Over the past times year, I’ve heard a lot nearly Pepper Basham—her books are pretty pop amongst several of the bloggers I follow. Just the Way You Are gave me my foremost chance to sample her writing, together with let’s simply say that instantly I acquire what all the fuss is about!
Single mom Eisley Barrett prefers to hold romance safely housed inside a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an instrumentalist amongst a sordid past times offers her reluctant ticker a real dissimilar type of discovery.
When his past times threatens to ruin a 2nd run a hazard at love, tin some Appalachian matchmaking together with letters from the grace relieve their unexpected romance?
Just the Way You Are is a delightful romance wrapped inwards a layer of mystery. Appalachian unmarried mom Eisley is hence endearing—I loved how whatever she was thinking simply popped out of her mouth—and hunky British leading human being Wes is rather swoon-worthy inwards a JJ Feild inwards Austenland (or Northanger Abbey) form of way. (And instantly I intend I must clit out my re-create of Austenland again …)
The driving forcefulness of the novel is the attraction betwixt Eisley together with Wes, but the novel is hence much to a greater extent than than simply a romance. There’s also mystery surrounding Eisley’s ancestor Julia (the argue Eisley is inwards England inwards the foremost place), together with I flora Julia’s even to live quite compelling. And together with hence there’s Vivian, a piece of occupation of Wes’s past times that keeps coming dorsum to haunt him. I despised Vivian, but she did hold things interesting!
The message of Just the Way You Are is clear—that God tin redeem anyone’s past, together with if nosotros allow become of our fright together with trust Him, He volition demo us the correct path … a path that simply mightiness live beyond our wildest dreams. This is a lesson that both Eisley together with Wes larn (sometimes slowly) throughout the novel, together with it’s illustrated beautifully.
While I greatly enjoyed Just the Way You Are, a dyad things bugged me. First, Wes’s insistence on calling Eisley “Pet.” I know it was supposed to live an endearment, together with perchance it’s actually mutual inwards England, but I cringed every fourth dimension I read it. Also, the primary rootage of conflict inwards Eisley together with Wes’s human relationship is their lack of trust for i another, together with i of the things that caused Wes to dubiety Eisley was something I saw coming a mile away. (Wes did answer differently than I expected him to, which I appreciated, but I flora the setup to live a chip besides obvious.) These are little quibbles, though—they may hold Just the Way You Are from getting a 5-star rating, but they didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the novel besides much.
Just the Way You Are is presumably the foremost inwards Basham’s Pleasant Gap Romance series, together with I promise she’ll go on telling Eisley’s family’s stories, together with soon! I tin confidently say that my foremost sense of savor of Basham’s writing won’t live my last! 4 stars.
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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired past times her love for history together with the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned inwards Time serial has garnered recognition inwards the Inspys, Grace Awards, together with the ACFW Carol Awards. Her contemporary romance novel, H5N1 Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times, together with most recently, her newest release, The Thorn Healer, received a Top Pick from RT amongst iv ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Just the Way You Are, releases inwards Apr 2016. You tin acquire to know Pepper on Facebook, or over at her grouping blog, The Writer’s Alley, or Instagram.
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Guest postal service from Pepper Basham
Thank you lot hence much for featuring my newest novel, Just the Way You Are, on CelebrateLit. I am THRILLED to live a piece of occupation of this together with to part a even that is real beloved to my heart.
Just the Way You Are is my foremost ‘true’ Britallachian romantic comedy. Even though I’ve written comedy inwards some of my other novels together with included elements of both Appalachia together with Britain, this i embodies the tag #britallachian to the core. For those of you lot who’ve read some of my previous books, you lot know I’m a big fan of my native Blue Ridge Mountains together with the Appalachian culture. You may also know that I’m a proud Anglophile.
Those ii loves met inwards Just the Way You Are – together with I tossed lots of other things I love best into the mix. What are those ingredients, you lot mightiness ask?
Well, allow me simply tell ya! Just the Way You Are is a blend of Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian culture, big (hilarious) household unit of measurement dynamics, matchmaking, Britain, a swoony English linguistic communication hero, a quirky, magnanimous heroine, a bunch of adorable kids, Scooby Doo together with Indiana Jones references, lots of humor, a historical mystery, a devious villainess, stately manor houses, metro rooms, love letters, together with matchmaking all rolled into one…oh, together with did I hollo brain-numbing romance?
(Did anyone else experience the demand to add together “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, truthful love….” From the Princess Bride?) I don’t intend I included torture, giants, or monsters inwards Just the Way You Are…but I may convey the other elements inwards this novel.
Okay, perchance I’m exaggerating nearly the brain-numbing, but I produce convey a style to err on the side of overly dramatic.
Within the pages of Just the Way You Are, you’ll come across people from my ain family, people from my imagination, together with some people who stepped into the even without i ounce of my planning to e’er come across them. This even came out of my wishing to write something I love reading – spicy romance, construct clean humor, civilisation clashes, the big love of family, together with redemption.
How did my heroine Eisley Barrett evolve? Out of sparse air. I was washing dishes i afternoon together with staring out the window into our little backyard amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains icon a purplish-blue frame on the horizon when I shut my eyes. Into my imagination came this ginger-headed adult woman walking through Heathrow International Airport pulling a hot pinkish pocketbook behind her…and then, she tripped together with fell. That was it. That’s how I was introduced to my insecure, hilarious, romance-loving, single-mom heroine.
And the dashing hero? Okay, this may audio ridiculous, but I was watching an interview nearly Richard Armitage (Thoron Oakenshield, Guy of Gisborne, etc) regarding his lovely costume drama North together with South where he plays a real dashing British hero. Anyway, he was SUCH a gentleman to scout during the interview. So polite. Kind. Funny, inwards a sweetness way, together with then, out of the blue, he said the give-and-take ‘gosh’. I know, that may non live a big bargain to anyone but me, but afterward watching celebrity interviews where every other give-and-take needed a censor, the real fact that this elegant human being used the give-and-take ‘gosh’, sent my writing encephalon into motion. My foremost internal question? What if a moving-picture demo star amongst a tender ticker had been burned past times the pretension together with expectation of celebrity status? What form of adult woman could touching on a ticker who’d lost his religious belief inwards love’s authenticity?
Enter my red-head single-mom toting her pinkish pocketbook through Heathrow together with you lot convey the real get-go of Just the Way You Are – a even of forgiveness, 2nd chances…and a lilliputian chip of moving-picture demo magic.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this mass costless through Celebrate Lit. I was non required to write a positive review. The opinions I convey expressed are my own. I am disclosing this inwards accordance amongst the Federal Trade Commission’s sixteen CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements together with Testimonials inwards Advertising.”