place of beautiful scenery and rugged landscapes, the people of the mountains developed stories through oral storytelling much more than “book learning”. As a young girl growing up in this world, I loved hearing my granny share tales from up to five generations ago, filling in the narrative gaps between a birth date and a death date on a tombstone – giving flesh and breath to the stone-etched names.
It’s no surprise then, with a heart cultivated from rich oral stories, I fell in love with reading. Books became that “portable magic” that took me places my little Appalachian community couldn’t provide. I fell in love with the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. Wept through the end of Bridge to Terabithia and Old Yeller. Traveled to the plains with Sarah Plain and Tall and fell in love with horses with The Black Stallion. But when I was in seventh grade, I read my very first “British” novel, The Secret Garden. In that one introduction, my world expanded into mysterious English manor houses and British classics. Before long, I’d consumed Jane Eyre, Austen’s classics, some Dickens, Dracula, Frankenstein…and the list goes on! And then…I found Tolkien and Lewis – and the ‘real’ world swelled into OTHER worlds.
I’m grateful for true stories of book-loving pioneers traveling into the world of Appalachia to provide books and literacy training to “my people”, because I know some of those books made their way to my tiny elementary school library…and not only brought me the chance to discover stories, but to write them too!
Isn’t it amazing how books can do that?
In Hope Between the Pages, I wanted to bring the same awe and discovery I felt as a child (and continue to feel as an adult reader) to the story of two people whose words had seemed small. Stories stretched their worlds, but the stories also gave them wonderful imaginations and positive perspectives. It’s still amazing to me that ink-and-paper words can make such a lasting impact on hearts and minds. They can lead us to dream, teach us new things, encourage our hearts, help us to think outside the box, swell our imaginations, broaden our horizons, and encourage our hope.
Books are not a replacement for real adventures and relationships, but they certainly provide a beautiful “door” into other lives and worlds that we may never have a chance to experience in real life. Sadie, my historical heroine, and Clara, my contemporary heroine, both have kept close to home but traveled greatly through books…and BOTH are given the opportunity to reach beyond the bindings to discover real-life adventures. I’d like to think that their love for stories helped them have the courage to step away from the page and into their own tales even more prepared than they would have been without stories.
What are some of your favorite books you read as a child? Did any of them influence you to become a more avid reader?
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